This past summer 2012, Equality Maryland put together a Public Service Announcement (PSA) representing a host of community members that identify as allies of transgender populations. Equality Maryland is the largest statewide organization working to secure and protect the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Marylanders. Recently, the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill has been their main focus.
On June 6th, 2012, Red Emma's welcomed MICA professor Jennifer Wallace for a night of poetry and photography.What is it to see Baltimore through poetry and movement? Wallace’s new book “It Can Be Solved By Walking” shows the ambling rhythms of Baltimore, a language of heartbeats.
As a late twenty-something childless feminist organizer, I was super excited to read Victoria Law and China Martens's new book Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities. Martens is a local Baltimore organizer and I have a sincere respect for the work that she does. Law is a rightly renowned prison justice activist and likewise I have nothing but respect for her and her work.
On Thursday evening, Nov. 8, 2012, a rally to stop Governor Martin O'Malley from building a new youth jail facility in Baltimore City and instead to reallocate those funds ($104 million-plus) to a more constructive use, was held at the War Memorial Building. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the noted civil rights leader, was the main speaker. He urged the governments to convene a plan to "build houses, not jails and to keep hope alive." Excerpts from Rev. Jackson's remarks are on this video.
Last Sunday, October 21st, 2012, a group of activists comprised of the team FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the activist collective Luminous Intervention gathered at Capitol Hill for an action to both engage in the national discourse on rape and to upset rape culture. This is an exclusive Indyreader interview with Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle of FORCE. We'll let them describe the action and its purpose in their own words.
Baltimore, MD -- Local animal advocacy organization Open the Cages Alliance (OTCA) presented the 2nd annual Vegtoberfest, a free, family-friendly festival to celebrate and promote healthy, sustainable, and compassionate vegan lifestyles. The event took place on Saturday October 27th, 2012, at Riverside Park in South Baltimore.