A Week In Baltimore Activism

A Week In Baltimore Activism

Photo by Bill Hughes

Activists Share Concerns About Cuts to Social Security/Medicare in any "Fiscal Cliff" Deal

On Dec. 10, 2012, social justice activists, many of them senior citizens associated with the MD/DC "Alliance for Retired Americans," staged a demonstration in front of the district office of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Dem-MD-7th), located at 910 Park Avenue, in mid-town Baltimore, MD. The protesters are concerned that the controversial deal, if any, to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," will benefit the parasitical 2% Gang at the expense of the working class, the retirees and the poor. This kind of "candlelight" action also took place across the country in various other locations. This action was not in anyway meant to target Rep. Cummings. He's been a longtime champion of the people, Social Security and Medicare. In fact, Rep. Cummings, via his aide, was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the protesters. To learn more about this issue, go to: http://www.retiredamericans.org/ Three of the activists shared their concerns in this video about any cuts to Social Security/Medicare.


Activists Advocate for Medicare-for-All as a Human Right

Activists for a new healthcare system met in Columbia, MD, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The purpose of the conference was to launch a campaign for a "publicly funded, universal single-payer healthcare, an improved form of Medicare, that covers all Marylanders." To learn more about the organizing groups, and the campaign itself, which considers healthcare a "human right," please go to: http:www.mdsinglepayer.org



At McKeldin Square, Rally in Support of the Hyatt Hotel Workers

On late Thursday afternoon, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, members of Unite Here, Local 7, along with social justice activists, rallied in support of the Hyatt Hotel workers. The spirited action took place in Baltimore's Inner Harbor at McKeldin Square. The hotel has opposed the unionization of its workers and their efforts to obtain from management "fair treatment and safer working conditions," according to the union's press release. After speeches at McKeldin Square, the demonstrators, about two hundred strong, paraded over to the front of the Hyatt Hotel on Light Street, holding candles and chanting. They then formed a picket line. The workers want Hyatt to add "a hotel worker to its Board of Directors." The union has also launched a boycott of all Hyatt Hotels. The popular Councilwoman, Mary Pat Clarke (14th District), spoke at the event, as did members of the clergy and the union. To learn more, go to: http://www.hyatthurts.org/