Red Emma's is closed for the summer....as we make the move to a new location this fall!
Welcome to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, a worker-owned and collectively-managed bookstore and coffeehouse that used to be located in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. In Fall 2013, we'll be moving to 30 W. North Avenue, in Station North, where we'll have a vastly expanded book selection, a dedicated on-site classroom space, and a full vegan/vegetarian restaurant. You can find out more about that here: http://vimeo.com/54919729
In the coffeehouse, you'll find delicious fair trade, organic coffee and espresso as well as a selection of vegan and vegetarian food. In the bookstore, you'll find books and periodicals on a wide range of topics, with a focus on radical politics and culture. We also offer free internet access, both through our wireless network and our public internet terminals. In 2013, we partnered with Thread Coffee to provide our very own transparently traded, collectively-roasted coffee. Come in and enjoy a cup!
If you are looking for information about 2640, the community events space we run in conjunction with St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village, please have a look at the 2640 website.
If you are looking for information about the Baltimore Free School, another project that's spun off from the Red Emma's Collective, please check out the Free School website.
Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore
by Marisela Gomez
Memory Against Forgetting: Marisela Gomez's book illuminates the history of the fight against displacement and dispossession in East Baltimore
Let's start with a website. Visit ebdi.org and you'll find a glowing description of responsible urban development, of a large institution acting benevolently, even munificently, to lift up a troubled neighborhood, mired in generations of poverty, and bringing prosperity back to a decaying city. This is a good story, and one that postindustrial cities, clinging to their “anchor institutions,” are increasingly vocal in telling.
In Baltimore, however, this website and its reassuring story leaves something out: the real history of struggle, led by the residents of the Middle East neighborhood who have been fighting the East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) for over a decade. These were the residents who learned that the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI), through its quasi-public proxy EBDI, would be taking their homes through eminent domain: one morning when they woke up to the story in the Baltimore Sun. These were the residents who refused to go quietly and agree that the public good would be served at the cost of uprooting their community, and who dared to fight back against the very powerful institutions who wanted to decide the future of the Middle East. And these are the residents whose story is told in Dr. Marisela Gomez's new book, Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore.
Supernatural Strategies for making a Rock 'n' Roll Group
by Ian F. Svenonius
This newest volume by contemporary art and music's favorite quasi-anti-hero pundit Ian Svenonius is a programmatic for, as the title suggests, forming a rock 'n' roll group.
Help us raise money to distribute Marisela Gomez's long-awaited book on anti-displacement organizing in East Baltimore!
by Red Emma's
Audio: "Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives" w/Breanne Fahs
by Breanne Fahs
On May 16th, 2012, feminist, professor, and scholar of Women and Gender Studies, Breanne Fahs, came to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse to discuss her new book Performing Sex: The Making and Unmaking of Women's Erotic Lives. To an engaged packed house, Fahs lively and candidly discussed her research, work, and critique. In Performing Sex, Fahs does immense research into "women's erotic lives", as well as interviews forty women about their relationships to their own sexual subjectivites.
Fahs findings are at once surprising, but only due to the resonance of their frank revelations. As is highly detailed in her book, and seen through the active discussion at the event, a large portion of women can relate on various levels to Fahs's portrayals.
We have undergone numerous "waves" of feminism and, in many ways, women have more sexual autonomy and freedom than ever before. However, oppression always finds a means in which to sequester liberation. Fahs details that women today are caught in a perilous period "between postsexual revolution celebrations of progress and alarmingly regressive new modes of disempowerment." (Performing Sex)
Her account reveals: women's immensity and frequency of faking orgams, habitual inability to orgasm but pressure to do so, fantasies that downplay or eliminate their own agency, regular distaste for sex, and alarming ways in which they approach/perform sex not for their own - or collective - pleasure but purely for their partner's.
In this discussion, Fahs asks us to critique the world we've inherited from prior feminist movements, oppression's backlash results that we must grapple with today, and the long road we still must travel down in order to find, meet, know, embrace, unabashedly pursue our own female needs and desires. A key point that Fahs stressed was that not only do we need to work for the freedom to but also the freedom from. Sexual liberation does not only lie in the ability to desire sex but also in the ability/acceptance for lack of desire. She asks to analyze and acknowledge the complexities in our sexual selves and in ourselves.
The female-lead collaborative discussion weaved through topics as diverse as the regulation of female body hair, to traversing these territories in LGBTQ relationships, to engaging on these issues with male partners (and males in general), and to a plethora of other terrains.
Here is audio from this event:
Red Emma's is closing!
We're going to take the summer off as we get ready for the big move to our giant new space on North Avenue this fall; and so after nearly nine years of continuous operation, we are closing the doors of our storefront at 800 Saint Paul Street for good on Saturday May 18th; Details of the closing party, as well as our special moving sale, are coming soon, so make sure to stay in touch via our mailing list, or through Twitter or Facebook.
Red Emma's Pepper-Sprayed!
As some of you know, someone walked into Red Emma's yesterday and pepper-sprayed two of our worker-owners, as well as the entire front counter, and grabbed a cell phone and ran. This wasn't a random act of violence, this is someone who robbed us last year, and then kicked in our door. We don't know for sure, but it's possible this is the same person who smashed the glass in our front door twice last month.
Everybody in the streets for fair, not failed, development!
On April 20th, at 11AM, a coalition of labor and community groups is going to descend on the site of Baltimore's new casino, demanding a vision of development that doesn't gamble away our city's future on tax breaks for the rich, while demanding austerity for everyone else. You should be there---we will! More info here.
Symposium: Equitable and Sustainable Redevelopment in Abandoned Communities: A Path Forward
We're honored to be cosponsoring a one-day symposium convened on the occasion of the publication of Marisela Gomez's Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, which will take place on March 9th at Sojourner Douglass College.
Friday Jun 7, 7PM @ 2640
Come one! Come all! This is the Circus show you've been waiting to see!
Hope to see you there!
Did you know that Red Emma's is a cooperative of four collectives? Our project encompasses four rad worker-run projects in the city of Baltimore:
Stay tuned to the Red Emma's website for upcoming announcements. 2013 will be bringing big changes for our family of projects, and we're excited to share the news with all!