Sergio España

Sergio España

Sergio España is a Baltimore resident and a member of the Civilian-Soldier Alliance, a national organization of civilian allies taking leadership from veteran and active duty service members  to help support the growing GI Resistance movement. 

For more information please visit www.civsol.org

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Photo by Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland

On Saturday, December 15, 2-5 pm, Marylanders from throughout the state will gather at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia to launch our statewide campaign, Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland. Building on our shared history of working towards single payer health care and protecting our human rights in Maryland and inspired by a successful effort in Vermont, this new campaign will focus on growing the grassroots support necessary to ensure that our basic human right to health is protected in Maryland through the establishment of a publicly-funded, universal single-payer healthcare system.

Members of IVAW and CivSol. (Photo by IVAW)

Squeezed in between superstorm Sandy and the election madness, the 2012 joint convention of IVAW and CivSol was a brief oasis of intentionality and solidarity. We gathered in Baltimore, Maryland just a day after the storm. People traveled from across the country. From waterlogged New York City to the sunny San Francisco Bay Area, from Texas to Toronto, veterans, active duty service members, and civilian allies gathered not only to continue the struggle against militarism but also to celebrate our community of activists.

IVAW led NATO March in May 2012. Photo By: Poppy Kohnerova

From November 2nd through 4th, Baltimore will play host to the national gathering of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Civilian-Soldier Alliance (CivSol). This joint convention will take place at The 2640 Space with the support of the Red Emma’s Collective.  

As the drumbeat of war against Iran grows, organizers across the country are ensuring we are not tricked into further bankruptcy and bloodshed once again. Thousands of concerned people, including activists, occupiers, and local community organizations have begun to sign on to the Iran Pledge of Resistance Campaign.

Last week, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker-led human rights organization, organized a national day of action on May Day, to highlight Trader Joe’s ongoing support of human rights abuses in Florida’s tomato farms.  Baltimore citizens joined in solidarity at the Towson Trader Joe’s, on Joppa Rd. Similar actions took place in Washington D.C. and Montgomery County.  All in all, twenty-three actions took place from coast-to-coast.

Throughout the weekend of November 5th – 7th, the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) held its annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) Conference in Baltimore, with the local support and coordination of the 2640 and Red Emma's Collectives. RAT is an autonomous space outside of commodified conference and educational centers.

Meena, (February 27, 1956 – February 4, 1987) Afghan feminist and activist on behalf of women's rights. She founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in 1977

“Our country is being run by a mafia, and while it is in power there is no hope for freedom for the people of Afghanistan.”

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Many Different Enemies: Afghan Women Fight for Their Country
By Ryan Harvey and Sergio España - August 25 2009, Fire in the Hole

Renewing Anarchist Successes
Hey, Trader Joe's Pay-Up for Your Tomatoes! : A May Day Action in Solidarity with the CIW
Many Different Enemies: Afghan Women Fight for Their Country
Thousands Pledge to Challenge War with Iran
Time to Demilitarize: Vets and Civilians are Done with War
Iraq Veterans Against the War and Civilian Allies Come to Baltimore
On Solidarity and Intentionality: Civilian-Soldier Alliance and Iraq Veterans Against the War are Building a New Model for Antiwar Activism
Marylanders to Launch Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign