Casey McKeel

Casey McKeel

Casey McKeel is a community organizer and photo journalist. She is a worker/owner of Thread Coffee and collective member of Bearings Bike Project.  She is also a member of Another BDC is Possible.  She splits her time between her love of photography, coffee, and bicycles.


Participants creating signs at the Walmart protest. (Photo by Casey McKeel)

In recent years, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season – has been a day of great excitement for me. I’ve been pumped about the day not because of the so-called discounts, free give-a-ways, or any other aspect of this celebration of capitalism. Black Friday has been a source of enthusiasm for me because of the grand opportunity to publicly challenge the spirit of rampant consumerism, materialism, and economic exploitation head-on.

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.

Unite Here Rally for Hyatt Workers 2012 Photo By: Casey McKeel

On Thursday June 21, 2012 hundreds of hospitality workers and their supporters rallied at the Inner Harbor and marched on the Hyatt office in Baltimore to protest low wages and the outsourcing of jobs.

On Monday, January 16th, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Schools Not Jails, in collaboration with Occupy Baltimore and the Baltimore Algebra Project, began a 5 day occupation at the site of a proposed youth detection center.


Hundreds Gather in support of Accused Whistleblower Bradley Manning
Photo Essay: Schools Not Jails Occupation
Community Food Day with the Baltimore Algebra Project
Reflections on Occupy Baltimore and the Fight Against the Youth Jail
Photo Gallery: Bmore Mixtape Project
Photo Gallery: Mobilizing and Organizing From Below Conference
Photo Essay: Safe and Sound Youth Budget Rally
Hospitality Workers Rally and March on Hyatt
Rape is Rape: An Action to Upset Rape Culture
The Youth Jail: Tactics in Struggle
Reflections On Black Friday 2012 Walmart Protest
Human Rights Dialogue: Fighting for Social and Economic Human Rights
An Interview with Marisela Gomez: The Importance of Listening and Community Involvement in Rebuilding Cities
BREAKING NEWS: FORCE Calls for a National Memorial for Survivors of Rape and Abuse
Mixtape: An Interview with Political Hip-Hop Artist and Activist DevRock
Johns Hopkins Drone Research Sparks Call for Discussion
Luminous Intervention Shines Light on Corporate Tax Evaders
"Live Young Blood": An Interview with the Filmmakers
The United Workers Bring Over 400 to Rally for Fair Development
The US vs. Bradley Manning: An Update
United Workers Celebration of Fair Development Victories