The Baltimore Green Party is committed to economic, environmental and racial justice for Baltimore and beyond. Our goal is to give voters a chance to elect leaders who put people over power and profit, and fight for a more just and sustainable society.



BGP Weekly Newsletter 5/22 - 5/28

 

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In Case You Missed It…


  • Please note that our Party Election (previously scheduled for June 10th) has been merged with our June General Meeting (June 14th) for the convenience of our members.



What Is Coming Up and How Can I Get Involved?


  • Check Out the “Get Involved” Section of our Website. Here you can find details and contact info for many of our different activities and ways that you can contribute.


  • Our summer Canvassing and Phone Banking Drive continues. If you are interested in reaching out to your fellow Greens, especially ones who may live in your neighborhood, please contact Andy Ellis at s.andrew.ellis@gmail.com





Further Down The Line…

  • Baltimore City GP June General Meeting, Wednesday June 14th 7-9pm

  • Baltimore County GP June General Meeting, Tuesday June 20th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Maryland Green Party State Assembly 2017, Saturday June 24th


Shared Events

These are non-BGP events shared by our members that you may find of interest.


  • West Wednesday: Justice for Tyrone West. West Wednesday: a weekly protest to honor Tyrone West and all victims of police brutality. The West family and their supporters demand accountability for Tyrone's death at the hands of Baltimore Police on July 18, 2013. To this day, there has been no investigation into his death despite it being ruled a homicide. West Wednesday is usually held 6:30-8:30pm at the intersection of Greenmount Ave and 33rd St. Contact brookfarm@verizon.net for details.


  • Young Writers Present! “Join Writers in Baltimore Schools for a reading featuring young writers from Margaret Brent, Calverton, and Barclay middle schools! These 6 - 8th grade students attend weekly in-school or after-school creative writing groups, which are taught by Johns Hopkins and University of Baltimore MFA students. Students have been working on writing fiction and poetry all year, and they'd love to have you in the audience for this performance. Writers in Baltimore Schools empowers the voices of Baltimore City students through in-school, after-school, and summer programming that builds skills in literary and communication while creating a community of support for young writers.” Wednesday May 24th 6:30-8:30pm at Red Emma’s Coffeehouse and Bookstore, 30 W North Ave.


  • Rising Up Summer Kickoff “More than 400 residents from across Baltimore have joined together to become United Not Blighted, uplifting the 20/20 Campaign for Fair Development as a solution for blight and disinvestment in our communities. 20/20 calls on our city to invest 20 million dollars annually to deconstruct vacants- providing 400 living wage jobs every year, and another 20 million to create permanently affordable housing- rehabbing 400 homes each year to create healthy & safe rental and home ownership opportunities.” Baltimore Housing Roundtable and Workers United are launching their summer campaign and hosting this event to start organizing for the rest of the season. Thursday May 25th 6-8pm at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2640 St Paul St.


  • Malcolm X Talks: Youth Fund Task Force Update “Come join Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle for our May Malcolm X Talk. In November 2016, Baltimore voters approved a $12 Million Youth Fund that will be investing in programs that support Baltimore Youth. Our CEO Adam Jackson was named the Co-chair of the Youth Fund Task Force in Early 2017. Over the past several weeks, the Task Force has met to discuss how the fund would be governed. This month, our CEO is presenting on the progress of the Task Force thus far and its future plans.” Friday May 26th 6-8pm at the Real News Network building, 231 Holliday St


  • Black-Owned Small Business Expo “Support Black Owned Small business at this one stop shop expo event. Come out to network and purchase products and services of all types from locally owned businesses in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas. From jewelry to houseware, fashion, beauty products, electronics, food and much more this is an event you won’t want to miss. The Black Owned Small Business Expo is free to patrons and open to the public, however, interested small business vendors should email danie@daniebjones.com for more information.” Saturday May 27th 9:30am-4pm at the Waldof Culture Center, 109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf MD


Calendar

Follow this link to the full interactive version of the calendar for updates, additional details, and to share events

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BGP Weekly Newsletter 5/15 - 5/21

Hello everyone, and thanks for reading our Weekly Newsletter. First, there are a few changes to the newsletter itself. Starting this week, the newsletter will be released on Mondays instead of Sundays, and will also be posted on the BGP website and Facebook in addition to the BGP email group.

