Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes


On Saturday afternoon, March 17, 2012, Marvin "Doc" Cheatham spoke at a "Health Symposium," at the Druid Hill Baptist Church in West Baltimore. The event was sponsored by the NAACP's Baltimore City Branch. He is the Past President of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP. Currently, "Doc" Cheatham is the Baltimore President of the National Action Network (NAN).

Social justice activists staged a mock birthday celebration for Wells Fargo, on Friday afternoon, March 16, 2012, in down town Baltimore, Maryland. The bank is 160 years old. Activists claim that Wells Fargo, which took in $17.9 billions in taxpayers' bailout funds, was one of the "worst actors in the foreclosure crisis." Good Jobs Better Baltimore, and others, participated in the spirited demonstration.

Lila Kara's home at 1433 W. Lombard Street is the subject of a foreclosure proceeding. On Saturday, Jan. 8, 2012, a rally was held in front of her home. Her case is pending in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Nevertheless, the bank is pushing to have the Sheriff of Baltimore City evict her this Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at or around 10 AM.

Image from National Health Care for the Homeless Council,

An interfaith service was held on Wednesday evening, "We Remember the Homeless," December 21, 2011, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event memorialized the 111 homeless people who have died in 2011 in Baltimore City. (This video has a ten second delay in front.) Speaking on camera are: Adam Schneider, James Crawford Jr., Rev. Brian E. Murray, Rabbi Martin Siegel and Rev. Andrew Foster Connors.

On Wed. morning, Dec. 14, 2011, a press conference was called by concerned members of the African American Clergy. It was held in Washington, DC at the National Press Club. Speaking on camera, in this video, are: Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, David DeGraw, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., Sgt. Shamar Thomas and Kevin Zeese.

On Sunday morning, October 30, 2011, a rally and march was held in Baltimore City. It was led by the United Workers. The activists, many of whom had participated in the "Fair Development Conference," paraded, some in costumes, from Charles & Lombard Streets over to the "Occupy Baltimore" site at McKeldin Square. The theme of economic justice, with a "haunted harbor" echo that featured the "Poverty Busters," was spotlighted by the demonstrators.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, UNITE HERE's Local 7, which represents hotel and hospitality workers, staged a demonstration/picket line in front of the Baltimore Convention Center at Charles & Pratt Streets. It was in support of the Centerplate workers and their efforts to "restore their slashed wages and their health insurance." The Convention Center is a block west of the "Occupy Baltimore" site.

Indyreader correspondent, Bill Hughes, reports with a series of videos on both: October 2011 and #occupydc.


Video: Poet Lori Perdue's Recites "It's Time," at the Freedom Plaza

 On Oct. 7, 2011, The Human Rights activist and poet, Lori Perdue, recited her poem, "It's Time," at the Freedom Plaza, Occupy Washington. She is associated with the Peace & Justice group, CODEPINK.

Oct. 4, 2011 was the first day of the "Occupy Baltimore" demonstration. It was held at McKeldin Square, at the Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, MD. Some of the activists in attendance shared their views with me about why they chose to participate.

On Oct. 4, 2011, a rally was held in front of the Baltimore City Jail, in Baltimore, MD. Its purpose was to gain public support to stop the state of Maryland from building a new jail for youthful offenders of the law at a cost to the taxpayers of an estimated $104 million. Some of the activists in attendance shared their views with me To learn more, go to:




At White House Rally, Activists Denounce War on Libya
Video: Rally to Stop the Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
Harbor Workers Demand Transparency!
Video: CWA's Bill Dulaney: "This Strike is about Corporate Greed!"
Video: Arrests at White House, Re: Stop the Pipeline
Video: Activists Rally in Support of Cynthia McKinney's Truth Tour for Libya
Video: Dr. W. Randy Short: "Baltimore is the Greatest Black Community!"
Video: Col. Wilkerson: "We're Marching Towards a War with Iran!"
Video: ACLU Attorney: "The FBI Opened 80,000 Surveillance Cases Over a Two Year Period!"
Video, Bruce Fein: "We Are at the Verge of Despotism!"
Video: Demonstration Held in Baltimore to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis
Video: Victims of Sexual Abuse by Clergy Seek Justice at the International Criminal Court
Video: Ralph Nader on the "Epidemic of Self-Censorship" and the Need for "Peaceful Tomorrows"
Video: An 11th-Hour Protest Action, in Baltimore, to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis
Video: Vigil, Prayers, in Baltimore, for Troy Davis
Video: Demonstration: "Say 'No' to BGE Rate Hikes!"
Video: Baltimore Town Hall Meeting: "Bring the War $$$$ Home!"
Video: A Rally to Stop the Baltimore Youth Jail
Video: Day One, Occupy Baltimore
VIDEO: Series on October 2011/#occupydc
Video: Unite Here's Local 7 Pickets Baltimore Convention Center
VIDEO: Activists Demand Economic Justice at Inner Harbor Rally
Video: Homeless Persons' Memorial Day in Baltimore
Occupy the Dream's Press Conference at NPC, in Washington, D.C.
Video: Rally to Save Lila Kara's Home
Marvin "Doc" Cheatham at NAACP's Health Symposium
Happy Birthday, Wells Fargo!
Rally, Arrests: "Close the School of the Americas!"
United Workers and Allies Occupy the GGP
Protesting Baltimore City School CEO Andres Alonzo
Wyclef Jean Promotes New Book in Baltimore
The Poverty Busters and a Haunted Harbor: A Year in Struggle
Save the U.S. Postal Service Rally
From Housing to Gay Marriage, Baltimore's Bill Hughes Documenting History
Speakers Stand Up for Palestine at Inner Harbor Rally
To Remember and To Act: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012
United Workers Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
End the Wars Vigil Held in Baltimore
A Week In Baltimore Activism
Westboro Baptist Groupies Get Counter-Demonstration at Baltimore County Courthouse
Injustices Abound, From Guantanamo to Sheraton
Food Service Workers Stage Picket Line at Morgan State
Rally to Repeal the Death Penalty in Maryland
CODEPINK Protests 'Killer Drones' at Senate Office Building
AIPAC Confab in DC Protested by CODEPINK
Forum: Healthcare Now Maryland
Committee Passes Pro-Labor Resolution on Hyatt Workers Dispute
Rising Medical-Debt Crisis in U.S.: A Conversation with Dr. Margaret Flowers
Towson University Students Rally Against "White Student Union"
BWI Workers Rally for Improved Wages, Benefits & Working Conditions
Activists Speak Out Against U.S. Drone Terror and Torture
Social Justice Activists Speak at an Outreach Meeting
Poor Peoples’ Campaign Launched from Baltimore
Human Rights Activists Hold Spirited Demonstration to Support Bradley Manning
2013 Baltimore Pride In Pictures
Human Rights Activists Arrested at White House for Protesting Guantanamo
Stop Violence, Save Social Security
U.S. Global Surveillance and Its Opponents
Response to Verdict in George Zimmerman Case
Baltimore, Alive In Protest
Word on the Street Holds Barbecue for the Homeless
Poet Shirley Brewer Reads from her Book, “After Words”
Peace Activist David Swanson on the Film: “Dirty Wars”
Struggles for Dignity and Freedom
Manning’s Lawyer Plans Clemency and Presidential Appeal
Baltimore Activists Demand: "No U.S. War With Syria!"
Dr. Margaret Flowers: “Stop the Fast Track of the TPP Trade Agreement"