Occupy encampments continue across the country, including in Baltimore, where over the weekend Pan-African theorist Max Rameau gave a teach-in and addressed the General Assembly. Rameau is an organizer with the Take Back the Land movement, which uses direct action to push for community control over land.
To participate in and observe what is happening in New York could serve as a pivotal experience for anyone who is feeling moved by the wave of protests and revolutions moving across the world right now. The bus trip is up to $35 round-trip and it's well worth it.
It’s almost bedtime here in London, but Facebook is up and at it. Almost every post that appears in my news feed is about #occupywallstreet, and old and new friends have been contacting me all week asking if I will be at my home town Baltimore’s own version, which began on Tuesday.
Long-time peace and social justice activist, Maria Allwine, reports back after a week spent occupying DC's Freedom Plaza, just a few blocks away from the Occupy DC encampment at McPherson Square Park. Allwine sent an email dispatch to Maryland Green Party members and supporters on Tuesday. She agreed to let Indypendent Reader post the dispatch.
Indyreader caught up with community activist, Reverend Heber Brown, at the end of the Stop the Youth Jail march this last Tuesday. He spoke on some of Baltimore's fundamental issues that the majority of the city's population faces, as well as positives and potential challenges that the growing Occupation Movement may have within the city.
I always find it disparaging to hear about people begging for jobs, high-paying or otherwise. There’s something deflating about realizing how alienated we’ve all become from the material world—enough so that we equate working under someone else’s direction for someone else’s ultimate profit with real livelihood, wealth, or liberty. Texas, after-all, is still creating jobs, as Rick Perry touted ad-nauseam before his debate stumble and recent slide in the polls.
Oct. 4, 2011 was the first day of the "Occupy Baltimore" demonstration. It was held at McKeldin Square, at the Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, MD. Some of the activists in attendance shared their views with me about why they chose to participate.