Sunday, November 19, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 20, 2023

19] Support Medicare for All – Nov. 20

20] Prayer vigil for a ceasefire Nov. 20

21] Film Caged Dreams – Nov. 20

22] Swing Left to support Democratic candidates – Nov. 20

23] Community Conversation on Environmental Justice Nov. 20

24] Global climate reparations – Nov. 20

25] Contaminations Nations – Nov. 20


19] – Maryland CPUSA [] wants you to know that on Mon., Nov. 20 at 5 PM ET at City Hall that Healthcare Now-Maryland wants the Baltimore City Council to support a resolution for Medicare for All, co-sponsored by Kristerfer Burnett and Odette Ramos, which will be introduced and voted on.  It is not expected that there will be an opportunity for public testimony, but supporters are needed in the room.

20] – Join the Churches for Middle East Peace White House Candlelight Prayer Vigil Calling for a Ceasefire and end to Violence between Israel and Hamas on Mon., Nov. 20 from 6 to 7:30 PM ET in Lafayette Square. The speakers and sponsoring organizations are in agreement calling for a bilateral ceasefire, immediate and adequate humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and the release of hostages. The speakers include Bishop William J. Barber, II, Repairers of the Breach and Yale Center for Public Theology and Public Policy; Michelle Dunne, Franciscan Action Network (FAN); Hassan El-Tayyab, Friends Committee for National Legislation; Susan Gunn, Maryknoll Office of Global Concern; Bridget Moix, General Secretary, Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL); and Bishop Leila Ortiz, Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Register at

21] – Susan Barnett [] indicates that on Mon., Nov. 20 at 7 PM ET, Reel and Meal will present in person and online via ZOOM “Caged Dreams,” a film about the Detention of Immigrants. 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. To join on Zoom, go to 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 vegan options to take home. 

“Caged Dreams,” recounts the painful experiences of three immigrants while they were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and urges us to end the incarceration of immigrants. Nearly 250,000 people were held in about 200 ICE-run jails in 2021.  The film weaves their personal narratives with evocative animation to create a vivid picture of the experiences that immigrants have in jail and the disastrous impacts on their mental health and their loved ones.

 The discussion following the film will be led by the director, Johannes Favi, who serves as the inaugural Freedom Fellow with Detention Watch Network, a group that works to end the incarceration of immigrants while they await the determination of their immigration status. Favi also serves as board member for the Illinois Community for Displaced Immigrants in Chicago, and advocates for legislation ending immigration detention in the Midwest and in D.C. 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 this month’s film contact Daniel Thies at or see the Reel and Meal Facebook page:

 22] – Swing Left is a national network that helps people find high impact ways to support Democratic candidates. Focus on the most flippable races as an important step towards ensuring the progressive change needed to create a more inclusive and equitable government and society. On Mon., Nov. 20 from 7 to 8 PM ET, Swing Left is holding virtual Blue Victory 2024 War Rooms!  Visit Join Blue Victory 2024 for a discussion of democratic news, events, actions and resources!  Check out

23] – On Mon., Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM ET, get with a virtual Community Conversation on Environmental Justice.  Share your concerns about how the environment impacts your health. Progressive Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Environmental Justice Collaborative, will be hosting community conversations to hear about concerns and ideas from folks across the state with particular attention paid to the needs of overburdened and underrepresented communities. Your input will be elevated to decision makers across the state, used to shape the EJTF’s programs, and environmental policy priorities. You will learn about how to take action on current campaigns and how to stay engaged with our environmental justice work moving forward.   RSVP at

24] – Brandon Wu [] wants you to join in on Mon., Nov. 20 at 7 PM ET for a national call-to-action webinar with Rep. Ilhan Omar about global climate reparations. Last year at the COP27 global climate talks, the US agreed to the creation of a Loss and Damage Fund that would provide badly needed resources to support developing countries as they recover and rebuild from climate disasters. Unfortunately, after reluctantly agreeing to create the Fund, the US spent the past year trying to undermine it.  Learn about the state of play in 2023, the ever-growing importance of committing to global repair, and how to take action.  RSVP at

25] – Pat Elder [] is asking you to tune in on Mon., Nov. 20 at 7 PM ET to a webinar Contamination Nations-- PFAS contamination in the U.S. and Japan. The event is sponsored by the US branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF. Register at  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this zoom webinar. Marguerite Adelman addresses PFAS contamination on the banks of the Winooski River just downstream from deadly releases of the carcinogens from the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. The state downplays highly contaminated fish. Okinawa TV films Pat Elder as he takes a sample of foam from his beach in Maryland. The carcinogenic substance was found to contain 6,449.2 parts per trillion of the poisons. The Navy, 600 meters across the river, used PFAS for years and denies responsibility. Regional press ignored the story. 

To be continued.

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"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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