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Red Emma's is moving! Poster By: Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse

Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse often describes itself as your local, friendly, radical infoshop. Named in honor of the famous anarchist, feminist, activist hero Emma Goldman, Red Emma’s (often affectionately referred to simply as “Emma’s”), as part of the infoshop movement, has always worked to keep her firebrand legacy alive and well via knowledge sharing, envisioning, and creating. A collective-motto of sorts is Emma Goldman’s quote: “The most violent element in society is ignorance.”

Reverend "CD" Witherspoon at a rally against the White Student Union. Photo by Bonnie Lane.

A white student union (WSU) is currently active on Towson’s campus. The group is led by Matthew Heimbach. The goal of the WSU is “to create an avenue for people to participate in political, cultural, educational, and social events to celebrate European heritage," according to its website. I left and voicemail and email request to interview Heimbach. He has not responded to my interview requests.

Towson University students rally against "White Student Union." Photo by Bill Hughes.

A group calling itself, the White Student Union, was the subject of three demonstrations, on the Towson University campus on Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2013. Towson students, who don’t like the group, held their protest earlier in the day at 4 PM, followed by two demonstrations at 6 PM by local human rights and social justice advocates.

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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

"Lonely Hearts" by Baltimore's Demi Lashawn.

The crisis of empathy is a great danger to the individual. It separates us from the pain that is felt universally. It stunts our ability to conceive of anything better in how we could live our lives. It is when we can tear down the fences that we build within ourselves, and undergo that transformation—from hostility to warmth, from suspicion to a welcoming embrace, from bitterness to tenderness—we find a power that cannot be taken from us.

President George W. Bush presents the Medal of Honor to neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Image source: www.examiner.com

Dr. Ben Carson is a well-trained plantation fox, guarding the hen house of White supremacy. He is infected with the delusion of individualism and Bill Cosby boot-strapitis. He can be found on his way to the White House, tripping the political, racist land mines set for his demise. Just think, he could live in Baltimore, not far from me. Well, there goes the neighborhood.

A bas-relief mural in Aguadilla, PR, depicts Columbus' first contact with the Taíno people. Photo by: Iris Kirsch.

This winter, I had the great fortune to travel to Puerto Rico. A beautiful, diverse island, Puerto Rico has a long colonial history and a long history of resistance. Both of these traditions are still alive today, and Puerto Rico is a fascinating place to study the effects of neoliberalism.

Mother fights for the legalization of midwives in MD.

On March 8th, 2013, (coincidentally on International Women's Day) Indyreader's Corey Reidy sat down with local midwife to hear about the fight to legalize midwifery in Maryland. You may hear and read her words, however she must stay nameless in order to protect herself since it is currently illegal for her to practice within the State of Maryland as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a credential she earned through rigorous training standards and passing several National Board Exams.A broad coalition has been working steadfastedly in order to change this reality. Last year the coalition fought to gain full legality of midwives. This was met with seemingly unshakeable opposition. This year the coalition is has re-emerged in the session with a surge of energy to make the public aware of the realities behind homebirth and midwifery, as well as a new bill that aims to seek approval for a three-year pilot program for CPM's.

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It’s 2013.

Your child...has access to a private world that doesn’t include you. They speak a language in code that changes rapidly. They exist with their fingers and minds wrapped around an electronic entranceway to a society in which you have completely relinquished control. They deal with bullying, violence, and childhood hatred in ways that you never had to.

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