The Baltimore Activist Playbook

Richard DeShay Elliott·Thursday, December 8, 2016

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People’s Power Assembly: Peoples Power Assemblies organize to empower workers & oppressed people to demand jobs, education & healthcare while fighting against racism, sexism & LGBT bigotry. Address: 2011 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218 Phone: (410) 218-4835

Red Emma’s

General inquiries:, 443-602-7585

To reach the cafe, call us at 443-602-7611.

For book related questions, email, or call 443-602-7585.

For event inquiries, email

For Thread Coffee, email or call (443) 863-9186.

Working Families (Family Centric Activism) [] @MDWorkingFams

(410) 417-7025

Address: 2221 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21218

An End to Ignorance (Racial and Cultural Education) []

7000 Families (Local Lease Reform) []

Out 4 Justice (Prison Reform) []


Baltimore Bloc (Community Reform/Social Justice) []


Baltimore United (Social Justice) []

Everybody listed here […]

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (Environmental Activism)


ACLU of Maryland (American Civil Liberties Union) []


Address: 3600 Clipper Mill Rd Suite 350, Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: (443) 524-2558

The Baltimore Transgender Alliance […]

Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington AvenueMontgomery, AL 36104

(334) 956-8200Baltimore & Beyond Mindfulness Community

Progressive Maryland

35 E University Blvd, Silver Spring , MD 20901, United States

Baltimore & Beyond Mindfulness Community

PoC Meetings 1st/2nd Sundays 3-5pm

Activist meetings 2nd/4th Sundays 3-5pm

Where: 2100 Madison Street, St. Wenceslaus Hall (3rd floor)

Who: UMBC Progressives

Where/When: *meeting time for Spring semester TBD* @ 1000 Hilltop Circle, Fine Arts II


Communities United


1199 SEIU

611 North Eutaw StreetBaltimore, MD 21201


Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

235 Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202

West Wednesdays…


Anti Fascism Network…

Baltimore ANTIFA…

Maryland ANTIFA…

Ebook from AKPress: Covering “a serious historical study and a story of victory and struggle, past and present” against Fascism from a militant standpoint.…

(Free till end of January) “Confronting Fascism” Ebook from AKPress: This text is an “analyses of fascism, its contemporary resurgence, and what to do about it. This is a militant book for people who want to think seriously and strategically about stopping fascism.”:


Center for American-Islamic Relations

Tel: (202) 488-8787

Fax: (202) 488-0833

What are some advocacy organizations to help Muslims and other refugees in this trying time you ask?


Baltimore Racial Justice Action

NAACP Legal Defense Fund…

Hollaback Baltimore…

Baltimore Ethical Society…

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training…

Who: Circle of Voices What: Circles of Voices collaborates with the West Coalition to better understand the dynamics of families who have been deeply affected by police brutality.

Where/ When: Sat. Feb 11th 6pm @The impact hub Baltimore Contact:

Standing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Baltimore

Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity (BARS)


Anti-Defamation League

Who: Jews United For Justice Contact:

Drug Reform

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Address: 1100 H Street, NW • Suite 830 • Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 483-5500 • Fax: (202) 483-0057

Environmental Protection & Awareness

What: People’s Climate

Where/When: Multi-Faith Vigil @ Loudoun County CourthouseCorner of King and Market StreetsLeesburg, VA 20176 on February 20th, 2017 @ 5:00pm

Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability Website Address: 111 W Chesapeake Ave #319, Towson, MD 21204 Phone:(410) 887-3733

Clean Water Action Inc Website Address: Naked Lunch, 1120 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21211 Phone:(410) 235-8808

Sierra Club Baltimore Website Address: 3000 Chestnut Ave #202, Baltimore, MD 21211 Phone:(267) 474-3488

Sierra Club NOVA Hub Website Address: 2312 Mt Vernon Ave #206, Alexandria, VA 22301 Phone:(571) 970-0275

Clothing Organizations


PickUp Please…

Planet Aid - Maryland Website Address: 6730 Santa Barbara Ct, Elkridge, MD 21075 Phone:(410) 796-1510

Purple Heart Services Foundation Website Address: 7272 Park Cir Dr # 120, Hanover, MD 21076 Phone:(301) 277-0205

Disabled Rights

Disability Rights Maryland Website Address: 1500 Union Ave # 2000, Baltimore, MD 21211 Phone:(410) 727-6352


Who: Baltimoreans for Educational Equity

What: Jan 4th action on Mayor & City Schools CEO

Baltimore Algebra Project

Address: 235 Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202



Melissa S. Rock

Child Welfare Director

Advocates for Children and Youth

One North Charles St., Suite 2400

Baltimore, MD 21201

Elected Officials (Call these individuals to ask them to denounce racism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. or to praise principled stances)