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Interview: Environment and Racism with Meagan "DJ Ducky Dynamo" Buster

In this interview we sit down with Meagan "Ducky Dynamo" Buster, and discuss the recent Temperature Rising event which showcased local artists as a means of organizing for the People's Climate March. From there we have a broader conversation about environmental racism, and the limits and possibilities of building a Black-lead climate and environment movement in Baltimore City.

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Interviewing Baltimore Greens - Andreas "Spilly" Spilliadis

This interview features Andreas "Spilly" Spiliadis, 2016 candidate Green Party candidate for City Council in the 3rd district. This interview focuses on his work as an urban farmer trying to build a local organic food economy. We discuss the importance of seeds, a "Deep Green" philosophy, and the need for a deeply rooted politics. 

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The "Baltimore City Greens-Interviews" series is a chance for us to introduce you to the people and ideas that make up the Green Party in Baltimore City, MD.

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The Truth! Now Online

The Truth, one of Baltimore Green Party's radio shows is now available online! In this week's show, hosts Annie Chambers and Ian Schlakman talk about the 2018 gubernatorial race, Trump's border wall, Fight for $15, and have a conversation with community leader C D Witherspoon. Listen to or watch the show here. An archive of past shows is available here

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Join The Green Party On May Day

On May Day we rally and March!


The Baltimore City Green party has endorsed the May Day Rally and March Sponsored by the Women's Fightback Network. 

We stand in solidarity with the following demands 

Defend immigrants & Muslims – Fight racism, sexism, LGBTQ & Trans bigotry
Baltimore UNITE to fight for our rights! We demand:
---Make Baltimore a real sanctuary city – Not one deportation; shut ICE down! An injury to one, is an injury to all.
---Fund education– Close the gap in funding for our schools; no school layoffs!
---$15 an hour & union rights for all NOW – include workers under 21 yearsof age!
---Jobs program for all!
---End police & ICE terror!

 
Join The Green Party Contingent and March With Us
The Green Party contigent will be gathering at Mckeldin Square at 3:00 PM On May 1st Please RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/236797883463254/ so we can send event updates.
 
We will march with our banner, hand out seeds, stand in solidarity and recruit people to join us in building alternative forms of political power to stand against trump and the deceitful Democrats who run our city. 
 
Help us Prepare this Saturday
This Saturday April 29th at 2:30 PM we ill be meeting at the office to make signs, call people and get them to attend, and organizing carpools and other information for Monday. 

 

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Fully Fund Our Schools

An official statement on education funding by the Baltimore City Green Party.

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New Zoning Bill Can't Fix Mess Made By Old City Council

Joan Floyd, Paul Robinson, Deborah Tempera - April 5, 2017

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the Baltimore City Green Party, they are entirely the opinion of the author(s) 

Editor's note: This article generated substantial controversy due to the lead author's role in opposing development and zoning code changes and her use of various lawsuits to those ends. This information was unknown to the BGP Editorial Team at the time, and would have substantially changed their views on the article and their decision to publish it. As a result of this mistake, BGP has revised its editorial practices to include a vetting of authors' outside work to ensure that there are no similar undisclosed conflicts of interests or activities contrary to Green values promoted in the future.

Last December 5th, the outgoing City Council and Mayor approved a replacement for our current Zoning Code and Zoning Map, to go into effect on June 5th of this year.

The replacement consisted of a new zoning text, tables, and maps that were known to be riddled with problems but were pushed through at the last minute, by outgoing politicians who refused to leave it to their successors to make important, far-ranging policy decisions about the future of Baltimore.  

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Green Party wins its first Baltimore City election: A new strategy and a familiar face among community activists

Overcoming a litany of obstacles from the property management, longtime social justice activist and Green Party member Reverend Annie Chambers won an election to the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) of the Baltimore Department of Housing last week. Just days before the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, a local civil rights champion was elected to represent the people of Douglass Homes -- named after Frederick Douglass, who has roots in Baltimore -- and serve as the 11th member of the board. 

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The Baltimore Democrats Have Failed Us Again

Connor Meek is an avid follower of Baltimore City Council and is BGP's resident correspondent on municipal events and hearings. 

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the Baltimore City Green Party, they are entirely the opinion of the author(s) 

While campaigning for office, Catherine Pugh promised to raise Baltimore’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, stating in an AFT-Maryland survey, “I am aware of the current initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City Council to $15 per hour and when it reaches my desk I will sign it.”  Yet when a watered down bill that was too low and too slow reached her desk she promptly vetoed it.  The City Council needs twelve votes to override the veto, and only ten votes to hold a special session to deliberate.  They have seven.

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