"Red Emma’s turned my theory into practice. It was an identity and more importantly a mandate on how to live. Activist is now the fabric and the structure of my being as much as my blood, my skin, my nerves, and my bones.My first love was not a person. It was a collection of people with who I struggled alongside. They were my mentors, fellow workers, collective members, activists , comrades, revolutionaries, and friends. They were my education. They were my first love. They were and are my Emma’s."
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse often describes itself as your local, friendly, radical infoshop. Named in honor of the famous anarchist, feminist, activist hero Emma Goldman, Red Emma’s (often affectionately referred to simply as “Emma’s”), as part of the infoshop movement, has always worked to keep her firebrand legacy alive and well via knowledge sharing, envisioning, and creating. A collective-motto of sorts is Emma Goldman’s quote: “The most violent element in society is ignorance.”
Last week, Indyreader published the first hour of the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee Hearing on the Hyatt labor peace resolution held last Thursday, March 14, 2013. Part II highlights testimonies during the second hour of the hearing. Among those who testified were Unite Here Local 7 organizer Tracy Lingo, Hyatt workers Mike Jones, Regina Davis and Baker Best, Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic priest Fr. Ty Hullinger, Baltimore NAACP President Tessa Aston-Hill, community activist Duane Davis, and LIUNA Local 33 member James Commander.
At the Parkview Recreation Center in West Baltimore, on Thursday evening, April 18, 2013, the Rev. Dr. Minister Paris J. Evans served as the host and one of the speakers at the “CODE RED” community-based outreach meeting. The program was mainly focused on addressing the issues of “poverty, the crime rate . . . and reducing homicides in targeted areas, while assisting the crime victims.”
James MacArthur, the “Baltimore Spectator”, gives a firsthand account of how the City's detention system moves inmates from Central Bookings to the courtroom. His handwritten letter describes the overnight ritual of sleep deprivation and degrading treatment that precedes a detainee's appearance in court. MacArthur himself, repeatedly denied bail for misdemeanor charges, has been held in Central Booking since his arrest on 1 December 2012.
An obstacle for the left is the difficulty in organizing due to the splintered causes. After all, what do LGBTQ rights have to do with immigration, or low wages, or Healthcare? I think the answer is human dignity. Those ideas—humanism, dignity, a life free from slavery, formal or mental—illuminate a common ground for the Left that has been splintered and muted. There are signs of a pulse of a larger Human Rights movement here in Maryland.
In this audio interview, Indyreader contributor Stephen Wallace sat down with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a congressional fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program and a pediatrician based in Baltimore, about the problems with the U.S. healthcare system, including "Obamacare," and the need to switch to a "single-payer" system. Here, she explains what single-payer systems are, how they work, and what benefits they offer.
On Saturday, April 20th, 2013, over 400 people took to the streets for The United Workers (UW) annual Spring action. Every year UW spends months organizing an enormous April demonstration that calls for worker rights in Baltimore City. This time the action was organized by a marriage between the United Workers, Unite HERE, and Communities and Churches United, forming a body called: The Fair Development Campaign.
Drone warfare, its legality, ethics and military use, was examined at a workshop held on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, at Remsen Hall, in Baltimore, MD, on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013. Medea Benjamin, a peace & social justice activist and cofounder of CODEPINK, spoke about legality, ethics and military use of drones. Five days ealier, over a hundred Human Rights activists staged a “Day of Action” demonstration in front of the White House to remind President Obama to keep his word on closing Guantanamo. Peace activist, Frank Cordaro of the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines, Iowa, read a poem written by one of the Guantanamo prisoners.
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee approved a resolution calling on the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to sign a labor peace agreement. According to lead sponsor, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the Hyatt has repeatedly intervened in lawful union organizing activities and has been subcontracting temp-agency workers in violation of direct hiring requirements stipulated in their lease agreement with the City of Baltimore. This video presents excerpts from the first hour of the labor committee hearing.