"What an incredible sight! I crept along until I reached the march and honked and waved and hollered, 'You are doing the absolutely right thing!'"
Struggles against segregation and for militant trade unionism in Maryland were the subject of a Feb. 23 Black History Month program sponsored by the Baltimore Marxist Labor Forum.
They came from Connecticut and Illinois - and just down the street: Family, neighbors and activists honored veteran political and labor journalist Tim Wheeler with a special tribute dinner.
Principal organizers were SEIU, MoveOn and Occupy Baltimore. Speakers included health care workers, unemployed workers, teachers and community activists.
Scores of citizens weighed in on Baltimore's preliminary fiscal year 2012 budget before members of the City Council.
Demonstators denounced corporate and Republican union busting and called for a stepped-up fight to defend union rights, Social Security, and Medicare.
"I'm educated by Baltimore City Public Schools and if we put more money into our education system we wouldn't have to be building this prison!"
The City Council has voted unanimously to endorse the October 2 One Nation Working Together march, and a local coalition is working to fill 100 buses.
Promoting environmental sustainability in Baltimore is the dream of green community activist Jerome Alexander who initiated a tree planting project recently.
Charges of premeditated racist discrimination by the nation's top banks were given additional boost by the city of Baltimore which filed affidavits recently in a suit against Well Fargo for steering minorities to purchase sub-prime loans. Similar suits have been filed in several states including Texas, Tennessee and California and by the the NAACP alleging racial bias in predatory lending. The case was initially presented last January. The complaint runs some 825 pages.