As We Say Goodbye to Indyreader, Don’t Mourn, Organize!

As We Say Goodbye to Indyreader, Don’t Mourn, Organize!

Indyreader at Schools Not Jails! action 2012. Photo By: Ashlie Kauffman
Indyreader at Schools Not Jails! action 2012. Photo By: Ashlie Kauffman

It is remarkable that Indyreader, as an all-volunteer organization with a shoestring budget, could produce a variety of fresh, quality online content from a radical perspective on a weekly basis.

I have had the good fortune to work with and know Stephen Roblin, one of Indyreader’s three current core members. He explained to me that one of the key factors at play here is that he and another core member have decided to pursue their studies while the third is increasingly busy at work. There is no one to take the torch from them. Thanks to Stephen, Corey, and Daniel for all that they have done to keep this project going in the radical forms that it has taken, for as long as it has.

In talking to Stephen, I have come to appreciate that the upsurge in activism around the time of Occupy was a special time for Indyreader, when it was engaging with a variety of people in Baltimore struggling for a better world. That energy and focus has dissipated to some degree in Baltimore, alas, and there isn’t the same level of organized local activity for a project like Indyreader to plug into and support.

Fortunately, there is no need to despair over a complete lack of local radical media sources as Indyreader winds down. Larger institutions with funding like the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA and the Real News Network will survive Indyreader. Yet the loss of Indyreader is a wake-up call for me, and I can’t help but wonder whether Indyreader would be shuttered if the enthusiasm and activity of the Occupy days had carried forward.

Best of luck to Indyreader’s core trio in their future endeavors. For all of us, there would be no better way to honor the legacy of this extraordinary project than to help create, nurture, and sustain the next radical upsurge so that future efforts like Indyreader can put down deep and lasting roots. As a wise woman once said, “Don’t mourn, organize!”

Curtis Cooper

Curtis Cooper is an attorney focusing on disability issues, employment law, and civil litigation.  He is a member of the Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Curtis' office is in Towson, and he can be contacted via his website.