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    • Sat, Mar 11 @ 4:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin Reading Group

    Are you interested in meeting with other people in Baltimore to discuss articles from Jacobin magazine? If so, then you should join the Jacobin reading group!! We meet about once a month. The discussions are lively, non-doctrinaire, and open to everyone. For more information, send an email to  

    • Wed, Mar 08 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, Apr 12 @ 10:00 AM
    • Wed, May 10 @ 10:00 AM
    (North Ave classroom)

    La Leche League: Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support

    Our Mission is to help mothers in Baltimore to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.


    • Sat, Feb 25 @ 12:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Nations fighting for Autonomy with Strvnge Encounters

    Understanding what it means to be an American Muslim and challenging mainstream media’s portrayal of Islam.

    • Sun, Feb 26 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Technology, Value, and the World System

    Technology, Value, and the World System: A Reading Group at the Baltimore Free School

    Convened by John Duda and Yousuf Al-Bulushi

    Remember immaterial labor?  What ever happened to those cognitive networks of production in common that were going to usher in a new era of digital communism?  The tragic euphoria of dot-com theory is repeating itself today in farcical calls for a universal basic income, as venture capitalists and wide-eyed leftists alike sell us a vision of post-work in which the commodity manages somehow to still function just like it used to before the robots ushered in our collective era of leisure. Is the abolition of capitalism really just a few more apps and “disruptions” away?  Or could it be that the relationship between labor, technology, and the production of value is far more complicated than the latest round of digital bedtime stories would have us believe, especially when we locate this intersection in the context of truly global relations of production and exchange?


    Over the course of this reading group, we’ll dive deep into these issues from a perspective grounded in critical social theory.  As we explore thematic clusters of shorter articles and excerpts, we’ll also work our way through the majority of Moishe Postone’s Time, Labor, and Social Domination.  Doing so will help provide a theoretical frame of reference to help understand why, as Postone notes, “increased productivity results neither in a corresponding increase in social wealth nor in a corresponding decrease in labour time, but in the constitution of a new base level of productivity.” We believe that a rigorous theoretical approach is necessary in order to illuminate the hidden ground of this counterintuitive historical trajectory, and we think Postone offers a useful starting point to do so. (A little more on Postone.)  This is a reading group, not a class that’s mapped out in advance—so the precise effects of reading this particular theoretical counterpoint in relation to or against the more grounded thematic material is not known in advance—but we’ll figure it out together!  We will make an effort to have texts available either for purchase at a discount at Red Emma’s, or, where possible, in digital form to make this group maximally affordable.

    • Sun, Feb 26 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Mar 26 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Apr 23 @ 2:00 PM
    • and 3 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Baltimore Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

    The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA's members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.

    We are activists committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.


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    • Tue, Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    "Writing for the Establishment: How to Write to Get Results from Institutions"

    Bureaucracies - whether insurance companies, power companies, or the government - use a language that is specifically designed to be inaccessible to the public. This workshop will help you write letters, applications, appeals, or e-mails using that language. Don't let your problems be ignored because you don't use corporate-speak. Bring your problem and we will work together to write a solution. 

    • Sun, Mar 05 @ 5:00 PM
    • Sun, Feb 26 @ 5:00 PM
    • Sun, Mar 12 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)


    I will hold a safe space for your to explore your breath, your mind, and your emotions through guided sitting. Together we will pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. We will breathe in different ways. Then, those that are interested will share their different experiences of the practice.



    • Tue, Feb 21 @ 4:30 PM
    • Tue, Feb 28 @ 4:30 PM
    • Tue, Mar 07 @ 4:30 PM
    • and 3 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Balt. Trans. Alliance meeting

    leadership team meeting

    • Thu, Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    LGBTQ Sensitivity workshop for Religious Leaders

    —1. To provide an honest and scholarly sharing of knowledge about sexuality, stigma, transcended internal homophobia, and how to denounce those “crippling powers” and “empower us” as religious leaders to move forward and provide a “safer space” in our religious institutions for all humanity that we might reach fullest potential as the Creator desires.  —2. How to broaden our understanding so we might become allies for all humanity regardless of: race, creed, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, but especially LGBTQ persons who are and or desire to have a greater spiritual encounter with the Eternal.    a. Use of Proper pronouns
      b. Understanding Gender Expression vs Gender Identity vs Gender                  Assignment 
      c. Use of Proper Vocabulary    

    • Tue, Feb 21 @ 6:00 PM

    Baltimore DSA Dicussion Workshop

    • Sat, Mar 04 @ 10:00 AM
    • Sat, Mar 18 @ 10:00 AM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Marxist Theory and Working Class History

    Speak Out Now will host a series of classes on Marxist theory and working class history for people committed to revolutionary change.  We will expect participants to attend on a regular basis in order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.