Monday, November 13, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 14 - 16, 2023

29] Challenge Big Polluters at COP28 – Nov. 14

30] Inclusionary rally at City Hall – Nov. 14

31] Get out the Vote virtual phone bank – Nov. 14 & 16

32] Fundraiser for Stop Cop City Nov. 14

33] Stop Cop City webinar – Nov. 14

34] Register for Cranksgiving Nov. 15

35] Ceasefire phone banking -- Nov. 15

36] Benefits and Pitfalls of Temporary Immigrant Relief Nov. 15

37] Forever chemicals -- Nov. 15


29] -- Corporate Accountability [] is inviting you to be part of the agenda for change on Tues., Nov. 14 at 5:30 PM ET.  Learn more about what’s at stake and how you can take action to challenge Big Polluters at COP28 this November.  ‌When Corporate Accountability first began the campaign with allies to Kick Big Polluters Out of climate policy, we were warned that these industries were too powerful and too embedded in the process to be shut out.  Participate in MAKING COP28 POLLUTER-FREE: A PANEL DISCUSSION by registering at

30] -- Tell the Baltimore City Council: Vote YES for inclusionary housing! On Tues., Nov. 14 at 5 PM ET, the Baltimore City Council is scheduled to vote on the Inclusionary Housing bills, CB 22-0195 and 23-0369. The coalition supporting the bills will rally at 4 PM outside City Hall that same day. The Inclusionary Housing Bills provide that developers who get special tax breaks must make up to 15% of their units affordable to families whose median income does not exceed 60% (and 50% in some cases) of the area median income. The Bills also provide developers additional compensation for making these units affordable. This is a balanced approach in line with similar cities. The coalition estimates that the Inclusionary Housing bills could create over 900 new units of affordable housing marketed specifically to city residents who have been left behind in the structural racism that plagues our city. RSVP at

31] -- The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council [] needs your help on Tues., Nov. 14 and Thurs., Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 PM ET and Sat., Nov. 18 from 2 to 4 PM and 4 to 6 PM ET and other dates.  Join Get out the Vote virtual phone banks for 2023 Priority States. The key Priority States include Kentucky, Virginia, and Louisiana. The focus will be on rallying support for Democrats in their important November elections and engaging voters in volunteer opportunities. We will continue to make calls into Priority States through the November election dates.  RSVP at

32] --The NoVA Democratic Socialists Defund the Police group [] on Wed., Nov. 14 at 6 PM will show a film as a fundraiser for Stop Cop City. See the film Riotsville, USA at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, Medical Aid for Palestinians, and KinderUSA. Visit

33] -- AFSC [] is hosting a Stop Cop City webinar: The issues at the heart of the movement on Tues., Nov. 14 at 8 PM ET.  AFSC is part of a coalition of organizations and community members in Atlanta working to stop Cop City. Explore the environmental impacts of Cop City—and the long history of how those in power have worked to harm the communities and the environment. You'll hear from Atlanta activists and community members struggling to sustain the place we call home. And you'll learn how you can get involved in our coalition efforts. RSVP at

34] – Bikemore [] hopes you will attend Cranksgiving which takes place on Sat., Nov. 18 from 1 to 3 PM ET starting at Charm City Meadworks, and ending at a food partner.  If you plan to ride, you must register by Wed., Nov. 15. Cranksgiving is a national event that combines bike riding and giving back. It's a mix of a scavenger hunt, food drive, and bike ride. You will be given a list of food items and grocery stores, and then you'll have a set amount of time to ride to as many of the stores to collect as many of the food items as you can. All of the food goes to food partners, Moveable Feast and Franciscan Center.

After the bike ride, from 3:30 to 6 PM ET, there will be a party and awards ceremony at Charm City Meadworks.  It is definitely recommended to put together a team of 3-4 people for maximum fun! Register at

35] – The Working Families Party [] is holding more Ceasefire Now phone bank on Wed., Nov. 15 & 22 at 3 PM ET.  Over the last month, thousands of WFP members like you have joined the movement for a ceasefire in Gaza, calling your congressional offices, emailing your representatives, and joining phone banks to encourage others to do the same. And Congress has been forced to take notice. At least 26 members of Congress have now joined the call for a ceasefire, and the pressure is growing every day. But we can’t let up the pressure now. The four-hour “tactical local pauses” agreed to by the Israeli government is not enough — not while the people of Gaza remain under siege the other 20 hours of each day. RSVP at

36] –HIAS [] wants you to join in to discuss humanitarian parole & TPS on Wed., Nov. 15 at 3 PM ET. Hear about the Benefits and Pitfalls of Temporary Immigrant Relief.  With Congress continuing to fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the Biden administration has largely been turning to alternative solutions to help get vulnerable people protection within the United States. As a result, they have embraced “humanitarian parole” and relied heavily on Temporary Protected Status (TPS). While these are valuable legal pathways that have created lifesaving opportunities for some, they exclude many others. And even for those who have benefitted from these policies the help is only temporary, as after individuals arrive in the U.S. they must still apply for — and be granted — a permanent immigration status to meaningfully rebuild their lives here. Learn more by registering at

37] -- Kate Schwanhausser, Food & Water Watch [] is holding a virtual event PFAS, the “forever chemicals” in our water on Wed., Nov. 15 at 3 PM ET. Corporations like Dupont and 3M have known about the dangers of PFAS chemicals for decades, but they’ve continued to push their use despite the health risks. Food & Water Watch is fighting to regulate and ultimately ban PFAS — and hold manufacturers accountable for cleaning up their pollution. Hear from Food & Water Watch experts Mary Grant, Public Water for All Director, and researcher Natalie Balbuena, along with PFAS expert Kyla Bennett, the Director of Science Policy at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. RSVP at

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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