On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, 2012, the ANSWER Coalition, a national-based Peace & Justice group, staged a demonstration at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (McKeldin Square). It targeted Israel as a result of its recent bombings of Gaza, its assassination of a Hamas leader, and [at press time] its planned invasion of the Gaza Strip. Israel claims it has a "right to defend itself." Sharing their views at the rally on the issue of the Israel/Gaza clash were Andrew Castro of the ANSWER Coalition and activist Zahi Khamis.
A caravan calling itself The Movement for Peace With Justice and Dignity rolled through the US last month, pushing for a handful of policy changes that would reduce drug-war violence in Mexico. The most controversial demand was probably the decriminalization of drugs, though this is steadily getting grassroots traction in the US. The other policy changes—better regulating arms trade, money laundering, and military aid—are not radical at all.
Fiction can function as a mirror by helping us see things in ourselves that natural perspective obscures. The mirror effect can take place on a social level too. A good example is the classic HBO drama, The Wire. As anyone familiar with the drama should expect, whatever it may reflect about U.S. society and institutions is bound to be grim.
From Mexico to Baltimore, the "war on drugs" traverses national boundaries in its destruction of lives, families, and communities. This was one of the major messages The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignitiy shared with Baltimore residents in Irvington Park on September 8.
From November 2nd through 4th, Baltimore will play host to the national gathering of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Civilian-Soldier Alliance (CivSol). This joint convention will take place at The 2640 Space with the support of the Red Emma’s Collective.
On September 8, 2012, dozens gathered at Sojourner-Douglass College for a panel talk about alternatives to the War on Drugs. Speakers included former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, members of the Caravan for Peace, Laura Carlsen of the CIP Americas Program, Dominique Stevenson of the Friend of a Friend prison mentoring program, Jasmine Tyler of the Drug Policy Alliance, Maryland State Delegate Dan Morhaim, and Gillian Maxwell of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Video and audio of the panel are found below.
The following is an interview conducted by Sarah Lazare, a member of Civilian Soldier Alliance (CivSol), regarding the organizing efforts in Ft. Hood, TX by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Civilian Soldier Alliance, and Under the Hood cafe. This grassroots effort is at the forefront of US anti-war organizing, and has now expanded to Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. Both CivSol and IVAW will be having their national gatherings here in Baltimore, November 2nd-4th at the 2640 Space. For more information on how to get involved or participate in the convention, we encourage you to email CivSolBaltimore@gmail.com