Governor Hogan- (410) 974-3901

Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch- (410) 841-3800

Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller- (410) 841-3700

Senator Van Hollen- (202) 224-4654

Senator Cardin- (202) 224-4524

Andy Harris- (202) 225-5311

Steny Hoyer- (202) 225-4131

Anthony Brown- (202) 225-8699

Jamie Raskin- (202) 225-5341

john Sarbanes- (410) 847-9556

Elijah Cummings- (202) 225-4741

Dutch Ruppersberger- (202) 225-3061

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan- (202) 225-3031.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell- (202) 224-2541

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Chuck Grassley- (202)-224-6020

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh- (410)-396-3835

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young- (410) 396-4804

Feminism and Reproductive Rights

Baltimore Abortion Fund

(443) 297-9893

Organization for Women…

Center for Reproductive Rights [] (202) 628-0286

Feminist Majority…

For Women…

National Organization for Women […]

NARAL Pro-Choice America [] 202.973.3000

Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project

Women For Women International Project…

Food Justice Activism and Resources

Baltimore Free Farm…

Create the Good…

Feeding America


Freedom from Hunger…

Gather Baltimore

Maryland Food Bank

Address: 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd, Baltimore, MD 21227

Move for Hunger…

World Food Program USA…

Freedom Schools


Children’s Defense Fund…

Orita’s Cross Freedom School

Play on Purpose Freedom School…

Health Service Centers

DACA Clinic Baltimore/Clinica de DACA en Baltimore

December 4, 11 AM-4 PM

Hampstead Hill Academy500 S Linwood Ave

Baltimore, MD 21224

Who: Alludum Community Healthcare

What: Fundraiser: come support community based healthcare!

Where/When: Jan 21st @2640Space (2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore)


Pregnancy Center West Website

address: 5411 Old Frederick Rd, Baltimore, MD 21229

Phone:(410) 788-4433

Baltimore Eastern Std Clinic Website

Address: 620 N Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Phone:(410) 396-9410

Baltimore Medical System Website

Address: 900 S Caton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229

Phone:(443) 703-3200

Planned Parenthood - Baltimore City Health Center Website

Address: 330 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone:(410) 576-1414

Family Health Centers of Baltimore Website

Address: 631 Cherry Hill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21225

Phone:(410) 354-2000

Baltimore City Health Department- Adolescent and Reproductive Health Services Website

Address: 1515 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone:(410) 396-0186

Pregnancy Center North Website

Address: 6805 York Rd #2, Baltimore, MD 21212

Phone:(410) 377-2871

Mt. Royal Health Center Website

Address: 922 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone:(410) 383-8300

Housing Rights

Who: Baltimore Housing Roundtable

What: Meeting on 20/20 Campaign for Fair Development

Where/When: Thursday Dec 1st 6-8pm @2640 St. Paul StreetContact: Amanda DeStefano (410)-259-6074 or Adriana Foster

(210) 825-9925

Tubman House

Housing Our Neighbors

Meetings at 12-2pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201)

Immigration-Related Issues

CASA De Maryland 2224 East Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21231

Tel: 410.732.2694 / Fax: 410.732.2692

Horarios / Schedule 6:00 AM -2:00 PM Lunes / Mondays 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Martes a Viernes / Tuesday through Friday

Ayuda Website

Address: 6925 Willow St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Phone:(202) 387-4848

Immigration Outreach Service Center Website

Address: 5401 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

Phone:(410) 323-8564

Catholic Charities Website

Address: 1415 W Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Phone:(410) 728-1151

Esperanza Center Website

Address: 430 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

Phone:(410) 522-2668

Catholic Charities Website

Address: Esperanza Center, 430 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

Phone:(410) 534-8015

International Rescue Committee Website

Address: 3516 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

Phone:(410) 327-1885

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service Website

Address: 700 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:(410) 230-2700

The Newcomer Project

646-242-3268 (m)

Request for Consultation:

Legal Aid

Baltimore National Lawyers Guild []

Baltimore Community Law Center []

Community Law Center Website

Address: 3355 Keswick Rd # 200, Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone:(410) 366-0922

Maryland Legal Aid Website

Address: 500 E Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone:(410) 951-7777

Maryland Legal Services Corporation Website

Address: 15 Charles Plz # 102, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone:(410) 576-9494

Pro Bono Resource Center-Maryland Website

Address: 520 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone:(410) 837-9379

