November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

Jerrell is a good guy. Smart and funny, he generally helped lighten the spirit of class. I taught Jerrell for two years, as a High School Junior and then again as a Senior. He was on my roster the next year, too. But only until he turned 21, and the school district's automated system dropped him from our roll when he “aged out” of the public school system.

Why would anyone get as far as senior year and then drop out? Why would he let all those years of hard work go to waste?

"Imperiled Life" By: Javier Sethness-Castro. Image By: AK Press

As parts of the Northeast remain in recovery from last week's Hurricane Sandy, many necessary conversations are emerging about the links between this hurricane and climate change. Prior to the hurricane, the mainstream media largely ignored the topic of climate change. We hope that the conversations continue. And we release this audio as a contribution to the crucial dialog.

Paul Pojman. Source: paulpojman.org

In memory of Paul Pojman. Paul was the mycelial heart that stretched, connected, and relayed information between each hub of community. He gave of himself of his time, energy, inspiration, and enthusiasm expressed in joyful torrents of ideas. Paul reminded us that we are more than our individual selves that we are also our interrelationships.

Supporter of the peace caravan led by Mexican poet Sicilia holds a banner during a rally (Courtesy Reuters).

A caravan calling itself The Movement for Peace With Justice and Dignity rolled through the US last month, pushing for a handful of policy changes that would reduce drug-war violence in Mexico.  The most controversial demand was probably the decriminalization of drugs, though this is steadily getting grassroots traction in the US.  The other policy changes—better regulating arms trade, money laundering, and military aid—are not radical at all.

"The Catonsville Nine" By: Shawn Peters

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 seeking to inform and inspire "radical innovation and intervention".

"Signal .02" By: Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn

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 seeking to inform and inspire "radical innovation and intervention". At this year's festival, crowd favorites Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn discussed their newest edition to their art collection: Signal.