Thursday, January 18, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- January 18 - 22, 2024

47] In defense of asylum/Causes of Migration – Jan. 18 

48] Upcoming disastrous Supreme Court decision – Jan. 18

49] Help register Pennsylvania voters – Jan. 18

50] The Gaza Kitchen Jan. 18

51] Overthrow Citizens United – Jan. 18

52] Nonviolence and the climate movement Jan. 18

53] Film To the End -- Jan. 18

54] Campaign to Victory call – Jan. 18

55] Protest Northrop Grumman – Jan. 22


47] – The Interfaith Immigration Coalition [] on Thurs., Jan. 18 at 10 AM ET is holding a press conference In Defense of Asylum.  Immigration advocates and allies in Congress are holding a press conference in response to the ongoing negotiations regarding anti-asylum. RSVP at and anti-immigrant policies   Join in DC at the House Triangle (near NJ Ave./Independence Ave. SE) or on Facebook live.

 Then tune in to a webinar: A Deep Dive into the Causes of Migration on Thurs., Jan. 18 at 11 AM ET.  Kicking off a three-part series, this webinar will explore the various factors that force people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to migrate to the U.S. and the challenges that long-term undocumented immigrants face. RSVP at

48] -- Just Majority via Demand Justice [] is coming together on Thurs., Jan. 18 at noon ET for a Digital Roundtable: Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce.  The laws we fought hard to pass like the Clean Air and Water Acts and many more will be extremely difficult to enforce.| The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that challenge the so-called "Chevron deference." These cases could ultimately undermine the ability of federal agencies to effectively do their jobs -- putting our environment, our safety, and our economy at risk.  Hear from the American Constitution Society, Public Justice, Student Borrower Protection Center, and League of Conservation Voters. Learn what the these cases tells us about the Supreme Court's attack on effective government, why there’s growing support for Supreme Court reform, and where we go from here. Register at

49] – On Thurs., Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 PM ET, join a Field Team 6 phone bank to help register Dems in Pennsylvania! Sign up at You will be contacting eligible voters (likely Democrats) in Pennsylvania!  Make sure people are registered to vote, and that they can vote safely from home, is a super-effective way to make a difference. Turn voices into votes! All training provided!

50] –Busboys and Poets is hosting Palestine Week from January 18 through 25 for a Jubilee of Peace.  RSVP at On Thurs., Jan. 18 at 6 PM ET, check out Food and Folklore: The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad at Busboys in Columbia, 6251 MANGO TREE ROAD, COLUMBIA 21044.

51] – People For the American Way [] hopes you will join a call on how we can overturn Citizens United on Thurs., Jan. 18 from 7 to 8 PM ET. Thanks to the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, for the past 14 years billionaires and Big Business have been free to spend unlimited amounts of money in order to have enormous influence in our elections and government. Why? To support tax breaks for the wealthy, weaken consumer protections, prevent progress on issues like gun safety reform, health care, climate change, and more. Listen to what Senator Bernie Sanders and others have to say about overturning Citizens United.  RSVP to join us! >>

52] –Bill McKibben <> is asking you to Equip Yourself for Change by joining Third Act's Series on Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience in 2024!  The utilization of these skills will begin in early-February in the nation’s capital, when we frontline communities will protest outside the Department of Energy in an effort to stop the permitting of new liquefied natural gas export facilities.  Join this training The Attitude of Nonviolent Action, Embodying our Values on Thurs., Jan. 18 from 7 to 9 PM ET.  RSVP at

53] –Care about Climate [] is showing a film on Thurs., Jan. 18 at 7 PM ET -- "To the End." This is a film about four visionary women leading the fight for a Green New Deal. Whether you are new to the climate space, or a seasoned advocate, get involved with a Movie Night with Care about Climate! Watch the award-winning team behind Knock down the House take us on a journey of four exceptional young women— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist Varshini Prakash, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and political strategist Alexandra Rojas— as they grapple with new challenges of leadership and power and work together to defend their generation’s right to a future. REGISTER at

54] -- Mike Fox for Progressive Democrats of America [] wants you to know that on Thurs., Jan. 18 at 9 PM ET there will be a PDA Campaign To Victory Call. Tom Keen and the Democrats flipped a Vital State House Seat in FL on January 16.  Progressive for Democracy in America played a role along with an impressive coalition to help flip District 35 blue with Tom Keen winning the seat. What a great way to start off election 2024, with a Dem pickup, and especially gratifying that it came at Ron DeSantis' expense. Now, on to our next victories for Barbara Lee running for U.S. Senate CA (ballots drop the first week in Feb.), the race to fill disgraced former U.S. Representative George Santos' vacated seat in NY-03 (election Feb. 13) and more.  Register and the machine will email you your secure codes:

55] – According to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the $43.7 billion spent by the U.S. on nuclear weapons in 2022 means that, every minute, $83,143 was diverted from healthcare, housing, and other needs in our country! And the leading nuclear weapons contractor in the U.S. is Northrop Grumman which in September 2020 was selected by the U.S. Air Force under a $13.3 billion contract awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent [sic] (GBSD) program. Northrop Grumman is the third largest weapons contractor in the world taking in $32 billion in 2022 for military hardware.

According to the watchdog site Investigate, Northrop Grumman “supplies the Israeli military with a wide variety of weapons, including various missile systems. The company’s technologies are also integrated into Israel’s main weapon systems, including its fighter jets, missile ships, and trainer aircraft.” The company has provided Israel weapons for decades and, says Investigate, “these weapons have repeatedly been used against Palestinian civilians, resulting in numerous casualties as well as mass destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and water and electric systems.” It has also supplied the Israeli Navy with Sa'ar 5 warships, which have participated in the assault on Gaza. 

Since 2017, Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland activists have celebrated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The TPNW opened for signature at the United Nations in New York on 20 September 2017 and entered into force on 22 January 2021. As of 19 September 2023, the TPNW has 69 states parties while 28 further states have signed but not yet ratified.

 Pope Francis in the annual Christmas message condemned war and weaponry provided by the global arms industry. This year’s message also included condemnation of the ongoing slaughter in the Gaza Strip, as he mourned the children killed, which he called the "little Jesuses of today."

 Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland activists, on January 22 for the annual speak out in favor of the TPNW, will gather outside a Northrop Grumman complex to leaflet workers. The leaflet will explain that producing nuclear weapons is a theft from the poor, and that any military contractor supplying weapons to Israel will be complicit in the war crimes being committed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  As part of the visit to Northrop Grumman, a letter would be delivered to Kathy Warden, CEO. The time and the site will be decided at a further date.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net if you are interested in challenging Northrop Grumman. 

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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