Ted Piotte

We met Ted Piotte and his wife Laura on a cold winter afternoon while going door to door in Curtis Bay to update folks on our campaign to stop the nation's largest trash burning incinerator from being built less than a mile from schools in the community. We were welcomed out of the cold into the Piotte's home and soon discovered a warm creative spirit.

We talked for over an hour with the conversation moving from Ted's experiences working as a forklift operator in the industrial backyard of his neighborhood to how he became a self taught artist (wood carving being his medium of choice). From memory, Laura shared poems she had composed years ago about love and friendship. Both spoke to the marks on the health and environment of their community made by toxic pollution. 

We conducted a video interview with Ted who offered to share some of his memories and stories as an artist with us. That video will be coming soon. For now, please enjoy these photos by the United Workers media team documenting some of Ted's beautiful work. (pictured with Ted above are Free Your Voice leaders Charles Graham and Patrick Nelson) 

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Audrey and Leah Rozier aka Leah N Drey Rose

Audrey and Leah Rozier have been working with other leaders in their community for the past three years to the stop the nations' largest trash burning incinerator from being built less than a mile from their homes. They are also up and coming musicians who use their talent to advance the fight for social justice and universal human rights. The two sisters wrote this powerful song entitled "Free Your Voice" about the struggle they are a part of here in Baltimore. They then performed the song just feet away from key decision makers in a push to get Baltimore City to withdraw their support for the incinerator. We captured that moment as it happened and you can watch it right here: 

 

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Keith Brown

Keith Brown is a West Baltimore resident and has been a leader with the United Workers for years. Keith is a graduate of the Housing is a Human Right leadership school and will soon be teaching a new group of students about the history that underlies our current housing crisis.

He is also a talented graphic artist who uses his abilities to illustrate and illuminate complex issues of human rights, social justice and Fair Development. Recently, Keith designed a series of 30 foot tall Fair Development emblems for our Spring Concert to celebrate breakthroughs in our struggle for human rights. With each emblem, Brown took on a pillar of Fair Development (housing, healthcare,environment and education) and rendered them plain for us to see. Reflecting on his work Brown said, "we don't have these as human rights but these images are meant to make a light bulb go off in people's minds that these are rights and values we should strive and fight for."  

Check out a few examples of Keith's growing body of work and stay tuned for more beautiful examples of leadership and creativity coming together to generate something powerful.  

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