Economic Justice

Photo By: Hyatt Hurts

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Hyatt workers in Baltimore held a prayer service at the Inner Harbor followed by a rally in front of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. This video features participants such as Baltimore councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, along with members of Baltimore's religious communities, Unite Here Local 7 organizers, and others.

"Ready for Demolition". Photo from: unitedworkers.org

On December 1st, 2012, The United Workers (UW) celebrated their ten year anniversary. The United Workers stands as a true grassroots community organization that mobilizes with low-wage workers both to meet immediate labor rights victories as well as with the grand end-goal to completely eradicate poverty.

On the night of Thursday the 6th, B-HEARD (Baltimore Higher Education Alliance for Real Democracy) and Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) teamed up to screen an award-winning documentary. We're Not Broke, a startling investigative documentary, draws attention to the largest symptom of America's financial woes: the tax-evading corporation.

When this year’s third graders graduate from high school, the Baltimore City Schools Ten-Year-Plan will be in full effect. The plan, announced in late November amidst much fanfare, calls for a ground-up overhaul of the buildings and facilities where our children go every day to learn and grow.

The struggle for social justive is very much alive in the Baltimore region. On Dec. 10, activists, many of them senior citizens associated with the MD/DC "Alliance for Retired Americans," staged a demonstration in front of the district office of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Dem-MD-7th). They protested a potential deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" that will benefit the parasitical 2% Gang at the expense of the working class, retirees and the poor. On Dec. 13, members of Unite Here, Local 7, along with social justice activists, rallied in support of the Hyatt Hotel workers. And on Dec 15, activists met in Columbia to launch a campaign for a "publicly funded, universal single-payer healthcare, an improved form of Medicare, that covers all Marylanders."

Photo by Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland

On Saturday, December 15, 2-5 pm, Marylanders from throughout the state will gather at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia to launch our statewide campaign, Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland. Building on our shared history of working towards single payer health care and protecting our human rights in Maryland and inspired by a successful effort in Vermont, this new campaign will focus on growing the grassroots support necessary to ensure that our basic human right to health is protected in Maryland through the establishment of a publicly-funded, universal single-payer healthcare system.

The Allentown community in Baltimore city held a New Orleans-style "funeral march" to protest the closing of the rec centers on August 10, 2012. Photo by Alana Smith.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake chose to close four centers in West Baltimore, all were about two miles from one another. Parkview was named one of the centers to be shut down at the end of summer, along with Crispus Attucks, Central Rosemont, and Harlem Park. But Parkview remains in use, unlike the others. “I hope they don’t close it down,” Kim Hall, grandmother and caretaker to a boy that goes to the after school program, said. “It’s good and keeps the kids off the streets.”

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