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Alicia Kirkland and Michele Decker (seated) at Trading Safety for Violence event. (Photo by Bonnie Lane)

I attended a serious event Wednesday called Trading Safety For Survival. The Facebook event depicts it as “A Conversation about Violence Against Women in the Sex Trade and the Police Who are Asked to Protect them.”

It was sponsored by Power Inside. According to their flyer, Power Inside is “a nonprofit program for women impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse. Our services help women build self-sufficiency, heal from violence and avoid future criminal justice contact.”

Poor People’s Campaign marching to DC. Photo by T.C. Hall Media.

Regular Indy Reader contributor, Bonnie Lane provides an account of her experience in the 2013 Poor People’s Campaign and March, which was kicked-off on Friday, May 10. As Lane explains, the campaign was inspired by the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign that was led by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Like its predecessor, the 2013 Poor People's Campaign aimed to advance the cause of economic and human rights.

May Day 2013 in NYC Photo By: Joshua Stephens

It was still mild enough such that light sleeves or a hoodie were sufficient, when Occupy Wall Street first stepped out with the major labor unions as Fall stretched its legs in 2011. The jog between Foley Square and Zuccotti Park can be put at spitting distance, without much exaggeration, but a march was staged between the two, nonetheless.

Demonstrators parade down Broadway during a May Day march in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City converged on Union Square before a march downtown towards City Hall as they protested for better working conditions, immigration reform and other social issues. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On May 1st, 2013, I had the pleasure of marching with you from Union Square to City Hall in New York City. It was an honor, a privilege, to stand with you. The demands for the legalization of all undocumented citizens, education and healthcare for all, a future free of nuclear danger, an end to homelessness and the abolition of poverty were backed by a righteous strength and fearlessness that I have never seen in my life. It is truly admirable. We owe it to ourselves to celebrate.

Last week, Indyreader published the first hour of the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee Hearing on the Hyatt labor peace resolution held last Thursday, March 14, 2013. Part II highlights testimonies during the second hour of the hearing. Among those who testified were Unite Here Local 7 organizer Tracy Lingo, Hyatt workers Mike Jones, Regina Davis and Baker Best, Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic priest Fr. Ty Hullinger, Baltimore NAACP President Tessa Aston-Hill, community activist Duane Davis, and LIUNA Local 33 member James Commander.

A 2007 affirmative action rally at the University of Michigan. Source: npaper-wehaa.com.

As the Supreme Court weighs in on the affirmative action case of Abigail Fisher—a white student from Stephen F.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards from the Third Baseline. Photo By: Kate Drabinski.

On March 24th, 2013, local historians, activists, and interested parties gathered at Camden and S. Eutaw to join in the unveiling of a new plaque commemorating the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. The plaque joins a slew of public memorials in this part of southwest Baltimore but was the first recognizing the role of laborers and their struggles in the making of this place.

The B&O Railroad.

The B&O Railroad Museum is a landmark of Southwest Baltimore, its roundhouse an integral part of the skyline. It boasts of its status as the “birthplace of American railroading” and inside the museum you will find plenty of evidence of the impacts of the railroad on American society. We have shared standard time because trains needed a way to avoid running into each other.

Image Design by Ananda La Vita

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.

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