Who: MD National Lawyers Guild

What: November Meeting

Where/When: Tuesday Nov 29th 5:30pm @ UBalt Law Building Room 109

Inmates’ Rights

Find Law…

People’s Law Office

Address: 1180 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642

Phone: (773) 235-0070



Who: Baltimore Jail Support

Sundays 4-10pm @ Baltimore City Detention Center (401 E. Eager St.)Contact: via Facebook

Women in Black Peace Vigil

Every Friday noon-1pm @ Inner Harbor Contact:

Service Providers Activating Constituent Energy



LGBT Center Directory…

GLCCB Website

Address: 3rd Floor, 2530 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone:(410) 777-8145

The National LGBT Bar Association Website

Address: 1200 18th St NW #700, Washington, DC 20036

Phone:(202) 637-7661

Baltimore Outloud

Address: 1001 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone:(410) 244-6780

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Website

Address: 729 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phone:(202) 234-9181

Human Rights Campaign Website

Address: 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Phone:(202) 628-4160

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Website

Address: 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phone:(202) 393-5177

FreeState Justice: a legal organization that serves low-income LGBTQ people


Address: 231 E Baltimore St #1100, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 625-5428

Casa Ruby: a bilingual, multicultural community center in DC for LGBTQ people that offers meals, emergency housing referrals, legal services and more

Website: 2822 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 355-5155

National Center for Transgender Equality: A national organization based out of DC devotated to ending discrimination and violence against trans people

Website: 1400 16th St NW #510, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 903-0112

Project PLASE: and organization in Baltimore that provides support services such as transitional and permanent housing, to homeless adults of vulnerable communities.


Address: 3549-3601 Old Frederick Rd. Baltimore, MD 21229

Phone: 410-837-6130

Trans Lifeline: a suicide hotline run by trans people for trans people

Phone: (877)-565-8860


RAD Remedy: an online database that serves to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks with accurate and respectful care.



Democracy Now! (Independent Global News)

The Real News (Baltimore Based Activist Media) []


Media/News “Challenging the mainstream narrative of a Muslim in America.” Check Fb & Instagram for Popup Workshops and Healing Spaces. Contact:

Native American Organizations

Who: Baltimore American Indian Center

What: Skip the Stores for the Streets! - solidarity with Standing Rock~~Say no to the Black Snake on Black Friday

Where/When: Friday Nov 25th from 11-2pm starting at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Little Italy (Columbus Park on President St and Fawn St)

Political Organizations

SPACE : Service Providers Activating Constituent Engagement Contact:

Maryland Democratic Party

Address: 33 West Street, Suite 200 Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 269-8818

Maryland Green Party

Address: P.O. Box 29915, Baltimore, MD 21230P.

(410) 691-3204

Anne Arundel County Board of Elections

Website Address: 6740 Baymeadow Dr, Glen Burnie, MD 21060

Phone: (410) 222-6600

Baltimore County Board of Elections Website

Address: 11112 Gilroy Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Phone: (410) 887-5700

Baltimore City Board of Elections

Address: City Hall - Room 250, 100 N. Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone (410) 396-3835

Fax (410) 576-9425

Baltimore City Democratic Party Website

Address: 301 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD 21204

Phone: (443) 470-6022

Baltimore Green Party Website

Address: 100 E 23rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 402-5083

Carroll County Elections Board

Address: 300 S Center St # 212, Westminster, MD 21157

Phone: (410) 386-2080

Charles County Board of Elections Website

Address: 201 Charles St, La Plata, MD 20646

Phone: (301) 870-3167

Harford County Board of Elections Website

Address: 133 Industry Ln, Forest Hill, MD 21050

Phone: (410) 638-3565

Montgomery County Board of Election Website

Address: 18753 N Frederick Ave #210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Phone:(240) 777-8500

Prince George's County Board of Elections Website

Address: A, 1100 Mercantile Ln #115, Largo, MD 20774

Phone: (301) 341-7300

Oversight & Government Reform Website

Address: 2157 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515

Phone:(202) 225-5074

Jacobin Reading Group Contact:

Sexual Assault Hotline

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

House of Ruth Maryland: 24-hour Hotline: 410-889-RUTH (7884)

Línea en Español: (410) 889-7884 (Oprima 8) (Help is available in every language)

Poverty and Homelessness Alleviation (Soup Kitchens, Shelters, etc.)

