Global Boycott of Hyatt

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.

Reverend CD Witherspoon arrested by Baltimore City police. Photo by Steven Ceci.

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.

Professor David Harvey. Photo: Clayton Conn

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.

Renowned scholar and author, Immanuel Wallerstein, spoke this past fall at Baltimore's 2640 cooperative events space, on the significance and relevancy of the current waves of global upheaval and resistance.


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