This interview features Andreas "Spilly" Spiliadis, 2016 candidate Green Party candidate for City Council in the 3rd district. This interview focuses on his work as an urban farmer trying to build a local organic food economy. We discuss the importance of seeds, a "Deep Green" philosophy, and the need for a deeply rooted politics. The "Baltimore City Greens-Interviews" series is a chance for us to introduce you to the people and ideas that make up the Green Party in Baltimore City, MD.
The Truth, one of Baltimore Green Party's radio shows is now available online! In this week's show, hosts Annie Chambers and Ian Schlakman talk about the 2018 gubernatorial race, Trump's border wall, Fight for $15, and have a conversation with community leader C D Witherspoon. Listen to or watch the show here. An archive of past shows is available here. Continue reading
On May Day we rally and March! The Baltimore City Green party has endorsed the May Day Rally and March Sponsored by the Women's Fightback Network. We stand in solidarity with the following demands Defend immigrants & Muslims – Fight racism, sexism, LGBTQ & Trans bigotryBaltimore UNITE to fight for our rights! We demand:---Make Baltimore a real sanctuary city – Not one deportation; shut ICE down! An injury to one, is an injury to all.---Fund education– Close the gap in funding for our schools; no school layoffs!---$15 an hour & union rights for all NOW – include workers under 21 yearsof age!---Jobs program for all!---End police & ICE terror! Join The Green Party Contingent and March With Us The Green Party contigent will be gathering at Mckeldin Square at 3:00 PM On May 1st Please RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/236797883463254/ so we can send event updates. We will march with our banner, hand out seeds, stand in solidarity and recruit people to join us in building alternative forms of political power to stand against trump and the deceitful Democrats who run our city. Help us Prepare this Saturday This Saturday April 29th at 2:30 PM we ill be meeting at the office to make signs, call people and get them to attend, and organizing carpools and other information for Monday.
Joan Floyd, Paul Robinson, Deborah Tempera - April 5, 2017 The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the Baltimore City Green Party, they are entirely the opinion of the author(s) Editor's note: This article generated substantial controversy due to the lead author's role in opposing development and zoning code changes and her use of various lawsuits to those ends. This information was unknown to the BGP Editorial Team at the time, and would have substantially changed their views on the article and their decision to publish it. As a result of this mistake, BGP has revised its editorial practices to include a vetting of authors' outside work to ensure that there are no similar undisclosed conflicts of interests or activities contrary to Green values promoted in the future. Last December 5th, the outgoing City Council and Mayor approved a replacement for our current Zoning Code and Zoning Map, to go into effect on June 5th of this year. The replacement consisted of a new zoning text, tables, and maps that were known to be riddled with problems but were pushed through at the last minute, by outgoing politicians who refused to leave it to their successors to make important, far-ranging policy decisions about the future of Baltimore. Continue reading
Green Party wins its first Baltimore City election: A new strategy and a familiar face among community activists
Overcoming a litany of obstacles from the property management, longtime social justice activist and Green Party member Reverend Annie Chambers won an election to the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) of the Baltimore Department of Housing last week. Just days before the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, a local civil rights champion was elected to represent the people of Douglass Homes -- named after Frederick Douglass, who has roots in Baltimore -- and serve as the 11th member of the board. Continue reading
Connor Meek is an avid follower of Baltimore City Council and is BGP's resident correspondent on municipal events and hearings. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the Baltimore City Green Party, they are entirely the opinion of the author(s) While campaigning for office, Catherine Pugh promised to raise Baltimore’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, stating in an AFT-Maryland survey, “I am aware of the current initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City Council to $15 per hour and when it reaches my desk I will sign it.” Yet when a watered down bill that was too low and too slow reached her desk she promptly vetoed it. The City Council needs twelve votes to override the veto, and only ten votes to hold a special session to deliberate. They have seven. Continue reading
Bill is an active member of the Baltimore City Green Party and a retired union organizer and retired Director of Labor Studies at The Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views and positions of the Baltimore City Green Party, they are entirely the opinion of the author(s) The refusal of the Baltimore City Mayor, the President of the Baltimore City Council and the majority of Council members to support the (kinda sorta but not right away) $15.00 minimum wage for workers in Baltimore City is a clear indication that the more things change, the more they stay the same. From the outset, the campaign supported by the “new” Democrats in the Council and the “new” mayor was a phony campaign. The legislation passed by the City Council would not have increased the minimum wage to $15 until 2022, with exceptions for workers under the age of 21. As introduced by Councilperson Mary Pat Clarke, the proposed law would have limited the increase in Baltimore City to the increase in the state minimum wage of $10.10/hour in 2018 but then increasing over the next six years. This article has been excerpted. To see more, please read the full article in the Baltimore Sun
