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Events at Red Emma's
Upcoming events in March 2014
Tuesday March 11, 7:30PM @ Free School Classroom
The monthly meeting of the One Big Union - the Industrial Workers of the World's Baltimore General Membership Branch meets at Red Emma's. Join uis, fellow workers!
Thursday March 13, 7:00PM @ Red Emma's
Mindy Fullilove, author of the new book Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted Out Cities and the classic account of the psychological and social costs of urban displacement Root Shock, will be joined by local anti-displacement activist and public health theorist Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore for a discussion cities, inclusion, and economic and racial justice.
Co-sponsored by Baltimore Racial Justice Action! Find more events organized and sponsored by BRJA here: http://bmoreantiracist.org
Friday March 14, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Antarctica, the only uninhabited continent, belongs to no single country and has no government. While certain countries lay claim to portions of the landmass, it is the only solid land on the planet with no unified national affiliation. Drawing on the continent’s rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica. Book of Ice is one aspect of this ongoing project.
In light of climate change and tireless human enterprise to be present everywhere on the planet, Miller uses Antarctica as a point on entry for contemplating humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The two additional contributors to The Book Of Ice - Columbia University's Brian Greene, best selling author of The Elegant Universe, and Ross A. Virginia, Director of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, a world renowned expert on Antarctica - add several layers of analysis to the books exploration of the theme of science and graphic design.
Using photographs and film stills from his journey to the bottom of the world, along with original artworks and re-appropriated archival materials, Miller ponders how Antarctica could liberate itself from the rest of the world. Part fictional manifesto, part history and part science book, Book of Ice furthers Miller’s reputation as an innovative artist capable of making the old look new.
Sunday March 16, 6:00PM @ Red Emma's
The 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike was America's most important domestic labor struggle in decades: the teachers took on the bipartisan, free market school reform agenda that is currently exacerbating inequality in education and waging war on teachers' livelihoods. In the age of austerity, when the public sector is under attack, Chicago teachers fought back — and won.
Tuesday March 18, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Elizabeth Heineman makes unconventional choices. She has a baby at an advanced maternal age, chooses home birth with a midwife—and then, when her baby is born dead, she spends time with him before the burial. Join us for a reading from Elizabeth's brave and disarming memoir, Ghostbelly.
Thursday March 20, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Research Associates Foundation invites you to attend our spring event “Looking Back, Thinking Forward: Organizing to Breach Baltimore’s Racial Divide” on Thursday March 20 at 7:30 at the new Red Emma’s. Ourpanel of activists includes Marc Steiner, Betty Robinson, Paul Coates and C.D. Witherspoon. Lester Spence will moderate.
Saturday March 22, 3:00PM @ Red Emma's
Charlotte Hill O'Neal is a poet, musician and visual artist, activist and former Black Panther of the Kansas City chapter. She fled the United States with her husband Pete O'Neal after a trumped up charge he received. From there they settled in Tanzania, where for the past 20 years they've been running the United African Alliance Community Center. Join "Mama C" as she reads excerpts from her "Warrior Woman of Peace" and discusses women in movements of peace and justice.
Sunday March 23, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
In summer 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive.
In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors’ three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.
For Red Emma's, this event is particularly interesting because the three hikers were—and remain—outspoken critics of the policies of the United States.
Thursday March 27, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Join us for the Baltimore release of Ayya's Accounts, a new book by Anand Pandian, a professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins. Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India explores the life of Pandian's 95-year-old grandfather Ayya, a retired fruit merchant living in the south Indian city of Madurai.
Born in colonial India into a despised caste of former tree climbers, Ayya came of age in a small town in lowland Burma, which he fled at the outbreak of World War II, making a treacherous 1,700-mile journey by foot, boat, bullock cart, and rail back to southern India. Becoming a successful fruit merchant, Ayya educated and eventually settled many of his descendants in the United States. Weaving back and forth between Ayya's stories and his grandson's reflections, the book provides a rare window into the complexities of life and aspiration in modern India.
Saturday March 29, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Come hear J. Smith, co-editor of the Red Army Faction Documentary Histories volumes 1 and 2 (Projectiles for the People and Dancing with Imperialism), talking about Europe’s most famous and controversial urban guerilla organization from the 1970s and 80s, West Germay’s Red Army Faction. Smith will also go over the history of the other main West German guerillas from this period, the Revolutionary Cells and the 2nd of June Movement.
March 5, 2014
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:
March 4, 2014
We were ecstatic to hear earlier today that Marshall "Eddie" Conway was released from prison today after 44 years of incarceration. We've been honored to have been able to use Red Emma's to provide support and space to the people who have worked tirelessly to secure Eddie's freedom since opening in 2004—the struggle to free the political prisoners held in the United States is simultaneously one of the most important and the most thankless struggles one can be engaged in, second perhaps only to the struggles of those political prisoners themselves to endure.
Marc Steiner, Baltimore radio host and a long time supporter of freedom for Eddie Conway, had some important words to say earlier tonight marking this important moment:
I'm delighted to report that this afternoon my friend and brother Marshall "Eddie" Conway was released from prison after almost 44 years as a political prisoner. As part of COINTELPRO's war against the Black Panthers, Eddie was accused of killing a police officer. There was never any evidence that linked Eddie Conway to this crime. Even one of the prosecutors who sent him to prison later came to believe in Eddie's innocence. While he was awaiting trial, a known informant was placed in Eddie's cell and clearly lied about him. Eddie was a victim of COINTELPRO, as was Martin Luther King, Jr., Leonard Peltier, SDS, and everyone who was part of the movement at that time.
As a Panther, Eddie continued to organize in prison. He taught literacy classes, led conflict mediation, and worked with young people. Eddie was a voice of peace for everyone he encountered.
When I saw him walk out of the courtroom today, he looked stunned, surrounded by the people who had loved and supported him the entire time. Eddie has vowed to continue his fight for justice, liberation and reconciliation. I am elated to see him walking the streets of Baltimore again as a free man.
February 28, 2014
As part of our fundraising campaign to open the new store, we hosted a talk across the street in MICA's graduate center last summer with the amazing Vijay Prashad, one of the foremost critics of global neoliberalism, and the author of a pair of important books examining the trajectory of the Third World/Global South—The Darker Nations and The Poorer Nations—the latter of which he speaks on in the video below, after thanking Red Emma's collective member Kate Khatib for her work editing his book Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, and explaining why you should give money to Red Emma's instead of NPR:
February 16, 2014
We had a packed house for Sarah Richardson's talk about her new book "Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome." Couldn't make it? Here's the video, with a special introduction given by Sarah's sister Alexa:
February 14, 2014
The indispensable Marc Steiner welcomed George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici into the studio on the occasion of their recent visit to Red Emma's to talk about their new books (as well as financialization, crisis, debt, labor, feminism and more!) Listen to the interview below: