Upcoming events in April 2014

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Monday Apr 21 @ Red Emma's

Community Dinner and Roundtable: Voices from Public Housing in Baltimore City

Monday April 21, 6:00PM @ Red Emma's

Join us for a special evening event: as Baltimore moves to privatize 40% of its remaining public housing, with public officials united in their claim that there is no other way to "save" affordable housing than through the complicated federal RAD program, the voices of those most affected by the sweeping changes—the residents and workers—seem to be the voices least present in the conversation.

At this special pay-what-you-can community dinner, we'll be joined by a panel of public housing residents, as well as union workers whose jobs stand to be eliminated and restructured under the RAD plan.  Moderated by Marc Steiner, we hope the event, by foregrounding the voices of those directly threatened by the uncertainties introduced by this wave of privatization, can help us all better understand what's at stake in this situation. 


Wednesday Apr 23 @ Free School Classroom

Tyler Vile reads at Red Emma's!

Wednesday April 23, 7:30PM @ Free School Classroom

Join Tyler Vile for a night of poems, stories, and radical ramblings at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Tyler's tales of coming out and coming of age with a disability in the Baltimore punk scene are irreverent, heartfelt, and hard-won. With influences ranging from Helen Keller to Laverne Cox. a wild-eyed taste for the surreal, and a healthy dose of punk attitude, her syllables will send her stumbling into your memory. 


Events Blog

Video: Organizing to Breach Baltimore's Racial Divide

We were honored to host a pretty amazing panel, organized by Research Associates Foundation and moderated by author and political science professor Lester Spence, which brought together Black Classic Press founder Paul Coates, radio host Marc Steiner, community organizer Betty Robinson, and Reverend CD Witherspoon for a decades-spanning discussion of organizing in Baltimore for racial justice.  Here's the video if you missed it:

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Micah Uetricht on Strike for America

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Public schools are one of the last bastions of the commons in the US, and they're under attack from all sides. In the middle of the fray stand teachers, rank and file members of some of the biggest unions left in the country. Unfortunately, the leadership of those unions has been working harder to stay in power than to fight for better schools.

That genral trend was thrown into high contrast in 2012, when 90% of the entire Chicago Teacher's Union, AFT Local #1, voted to strike for The Schools Chicago Students Deserve.

In his quick, accessible, 130 page book Strike for America, Jacobin online editor and labor journalist Micah Uetricht shows us the years of planning, progress and pitfalls that predated the miraculous events of September 2012. It's an important book for those who believe in public education, those who believe in worker's rights, and those who want to understand how to make things happen.

Watch the video of his talk at Red Emma's:

 

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In conversation: Mindy Fullilove and Marisela Gomez

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In this wide-ranging and intense discussion, two critical urban scholar/activists invite us to imagine a city decoupled from the engines of gentrification and displacement, and challenge us to articulate what such a vision would concretely include: it's easy to say what we are against, but sometimes much harder to understand what we are for!  An amazing event, especially given the utter necessity of asking precisely these kinds of questions in the Station North neighborhood.

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Video: Alondra Nelson on the Black Panther Party's radical health activism

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Alondra Nelson's talk on March 7th was pretty incredible: looking behind the received representations of the Panthers that privilege camera-friendly armed—and often exclusively male—militancy, she explored the incredible story of the Party's committments to a grassroots vision of public health practice.  From their community health clinics and scientifically sophisticated efforts to address sickle cell anemia, to their relationship to Fanon's anticolonial work and the way they attempted to construct their own media narrative around medical injustice before and after the Tuskegee revelations, Alondra placed the Panther's work on bringing medical care to their communities in a long subterranean tradition of health activism among black communities in the United States.  As she noted, these stories of resistance are key counterpoints to the vital but incomplete narratives of medical oppression to be found in books like Medical Apartheid and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  

Watch the video now: 

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From the 2013 Radical Bookfair: Akinyele Umoja on the victory of Chokwe Lumumba

Last year, during our "New Histories of the Civil Rights Movement" panel featuring his book We Will Shoot Back, we asked scholar and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement founding member Akinyele Umoja to explain the history and organizing behind the then fresh victory of Chokwe Lumumba in the mayoral race in Jackson, Mississippi:

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