This Monday, March 20, the Baltimore CIty Council votes on whether to adopt a $15 minimum wage in Baltimore. The Baltimore City Green Party officially endorses this action. Our support for this measure arises from the simple principle that the people of Baltimore deserve to live in dignity. Anyone who does an honest day’s work should be able to come home at the end of the day with their needs sustained, their children provided for, and enjoy a reasonable quality of life. The sad truth is that even $15 an hour, which would be about $30,000 a year for full-time work, is inadequate. For those who can only work part-time due to reasons such as child-raising, pursuing an education, disability, or simply being unable to find a full-time job, the situation is even more dire. To maintain an even lower minimum wage as we have today would be not only inadequate but unjust and immoral. Baltimore cannot afford to wait for the state of Maryland or the nation as a whole to pass an increased minimum wage. Indeed, if we can be a leading city in this movement, all the better. An increased minimum wage would not only benefit the tens of thousands of Baltimore workers whose income would directly be affected. Hundreds of thousands of children and other dependents who make up almost half the city’s population rely partially or in whole upon the income of low-wage workers. Local businesses, especially those serving low-income areas, would benefit from workers’ increased spending power. To continue to permit low wages for those businesses who don’t see fit to provide their employees with a living does a disservice to all the other businesses who stand to gain from having those employees as their customers. When people have money in their pockets, they use it and the economy as a whole prospers. The current low wages shift the burden of providing for workers’ sustenance from employers to the taxpayers. By reducing the scourge of poverty in our communities we can move citizens off the rolls of public assistance programs and use those tax dollars on other programs to improve the city and its services. By lifting our neighbors out of poverty we also disassemble the perverse structures that force people to turn to crime to earn an income. The violence and unease that crime creates across our city is measured not only in human suffering, but also as an impediment to further economic growth and prosperity. While the Green Party certainly supports the increased wage, we also have reservations about the compromises that were required to get this bill to move forward. The phase in period extends over the better part of a decade and by the time the wage is actually $15/hr we fear that it will be even less buying power for working people and their families. Furthermore exempting younger workers from the wage increase fails to recognize the simple reality of our city, younger workers need higher wages too. In many cases younger workers are a primary income in their household, and for others the wage they earn is essential to paying for education and training needed to move to higher wage brackets. These compromised aspects of this bill while necessary for passage in the current climate illustrate yet again why we need bold and uncompromising leadership in the highest positions at City Hall. The Baltimore City Council And Mayor are entrusted with the care and protection of the city’s residents. There is nothing more fundamental they can do for their citizens than to ensure that their hard work is rewarded with enough money to live on.
The Baltimore City Green Party (BGP) opposes SB739/HB949, which would stifle free speech by penalizing companies, organizations, and people who boycott Israel in support of Palestinian human rights. The proposed legislation would violate the First Amendment, which includes boycott as a form of protected speech (NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.). We specifically condemn participation of members of the Baltimore delegation, Sen. Carter-Conway and Del. Haynes, in this attempt to squelch dissent and uphold Israel’s apartheid policies. The call of Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) was first issued in 2005. Its stated purpose is: “1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.” BDS was affirmed by national Green Party U.S. the same year it was issued. As a local chapter of the Green Party, the BGP stands in solidarity with Palestinians and Marylanders engaging in BDS tactics. BGP calls on its 1,200 members and more than 10,000 2016 voters to oppose SB739/HB949. For More Information GPUS Endorsement-http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=825 MD Senate Bill-http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/bills/sb/sb0739F.pdf#page=9 First Amendment Letter http://bordc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BORDC-MCCRC-First-Amendment-Letter-1.pdf Contact Your State Legislator-http://www.freedom2boycottmd.com/legislators_oppose