On February 21, 2012, five members of an all female Russian feminist punk rock band called Pussy Riot (Пусси Райот) performed a peaceful but illegal show on the soleas, priests only section, of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
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.
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
On July 23, 2012, after many years of struggle, Hyatt workers and allies officially launched a global boycott of all Pritzker family-owned Hyatt hotels. Richard Concepcion's "Part 1-Global Boycott of Hyatt" video gives you a first look at the morality of such a boycott.
Somali piracy and Al Shabaab terror capture headlines. But Somalia's "climate of impunity" is far more pervasive than one would gather from reading the U.S. mainstream press. In fact, the New York Time's coverage of a recently leaked UN report completely overlooks its extensive documentation of Washington and its regional allies' blatant violations of the long-standing Somali arms embargo.
Tens of thousands marched throughout major Mexican cities on July 21st to decry the outcome of the July 1st presidential elections, which gave Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto the win.
This story comes in two parts.The first is a presentation (audio format) with activist and writer Joshua Stephens, at The London Action Resource Center. This is one of two talks that Stephens gave this year, while traveling abroad. They focus on the intersections between Buddha's teachings and anarchist politics. The talks are titled: "Self and Determination: An Inward Look at Collection Liberation". In the second part, Stephens is interviewed by Indyreader. The questions are inspired from his recorded presentation.
In part I of the interview, Spanish activist and writer, David Marty, discusses the current state of Spain's 15M movement with Indyreader's Stephen Roblin. Here, Roblin asks Marty about the new revolutionary organization, International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS).
In Indypendent Reader's Spring 2012 issue, "Occupy the Economy," Blake Underwood introduces his upcoming series, Cooperation Without Capital, where he will explore the state of and ideology behind worker cooperatives in Baltimore and beyond. Underwood spoke about worker cooperatives at a panel discussion on Saturday, June 2nd from 9-10am at the Mobilizing and Organizing from Below Conference in Baltimore, MD (indyreader.org/mobconf).