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Last month we announced the 2022-2023 BFS 2.0 Community Fellows. It’s a great group and they have a lot going on… including this weekend.
On Saturday, October 22 at 2pm BFS Community Fellow Tisha Guthrie @TishaGuthrieMSW and Baltimore Renters United @b_renters are hosting an amazing event in Poppleton. It is the kickoff of a free concert series that will move around the city providing a space to spread joy in our communities.
Guthrie, who is a resident of Poppleton, explains, “In a city like Baltimore, which has suffered and continues to be blunted by trauma after trauma, a more comprehensive approach is our best chance at building a sustainable movement. The people of Baltimore deserve emotional, physical and mental spaces to dream. The BOC Joy project strives to provide such a space.” Come out to dance, dream, and learn more about renters rights and housing justice.
Later that evening BFS Fellow Yesenia Mejía-Herrera is an organizer for the annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival. The festival starts at 4pm and the parade is at 7pm. Mejía-Herrera explains, “Absences of Indigeneity in Baltimore’s Latinx community represents a disconnect for many people, like myself, from our Indigenous cultural traditions.” Like Guthrie’s solution based in the joy that comes from creating community, Mejía-Herrera explains, “As a part of my work with the Artesanas at the Creative Alliance and as the director of the CIELO program (Creatives, Immigrants Educators, from Latin America Origins), I will work with the immigrant communities to encourage, promote, and honor our Latin American cultures and traditions.”
BFS 1.0 partner Nicole Fabricant @nikifab77 (Towson University) and BFS 1.0 & 2.0 Community Fellow Eric Jackson of Black Yield Institute @BlackYield will be speaking on Sunday, October 23 at Black-owned bookshop Urban Reads @urbanreadsbooks as part of the Mellon/JHU funded Sawyer Seminar on the Right to the City @BRT_RTTC, a 2-year seminar bringing together intellectuals, organizers & artists to reflect critically on the city as a site of political struggle.
You can watch the first RTTC event The City and Black Nationalism on YouTube: