All Roads Lead to Ferguson Tour – Baltimore

‘All Roads Lead to Ferguson’ Tour and Justice Gathering in Baltimore

Contact: Nicolas Nagle, mobile: (650) 793-5825

Musicians, poets, and artists from Baltimore and around the country will gather to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the historical tradition of troubadours and social change. Works of art and music will be offered on the eight-city tour to inspire folks to transform the legacy of police brutality and white supremacy into healing and hope. Artist-activists including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Kristen Graves, Té V. Smith, The Peace Poets, and Bishop John Selders will rally and inspire Black Lives Matter supporters in these Justice Gatherings.

Date: August 1st, 2015
Time: Performance at 7:30 PM; Media availability at 5 and 9 PM
Host: Rev. Heber Brown, III, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
Location: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Bishop Selders along with other artists on the tour will be available for interview at 5 PM and 9 PM

Selders is spearheading the “All Roads Lead to Ferguson” Black Lives Matter Tour through eight cities from Hartford, CT to Ferguson, MO, culminating in a national gathering in Ferguson, one year after the killing of Michael Brown (August 9th, 2014).

Selders’ group, Moral Monday CT, has rallied to support the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, excessive force, mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and for racial justice. Moral Monday CT has roots in the current social justice and civil rights movement started by the Reverend Doctor William Barber of North Carolina NAACP in response to recent restrictions on voting rights.

Partner organizations include: Fellowship of Reconciliation, Faith in Ferguson,
Cleveland Action, Ferguson Action, Black Lives Matter, Deep Abiding Love, and others


Makayla Gilliam-Price: Stop Making Careers Out of My Struggle

From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond – The Left Forum

TRNN’s Paul Jay moderates a panel in New York on critical issues facing the movement reignited by resistance against police violence. With Alicia Garza, Glen Ford, Kshama Sawant, Makayla Gilliam-Price, and Thenjiwe McHarris.

Makayla Gilliam-Price is a member of City Bloc and  Baltimore United for Change.

Why Baltimore’s protest movement is different than Ferguson’s

The Baltimore riots have led to something previously unseen in the post-Ferguson civil rights movement: the almost immediate formation of an organized coalition of activists, with black churches at its foundation.

A new grassroots group called Baltimore United for Change has been formed as a result of the current strife in Baltimore. The coalition includes student groups, established nonprofits like Casa De Maryland and several local churches, which are serving as safe harbors during times of unrest. Jamye Wooten, one of the group’s lead organizers, also spent time working with faith communities in Ferguson Action.

“We see churches across the country coming together,” says Wooten. “The black church has an essential role to play in the empowerment of our communities.”

Many of the organizations from Baltimore’s new coalition have been working together on local issues for years, but when tensions rose last Sunday, new groups joined their network. Within days they had a new website and a framework for organized cooperation. This week they held community dialogues and launched a crowd funding campaign for the legal fees of arrested protesters, which has raised over $44,000 so far.

“We needed to centralize information, organize our efforts and foster long-term commitment,” says Wooten. The Baltimore coalition quickly built an online network for an interfaith, multi-racial movement to change the criminal justice system.

The group’s first goal is to change the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBoR), which gives police a 10-day window before they are compelled to speak when being investigated for misconduct.  “We are working to build capacity that goes beyond reaction,” says Wooten, “not jump from flash point to flash point, but to cooperate together for sustainable change.”

Baltimore United for Change