June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Bulldozers destroying indigenous land in the Hollywood film, Avatar. Image source: j-miin.tumblr.com

Throughout American history, landjacking has often been accompanied by violence, whether physical or structural. The James Cameron blockbuster movie Avatar illustrated how corporate interests use naked force as they attempted to landjack the home of the Na’vi, the indigenous population on the planet Pandora. What Avatar masterfully depicts are the methods that avaricious developers or corporation interests will use in order to extract resources and maximize profits.

Laila El-Haddad (Left) and Maggie Schmitt (Right)
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey is a new book by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt. Part cookbook, part political analysis, part history, The Gaza Kitchen is a book unlike any other.
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.

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.

The Baltimore Free Farm

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. At least at the Baltimore Free Farm. It has been 3.5 years since the Baltimore Free Farm sprouted up in Baltimore and in that time it has given dozens of people land to grow on, hundreds of cultural events and workshops, and thousands of pounds of free food to the Hampden and Baltimore community.

Gezi Park Protests. Photo By: Sarah Liz Perrich

Koş means run in Turkish. When you hear it while you're behind a barricade, you do not ask questions, you run. This is the best way to avoid physical harm, whether from a gas cannister intentionally aimed at the head or trampling.