When a calll went out in early October to “occupy” Baltimore, roughly 200 people gathered to discuss possible locations for an encampment. One initial proposal was to occupy the site of a proposed youth jail in East Baltimore, a facility that would cost the state $104 million—money that could be used for an under-funded public education system and neglected recreation centers.
Many activists and a growing number of social media enthusiasts have become skeptical and distrusting of mainstream media networks as they fail to, or outright refuse to report on news that draws attention to police and state repression. The recent events in the Northwest corner of the United States has received little attention, as raids led by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force target anarchists and members of Occupy Seattle.
Indyreader correspondent, Clayton Conn, reports from Mexico on the announcement of a US/Mexican Caravan seeking to put an end to the drug war. Being led by more than 100 Mexican victims and survivors of drug war related violence, the caravan also seeks to shed light on how drug prohibition policies not only devastate Mexican communities but also communities in the US.
Sandwiched between the Howard County Chapter of PFLAG and AIDS Action Baltimore at this year’s Pride Parade in Mt. Vernon, was an unregistered group of marchers. The marchers held up two large banners reading “Queers Against $ociety” and “Free CeCe And All Prisoners.” In black clothing, the marchers doubled as mourners lamenting the continual violence that many LGBTQ people face daily, particularly transgender women of color.
The State has plans to build a new "Youth Jail" in East Baltimore that is projected to cost more than $100 million. Stacey Gurian-Sherman argues that effective preventive alternatives are available. From the new Indypendent Reader issue: "Occupy the Economy".
The surveillance of peaceful activists by US intelligence agencies and security forces is nothing new. From the FBI's surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and military spying on Vietnam anti-war protest groups, to Maryland State Police surveillance of Baltimore anti-death penalty and peace groups four years ago, one consistency is the legal impunity with which state surveillance is done, regardless of the practices' legality.
For a third year in a row dozens of Baltimore youth, activists, and residents held a rally and march, dubbed "Youth Justice Sunday", to protest the planned construction of a more than $70 million, 120-bed youth prison*. This action comes days after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution that officially recognizes the first Sunday in April to be "Youth Justice Sunday", so as to:
"Bring attention to the plight of Baltimore City's youth; to advocate for the civil liberties they deserve, and; to celebrate the triumph of spirit of youth who achieve greatness through academic, athletic, social and intellectual perserverance."
Veolia, the corporation that manages and operates Baltimore's Charm City Circulator, has been targeted by human rights activists fighting against Israel's occupation of Palestine. Two local Jewish voices and organizers for Jewish Voice for Peace, Kaufman and Gunnery, discuss Veolia's role in the Israeli/Palestine conflict and explain why Baltimore is a strategic location for the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Today, Thursday, March 8th, 2012, fifteen-to-twenty Occupy Baltimore affliated activists demonstrated at a downtown Bank of America (BofA), in solidarity with the “Women Occupy” movement's call to protest against BofA, on this International Women's Day (IWD). The activists shut down the BofA branch. City police made one arrest.