Paul’s Place

Project PLASE

Manna House

Workers’ Rights

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees- Maryland Chapter


Who: Fight For $15 Baltimore

What: Caregivers Fight for $15! (Solidarity rally & press conference)

Where/When: Tuesday Nov 29th 3:30pm @ Bluepoint Healthcare Center (2525 W. Belvedere, Baltimore)Contact:

What: Forum For Equality Addressing John Hopkins Contracted Workers’ Rights

When/Where: Thursday Dec 1st @ 7pm @Gilman Hall Room 50 (Bowman Drive, JHU Homewood Campus)

Sponsored by: JHU Black Student Union, JHU Students for a Democratic Society, Center for Africana Studies, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE! Local 7, Housing Round Table, United WorkersContact: UNITE HERE Local 7 - or visit

Who: SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA)

What: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Where/When: December 17th 5-7pm @Ynot Lot (Charles St. & North Ave)

Event Page for more info:

Who: Workers World Party - Baltimore

What: Organizing resistance for Jan 20th Inauguration

Where/When: Sat Dec 3rd 1pm @2011 N. Charles Street

Contact: (443) 221-3775

Unite Here!- Local 7

1800 N. Charles St., Suite 906 Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 443-438-5607 ex. 17

Fax: 443-438-5702

United Workers

Recommended Readings

“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

“Dog-Whistle Politics” by Ian Haney-Lopez

“Why The Right Went Wrong” by E.J. Dionne

“Capital in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty

“Saving Capitalism” by Robert Reich

“Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan

“Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky

“Conscience of a Liberal” by Paul Krugman

“Biography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X

“White Privilege” by Paula S. Rothenberg

“Steal This Urine Test” by Abbie Hoffman

“Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson

“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman

Recommended Watches

“Gasland” by Josh Fox

Produced by Josh Fox, this film investigates instances of air and water pollution caused by fracking. Ground water becomes so contaminated that it becomes flammable, and millions of litres of poisonous gases are released from the rigs. Watch this film, and make sure you stand up to any companies trying to force you to let them drill!…

“Inequality for All” by Robert Reich

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.…

“Bowling for Columbine” by Michael Moore

The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.…

“An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore

A ground-breaking documentary about the dangers of climate change.…

“Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” by Göran Olsson

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.…

“13th” by Ava DuVernay

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.…

“Fruitvale Station” by Ryan Coogler

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.…

“War On Drugs: The Prison-Industrial Complex”

The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you'll get the picture.

According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelvefold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent. Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes.…

“Waiting for Superman” by Davis Guggenheim

From the Academy Award-winning Director of An Inconvenient Truth comes the groundbreaking feature film that provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. Waiting For "Superman" has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change.

“Requiem for the American Dream” by Peter D. Hutchinson and Kelly Hyks

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality - tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority - while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time - the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.…

“Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt

The field of economics can study more than the workings of economies or businesses, it can also help explore human behavior in how it reacts to incentives. Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner host an anthology of documentaries that examines how people react to opportunities to gain, wittingly or otherwise. The subjects include the possible role a person's name has for their success in life, why there is so much cheating in an honor bound sport like sumo wrestling, what helped reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s onward and we follow an school experiment to see if cash prizes can encourage struggling students to improve academically.…

“Sicko” by Michael Moore

Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?"

“Food Inc.” by Robert Kenner

Food, Inc. unveils some of the sombre practices underpinning the American food industry, exploring how corporations place profits before consumer health, worker safety and the environment. This documentary argues that industrial production methods are not only inhumane, but they are also unsustainable from an economic and environmental standpoint.

“Before Stonewall” by Greta Schiller

In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun. Before Stonewall pries open the closet door--setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance. Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history.…

“We Were Here” by David Weissman

We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the City's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment. Though this is a San Francisco based story, the issues it addresses extend not only beyond San Francisco but also beyond AIDS itself. 'We Were Here' speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises.…

“Miss Representation” by Jennifer Sibel Newsom

Miss Representation explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.…

“Southern Comfort” by Kate Davis

Robert Eads (December 18, 1945 – January 17, 1999) was an American trans man, whose life and death was the subject of the award-winning documentary Southern Comfort (2001). Eads transitioned later in life and as such it was deemed inadvisable to seek surgical sex assignment to male genitalia. Eads was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, but as an example of the social stigma faced by gender variant individuals, more than two dozen doctors refused to medically treat him on the grounds that taking him on as a patient might harm their practice. When he was finally accepted for treatment in 1997 the cancer had "already metastasized to other parts of the body, rendering any further treatments futile.…

“The Lottery” by Madeleine Sackler

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.…

Recommended Tunes!

“Baltimore” by Nina Simone - Watch on YouTube

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron - ” Watch on YouTube

“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday - Watch on YouTube

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar - Watch on YouTube

“King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar - Watch on YouTube