29 Apr '15, 10pm

Baltimore riots flared up in a toxic environment

Baltimore riots flared up in a toxic environment

As Baltimore heals from the burns of the recent youth uprising against the police, there’s one part of the city that won’t be burning any time soon, and for good reason. Members of the youth-led activist group Free Your Voice rose up against the company Energy Answers and thwarted its plans to build an incinerator in the middle of their already beleaguered Curtis Bay community. By harnessing the energy of dance, poetry , and being just fucking young, members of the group lobbied city institutions that contracted with Energy Answers to buy electricity generated from incinerating trash and convinced them to cancel their agreement. The would-be buyers included the Baltimore Museum of Art, the city housing authority, and the city school district. The students’ energy was particularly effective in getting the schools to pull out of the deal. Free Your Voice held a concert party...

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