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Mercurial Links - Book Review, CCC, and Muller Paz

Mercurial because of the fickle nature of writer’s block. So yes, this is a clip episode. Which reminds me, do you remember the time when…[insert cutaway sequence here].

Chapter 1

We recently had David Parrish, the author of Losing Jon: A Teen’s Tragic Death, a Police Cover-Up, a Community’s Fight for Justice, on the Forward Maryland podcast.

https://www.amazon.com/Losing-Jon-Cover-Up-Communitys-Justice-ebook/dp/B07TRKR4JF/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=death+of+jon&qid=1596928544&sr=8-1

https://53beersontap.typepad.com/forward_maryland/2020/07/forward-maryland-124-with-david-parrish-july-31-2020.html

I asked David what he was reading; he mentioned On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder.

A quick read from a Professor of History at Yale, the book highlights the warning signs of tyranny and, critically, how to fight against it. Written in a highly accessible manner, it’s worth a place on your nightstand.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558051/on-tyranny-by-timothy-snyder/9780804190114

Chapter 2

Looking to donate your time or other resources to an important community cause? Columbia Community Care is a righteous grassroots organization. Please visit their website so you can learn more about how you can help your neighbors: http://columbiacare.live/

A Forward Maryland interview with the group’s founder, Erika Strauss-Chavarria, can be found here:

https://53beersontap.typepad.com/forward_maryland/2020/04/forward-maryland-101-with-erika-strauss-chivarria-april-7-2020.html

Chapter 3

It’s Saturday night and you are thinking to yourself: how can I help the cause of people-powered governance in the City of Baltimore? Look no further than https://www.francaforthepeople.com/. This is one of the key races to watch in Maryland in the 2020 election cycle. If you want to check out the Forward Maryland interview with Franca Muller Paz, feel free to check out:

https://53beersontap.typepad.com/forward_maryland/2020/08/forward-maryland-125-with-franca-muller-paz-august-4-2020.html

In solidarity.

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