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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.

The DOJ and FBI hope to increase surveillance of online communications. Source: infowars.com.

A recent article in the Washington Post details the first measures of potential legislation known as CALEA 2. The FBI and Department of Justice want to fine companies for noncompliance with surveillance orders. The death of privacy has been a popular trope in establishment media lately. Unfortunately, pitiful displays by establishment journalists like Tom Brokaw encourage Americans to comply with expanded state surveillance measures. But the facts of the reporting are usually true: our privacy is under attack from almost all authorities we are trained to trust.

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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.

John Holloway. Photo from: kootation.com

As the 2013 Left Forum Conference draws near, we remember a speech given at last year's Left Forum (2012). Renowned professor, sociologist, and philosopher John Holloway inspired and transfixed us all. Attached is the audio from this incredible call-to-action speech, as well as a transcribed portion of his moving words.

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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.

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.

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“America is now in considerable part more a formal political democracy than a democratic social structure, and even the formal political mechanics are weak.”

- C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite, 1956

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