Sunday, August 20, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 21, 2023

23] Election and Climate Protection Zoom – Aug. 21

24] Swing Left meeting – August 21

25] Film "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" Aug. 21

26] Progressive Harford County meeting Aug. 21

27] Supermajority New Member orientation Aug. 21

28] Letter to the Editor party – Aug. 21

29] Hot Labor Summer – Aug. 21


23] – Mike Hersh for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to join the Election and Climate Protection Zoom on Mon., Aug. 21 at 5 PM ET.  There are attacks on our democracy, and climate chaos threatens us. Since its founding in 2004, PDA has mobilized for open, clean, and fair elections and for stopping global warming. Register at

24] – On Mon., Aug. 21 from 6 to 7 PM ET, Swing Left is holding a virtual Blue Victory 2024 War Room!  Visit Join Blue Victory 2024 for a discussion of democratic news, events, actions and resources! There was a preview presentation from CEO Shion Deysarkar who is launching a new organizer app called "Unified" in 2023. Watch the recording here:  You can sign up for the waitlist here: https://www.joinunified.usCheck out

25] – Susan Barnett [] indicates that on Mon., Aug. 21 at 7 PM ET, Reel and Meal will present in person and online via ZOOM "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" Reel and Meal is asking that you arrive or log-in by 6:45 PM. Come to the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center), Greenbelt. Masks are encouraged. Registration is required at

This film follows the journey of Katrina Browne as she discovers that although her 19th century ancestors lived in the North, they ran a major international slave-trading business. She and nine fellow descendants set off to visit family properties that had been involved in the Triangle Trade: from Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through the minefield of contemporary race relations. "Traces of the Trade" offers powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide and was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

The film is hosted by the Greenbelt Bahá'í Community to encourage community conversation related to the work of the recently-appointed Greenbelt Reparations Commission.  The 21-member Commission was appointed by the Greenbelt City Council after citizen approval by referendum in the November 2021 Greenbelt city elections. Audience members will be invited to share their reflections and ideas after the film.

 A Plant-Based meal is encouraged to support a mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues.  The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout at the Café. Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery also offers takeout Dodah’s Vegan Lasagna at the Deli Hot Bar. Order after 11 AM. 

 The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  For more information on the series, see the Reel and Meal Facebook page – or contact Jim Fischer at

26] – On Mon., Aug. 21 from 7 to 8 PM ET, there is a Progressive Harford County monthly meeting.  Sign up at Plan the next steps in the campaign about taking action on PFAS chemicals in the county's water and review upcoming events. This will be a virtual Meeting.

27] –The New Member Orientation is hosted by Supermajority on Mon., Aug. 21 at 7 PM ET. Supermajority membership comes with all sorts of perks, so make sure you know how to get the most out of this community. Join a Supermajority staffer for a 30 minute orientation to help you get started. Pick an upcoming session that works best for you! The orientation is on Mon., Sept. 11 from 1 to 1:30 PM ET and on Mon., Sept. 25 from 7 to 7:30 PM ET.  Sign up at

28] – Join the virtual Letter to the Editor Party, hosted by Common Cause and related to the Moore v Harper case before the Supreme Court on Mon., Aug. 21 from 8 to 9 PM ET. On Tues., June 27, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory for the voters. The decision keeps checks and balances in our election process—just as the founders intended. The court rejected the "independent state legislature" theory, which, if invoked, would have effectively given state legislatures unrestricted power over federal elections without any oversight from state courts. This ruling serves as a crucial safeguard, preventing unchecked power from taking away our right to vote. Courts around the nation can hold state lawmakers accountable when they pursue unfair and discriminatory voting maps and voter suppression tactics. This Party will also take place on Tues, Sept. 19 and Thurs., Oct. 19 from 8 to 9 PM ET. Learn how to use our easy-to-use tool to draft a short letter and automatically send it to your local papers and make your voice heard! Sign up at

29] – Join MoveOn's virtual Volunteer Network's Monthly Call on Mon., Aug. 21 from 8 to 9 PM ET. This Call is a monthly gathering space for MoveOn's volunteers, members and those looking to get more deeply involved in its organizing work. These calls give all an opportunity to do a deep dive into campaigns, the political landscape, and build community with one another. If you know one another, all can fight for one another.

  It's Hot Labor Summer, and there is labor organizing happening across the country & across industries! This month, do a deep dive into what has happened, what’s moving and the wins fit to celebrate. Hear from MoveOn Campaign Directors Nakia Stephens and Aliya Khan who are leading support efforts in this work. Also hear from Maeg Yousef from independent labor union, Trader Joes United, about updates from their petition delivery and their path to victory as well as Ivy Cheyenne Malone-Berigan about why, as a WGA writer, she’s picketing in Los Angeles. Sign up at The calls will take place on Mondays.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph.: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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