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August 17, 2013 rally in front of the White House calling for “immigrant rights.” Photo by: Bill Hughes.

On Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore, Bill Hughes discussed the upcoming “March on Washington” with long-time advocate for social justice, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. Hughes also covered the August 17, 2013 rally for “immigrant rights," which was held in front of the White House.

Youth from Taiwan announcing their open space session, at the 2013 International Democratic Education Conference. (Source: democraticeducation.org)

In the past week, I’ve been at two amazing conferences, both dealing with democratizing education. The first was IDEC, the International Democratic Education Conference, held this year in Boulder, Colorado.

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

As America celebrates "Victory Day," on August 15, when one looks at a photo of 1945 Hiroshima or modern day Detroit, the similarities are striking.

As Hiroshima lied smoldering, Detroit was the envy of modern civilization; the model city known as the Arsenal of Democracy. Detroit was the innovator of mass production, creator of the middle class, and the pioneer of racial equality. Today, Detroit is emblematic of the failures of the social policies starting in the sixties, and synonymous with deterioration and blight.

April 2013 pro-immigration protest at US Capitol. (Source: rt.com)

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

G. K. Chesterton

In 1949, a delegation of Native Americans went to Capitol Hill to discuss their conditions with lawmakers. After meeting with Vice President Alben Barkley, the Sioux leader Chief Ben American Horse said to the Barkley, "Be careful with your immigration policies; we were careless with ours."

Saturday, July 20 rally to “end the senseless violence, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, to focus on healing, to honor the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King and to seek a brighter tomorrow.”  Photo by Bill Hughes.

Street journalist, Bill Hughes, covers three actions this week: the "March For Justice" on Saturday, the fair development demonstration on Wednesday, and the "Flush the TPP" action on Tuesday.

Eleven percent of teachers would vote to extend the contract. Photo by: Iris Kirsch.

October 14 of 2010 was a monumental day. On that day, the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU), Local 340 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), voted down the contract which had been put before us by so-called labor-management cooperation. After some shenanigans, the contract passed in a re-vote, and workers in Baltimore schools have been suffering under the pseudo-merit-pay system for three years. Now, negotiations are back open.

Curt Flood (Source: The Atlantic)

As the Flood vs Kuhn case turns forty-one years old this week, one of the Supreme Court's most celebrated ruling in the world of sports is also one of its most controversial. The 5-3 decision impacted more than baseball—it raised questions about the court's viability, whether sports are monopolies, and it addressed the issue of labor. However, it also ended the age of innocence for athletes and ushered in a new era of scandals, as well as an arms race for high contracts.

The Negro Baseball League was established in 1920. (Image source: nj.com)

To learn about American society, one should study baseball. There's no wonder baseball is called the national pastime: it is undisputedly the greatest game ever invented. It is a simple game, yet cerebral. Watching a game is like watching a scene to a great play. The box score is insignificant over a game or two; however, over a period of months you see patterns and developments.

Despite an overcast sky, interspersed with occasional rain showers, social justice advocates joined together in solidarity on Saturday morning, May 11 around 10 AM in Baltimore, Maryland, to launch the “Poor Peoples Campaign.” The plan was for the activists, numbering in the hundreds, to rally at the East Baltimore site (Biddle St. and Montford Ave.) and then march out of the city along Route 1 (Washington Blvd.), untill they reached, later that day - College Park, Maryland.

This past week, Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism, spoke at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Alperovitz spoke about his new book, What Then Must We Do? Democratizing Wealth and Building a Community-Sustaining Economy from the Ground Up, and described the potential of worker-owned enterprises in the US to build a political movement and challenge the trend of neoliberal capitalism.

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