Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- November 22, 2023

31] Ceasefire phone banking -- Nov. 22

32] Speak out against the ACTIVE Act – Nov. 22

33] Food & Water Action Maryland meeting Nov. 22

34] Ray McGovern on the JFK peace speech Nov. 22


31] – Join the Working Families Party national phone bank for a Ceasefire Now on Wed., Nov. 22 from 3 to 5 PM ET. Help address the Israel-Palestine conflict with urgency and compassion. Hamas's attacks on Israeli civilians and the Israeli government's actions in Gaza have created a dire humanitarian crisis. Pressure works. Support a Congressional resolution, alongside representatives like Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Summer Lee, Greg Casar, Maxwell Frost, and Delia Ramirez, advocating for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assistance for Gaza.  Note that the first Jewish member of Congress joined the call, Bella Belint form Vermont, and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley was the second senator.  When Janice Sevre-Duszynska called Sen. Ben Cardin’s office, she was told that the office is getting 400 calls a day.  Unfortunately, Cardin will never call for a ceasefire.  RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/workingfamilies/event/589315/

32] – The Metro DC DSA [info@mdcdsa.org] On Nov. 8, the D.C. Council Judiciary Committee had a hearing on their latest crime bill — the Targeted Interventions and Violence Enforcement Amendment or “ACTIVE” Act. The ACTIVE Act would expand stop-and-frisk and pretrial detention — two measures that will restrict freedoms in D.C. and increase the city’s prison population. Metro DC DSA’s Abolition Working Group (previously Defund) created a toolkit that can help District residents write and submit written testimony opposing this bill to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pQQIW_u3kxI37Fl7Pdy-uyb11dfJZLVReEJU8J_Ylis/edit#heading=h.4aodd3r2lgja

  The deadline to submit is Wed., Nov. 22 at 5 PM ET, and testimony can be submitted digitally on the District Council’s Judiciary and Public Safety website here:. https://lims.dccouncil.gov/Hearings/hearings/147?link_id=4&can_id=4b9d4061aec5469758759317ac0f5285&source=email-metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-november-10-2023&email_referrer=email_2116618&email_subject=metro-dc-dsa-weekly-newsletter-for-november-17-2023

33] – On Wed., Nov. 22 from 6 to 6:30 PM ET, there is a Food & Water Action Maryland meeting. Get campaign updates and prepare for another year of organizing.  There are two major campaigns in Maryland.  One is dealing with the Baltimore Regional Water Governance Task Force, which held its final meeting of the year before January's vote on the future of Baltimore's water system.  The idea is to make sure that Baltimore City will control its water

 The second is to phase out fossil fuels.  Get updates on the CSX Coal Pier Terminal, which for years has polluted air in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore. For too long, this open-air shipping facility has subjected South Baltimore residents to harmful coal dust. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/593188/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest

34] –Ray McGovern will reflect on the 1963 JFK Peace Speech at American University on Wed., Nov. 22 from 7 to 8 PM ET on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Email Eli Schotz <eli.schotz@gmail.com>. In commemoration of this event the JFK Peace Speech Committee is sponsoring a webinar that will involve viewing the JFK speech on world peace, followed by a commentary by Ray McGovern, co-founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) and an audience Q & A.  Register at https://masspeaceaction.org/event/will-we-let-them-kill-peace/

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] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"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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