United Workers Media

The United Workers is a human rights organization led by low-wage workers. We are leading the fight for fair development, which prioritizes community needs over private profit.

Telling our own stories

For several years, the United Workers Media Team has been documenting events, interviewing our members, and producing high-quality videos that tell the untold stories about our members, their struggles against poverty, and their organizing for change. You can watch the United Workers videos at YouTube and Vimeo, and see pictures here


United Workers photo albums on Flickr:

Shantress Wise - United Workers Media Team Member

United Workers videos on Vimeo (2 sets) 

Keith Brown, United Workers Media Team Member




Media Updates and Inquiries

Please contact Greg Sawtell for media inquiries:

  • 410-230-1998 (office)
  • 513.638.7107 (cell)

United Workers in the Media


New York Times

Goldman Prize for Six Bottom Up Environmental Leaders

In Baltimore, Fighting an Incinerator – video

Garbage Incinerators Make Comeback, Kindling Both Garbage and Debate

Baltimore City Paper

City Paper Video on Curtis Bay and the fight to stop the incinerator 

A campaign to undermine a controversial Baltimore waste-burning power plant appears to be working 

Trash Talk – Feature story

Baltimore City Paper: United Workers’ Our Harbor Day May 1

City Paper: City from Below Conference

Wall Street Journal 

Recipients of Goldman Environmental Prize to be Honored

City Lab

Baltimore Scraps Its Waste-to-Energy Plan

Can Baltimore Pull Off Its $700 Million Makeover Without Displacing Residents?

The Nation 

Can Community Land Trusts Solve Baltimore’s Homelessness Problem?

The Atlantic

Could Baltimore's 16,000 Vacant Houses Shelter the City's Homeless?

The Washington Post

This Baltimore 20-year-old just won a huge international award for taking out a giant trash incinerator

Huffington Post

Feel Inspired Right Now: Meet the Goldman Award 2016 Heroes

Baltimore youth of color are still fighting plans for gigantic garbage incinerator

Baltimore youth get another big win in fight against incinerator

Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community

The world is yours: Kids take the lead in the climate fight

Before repairing the climate, we’ll have to repair the impacts of racism

The EPA attempts CPR on its own Civil Rights Act enforcement

EPA’s next challenge: Protect communities in nation’s industrial dumping grounds

Fight the funk: This woman’s fight against garbage fumes became a national crusade

Smokestack city: An industrial neighborhood decides it has had enough

Talking trash: Baltimore students speak out against waste-burning power plant

Baltimore Brew

Young leader of Curtis Bay incinerator fight wins international award

Maryland declares Energy Answers’ Fairfield incinerator permit expired

Decision is a victory for student, resident, labor and environmental groups who opposed the project for years

Two groups will sue Energy Answers over trash-burning incinerator

A blueprint for development without displacement in Baltimore

Incinerator opponents, charged with trespassing, are released today

Committee recommends canceling power contract with a lot of political juice

South Baltimore incinerator opponents applaud stop-work order


Pollution-weary students stage a march to protest incinerator

Video: High School Students March Against South Baltimore Incinerator

Baltimore Brew: What May Day means for some of Baltimore’s low-wage workers

Baltimore Sun

Curtis Bay youth wins award for campaign against Fairfield incinerator

Key permit for controversial Fairfield incinerator project in Baltimore deemed invalid

Incinerators are not green

Baltimore group has plan to use land trusts to make more affordable housing available

Community land trusts make their pitch

Coverage of the action calling upon MDE to enforce the law

Curtis Bay incinerator progression disappointing

Trash-burning power project hits new snag

Construction of Fairfield power plant ordered halted over air quality permit violation

South Baltimore students protest against planned plant near 2 schools

Students and others protest the proposed South Baltimore incinerator

The Curtis Bay incinerator will endanger Marylanders

Baltimore Fishbowl 

Baltimore’s Destiny Watford Wins $175K Goldman Environmental Prize

The Real News

Equity Sought in Baltimore's Development Strategy

7 Arrested Demanding State Revoke Permit for New Baltimore Incinerator

As Construction of Baltimore Incinerator Is Halted, Activists Rally for Justice for Bhopal

“Facts Don’t Matter” Community Faces Health Risks from New Incinerator (3/4)

Baltimore Residents Face Potential Health Risks from New Incinerator (2/4)

Baltimore Residents Face Potential Health Risks from New Incinerator (1/4)

Ben Franklin High School Incinerator Protest


News Roundup with coverage of the fight to stop the incinerator - Mid day

Employment and Equity in West Baltimore - Dan Rodricks

How Baltimore Students Are Fighting Proposed Waste-To-Energy Plant – Fraser Smith

Singing to Stop an Incinerator in their Back Yard – Tom Pelton

Environmental Battles: Monday February 24th, 12-1 p.m. – Dan Rodricks 

WEAA: Marc Steiner

Sound Bites: United Nations Comments On Curtis Bay Incinerator

Baltimore Housing Roundtable: Community Land Trusts For Development Without Displacement

Fairfield Incinerator protest ends in arrests

Waste to Energy: Curtis Bay Students Rally Against Proposed Incinerator Plant

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Youth Activists featuring United Workers leader Destiny Watford

Marc Steiner Show: The United Workers talk about economic justice in the Inner Harbor

Mark Steiner Show: Fair Food Solidarity Tour

Capital Gazette 

Residents, environmentalists plan to sue power plant developer

Brooklyn Park: Neighborhood awaits end of incinerator debate


Maryland Reporter

Gov. Hogan takes ‘no position’ on Curtis Bay incinerator


WBALTV: Incinerator project put on hold 

WBALTV: Hundreds protest construction of incinerator in Baltimore

FOX 45

Fox 45: curtis-bay-residents-concerned-over-plans-new-trash-incinerator


WJZ CBS Baltimore: Marylanders Uneasy About Renewable Energy Plant In Curtis Bay

In These Times 

In These Times: “Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: From ‘Poverty-Zone’ to Economic Human Rights Zone?”

Additional Coverage

Clean Water Action: Marchers Demand Clean Air and Fair Development


Climate Howard: Students Demand Freedom From Dirty Energy

Solidarity: A Baltimore Neighborhood Fights a New Incinerator

Baltimore Post Examiner: ‘Stop the incinerator in Baltimore,” activists demand

Blue Water Baltimore: Why the Incinerator in Curtis Bay is Bad for Curtis Bay and our Harbor

Article on our fight to stop the incinerator!

Arts, Activism, Education, Research: It exists because it exists – Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed


United Workers Media

United Workers Videos and Free Your Voice Videos

A video about our community and why we are working to Stop the Incinerator: Free Your Voice

A video that asks, “Do you think it’s a good idea to build the nations’ largest incinerator less than a mile from schools?”: Stop the Incinerator

A music video for the amazing song written and performed by Free Your Voice leaders: Free Your Voice Anthem

A video of Leah N Drey performing at the School Board Meeting: Baltimore high school students stun school board with rap on environmental injustice!

A studio recording of the Free Your Voice Anthem by Leah N Drey: Free Your Voice Anthem

A short documentary by UMBC students about the campaign: Free Your Voice Documentary

A video of Free your Voice leader Destiny Watford testifying in Annapolis: Cumulative Impacts 

A short video message: God Recycles, the Devil Burns



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