Check here for coverage of this year's Radical Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival! We'll have livestreamed video and audio from talks by Amy Goodman, Cindy Milstein, Dean Spade, Josh MacPhee, and more!
Many activists and a growing number of social media enthusiasts have become skeptical and distrusting of mainstream media networks as they fail to, or outright refuse to report on news that draws attention to police and state repression. The recent events in the Northwest corner of the United States has received little attention, as raids led by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force target anarchists and members of Occupy Seattle.
Tim Gee, activist and author of the new book "Counterpower", discusses the critical importance of radical media. Through analyzing historic to present struggles, as well as the goals we aim to accomplish in our social justice work, Gee emphasizes independent/radical media's "crucial role in helping ordinary people to think freely and speak truth to power."
Photos taken at the Baltimore Mixtape Project first annual competition on Friday night, June 1st, 2012. The competition was titled Baltimore Mixtape Project: Bar None. The Baltimore Mixtape Project was formed to both create and promote local progressive hip hop. The competition was aimed to empower youth in a night of hip hop against the school-to-prison pipeline.
Photographic coverage, by Indyreader correspondent Casey McKeel, of the first-ever Mobilizing and Organizing From Below Conference (MOBconf). MOBconf was held in Baltimore, MD, from June 2-3, 2012. The conference aimed to serve as a grassroots gathering for activists and anyone dedicated to transform systems of exploitation and dominance. The weekend created space for skill-sharing and analyzation of the difficult questions posed to us as we work for further social justice.
It's important to recognize that social media is a powerful force that can spread information in seconds on a global scale. However, it's extremely important to have a core group of activists to spread information in a variety of others ways; the most powerful being local organizing and face-to-face communication.
District Attorney Bob Lee has embarked on a full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz by including four regular contributors to the independent news website Indybay.org amongst the eleven people charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011.
On his 24th birthday, hundreds gathered at Fort Meade to support US Army Pvte. Bradley Manning, who is being accused of “aiding the enemy” and 21 additional offenses for allegedly leaking thousands of classified US government documents. These documents include the infamous Iraq and Afghanistan war logs that were leaked to WikiLeaks in November 2009. Supporters of the Army intelligence specialist came from around the country to stand in solidarity with Manning, demanding his release, as prosecutors presented their case against him.
This past week the City of Baltimore denied a permit request submitted by Occupy Baltimore to maintain their now two-month-old encampment at McKeldin Square. The denial was sent by letter from Gregory Bayor, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, prohibiting the request to remain at the inner harbor site legally through to April 2012.
This past Monday on Halloween eve, Occupy Baltimore participants were allegedly assaulted by Fox 45 News reporter Melinda Roeder and her cameraman (unable to identify) as they were producing a story on a dispute between participants that was occurring and being mediated privately at the McKeldin Square site.