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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.

  • 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. 

     

  • 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.

    Readings and updates here:

    http://baltimorejacobin.tumblr.com/

     

  • Dharma Punx Baltimore

    Dharma Punx Baltimore is a new chapter within Dharma Punx Nation. We are an alternative meditation community, inspired by the Insight/Vipassana tradition. We work to cultivate mindfulness as a tool for transformation. 

  • Reading the Zohar

    Together we will read through the Zohar, the seminal text of the Kabbalah Jewish school of thought. We will approach the text by way of its historical, cultural, literary, and traditionally esoteric significances. Supplementary reading may be involved, open group discussion a definite, and a fun and beautiful introduction to Jewish mysticism a given. 

  • Open Knitting/Crochet Circle

    Join us in bringing together a creative, inclusive open community of crafters. All levels welcome to attend. Swap tips and work on projects!

  • Reading 'Germinal' by Emile Zola

    Close reading and discussion of Zola's masterpiece Germinal: an unflinching portrayal of a coal-miners' strike in nineteenth century France.

  • In Stitches: Crochet, Knitting, and DIY

    Needle work crosses cultures. Join us as we explore crochet, knitting, needlepoint, DIY repurposing and more. Every few weeks, we will explore a new stitch/project. The following week will give us time to perfect the lesson and/or finish the project. Bring your own materials if you like. Some materials will be provided.

    Led by Melani N. Douglass Curator of the Family Arts Museum

  • Anti-Racist Organizing Reading Group

    The goal of this class is to engage in the self-reflection and political education that enables white activist to be accountable, principled anti-racist organizers. The reading list would be taken from the Anne Braden Program (Catalyst Project).

  • Knitting Neighbors Together

    Knitting Neighbors Together is a local event for knitters (and crocheters!) to gather in a fun, casual environment and create a hat to be donated to an individual experiencing homelessness. Baltimore winters are cold, and the lack of shelter space available can be a challenge for our neighbors to stay warm. This event is open to knitters, of ALL levels of experience. Please feel free to bring your own yarn, or we will provide a free ball of yarn. If you have never knitted before, we will provide knitting needles for you to keep and the yarn needed for a recommended donation of $5. Advanced knitters will be available to teach newbies! For any questions, please email: baltimoreknits@gmail.com.

  • Overdose Training and Naloxone Distribution for Community Bystanders

    The Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coaltion (BSHRC) provides community bystander trainings for how to recognize and reverse an opiod overdose. The training involves certification and a free naloxone kit.

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    In this class we will workshop one another’s pieces and discuss select readings. While readings and prompts will focus on creative nonfiction pieces, we will keep submission guidelines loose and are excited for participants to submit any range of creative writing pieces, including fiction, poetry and/or creative nonfiction. Each class we will ask for 3-4 individuals to prepare to workshop their pieces with the goal of providing constructive criticism and support towards each individual’s literary goals and vision. Participants will receive pieces before class via email. Each class will focus on a different topic or theme, to which participants may want to center their submissions. Readings include work from Jamaica Kincaid, Joan Didion, Kathy Acker, Eula Biss, Jenny Boully, Nehisi Coates, Gloria Anzaldua.

     

  • Cooperative Study Group:Beginners Helping Beginners

    Dear Baltimore Free School Folks

     

    The Catonsville Cooperative is interested in starting a beginner study group for people that would like to rigorously study successful (and not as sccessful) cooperatives in order to help build their knowledge about cooperatives and also inform their own infrastructure building. We are considering hosting the study group in a variety of places and would hope one of them could be the free school. We would like to rotate spaces to accomodate people coming from all over the area. I look forward to hearing from you. With gratitude, Holly - holly.leon@gmail.com - 443-897-0080

  • Strength To Love Project

    The Strength To Love Project, consists of individuals (esp creatives) getting together to discuss social justice issues and engage in creative expression around the theme "Strength To Love". The film Selma, Dr. King's third book, "Strength to Love”, the #blacklivesmatter movement and other mediums will be used as material for these conversations. Participants are encouraged to create a piece(s) of art, poetry, music, film or civic engagement which they were inspired by, from those conversations. Its all capped off with a exhibition/performance of the pieces. 

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