On Thursday evening, 6 September 2012, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse invited Hyatt Regency Baltimore workers to share why they launched a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels. Among those who told their stories were: Regina Davis, Charlotte Knox, A.C. Castro, Kris Castro and Jeremy Pollard. This video documents some of the discussion's highlights, such as: campaign goals, tactics, strategies, as well as the personal challenges involved in winning the fight against Hyatt's unfair labor practices.
Regular contributor to Indy Reader, Bonnie Lane, was among ten Baltimore activists who traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. They joined 2,500 people from throughout the South and across the country to participate in March On Wall Street South.
A People's Assembly formed over a month ago to address the pressing matter of police brutality and abuse here in Baltimore which has grown to include our Baltimore County neighbors as well. The assembly includes members from communities all over the city, including victims of police brutality and abuse along with their family members.
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.
With stacks of drills, mountains of hand tools and racks filled with landscaping implements, the Baltimore Community Tool Bank celebrated its grand opening on June 8. The Tool Bank fills out a portion of a well-restored warehouse in the South West Baltimore area previously used for commercial canning. Inside, large metal racks hold everything that one would need to build a house, playground, or cultivate a large garden.
In this article from the Spring 2012 issue of Indypendent Reader, "Occupy the Economy," John David Evans challenges two dominant myths: that it's necessary to grow the economy in order to maintain high employment, and that it's possible to achieve sustainability with an economy in perpetual growth.
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).
Distinguished professor, activist and theorist, David Harvey was invited to speak at the 10th annual Ric Pfeffer Memorial Lecture series on his new book, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. Known for his theoretical work on "historical-geographical materialism", and his sharp critique and analysis on neoliberalism, Dr. Harvey focused his lecture on the dynamics and resistance against the dominance of finance capital.
Cory McCray, a local union organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 24, discusses the recent struggle to unionize Comcast workers and explains why he believes unions are essential for the uplift of local workers.