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  • Public Safety Collective

    A Baltimore ‘Families Against Police Brutality’ Bloc initiative; a collective of friends, families and victims of police brutality, from both the living and dead, grieving proactively to uplift the community.

    The Public Safety Collective is an autonomous citizens review board of the Baltimore City Police Department.

    • Researching and archiving the history, laws, policies, and practices of the Baltimore City Police Department
    • Organizing an independent media platform where that information will be accessible to the public for free, in addition to reflections of current events and communiques from the 'Families Against Police Brutality' bloc. 
    • Mobilizing 'Cop Watch' program; community outreach, distributing literature, observing police activity, providing direct aid, facilitating resource accessibility, recruiting, networking.
  • Black feminism and intersectionality

    Organized by the Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization

    The Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization is getting together to begin educating ourselves about Black feminism and Intersectionality. None of us are experts and nobody is "teaching" the class, but rather we will go through the material collectively. We invite anyone with any level of experience with this topic to join us and share your perspective! The way we structure the group is simply to ask for a volunteer to facilitate, and any Black woman who wants to facilitate is given priority, in recognition of the fact that there are very few spaces where Black woman's voices are allowed to be dominant. We spend time discussing reading that has been chosen by the group, but also leave space for open discussion about any relevant current events, media, blogs, etc. that members want to talk about. We see this group as being shaped by its members, so anyone can suggest readings or changes to the structure at any time. To get on the listserv for the group and receive the readings, please email Alana Davenport at abdvnprt@gmail.com. We also have a facebook group called Baltimore Free School Black Feminism and Intersectionality.

  • Jacobin reading group

    We'll meet monthly to discuss radical politics, using articles from Jacobin, a socialist quarterly, to structure our conversation. The purpose is to engage with leftist ideas in a lively, open, non-doctrinaire environment. No prior knowledge is necessary, and meetings will be on Friday nights at 7 p.m

    Readings and updates here:



  • The Atheist Reformation - Origins - 1859-1871

    History doesn't conform to neat outlines. Everything which we think of as the 20th century begins not in 1900, but in 1859. It was the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species, the year Marx published his Critique of Political Economy, and the year Wagner completed his opera Tristan und Isolde - and with those three documents lay the triple revolution in Science, Politics, and the Arts that threw over the monotheistic foundation which dominated the world for 1600 years.

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) aka Tapping for Stress Relief and Self-Empowerment

    Learn a simple process that can be self-applied to help you be more effective in your mission in the world.  EFT involves tapping on a series of acupressure points while focusing in a specific mannner on your problem.  This relieves stress which can be at the root of chronic negative conditions in our lives such as physical pain, diseases, PTSD, phobias, poverty, overweight, addictions, poor relationships, and not living up to our full potential in the world.  




  • Readings from Isaac Newton's "Principia"

    A short course to discover by selected readings some of the many enduring concepts the natural philosopher Isaac Newton contributed to mathematics, technology, philosophy, astronomy and the physical sciences. Some of these concepts include:absolute and relative space, time and motion, centripetal forces, inertia, the laws of motion, gravitation, and the system of the world. This course will encourage participation in brief discussions, hands on demonstrations and experments and should conclude with a lively discussion on the relevance of Newton's concepts to our 'modern' world views.

    A 250 sheet bound copy including Book I of Newton's "Principia" and Newton's "System of the World" will be available at a modest cost. Participants should bring a protractor, compass, ruler and some graph paper for the hands-on demonstrations.

Info for learners

  • All courses are free of charge.
  • Signing up helps instructors know who to expect, and give them a way to contact you if something changes.
  • Almost all courses are totally open, and most courses can be dropped in on even if you miss the first session(s), but check the course description or email the instructor to be sure.
  • All courses are non-credit, non-degree, non-certification, and fun-filled!
  • Most courses take place at the North Avenue Classroom, inside Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse