Thursday, December 14, 2023

Baltimore Activist Alert -- December 14, 2023

49] Two death penalty events – Dec. 14

50] False confessions Dec. 14

51] Brady Organizing Team – Dec. 14

52] Social Housing Organizing meeting -- Dec. 14

53] Uyghur Crisis Response Team – Dec. 14

54] Can We Talk about Palestine?  Dec. 14

55] Corporate corruption – Dec. 14

56] Baltimore County Holiday Party Dec. 14

57] Team 350 in 2024 – Dec. 14

58] Poor People's Campaign meeting -- Dec. 14


49] – Death Penalty Action [] wants you to know about two Zoom events on Thurs., Dec. 14: a press conference at 11 AM ET, and a fascinating discussion about the federal execution spree at 8 PM ET.  First, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, spiritual advisor to Kenneth Smith, will speak with the media and answer questions in a Zoom press conference. Smith is to be put to death in the first-ever use of nitrogen hypoxia as a method of execution.  Hood has filed a lawsuit against the State of Alabama asserting the execution protocol presents potentially significant dangers to his own life, and violates the religious liberties of both himself and Mr. Smith. Register at

  ALSO, hear the discussion Rush to Kill on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 8 PM ET.  Register at

50] – Death Penalty Focus [] wants you to register for "Making a Murderer: False Confessions, Wrongful Convictions" on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 3 PM ET. The discussion will be moderated by DPF President Mike Farrell in conversation with Dr. Richard Leo. RSVP at

51] – On Thurs., Dec. 14 from 5 to 6 PM ET, get with the Brady Organizing Team for a virtual training. Do you need support from Brady’s organizing team? Have new ideas to combat gun violence, but don’t know how to get them off the ground? Every week, a member of the organizing team is here to support your work. Sign up for the shift that works best for your schedule. If you can't find a time that works for you, email to schedule time to talk. RSVP at  This will continue on Thursdays through Dec. 21.

52] – The Metro DC DSA [] is holding its biweekly Social Housing Organizing Meeting on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 6 PM ET. A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP.  Learn about its latest activities, what they're planning for the future, and how to get involved. The host can be reached at

  The group seeks to educate Metro DC DSA chapter members and the general public about social housing and to facilitate collective action in support of the passage and implementation of the Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act.  The legislation proposes to create mixed-income, district-owned housing with market rate units that subsidize a larger number of affordable units. It's a pioneering approach that deepens affordability, invests surplus funds into the creation of more social housing, and locks-in financial sustainability. The bill also includes climate and labor standards and elected tenant boards with oversight over building management.  This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.  RSVP at

53] – The Adas Israel Congregation’s Uyghur Crisis Response Team works to increase awareness of the Chinese government’s genocidal actions against the 12 million members of the Uyghur ethnic minority. The demonstration will be on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 6 PM ET at the Chinese embassy, Van Ness and International Drive, WDC. To get involved contact Karen Guberman at

54] –The Nation Events [] informs us that there will be a webinar on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 6 PM ET -- Can We Talk about Palestine?  Hear a panel discussion about Palestine, free speech, and censorship with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Mohammed el-Kurd, Radhika Sainath and Nathan Thrall moderated by D. D. Guttenplan and hosted by Katrina vanden Heuvel.  The legitimate parameters of debate on the Middle East have drawn far narrower amid bannings, cancellations, firings, violent rhetoric, and even prosecutions of those standing against the horrors in Gaza. Students have been doxxed and lost jobs for expressing pro-Palestinian viewpoints, writers and journalists have been banned from speaking. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen had a major New York City appearance canceled after he signed an open letter calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. At the same time, anti-Semitic incidents have skyrocketed and many Jewish students report heightened fear and harassment. How to respond? How can we preserve freedom of speech and debate on issues where feelings run very high and people feel their identities are under attack? 

This virtual discussion will include ample time for audience questions and comments. Register at

55] – MediaJustice [] is holding a webinar on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 6:30 PM ET -- How Companies & Public Officials Collude to Fuel E-Carceration (And What We Can Do to Stop It)! Discuss how major corporations like Verizon and Google Maps fuel e-carceration by surveilling our communities. Register at

56] – Get over to the Baltimore County Holiday Party on Thurs., Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET and bring a dish to share.  It will take place at the Baltimore County Democratic Party HQ, 301 Allegheny Ave., Towson 21204. The Baltimore County Progressive Democrats & North Baltimore County Democrats want you to attend the Holiday Party! RSVP at

57] – Team 350 [] needs you to join in on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 7 PM ET to help develop ambitious plans for 2024.  ‌ Assess where is as a movement, what wins and challenges were faced this year, and share an exclusive preview of what’s coming next in 2024. RSVP at

58] – The DC Poor People's Campaign [] is holding a virtual campaign meeting on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 7 PM ET.  You'll get the details about an upcoming action in March when in DC and states all across the nation the Poor People's Campaign will bring our demands to Main Street.  March to lift up the issues of poor and low wealth people.  Poor and low-income people and low wage workers will be mobilized to go to the polls. In DC, people will march to the John Wilson Building.  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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