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From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true – and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. 

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari´s journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work. 

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We need words and poetic, lyrical expression that will expose and combat the lack of respect for oppressed and marginalized peoples! So come join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine, come drop some progressive “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy! By the way: it’s a non-erotic poetry, non-“love jones” type of venue, so we ask that you not go there. (And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!)

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In a special early-evening event, author & activist Nick Licata joins us to speak about how the organizing principles that are illustrated in his book Becoming A Citizen Activist can assist citizen activists in stopping Trumpism (the spread of white nationalism, voter suppression, sex discrimination and the corporatization of democratic institutions) through providing progressive alternatives to white and minority working families. He will be joined by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, co-directors of Popular Resistance, in leading a discussion on organizing strategies. Licata is a former 5-term Seattle City Council Member; founding board chair of Local Progress, A National Municipal Policy Network, and named by the Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year in 2012.
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Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing--and shows how we can begin to fix the problem.

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National slam champion and Baltimore native Black Chakra is debuting his book at Red Emmas! Black Chakra is a Baltimore-based Spoken Word Artist and Emcee whose talent has been showcased on stages across America. He is a poetry instructor for Dewmore Baltimore where he has lead the Woodlawn High School Poetry Team to all city slam competition victory four years, consecutively. Black Chakra is a former member of the 2016 National Slam Championship team at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). In 2017, in concomitant with leading his school to their 4th victory, Black Chakra won Baltimore's Grand Slam Finals and helped lead Baltimore's Poetry Team to victory at Southern Fried.

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The story of America’s "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In his new book, Containing Addiction, Matthew R. Pembleton argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—the country’s first drug control agency, established in 1930—began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to American shores. In a series of complicated twists and turns on a global stage, Pembelton explains how America applied a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis, demonstrating how consistently policymakers have assumed that security at home can only be achieved through hegemony abroad. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day. Don't miss this critical talk!
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What is harm reduction? What are Safer Consumption Spaces? These questions and more will be answered when Nurses for Justice and Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition come together to host a panel on Safer Consumption Spaces. Learn from those advocating for Safer Consumption Spaces in Maryland on how this harm reduction approach to drug-use could save lives in our community. We will hear from advocates in Baltimore city who are working to make these spaces a reality for our community members. We will also do some letter writing in support of a bill that will establish Safer Consumption Spaces in Maryland and commit ourselves to different harm reduction strategies in 2018. Join us!

Public schools are among America’s greatest achievements in modern history, yet from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been intractable tensions tied to race and poverty. Now, in an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business.

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Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.


In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. 


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