Red Emma's...now at 30 W. North Avenue!
Opening at 8:30AM - 10PM, Tuesday - Sunday (11PM on Friday & Saturday)
Serving coffee, tea, juice, and baked goods | Cafe menu launches December 5!
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. We've moved 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 We're already open for events and will be announcing initial regular hours really soon!
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:
CCAN Crossroads Tour: Stop Fracking Now!
You’ve no doubt heard about the environmental battle against TransCanada and its plan to pipe tar sands oil – mined and liquefied in Canada -- all the way to Texas through the Keystone XL. TransCanada ultimately wants to ship the dirty oil overseas – creating a huge new fuse to global warming pollution. Marylanders joined the movement opposing this plan from the beginning.
But now it turns out we have a similar problem right here in Maryland. Not with gooey, liquefied tar sands oil. But with liquefied fracked natural gas. A company called Dominion Resources wants to pipe fracked gas through our state, liquefy it along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at a place called Cove Point, and ship it to Asia.
Red Emma's is proud tobe a co-sponsor of the Baltimore stop of the 2013 Crossroads tour, fighting for clean energy. Check out this town hall meeting and info session at MICA on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30PM. Click below for more details ...
Vijay Prashad presents "The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South"
Red Emma's is exceptionally excited to welcome Vijay Prashad to Baltimore this August 1st, at 7PM, for a special talk at MICA's Graduate Studio Center, across the street from our new location on North Avenue.
Vijay Prashad is a preeminent scholar of the postcolonial attempts to counter the global hegemony of the "first world" and neoliberal capitalism, and the Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, where he holds the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, as well as the 2013-2014 Edward Said Chair of the American University in Beirut.
In Baltimore, he will be presenting his latest book, The Poorer Nations, just published by Verso Books, which picks up where his incredible history of the Bandung/Non-Aligned Movement effort to forge a third world political project, 2007's The Darker Nations, left off. The Poorer Nations tells the history of the past four decades from a non-Northern perspective; highlighting the tremendous struggles against neoliberal globalization, the rise of the BRICS countries, Latin America's pink tide, and the possible emergence of the "Global South" as the locus for an antihegemonic and anticapitalist future. We're also excited to announce that Vijay Prashad has generously allowed us to make this talk a fundraiser for the new Red Emma's, which will be opening later in the fall at 30 W. North Avenue. Vijay Prashad presents The Poorer Nations Thursday, August 1st 7PM MICA Graduate Studio Center 131 W. North Ave. $0-$20 sliding scale donation requested Co-sponsored by MICA Graduate Studies
In Baltimore, he will be presenting his latest book, The Poorer Nations, just published by Verso Books, which picks up where his incredible history of the Bandung/Non-Aligned Movement effort to forge a third world political project, 2007's The Darker Nations, left off. The Poorer Nations tells the history of the past four decades from a non-Northern perspective; highlighting the tremendous struggles against neoliberal globalization, the rise of the BRICS countries, Latin America's pink tide, and the possible emergence of the "Global South" as the locus for an antihegemonic and anticapitalist future.
We're also excited to announce that Vijay Prashad has generously allowed us to make this talk a fundraiser for the new Red Emma's, which will be opening later in the fall at 30 W. North Avenue.
Vijay Prashad presents The Poorer Nations
Thursday, August 1st
MICA Graduate Studio Center
131 W. North Ave.
$0-$20 sliding scale donation requested
Co-sponsored by MICA Graduate Studies
Wednesday Dec 11, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Rafaela Seixas discusses HIV/AIDS activism in Brazil
Half of the people living with HIV today are women. This epidemic continues to become increasingly feminized around the world, due primarily to the lack of power women have to determine their sexual relations, and the lack of dialogue around the problem. We're honored to welcome visiting activist Rafaela Seixas to Red Emma's to discuss her work as a policy analyst with the Ministry for Women's Affairs in Bahia, Brazil, where she coordinates a popular education program for women's sexual empowerment in an effort to combat this trend. Workshops are organized in prisons and front-line rural communities, where participants work through theater of the oppressed techniques to analyze sexual power dynamics and discuss strategies for protection from infection. She will share the stories of the women (who presented these stories through forum theater) and highlight what they identify as the causes of HIV feminization, as well as the strategies that can be adpoted to destabilize oppression that were discussed. Don't miss it!
Thursday Dec 12, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
David Blacker presents "Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame"
The current neoliberal mutation of capitalism has evolved beyond the days when the wholesale exploitation of labor underwrote the world system’s expansion. While “normal” business profits plummet and theft-by-finance rises, capitalism now shifts into a mode of elimination that targets most of us—along with our environment—as waste products awaiting managed disposal.
Saturday Dec 14, 7:30PM @ Red Emma's
Mindy Fullilove presents Urban Alchemy
What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?
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!