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It's Spring! Huzzah! And who better to celebrate that feel-good fine-weather spirit with than your local Wobs? (I can't think of anyone who knows how to party better than the Wobblies!)

Mark  your calendar 'cause this Friday, May 27th, there's going to be a Backyard Hootenanny like no other.

Bands playing:

Welcome back world! This is the third segment of our Baltimore-centric (although not exclusive) headline-news-round-up called Sounds of Independent News. We are committed to posting snippets of independent news, to help equip and inform local social justice activists and organizations. We are committed to posting regular segments and updates. We solicit your important news and announcements, as well as any suggestions and ideas. Email us at: indypendentreader@gmail.com

Last week, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker-led human rights organization, organized a national day of action on May Day, to highlight Trader Joe’s ongoing support of human rights abuses in Florida’s tomato farms.  Baltimore citizens joined in solidarity at the Towson Trader Joe’s, on Joppa Rd. Similar actions took place in Washington D.C. and Montgomery County.  All in all, twenty-three actions took place from coast-to-coast.

Newly elected Gov. Scott Walker kept a lid on his controversial, billionaire-backed “budget repair” bill until it was almost time to vote on it. Once details were made public, he thought he would have it passed by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature in under a week.

That was before the Wisconsin State Capitol building was occupied and several large wildcat strikes and student walkouts brought thousands into the streets.

Michigan emergency financial management law “a violation of constitution,” say residents.

While the country watched the protests in Wisconsin spill into the State Capitol Building, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was passing a controversial bill that many consider a direct attack on the constitutional rights of the citizens of Michigan.

Hello World! This is the very first segment of our new Baltimore-centric (although not exclusive) headline-news-round-up called Sounds of Independent News. We are committed to posting snippets of independent news to help equip and inform local social justice activists and organizations. We are committed to posting regular segments and updates. We solicit your important news and announcements, as well as any suggestions and ideas. Email us at: indypendentreader@gmail.com

The Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act, House Bill 235, was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation this year. It died on the Senate floor this afternoon, Monday, April 11th, 2010.

HB 235

The bill aimed to protect transgender and gender-deviant/variant individuals in places of employment, housing, and credit. It wasn’t only highly debated between conservatives and liberals, per the usual “Who is more human than another?” -  but was also contentiously fought between Baltimore’s LGBTQ community.

Luz Rivera de la organizacion - Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) basada en Tlaxcala México - Platicó en el espacio comunitario/ colectivo, Red Emma's en Baltimore, MD, EUA. Ella habló sobre la historia de la organización, de sus luchas, de lxs campesinxs en el centro de mexico, la lucha en contra del ‘mal gobierno' y sus partidos, y por la construcción de autonomía de la manera Tlaxcalteca.

Last week, many began digging a grave for House Bill 235, The Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act.

Audio from the panel discussion of the Not Just a Game film screening and benefit (3/29/11) for the United Workers and Baltimore Algebra Project.

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