United Workers January 2020 Roundtable

On January 23, 2020, Jeanne Sears and Emil Volcheck attended the United Workers (UW) January Roundtable meeting at the 2640.  UW announced a breakthrough in their Fair Development Campaign: the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Commission is expected to vote to approve a requirement that 40% of spending from the AHTF will go to fund […]

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MLK Day Parade 2020

BES marched in the annual MLK Day Parade on January 20, 2020 to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (#MLKDay2020) Thanks to everyone who marched, to Ethical Action Chair Charlie Shafer for organizing, and to BES Secretary Kathryn Merrill for signage!

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January 2020 400 Year blog – On “Family”

Ethical Society Leader Hugh Taft-Morales’s 400 Years project included weekly blog posts through 2019. He argues that our 400-year-history of owning, torturing, and oppressing people profoundly affects many Black Americans today.   Now, in 2020, he is writing monthly blogs intended to: (1) explore how historic and systemic racism makes navigating the world today particularly […]

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Ethical Action Report (2020-01-19)

Here is the Ethical Action Report for January 19, 2020: Tomorrow, January 20, BES is marching in the MLK Day Parade. Please let Charlie know if you will come. We will have signs to carry printed with quotes from Alice Walker, MLK, and Hugh. This Thursday, January 23, United Workers is holding their January Roundtable […]

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Ethical Action Report (2020-01-12)

Here is the Ethical Action Report for January 12, 2020: Next Monday, January 20, BES is marching in the MLK Day Parade. Please let Charlie know if you will come. We will have signs to carry printed with quotes from Alice Walker, MLK, and Hugh. The EAC requests all members to read an important message […]

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400 Years Blog #52 – Spiritual Resistance

My early memories of Martin Luther King Jr. impressed upon me how America’s racial freedom struggle is fueled greatly by the Black Church. Resistance was fueled by faith in a better world and the courage to resist. Although I am not a believer, and despite the fact that Christianity was often used to defend slavery, […]

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400 Years Blog #51  – Harriet and Malcolm: Any Means Necessary

Few heroes of the liberation struggle inspired Black Americans as much as Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X. While watching the new film Harriet, I recognized parallels between their willingness to use, as Malcolm X famously said, “any means necessary.” Tubman would do anything to save her passengers, even threatening to shoot any of them who wanted to […]

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400 Years Blog #50  – Letter from Birmingham Jail

Clarence B. Jones, a friend and speech writer for Martin Luther King Jr., called the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” “one of the most profound (examples of) literature created in the 20th century.” The letter of nearly 7000 words scrawled on the edges of a newspaper and various scraps of paper is now routinely studied in college […]

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United Workers Rally for Affordable Housing

Here is the Ethical Action Report for August 4, 2019.  In November 2018, voters passed a resolution to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) for Baltimore. United Workers led the campaign to pass this ballot initiative. United Workers advocates for fair development and creating affordable housing projects under community control.  On July 23, 2019, […]

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400 Years Blog #49  – Harriet Jacobs and the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs, weaves together forms of oppression and the persistence of motherly love. Ignored for decades and labelled a work of fiction, during the Civil Rights Movement it reemerged as a heroic tale of resistance to patriarchy and racism. She shared with the world her experience […]

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