On late Friday afternoon, August 30th, peace and justice activists held an anti-war demonstration. Their message was clear and cogent: “No U.S. war with Syria!” The rally took place at Centre and North Charles Streets at the base of the Washington Monument, in the historic Mt. Vernon District. The activists insisted there was no clear evidence that Syria had perpetrated any “chemical attack” on its own people.
As Americans commemorate the historic March on Washington by marching once again, we not only wax nostalgic on Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream and congratulate ourselves on electing the first African American president, we also acknowledge what Langston Hughes called “a dream deferred” with economic justice stuck in ‘60s disparities and a Supreme Court and Republican party hostile to minorities’ voting rights. As right wing political leaders take every opportunity to obstruct and delegitimize President Obama, they stir the bubbling pot of bigotry in a country still very racially divided.
Edith Fletcher is one of the strongest women I know. Fletcher’s son, Anthony Anderson Sr. would have been 47 today, August 31, 2013. He was murdered by BCPD officers: Detectives Todd Strohman, Gregg Boyd, and Michael Vodarick on September 21, 2012. We set on her steps with many of the rest of her family and talked about what happened that day and what isn’t happening now.
On Friday, August 2nd, 2013, Arun Gupta came to Baltimore for two events: "The Importance of Independent Media" and "The United States of Fear." Gupta argues a path forward towards directly challenging the types of fear the state, corporations, and police use to repress the population, including: identifying our fears, having honest dialogue, and build real relationships and communities of trust and solidarity.
On August 1st, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse welcomed reknowned historian and theorist Vijay Prashad to MICA's Graduate Studio Center. In this talk, Prashad presented his latest book, The Poorer Nations, which picks up where his incredible history of the Bandung/Non-Aligned Movement effort to forge a third world political project, 2007's The Darker Nations, left off.