The newsletter is back from vacation/hiatus. Let's dive in.
In Case You Missed It…
Video of part 2 of our webinar series on Public Banking for Baltimore is available! (Click here for part 1). Public banking has been a major component of BGP’s platform in the past. It's a bit of an esoteric subject for most of us but we believe that public banking can be an important driver of community-oriented development that would be of incredible benefit to the city. It's time to get these ideas out there and spread the debate.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.” Saturday May 27th 9:30am-4pm at the Waldof Culture Center, 109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf MD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May Day we rally and March!
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!
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.
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.