March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

The Bab al-Shams encampment in the E-1 area overlooks Ma'ale Adumim, a settlement in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Image source: Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera.

This August will mark twenty years since the signing of the Oslo Accords, the first peace agreement between a Palestinian group and Israel. While the parties have signed a handful of agreements since then, arguably none have had an impact on the daily lives of people living on that land.

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear...” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

Our interest for self-preservation needs no introduction or explanation. Without mankind’s propensity and efficiency for self-preservation, we would be yet one more fossil set for some future intelligent species to chip their shovels upon.

Hollaback! Baltimore site directors: Shawna Potter and Melanie Keller. Photo By: Casey McKeel

On February 8th, 2013, Hollaback! Baltimore celebrated its two year anniversary here in Charm City with a grand birthday bash at The Windup Space. It rang in true party style with dancing, live and dj'd music, door prizes, art performaces, magic, and cake (vegan and nonvegan was deliciousy in store!). The popular bar and performance venue was packed with folks from an admirable array of backgrounds. This fact heralds the importance of the work that Hollaback!

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Racism as a persistent cancer of the American system, infecting the blood that runs through its democratic veins, is an idea that is not readily accepted by the White status quo. The dominant culture sees racism as some inconsequential strange and unique appendage of the Republic that can be severed, ignored, or accommodated with special considerations for the handicapped. So when Derrick Bell, a cerebral, Harvard legal scholar admired by President Obama, identified racism as a terminal disease that is permanent, Whites went all Farrakhan on him. The media tied Obama to Bell in his Harvard years and pilloried the President with slurs that he is a racist

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On Thursday, February 28th, the Maryland State Senate voted 28 to 19 to pass the Governor’s gun control bill.[1] It is off to the House of Delegates for final approval, and if approved will move on to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Marcus Pettiford, son of slain Anthony Anderson. Photo by Lance Mc Coy.

It has been almost six months since Anthony Anderson Sr. was brutally murdered by Baltimore City Police Officers on the corner of Montford & Biddle. 

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Yet State’s Attorney, Gregg L. Bernstein, has not prosecuted the officers, which include Todd Strohman.