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Although The Wire is utterly brilliant in depicting the parallel hierarchies of power across organizations and the connections from City Hall to the loading docks to streets, there is one critical group missing from the show: progressive activists and advocates. Our progressive activism and advocacy for sustainability and social justice bears witness to the fact that we do not adhere to notions of preordination; nor do we subscribe to the supremacy of modern city institutions. City institutions in Baltimore continue to create negative outcomes because we have not built and sustained the social movements and organizations necessary to hold them accountable and compel them to be responsive to the needs of the people.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Jim Baldridge, a Vietnam war veteran who lives in Baltimore and member of Veterans for Peace, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Baldridge participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

On Friday, April 5, 2013, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alfred McCoy, delivered the keynote speech at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War, called "The New Faces of War." Professor McCoy's book, Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State, won the 2011 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. Excerpts of his keynote speech are featured in this video, which was produced by Richard Concepcion.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, veteran peace and justice activist and historian, David Swanson, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Swanson, whose latest book is When the World Outlawed War, participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Harry Haines, professor at Montclair State University, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Haines participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer turned political activist, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. McGovern participated on a panel called "Indefinite Detention and War Against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?"

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Matthias Maass, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Maas participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

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Americans have been left flummoxed by the rash of shootings, murders, bombings, and violence that seems to erupt randomly with seemingly no pattern or explanation. I want to propose some thoughts on the issue of violence and masculinity, so roll with me for a minute as I try to explain the common thread that connects suburban mass shootings/bombings (mostly committed by white men) and urban homicides (mostly committed by black men) in America.

"Hit and Stay": Film Poster Designed By: Post Typography

Please check back later this week for the full Hit and Stay story and film review. In the meantime, however, please enjoy the full audio interview with Joe Tropea, one of the directors of the film.

Also, don't sleep on purchasing your tickets for the two showings of this documentary at this upcoming weekend's Maryland Film Festival. There will be two screenings: Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm at the Charles Theater & Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm at MICA's Brown Center. 

FORCE takes action to give voice to rape survivors on V-DAY 2013. Photo By: Casey McKeel

Please check back later this week for full story. In the meantime, however, please enjoy this full audio interview with the two feminist organizers behind FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. And, while you're at it, check out their Kickstarter campaign that is working to build their Monument Project, and please consider giving if you're able.

Thank you!

 

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