Ethical Action Report (2020-02-09)

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The Ethical Action Report for February 9, 2020 was presented by Charlie Shafer, Chair of the Ethical Action Committee. The committee is working to identify one theme or effort for each month to help us focus the efforts of BES membership and so that we don’t spread ourselves too thin. Here are the focus events for the coming months:

February: Environment

United Workers will launch their Zero Waste Campaign at a meeting on February 22, 12-3 pm, at University of Maryland School of Social Work auditorium.

Update Sunday afternoon: Maya Kosok reports that BUILD has an event in Annapolis on Feb. 17th

On Monday, 2/17 11:00a-11:40a join BUILD and other members from our sister organizations in Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties (AIM and ACT) for a quick action in Annapolis. Delegate McIntosh will start with a teaching about the legislation and the urgency of the moment followed by us greeting committee members and Baltimore City delegation members as they arrive. Del. McIntosh has negotiated Baltimore City’s required contribution down from $330M to $125M and while she is confident on approval from the House, they need a visible show of support to help build momentum in the Senate. There is a 4-way joint hearing at 12p and this action is planned to directly precede the hearing. Please reply to let me know if you can attend on behalf of BES to participate in this action. This will be held in the House Office Building (exact room TBD) and everyone will need to bring their ID and allow time to get through security.

March: Education

We have three opportunities to participate in education advocacy: Strong Schools Maryland on 3/9 (evening) and 3/31 (morning) and a BUILD Mayoral Accountability Forum on 3/24 (evening).

April: Environment

On Earth Day, April 22, BES plans to join a local chapter of the Sunrise Movement for a Green New Deal action.

The first meeting of the ethical action book club will be Sunday, March 1, 2020, after platform. We will be reading “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells.

The next meeting of the EAC is Sunday, February 16, after platform.

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