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"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!

 

Malcolm X. (Source: 52en.com)

In part two of my series, A Better Tomorrow, I  would like to discuss Malcolm X’s speech, "The Ballot or the Bullet", and its historical impact.

Before we begin, I would like to thank my readers for following my series A Better Tomorrow. I have been encouraged by the feedback that I received from supporters and readers who have been following my series. As my series continues, I hope there will be more enthusiasm.

Let’s begin our discussion:

FORCE memorializes survivors of sexual violence in Washington, DC. Photo By: Casey McKeel

This past year, rape has dominated the headlines. From front-page coverage of the Penn State trials to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment to international outcry about gang rape in India to national focus on Steubenville, talking about rape—a long-silenced topic—is finally a mainstream conversation. We are in a unique cultural moment where the ever-present epidemic of sexual violence is being recognized.

Students and parents from Lafayette School marched to their alderman's office on March 21. Lafayette is one of a staggering 54 Chicago schools slated for closure—the most ever in a single year in a U.S. city. Photo: Bill Healy, Chicago Public Media. (Source: labornotes.org)

The battle for Chicago’s schools is raging. The April 24th School Board Meeting in Chicago was a hotbed of competing interests, and nothing seems likely to cool down any time soon. As of Wednesday’s meeting, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) intends to close 54 schools, co-locate six, and send eleven more through a “turnaround” process in which they will massively reorganize students, teachers, and resources.

Members of The United Workers and their supporters march through the streets of Baltimore. Photo source: www.nesri.org

An obstacle for the left is the difficulty in organizing due to the splintered causes. After all, what do LGBTQ rights have to do with immigration, or low wages, or Healthcare? I think the answer is human dignity. Those ideas—humanism, dignity, a life free from slavery, formal or mental—illuminate a common ground for the Left that has been splintered and muted. There are signs of a pulse of a larger Human Rights movement here in Maryland.

Dr. Margaret Flowers speaking about health-care reform. Photo source: newmexicoinfocus.org

In this audio interview, Indyreader contributor Stephen Wallace sat down with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a congressional fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program and a pediatrician based in Baltimore, about the problems with the U.S. healthcare system, including "Obamacare," and the need to switch to a "single-payer" system. Here, she explains what single-payer systems are, how they work, and what benefits they offer.

U.S. armed drone and Guantanamo prisoners. Image source: october2011.org

Drone warfare, its legality, ethics and military use, was examined at a workshop held on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, at Remsen Hall, in Baltimore, MD, on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013. Medea Benjamin, a peace & social justice activist and cofounder of CODEPINK, spoke about legality, ethics and military use of drones. Five days ealier, over a hundred Human Rights activists staged a “Day of Action” demonstration in front of the White House to remind President Obama to keep his word on closing Guantanamo. Peace activist, Frank Cordaro of the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines, Iowa, read a poem written by one of the Guantanamo prisoners.

A 2007 affirmative action rally at the University of Michigan. Source: npaper-wehaa.com.

As the Supreme Court weighs in on the affirmative action case of Abigail Fisher—a white student from Stephen F.

Image source: www.bartcop.com

The word “entitlement” had prestige and dignity before the party of “no” got its hands on it. The point is that these programs are being hotly debated and politicized in the deficit reduction melee on Capitol Hill. The racialization of the issue is a common strategy to turn serious discourse on its head and rally irrational support by appealing to embedded racial stereotypes.

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