Saturday: Open Hours: Intentional Communities

July 16

OK, I'm going to take off my journalist mask for a second, and get up on my little soapbox—apologies, but I don't know how else to go about this. In times of political and social crisis, when we face an election full of even more fear- and war-mongering candidates, when we live in a police state which favors those in power and lets cops go free after they kill black people, when our society criminalizes the poor or disenfranchised way before it deigns to help them, it feels imperative to look at our communities and be strategic and practical in order to change things. Change can start small and local, and should happen in many ways—one of which could be by forming intentional communities, in which people come together around shared views about the need for social justice, sustainability, and cooperative work. There are a number of examples right here in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Free Farm, hosting a conversation today on "becoming an egalitarian community, consensus based decision making, and how members can build trust through open communication." 2-4 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1000, artbma.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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