Since 2006, The Indypendent Reader, affectionately known as Indyreader, has worked as an outlet for social justice media in Baltimore City and beyond. We have produced sixteen print papers throughout the years focusing on issues that we believe vital to the community. The topics have been various, ranging from the prison industrial complex, gardening, public education, media, war, social movements, labor rights, the Occupy movement, and much more.
On Wed. Sept. 18th, in front of Penn Station in Bmore, Dr. Margaret Flowers shared her views on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. She labeled it, “NAFTA on steroids.” Dr. Flowers underscored that the treaty has been “negotiated in secret,” and its terms, “classified.” She said that President Barack Obama has asked to “Fast Track” the treaty.
Edith Fletcher is one of the strongest women I know. Fletcher’s son, Anthony Anderson Sr. would have been 47 today, August 31, 2013. He was murdered by BCPD officers: Detectives Todd Strohman, Gregg Boyd, and Michael Vodarick on September 21, 2012. We set on her steps with many of the rest of her family and talked about what happened that day and what isn’t happening now.
On late Friday afternoon, August 30th, peace and justice activists held an anti-war demonstration. Their message was clear and cogent: “No U.S. war with Syria!” The rally took place at Centre and North Charles Streets at the base of the Washington Monument, in the historic Mt. Vernon District. The activists insisted there was no clear evidence that Syria had perpetrated any “chemical attack” on its own people.
On Wednesday afternoon, August 21, 2013, Pfc. Bradley Manning’s attorney David Coombs held a press conference at a hotel in Hanover, MD. It is located just minutes from Fort Meade, where his client the Wikileaks whistle-blower had earlier received a 35-year prison sentence from the trial judge, Col. Denise Lind.
On Thursday, August 15th, the United Workers held a community BBQ at James McHenry Recreation Center. After the city's recent preliminary approval of the Harbor Point TIF on Monday, August 12, the group's youth-led Human Rights Committee wanted to celebrate fair development and demonstrate the need to work together and continue to organize. The local talent featured the New Edition Marching Band, which is a community group that uses the Recreation Center as it's practice space.
On Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore, Bill Hughes discussed the upcoming “March on Washington” with long-time advocate for social justice, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. Hughes also covered the August 17, 2013 rally for “immigrant rights," which was held in front of the White House.
On August 10, I had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to attend the 2013 production of A Real "Nigga" Show—a choreopoem performed by an all black and male cast at the Baltimore Theatre Project. The production provided a rare insight into the lives of a group of hyper-maligned, hyper-demonized, and mischaracterized black boys and men, particularly those living in neighborhoods like Upton, Druid Heights, and Greenmount East.