Category Archive: Culture

Mar
27

‘Now Is the Time’

On February 27, we attended a community event held by Community Churches United, a close ally and member of the Fair Development Campaign, where, among many things, we are fighting for good union jobs for Baltimore residents (currently city residents make up less than 3% of the workforce on many development projects across the city). …

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Mar
25

Our Spring 2013 Leadership Day and Retreat – In Images

We had a great Leadership Retreat last weekend! We strategized, did workshops on economic inequality and the fiancialization of the economy, and planned for upcoming actions, including the April 20 Fair Development March (unitedworkers.org/2013/03/15/fair-development-march-april) and a fall action for the Health Care Is a Human Right campaign. We also roasted marshmallows. Thanks to everyone who came …

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Nov
27

10th Anniversary: ESPN Zone and Fighting for Justice

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The United Workers understands that to build a strong movement for human rights and an end to poverty requires at its foundation the development of powerful leaders. As we near our big 10th Year Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, December 1, we are publishing a series of blog posts from United Workers leaders, with their stories of personal transformation …

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Nov
19

10th Anniversary: Remembering Our Harbor Day

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The United Workers understands that to build a strong movement for human rights and an end to poverty requires at its foundation the development of powerful leaders. As we near our big 10th Year Anniversary Celebration on December 1, we will be publishing a series of blog posts from United Workers leaders, with their stories of …

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May
21

Video: Teaser from the March to Occupy GGP

There is more to come, but here’s a teaser to wet your palate. Check back in for a longer video report from Saturday’s action.  

May
07

Larger than life! Gearing up for the March to Occupy GGP

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This weekends actions were larger than life, literally. From a blown up demand letter to large scale projected animations, this past weekend was one of the most interactive, art filled and BIGGEST expressions of Occupy the Malls to date. As we gear up for the March to Occupy GGP on May 19th, the United Workers …

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May
06

Flickr photoset: Mall projection and Giant letter signing

Nov
04

Audio of Fair Development Conference Workshops

Below is audio for most of the Fair Development Conference Workshops. To read descriptions about the different workshops click here. To download any of the audio files in MP3 format click here.

Nov
02

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews: What is Fair Development?

Throughout the Fair Development Conference, participants, panelists and United Workers’ members were asked what Fair Development means to them. A few of those interviews can be seen below, building, expanding and collectively envisioning how Fair Development both stands in opposition to poverty zone development like that of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and extends to struggles across …

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Nov
01

Fair Development Conference is a Stunning Success

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Wow! What a powerful weekend. From Brazil to Detroit, more than 400 social movement activists and grassroots organizers participated in the Fair Development Conference to connect local struggles to a growing global movement for economic human rights and justice. Participants converged in Baltimore to take part in discussions, workshops and actions to build solidarity across …

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Nov
01

Day 3: “Poverty Busters” take on harbor haunted by human rights abuses

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After two days of amazing conversations, presentations, and workshops with social movement activists and organizers from all over the country and the globe, we closed the Fair Development Conference by taking that energy and spirit to the Inner Harbor. On the eve of Halloween, harbor workers, grassroots allies, conference goers, and community members gathered to …

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Oct
29

Day 2: Defining Fair Development

The many pieces of fabric that made up the quilt of a collective vision of Fair Development were constructed throughout the day in the many workshops, conversations, meals shared and stories swapped. The intricacies of Fair Development became more defined as people elaborated on the three concepts of maximizing public benefits, respect for human rights …

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Oct
28

United Workers Unity Circle

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In preparation for participants to arrive to St. Johns Church to hear the Keynote speakers, the United Workers takes a moment to come together in a Unity Circle to express love, gratitude and leadership for each other and all those that will join them today.

Oct
26

City Paper: “United Workers harness protest energies with their Fair Development Conference”

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Pick up this week’s Baltimore City Paper or go online to read their article on the United Workers upcoming Fair Development Conference. In other news, the United Workers appeared on the Marc Steiner show with the Marian Kramer of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Sarah Weintraub of the Vermont Worker Center. The two media …

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Oct
23

“Haunted Harbor March” at Fair Development Conference

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If work just ain’t fair at the Harborplace Who ya gonna call? POVERTY BUSTERS!.. That’s right! For decades, the Inner Harbor has been haunted by labor and human rights abuses including: poverty wages, disrespect, sexual harassment, lack of healthcare, denying education opportunities, wage theft, unsafe work environments, and general exploitation for the sake of profit. …

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Oct
20

Video: Watch Final Episode of Smiley/West Poverty Tour Series

The Media Mobilizing Project recently followed Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on a national Poverty Tour to make visible the plight and fight of the poor in the U.S. Last week, the Tavis Smiley show aired a five part series created by the Media Mobilizing Project encapsulating the stories, lessons, and struggles shared along this …

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Oct
13

Lend a Hand at the Fair Development Conference!

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Participate in making the Fair Development Conference possible! We are looking for volunteers to help with everything from set-up to childcare to planning Sunday’s action. Pitch in for a few hours, or the whole weekend. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Wissner at mike.wissner@gmail.com, or attend one of our volunteer trainings. …

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Oct
11

Don’t miss the Opening Plenary! Powerful keynotes, amazing banquet, and more!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT We are excited to announce the featured speakers who will address the conference Friday evening. Our guests represent diverse perspectives in the movement for economic human rights for all, and we are proud that these three inspiring leaders will be joining us to share key lessons and analysis for building power. Marian …

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Aug
29

Sept. 10th— The Strategic Dialogues Are Back!

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Now that the summer is winding down, we’re kicking off another series of Strategic Dialogues. Join students, faith leaders, artists, media makers, community organizers and United Workers leaders in the next installment of this series. With unemployment and jobs on the tip of everyone’s tongues, we decided to take on this issue. Through a multi-media …

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Aug
08

Aug. 15th— Conference proposal deadline coming up! Plus, register now…

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The deadline to submit a workshop proposal for the Fair Development Conference is Monday, August 15th. So far there are some pretty exciting proposals in the works. Everything from the intersection of human rights and economic development to media and movement building, from successful worker-led corporate accountability campaigns to sustainable worker-owned cooperatives, from nuts & …

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