Leo Zimmermann

Leo Zimmermann


Historians Against the War formed in 2003 as a coalition of scholars opposing the USA invasion of Iraq. Since then it has conducted numerous events and actions to spread awareness about War. With its 2013 conference, “The New Faces of War”, the group opened its doors to local activists. The conference began with a well-attended event at 2640 Space and continued through the weekend at Towson University.

By the time you read this I will have been held prisoner for four months... on misdemeanor charges! This fact being one the popular press conveniently chooses to omit. Continually we see the government (via police statements, State's Attorney, even judges) attempt to convey things in a more alarming depiction than reality holds. Their co-conspirators in the press do little to counter these deceptions. If it wasn't for the fact that these sort of omissions are quite selective, my protestations could readily be dismissed as mere whining, but pay attention and observe.

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Advocates for the homeless converged on City Hall on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the “Journey Home” plan to end homelessness. The occasion was a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, stating simply “That the Council calls on the City and external agencies concerned with homeless in Baltimore to appear before it to discuss the status of and proposals for any revisions to Baltimore City’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.” Many of those who testified criticized a recent draft of the plan, as well as the process behind its production and implementation. Others used the forum to discuss Baltimore’s homelessness crisis and the City’s aggressive policy of evicting outdoor encampments.

Message from the Baltimore Spectator: "If you can read this, I'm not a Threat"

This article is part two of an ongoing series about incarcerated journalist James MacArthur. The first article (“Informed and Dangerous”, published on January 16, 2013) documents MacArthur's history with the Baltimore Police Department since 2008. It includes a description of MacArthur's extralegal 40-day disappearance in March 2009. This article focuses specifically on the period leading up to MacArthur's arrest and evaluates the claim that he is a threat to police officers and to society.

Journalist A. F. James MacArthur has been in jail since December 1, 2012. Known for reporting on crime and politics as The Baltimore Spectator, MacArthur is currently being held without bail or access to visitors. Despite outrage expressed by his allies and a habeas corpus hearing initiated by State Delegate Jill P. Carter, MacArthur remains in jail with no obvious path to freedom.

Audience looks on as Mary Washington testifies to the Maryland Senate Committee on Budget and Taxation. Photo by Leo Zimmermann.

People packed into a Maryland Senate briefing last week on Wednesday, October 17, in order to oppose a new youth jail in Baltimore.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in the news again. It’s the lead donor for a program that will spend millions of dollars producing and delivering drugs for the treatment of tropical diseases. It’s pumping another $750 million into the Global Fund. And it’s opening a new museum, dedicated to itself, in downtown Seattle.

Bill & Melinda Want You: Gates Foundation tentacles reach worldwide and next door
Activists Opposing "Youth Jail" Bring Fight to Maryland's Senate
Informed and Dangerous: Why is A. F. James MacArthur in jail?
Informed and Dangerous: Is James MacArthur a Threat?
Outrage and Confusion at City Council's "Journey Home" Hearing
Political Prisoner in Exile
Study, Learn & Resist: Historians Against the War 2013