Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Baltimore Activist Alert -- June 12 - 13, 2024

35] Biden, pardon Steven Donziger – June 12

36] How Will Biden's New Border Policy Play Out? – June 12

37] Environmental Justice Task Force listening session – June 12

38] Team ENOUGH is a youth-led program – June 12

39] Jamaal Bowman Phone Bank – June 12

40] The Ukraine War – June 12

41] The problem with ICBMs – June 12

42] Letter-Writing with Swing Left Baltimore – June 12

43] Not above the Law Rapid Response – June 12

44] Election Protection phone bank – June 13


35] – Amazon Watch [news@amazonwatch.org] on Wed., June 12 at 11:45 AM is organizing a rally at the White House to call on Biden to pardon Steven Donziger. More than 50 other organizations are demanding that President Biden pardon human rights lawyer Steven Donziger after Chevron targeted him with the nation’s first private corporate prosecution. Chevron orchestrated this legal attack as retaliation for Donziger’s role in achieving a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for the deliberate dumping of billions of gallons of cancer-causing oil waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is also meant to scare other would-be environmental and human rights lawyers from taking on the fossil fuel industry.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned Donziger’s prosecution and found that his detention was illegal under international law. The body instructed the Biden administration to make reparations, but it has yet to respond.  RSVP at https://www.freedonziger.com/event-details-registration/climate-defenders-rally?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=c500a13fa1-2019-04-25-blk%2B_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e6f929728b-c500a13fa1-343455685&mc_cid=c500a13fa1&mc_eid=44c0c5618d

36] – The Immigration Justice Campaign [justice@immcouncil.org] on Wed., June 12 at noon ET will hold a webinar: How Will Biden's New Border Policy Play Out? What will the Biden administration’s new border policy actually do, and how is it likely to play out on the ground? What are the challenges in enforcing the new restrictions? What will be the impact on asylum seekers awaiting their credible fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process?  The panel will also be joined by Senior Fellow Dara Lind and Policy Associate Pablo Balcazar. Register at https://aila-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8mBt8EA4TWOnQ3euRzm96A?emci=0a30f86b-4327-ef11-86d2-6045bdd9e096&emdi=dde12843-4c27-ef11-86d2-6045bdd9e096&ceid=9907298#/registration

37] -- The Environmental Justice Task Force is pleased to announce the phase 2 listening session will take place virtually on Wed., June 12 from 5 to 7 PM ET. The majority of the community members will come from Westport and Brooklyn. Ultimately, the goal will be to collect feedback from community members concerning environmental injustice concerns; thereby, providing those insights to elected officials for phase 3 of the listening session. If you are interested in supporting the EJTF at a tabling or neighborhood cleanup event in South Baltimore--reach out to SirJames at sirjames@progressivemaryland.org

38] -- Are you a young person between 13 and 25 years old who is interested in taking action around preventing gun violence? On Wednesdays, including June 12, from 6 to 7 PM ET, join a Team ENOUGH welcome session to learn more about the different ways you can engage.  Team ENOUGH is a youth-led program whose mission is to educate young voices about gun violence and mobilize them to take meaningful action against it. Supported by Brady United, it harnesses the expertise and experience of today’s youth to advance intersectional work across the country. It will continue through Dec. 18. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/425528/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_closest

39] -- Join a DC Pop-Up Jamaal Bowman Phone Bank and Hangout, hosted by Protect Our Power on Wed., June 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ET. With less than two weeks until Jamaal Bowman's primary in NY-16, join to phone bank! Make calls to college students in the district to make sure they're registered and have a plan to vote! RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/633081/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_more_events_of_type

40] –MAPA [info@masspeaceaction.org] on Wed., June 12 at 6:30 PM ET is hosting Public Forum: The Ukraine War— Where Is It Heading? This discussion at the Forbes Library will discuss Ukraine's future from two opposing viewpoints. Join a livestream at YouTube Maspeace.us/Ukraine-war-forum

 Two speakers with opposing views will address the questions: Should the U.S. continue arming Ukraine to defend its sovereignty, protect its democracy, and defeat Russia? Or urge Ukraine to negotiate a settlement with Russia before it risks losing even more soldiers, territory, and critical infrastructure, and risks escalating the conflict into a direct confrontation between the US/NATO and Russia? Speaking in favor of current U.S. policy toward Ukraine will be John Feffer of Amherst, author and director of the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.  Speaking against U.S. policy and for negotiations to end the war will be John Berkowitz of Northampton, long-time activist for peace, economic justice, and environmental protection. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcome after the two presentations. This event will also be livestreamed on the Forbes YouTube channel: Masspeace.US/Ukraine-war-forum  Visit https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/12443338

41] – The Danger and Cost of ICBMs virtual discussion will take place on Wed., June 12 at 7 PM ET. The risks of nuclear war and the costs of the Federal government’s “War Machine” both continue to escalate.  The risks of nuclear war and the costs of the Federal government's “War Machine” both continue to escalate. This webinar, taking place during the week of June 10-17 honoring Daniel Ellsberg, will examine Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, the most costly, vulnerable and dangerous leg of the nuclear triad of land, sea and air-based missiles. There are three speakers. Norman Solomon is a journalist, media critic, author and activist. Emma Claire Foley is a nuclear weapons policy expert, writer and filmmaker who has spent her career working for nuclear disarmament campaigns. David Borris is the Board President of Chicago Peace Action. Register at Masspeace.US/dangers-of-icbms

42] – On Wed., June 12 from 8 to 8:30 PM ET, join Swing Left for a volunteer orientation. This will continue on June 26 at 8 PM. Take on MAGA extremism—and win—in 2024, and beyond! During the 30-minute orientation, share the most effective volunteer options. Extremism has taken root and is now thriving in the Republican Party. This emboldened GOP is attacking democracy itself—designing extreme legislative gerrymanders, rigging the courts, attempting to subvert election results, and stripping away the democratic voice of the people—in order to lock in permanent minority rule.   Swing Left has the tools, programs, and community infrastructure to help you get involved strategically in whatever way you can, no matter where you are on your civic engagement journey. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/616746/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual

43] – On Wed., June 12 from 8 to 9 PM ET, People Power United is meeting to discuss Not above the Law Rapid Response. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/557129/?followup_modal_context=nonexclusive_newsletter_most_popular_virtual

 Our former President and current presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is accused of 91 crimes that include the Espionage Act, obstruction, attempting to steal votes, and a conspiracy to overthrow democracy. Come together as a Not above the Law Rapid Response Team to share resources and respond as needed to the events that unfold as the trials happen. This discussion will continue through Wed., Oct. 2 from 8 to 9 PM ET.

44] – On Thursdays, June 13, 20 & 27 from noon to 2 PM & 4 to 6 PM ET, get involved with State of Democracy, a Common Cause organized Election Protection phone bank. Also you can phone bank on Thursdays, July 4 and 11 from 4 to 6 PM EDT. Work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. Register for a shift to make calls and help strengthen the phone bank team to protect our democracy. These shifts will also always include training for first-timers before you make calls, so if this is your first time, no worries! Register at https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/?followup_modal_context=organization_newsletter_custom_recommendations

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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