Maroon Movement is a Radical Black Womxn created movement that was started by Afro-Indigenous Anarchist organizer and artist Sima Lee and the Food, Clothing & Resistance Collective in 2017. Food, Clothing & Resistance Collective has assisted hundreds of people with direct action and mutual aid projects organizing since 2015. Projects include: Community Gardens, Free Canned and Boxed Goods, Free Fruits and Vegetables, Free Shoes, Free Clothing, Free Toiletries, Free Water, Free Hot Meals, Free Classes, Free Books and Free School Supplies for working class, unemployed, low income, housed & unhoused families and individuals in immediate need. We are anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-authoritarian and anti-patriarchal, which means All Power To The People!
Maroon House was established as an intentional and collective house ran by Black Queer Womxn and Femmes to offer a shared neighborhood hub for organizing resistance, events, classes, music performances, films and art projects with other artists, activists and community members. It functioned as a 7 days a week mutual aid drop-in and outreach center. Feed The People, People’s Pantry and Water Relief are programs we created that have been useful in addressing everyday needs of people while celebrating community.
Maroon Movement is inspired by the collective resistance and cooperation of the Maroons of Virginia, North Carolina, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, Suriname, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Brazil to name a few, who resisted against enslavement, rape, genocide, theft and colonialism while creating autonomous communities of their own for independence, self-determination and dual power. We are an intersectional village. Our mission is to provide a network to build communally and navigate how to step closer to self-determination and liberation together.
We center Black, Brown, Indigenous resistance to the harsh realities of capitalism and oppression. We are emcees, DJs, singers, poets, artists, photographers, designers, dancers, healers, advocates, fighters, trainers, writers, performers, creatives, teachers, students and organizers who know that our culture is a tool that uplifts the people and pushes us forward!
After a recent move to our new office headquarters in Baltimore from our former location in Washington DC, we aim to mobilize to continue our regular programs, launch new ones, and eventually to open another collective space to serve the people. We are currently working on setting up a revamped Baltimore Free Store with local groups and individuals to continue that long standing tradition of community mutual aid.
Our year round programs can always use donations of more: deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, tampons, or sanitary napkins sleeping bags, blankets, clothing and shoes. Food items we need the most are: bottled water, fresh fruits/ vegetables, bread, peanut butter, jelly, healthy snacks such as granola bars, bags of rice, beans, pasta & ready to eat canned/boxed goods.
We are also always looking to connect with new partners and volunteers especially now for the relaunching of the Baltimore Free Store.
Msg us on FB or Email us at: [email protected] if you want to donate, drop off items or volunteer with us in the community! We are available to collaborate on projects and events and our organizers are available for lectures, performances and media.
Welcome to the Maroon Movement!
Together the village will win!