It took a long time to get their day in court to challenge the misdemeanor charges against them, but for two defendants and the attorney who represented them at trial, it was worth the wait. Sharon Black and the Rev. C.D. Witherspoon were charged with trespassing in a public building after hours on August 7, 2012. Following three separate postponements, including one postponement due to Super Storm Sandy, the two were found not guilty by a judge in the District Court for Baltimore City on January 22, 2013.
This article is part two of an ongoing series about incarcerated journalist James MacArthur. The first article (“Informed and Dangerous”, published on January 16, 2013) documents MacArthur's history with the Baltimore Police Department since 2008. It includes a description of MacArthur's extralegal 40-day disappearance in March 2009. This article focuses specifically on the period leading up to MacArthur's arrest and evaluates the claim that he is a threat to police officers and to society.
Dovetail is an interview series that focuses on the subject of social movements, with special attention given to movement-building here in the Baltimore area. As the title suggests, a major aim of the series will be to look at where the various activist-efforts taking place in Baltimore fit together, reinforce each other, intersect, etc. Here, in the second instalment of Dovetail, I interview Kate Khatib, a founder and current worker-owner at Red Emma's. Here, Khatib discusses the ideological foundations for Red Emma's, the project's relationship to the broader Baltimore public, its role in movement-building in Baltimore, and the significance of its upcoming move to 30 West North Avenue.
After the release of her new book, Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore, Casey McKeel sat down for an interview with Marisela Gomez to talk about displacement and dispossesion in Middle East Baltimore due to the Johns Hopkins/EBDI expansion.
Indyreader Contributers Iris Kirsch and Casey McKeel celebrated Dr. King's birthdays at the United Worker's Strategic Dialogue. The United Workers have a ten year legacy in Baltimore as low wage workers leading the way to poverty's end. We invite you to share the event with us, in words and pictures.
Today, January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States. For many, the election of President Obama signified a break with the past, a new era of "Hope" and "Change". Although Obama promised us a lot in the lead-up to his election, his appeal to liberals and progressives came from much more than his policies and campaign promises.
It’s been a month since tragedy struck Newtown, CT: a small, wealthy suburb of New York. On a clear December morning, a regular day at the local elementary school exploded in gunfire, forever transforming that community. In a few short minutes, they lost six adults and twenty children to dumbfounding violence.
As we roll into 2013, we bring you a flashback from the Baltimore-based and organized Mobilizing and Organizing from Below Conference (MOBconf). Please enjoy this audio from the workshop: Don't Waste Time in Organizing, Decolonize!
At this past September 2012's Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavillion, a yearly weekend-long event that Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse organizes in conjunction with The Baltimore Book Festival, two reknowned authors and activists took the stage.
Today, in 2012, it’s disappointing to see that the issues raised by Kofi Annan about the UN Security Council remain as (if not more) persistent and problematic as they were in 2004. A resolution that could put an end or significantly reduce the innocent loss of civilian life remains at the mercy of five governments and their agendas. What does or does not qualify as a humanitarian crisis continues to be for them to judge as opposed to referencing international law, as inevitably enforcing the law would require their unanimous approval. That is to say, a single disapproval weighs more than international law and human rights combined.