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  • How To Take Over Your City

    This reading group will examine examples of how community activists and labor organizers in four cities have developed successful (and very different!) models in order to build sufficient power at the municipal level to advance an agenda for economic and racial justice.

     

  • Teacher Reading Group

    Open to anyone interested in public education, and anyone who teaches or educates in any capacity. We will read Diane Ravitch's new book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privitization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

     

  • Economics for Anti-capitalists

    This reading group will study introductory texts on economics written from a critical perspective of our current Capitalist system, beginning with Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism by Geoff Mann. We will discuss, deepen each other's understanding of the information. Any further readings we choose will focus on describing current economic conditions rather than hypothetical ones. Participants are encouraged to bring any insight or information they have to further the learning process.

  • Critical Theory Reading Group

    A reading group for textual encounters between cultural studies,  philosophy,  political economy and sociology. We'll start with Slavoj Zizek and move on to Gramsci, Butler, (Selma and CLR) James, and various representatives of the Frankfurt School - among others. No prior background needed, but regular reading and discussion participation will be expected.

     

  • Politics As If People Mattered: Running an Independent Campaign for Public Office

    A training program designed to help the working, non-wealthy, independent, progressive or radical person run an effective campaign for local, state or federal office. 

  • 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.
  • Feminist Writing and Support Group

    An ongoing workshop focused on exploring feminist topics through writing. While we would like the group to generate topics, questions, and ideas from within, we hope to bring certain topics to each session, including (but not limited to): female bodies and body image, wellness and healing, relationships and singlehood, female orgasms and sexuality, and gender-based violence. To explore these topics, we hope to use letter-writing, prompted writing activities, collective and group writing activities, and sharing. We intend the class to be a feminist support group for female-identified and queer individuals.

  • 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! We will start by reading Black feminism and intersectionality by Sharon Smith and the Combahee River Collective Statement for the first session, and then read Andrea Smith and Kimberlé Crenshaw for the second session.

  • Social Justice Poetry Workshops (for youth 13-21)

    Dew More Baltimore will hold free weekly poetry workshops for youth 13-21 every Sunday from 3:30 to 6:00 PM.

    Workshops will be led by professional poets and published authors. Guest advocates and activists will be invited to provide social justice workshops. 

    Through thought provoking workshops participants will learn how to use their art to address the social ills impacting them and/or the larger community. 

     

  • Physics for Philosophers (and anybody else)

    An exploration of general relativity, quantum mechanics, and cosmology and how they have impacted our lives and thought.

  • Arabic 1

    A continuation of our Intro to Arabic class, Arabic 1 will lead participants through both spoken colloquial & classical written Arabic, as well as further introducing them to Arab political and social movement/activist history and culture to promote solidarity and understanding.

  • Spanish Language Reading Group

    A reading group of Spanish-language literature that meets monthly to discuss a pre-assigned work, in Spanish. Works include contemporary writers. Intermediate to native speakers welcome. Join us for a fun way to improve your Spanish and deepen your knowledge about the culture and language of Spanish-speaking countries. 

  • Health and Society

    "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely   the absence of disease or infirmity"   -World Health Organization

     

    Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world and spending a great deal of money on healthcare, the health status of our nation is suboptimal. Why is that?

    In this course we will explore the interplay between the way our society is structured and our state of health as one explanation for this quesiton.

  • 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:

    http://baltimorejacobin.tumblr.com/

     

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