B'MORE FAIR - April 18th, 2009

B'MORE FAIR - April 18th, 2009

One of the things we're really excited about in the way this conference is being organized is that we are working in tandem with the United Workers, a Baltimore organization which fights (and wins) for the rights and dignity of low-wage workers.

Following up on their historic victory to secure a living wage for the day-laborers who clean the Camden Yards baseball stadium, the UW is taking on Baltimore's Inner Harbor next. In many ways the template for corporate-driven, tourist-focused, city-center urban renewal in North America, the Inner Harbor provides very little to the city itself besides low-paying, precarious service work. The United Workers are specifically addressing their organizing towards this problem, but with an eye towards facilitating larger processes and networks of community mobilization - the Inner Harbor, before it's current incarnation, used to host the "City Fair," bringing all the neighborhoods of Baltimore together for a weekend of celebration. With the B'MORE FAIR this April 18th, the United Workers, in conjunction with a very large group of allied organizations, is proposing to reappropriate this civic tradition in the name of community and social justice.

We here at the City From Below conference are happy to be working together with the United Workers in order to make our events reinforce and support each other. For more info on the B'MORE FAIR, check out their organizing blog: http://b-morefair.blogspot.com/