Category Archive: Human Rights Zone

Nov
21

Join us Tomorrow Night! ‘The Bible and Social Change’ Public Forum

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What’s the Bible got to do with social change? How has it been used and misused through the centuries—both to justify oppression and inspire movements for justice and liberation? What can today’s social activists and religious leaders learn from social movements in biblical times? Join us tomorrow night, Friday, November 22, for a public forum …

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May
23

Our 2013 Human Rights Dinner – Photo Slideshow

May
16

Celebrating our Annual Human Rights Dinner—This Sunday!

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Our annual Human Rights Dinner is this Sunday! We’ll have fabulous Latin American food, powerful stories, and a silent auction of local art. We’ll also be remembering our exciting victories over the last year, celebrating the winners of this year’s Human Rights Champion Awards, and honoring the latest graduate from our Poverty Scholars program. We …

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Jan
15

Commemorating Dr. King—Join our Human Rights Dialogue this Saturday

Join the United Workers, Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland, Public Justice Center, Legal Aid, and the Baltimore Algebra Project for our 2013 Human Rights Dialogue, as we commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are coming together because we recognize that our communities are in crisis. We …

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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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Oct
30

An Opportunity for Change at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

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On Tuesday, October 23, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that General Growth Properties (GGP) had sold its lease on Harborplace to the New York real estate investment firm Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation. The sale is a fresh opportunity for change at the Inner Harbor. Since acquiring the lease to Harborplace eight years ago, GGP has failed …

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Aug
02

National Presbyterian Church Passes Fair Development Overture

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The Presbyterian Church USA became the latest to endorse our Fair Development struggle, passing a Fair Development Overture at their 220th General Assembly held in Pittsburgh, PA this past June. An overwhelming majority voted 68% in favor of standing with low-wage workers to demand that developers including Inner Harbor developers, GGP and Cordish ensure that …

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Jun
25

Video: Final Report from the March to Occupy GGP

Check-out the final video report from the March to Occupy GGP, a 4 mile march to the Inner Harbor led by low-wage workers on May 19th. Harbor workers, Raquel Rojas and Derrick Davis, narrate the video, taking us from the start of the march as we entered GGP’s Mondawmin Mall through Baltimore’s West side communities …

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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
21

The Light of Fair Development Shines On!

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The March to Occupy GGP was a glorious demonstration of determination, hope, and solidarity. Low-wage workers, faith leaders, students, community organizers, and activists gathered at an elementary school in West Baltimore to prepare for the four-mile march to occupy the Inner Harbor mall. We were joined by many of our allies from Baltimore and beyond, …

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May
20

Hispan TV: “Movilizaciones contra el sistema corporativo en EEUU”

Hispan TV, international Spanish language media outlet, coverage of the March to Occupy GGP.

May
18

March route, plus join CIW for action following the March to Occupy GGP

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We hope to see everyone at the March to Occupy GGP tomorrow! We’re gathering at 11 am at Gwynns Falls Elementary (2700 Gwynns Falls Parkway) and from there marching 4 miles to the Inner Harbor. It’s looking like Saturday is going to be a gorgeous day, so put on your walking shoes and come on …

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May
15

The March to Occupy GGP is almost here! Volunteer to be a part of the action!

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After months of gearing up for the March to Occupy GGP, it is almost upon us. Before you now it, we’ll be marching 4 miles connecting the Baltimore where workers live, take their kids to school, and worship to the Poverty-Zone where they work. Once we arrive at the Inner Harbor, low-wage workers will lead …

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May
11

A Look Back in Photos: The Fight for Fair Development and General Growth Properties’ two year silence on systemic abuse at their mall

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As we prepare for the March to Occupy GGP, we thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane to remind ourselves (and General Growth Properties) of the steps along the Human Rights Zone Campaign that have led us up to this point. Two years of silence from GGP on systemic human rights abuses at their …

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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

May
01

International Workers’s Day: “The struggle for human rights is one we must all carry”

International Worker’s Day is a day for lifting up the voices of workers struggling for dignity and justice at work and in their communities. It is a celebration of unity and solidarity across geography, sectors, race, gender, and all barriers that would divide us. Across the world, marches and actions take place to honor this …

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Apr
23

May 19th— March to Occupy GGP, let us know you’ll be there!

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March to Occupy GGP Saturday, May 19th 11 AM Gather at Gwynns Falls Elementary 2700 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21216   On May 19th, hundreds of low-wage workers and community allies will take the fight for Fair Development one step further with the March to Occupy GGP, a 4-mile non-violent march and occupation. We’ll …

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Mar
20

Occupy the Malls Round-up: Florida, Minnesota, Vermont, New York and more!

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The Occupy the Mall movement is picking up speed. Last week, we announced the March to Occupy GGP, a major non-violent march and occupation at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on May 19th, allies in Florida, Minnesota, and Vermont participated in the National Day of Action, we recorded a radio appearance for the Michael Eric Dyson Show …

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Mar
20

GGP Solidarity Action in the Twin Cities!

On the National Day of Action, the Center for Workers United in Struggle (CTUL) and allies took steps to demonstrate to GGP that the message was spreading that GGP does not promote respect for human rights in their developments. As an organization that organizes retail cleaners, CTUL connected the conditions of cleaners in the Minneapolis …

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