November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

The Reallocate to Recreate Rally. Photo By: Casey McKeel

A crowd of over two hundred gathered downtown at the War Memorial Building at 101 North Gay Street two nights after President Barack Obama won re-election. They gathered to hear an assortment of over two dozen elected officials, city bureaucrats, religious leaders, and youth ambassadors speak out. Many were still visibly elated from the recent late-night election victory, but the occasion this evening was a serious one.

Members of IVAW and CivSol. (Photo by IVAW)

On the weekend of November 2, 2012, US veterans and allies from all over the country gathered at the 2640 space in Baltimore for the 2012 convention of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Co-organizers include the Civilian-Soldier Alliance.

Mountaintop removal in WV. Photo By: Climate Voices

On November 15th, 2012, Patriot Coal Corporation announced that they would immediately begin to halt  large scale surface mining in Appalachia, a practice which many know as: Mountaintop Removal (MTR). Patriot Coal is the one of the largest mining companies in the region and the second largest miner within West Virginia (the state most dramatically impacted by MTR). Environmental groups herald this as an overwhelming victory in the fight to stop this environmentally destructive practice. 

"Irregular Army" By: Matt Kennard

For the past five years Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse and The Baltimore Book Festival have partnered to bring you The Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion, which seeks to inform and inspire "radical innovation and intervention".

Dan Staples and Stephen Roblin, of the Indyreader Collective, Model their Indyreader T-shirts. Fuzzy Photo By: Corey Reidy (the not visible Indyreader Collective Member)

Hello friends! We realize it's November, but waaaay back in August of this year we had an Open House at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeeshop in order to open up the gates of our project and invite people to learn about us and into the fold.Some things have changed since we had this discussion, for instance we're putting on hold the idea of paying anyone to work full-time on the project.

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, 2012, the ANSWER Coalition, a national-based Peace & Justice group, staged a demonstration at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (McKeldin Square). It targeted Israel as a result of its recent bombings of Gaza, its assassination of a Hamas leader, and [at press time] its planned invasion of the Gaza Strip. Israel claims it has a "right to defend itself." Sharing their views at the rally on the issue of the Israel/Gaza clash were Andrew Castro of the ANSWER Coalition and activist Zahi Khamis.

Baltimore City school teachers rally in solidarity with striking Chicago teachers. (Photo by: Bill Bleich, source: City Paper)

Baltimore teachers are in the final year of the “landmark” contract we reluctantly ratified in 2010. Many teachers and education professionals reviled the contract for its attacks on seniority in the form of merit pay. As the BTU and BCPSS move into the contract negotiation season, it is important for the public to understand this concept.