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Stoop Storytelling @ JHMI Turner Auditorium Tonight

Since its inception five years ago, the Stoop Storytelling Series has become a fixture at Centerstage, and a favorite among consumers of Baltimore culture. Its format of seven diverse storytellers each telling seven minute stories has proven wildly popular, and in its time has covered topics as diverse as race relations, romantic misadventures, surviving a war and surviving high school.

Tonight the Stoop will change things up a bit, presenting on a Friday instead of its usual Monday, and straying temporarily from its home at Centerstage to visit the Turner Auditorium on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Tonight’s stories are presented in partnership with Hopkins’ office of cultural affairs, and the theme for the evening is Hopkins Medicine: A World Inside a City.

Is your ass ringing? All kinds of interesting things happen in hospitals.

It’s a fitting title, because Hopkins is a world inside a city. Between the hospital, Bayview campus, Homewood campus and grad school it’s at least a small town inside a city. As such, it can tend to be a fairly insular community, and tonight’s program is sure to be a rare look at its inner workings for the rest of us.

There is certainly no shortage of dramatic and compelling stories that come along with such a sizable medical institution, accounting for the continuing popularity of televised medical dramas like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, et al. It makes sense… inside those walls there’s all the pathos of life and death, pain and suffering, struggle, triumph, and what is sometimes described as miracles. We’ve seen the Hollywood versions of all this, but the stories you’ll hear from first-hand narrators tonight are all entirely true.

If you can’t make it tonight you can still listen to all of the stories being presented in the comfort of your own home, office, car, treadmill at the gym or wherever with the Stoop Podcast. All of their previous stories and storytellers (301 and counting) are now available for free on iTunes.

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Turner Auditorium is at 720 Rutland Ave, 21287. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door with a maximum of 2 per customer, as a sell-out is expected. A Hopkins ID will save you $5. on admission.1-800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com to purchase.

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Today is Martin Luther King Day

As we all pause today to honor Dr. King’s legacy, it is important to note that some of us honor that legacy by word alone, and not by deed. Hypocrisy and injustice continue today, and for those of us who truly value civil rights and equality, protecting that legacy means guarding against its appropriation by those who would embrace ideals that are in direct opposition to those of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

MLK went to Memphis to support striking workers. He spoke and wrote repeatedly on the lockstep relationship between African Americans and the Labor Movement, and believed that workers’ rights and civil rights are inseparable. Not only are all men created equal, but all men are men. We are all to be accorded dignity, and are all deserving of a living wage, safe and decent working conditions, and the right to call one another brother.

As Republicans today shamelessly attack public employees, oppose the Employee Free Choice Act, attempt to take health care away from millions of citizens, and claim to abhor gun violence while embracing guns, we must remember that the only way to stand with Dr. King is to stand against those who would attack what he spent his life working for.

    “Negroes are almost entirely a working people. There are pitifully few Negro millionaires, and few Negro employers. Our needs are identical with labor’s needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community. That is why Negroes support labor’s demands and fight laws which curb labor. That is why the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.”

    -Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. AFL-CIO Convention, December 1961

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Bi-Weekly Political Roundup: Raise a Glass to Healthcare Edition

It’s gonna be a good one tonight. That’s an understatement. It’s going to be a celebration three years and three generations in the making.

The Baltimore Chapter of Drinking Liberally celebrates its third anniversary tonight at Joe Squared, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Hell, it might even be warm enough to sit out on that nice patio they have there.

Drinking Liberally meets tonight at Joe Squared. 7pm.

As always, DL meetings are very informal, and open to anyone of a liberal bent. New members are encouraged to stop by and become new friends. And judging by what we’ve seen on the Twitter we’ve got a lot of new friends out there. Come on Baltimore… its time to live up to all that tweeting you did on Sunday. Come on out and give us your take on healthcare, the tea-party wingnuts, and the general awesomeness of Nancy Pelosi.

As for the Chop’s take on it, we saw it coming the whole time. A year ago we were telling anyone who would listen that something would get passed. Sure, we wanted that something to be single-payer. We wanted that something to at least have a public option. But when it all came down at the end of last week, with Kucinich coming to Jesus and the whip count steadily increasing, we weren’t at all surprised. The votes have been there the whole time, and if there was ever a day when congress went through the motions just for show, it was Sunday.

That sounds strange to say, but it’s true. They could have had two hours debate and a 20 minute vote and been done.

All in all though, we think its a good deal. We like the bill. Obama promised Change and this bill is full of changes. The Chop has been generally pleased with Barack Obama (don’t ask don’t tell notwithstanding), and we’re even more pleased now.

We also want to share with you this link we were sent (via the DL mailing list) to the SEIU website. They’ve made it incredibly easy to see how your representative voted on the bill, and added a contact form to voice your gratitude or displeasure. (In Maryland only Roscoe Bartlett (R- 6th District) and Frank Kratovil (D- 1st) voted no. If you live there, give them what for.

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