Indyreader contributor, Casey McKeel, covers Thursday's Safe and Sound Campaign's Youth Budget Rally outside of City Hall where city council voted on an amendment to the new city proposed budget. The proposed budget would allow funding for "youth summer jobs, afterschool activities, and recreation." Despite the youth's all-day-rally, the amendment was voted down.
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.
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.
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 Baltimore Algebra Project, a youth-led social justice group, held a Community Food Day this past month to announce the launch of their Food Justice Campaign. The campaign seeks to bring fresh healthy food into Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) cafeterias. With 50-75 people in attendance, the event featured group activities and discussions about food, an introduction to the campaign, and concluded with a delicious meal prepared onsite.
Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato are organizers, artists, activists and educators working in Baltimore, MD. I had a chance to sit down with them at Rebecca’s art studio, located in Station North Arts District.
In recognition of Black History Month, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), hosted a public debate on the meaning of Black history and Black identity in a “post-racial” moment. The debate was held at the cooperative events venue - 2640, this past Saturday, February 10th.
This morning at 3am Baltimore City Riot Police blocked off the roads surrounding McKeldin Square, the site of Occupy Baltimore, and moved in to evict the ten-week old encampment. No arrests nor injuries were reported as the roughly 50 people at the site were quickly forced to pack up their things and leave.
An emergency General Assembly is to be held at McKeldin Square at 10am today.
Indyreader will keep you up to date with developments as they happen.