ON LOCATION: Glen Echo Park: Exploration Series

By
K.G Bethlehem

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

August 26, 2017, My daughter and I took a trip to Glen Echo Park. I remembered this from a while ago. She was 10 months old at the time and to put this in perspective from the time differences, she is almost 8 years old now. She could remember the first trip and that made sense—how could she?

 

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

What I recalled before, was taking her to see a puppet show. She appeared to enjoy it. What I didn’t know at the time, is that this had history, even history connecting to the civil war. It was not always a park, especially a park geared towards children. I made several recordings of this trip and took pictures to document the experience.

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Edwin and Edward Baltzley, inventors, industrialists but more importantly, real estate developers. They wanted to create a living space, just outside of Washington DC. A section of town free from the pollution, new business, essentially a suburbia metropolitan minus the inconveniences of city life. This was their plan in 1891. The Baltzley Inc. created the National Chautauqua of Glen Echo.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


Unfortunately, in 1892, many Baltzley enterprises were seriously in debt. By the spring of that year, the Glen Echo Railroad Company was severely underfunded. Their troubles did not lessen due to a rumored outbreak of malaria and even though these rumors were not confirmed, it hurt the status of the Baltzley Brothers. As a result, this concession of terrible circumstances, the National Chautauque of Glen Echo fell into ruin.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


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In the early part of the 20th century, the Chautauqua site was reinvented into an amusement park called Glen Echo Park. The park did have a dark history, as part of their times, segregation was immersed in its infrastructure. On June 30, 1960, to draw attention to the continuing segregation, a group of college students (primarily from Howard University) staged a sit-in protest on the carousel. Five African American students were subsequently arrested for trespassing. The arrests were appealed to the Supreme Court four years later, and the convictions were reversed in Griffin v. Maryland on the grounds that the state had unconstitutionally used its police power to help a private business enforce its racial discrimination policy. (Scharfenberg, Kirk (April 2, 1969). “Laughter Dies At Glen Echo”.The Washington Post. Glen Echo Park – Frequently Asked Questions (U.S. National Park Service). The Washington Post, Protest on a Sculpted Horse (June 29, 2004).


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But for this article here are pictures from the current with a glimpse in the past. As for all of United States History racism is as American as the baseball and Marilyn Monroe. The outlook beauty of it is stained with blood and tears of the oppressed. I seen a park today is enjoyable to young kids but we must always remember that it was not for all kids. Unless you want to bring back such evil, fight to eliminate it forever.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


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​Glen Echo Park seems to be doing that, well at least from outward appearances.

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Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

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ON LOCATION: Monocacy Battlefield

By
K.G Bethlehem

The Battle of Monocacy

Here in Fredrick County Maryland lies the Monocacy National Battlefield, or as historians have coined it, “The Battle That Saved Washington DC.” The main reason for such a phrase was, in reality, the Union troops lost the battle, but they held the Confederates at bay long enough for Grant to send reinforcements. Through this article you will see pictures and short videos of my trek through he national battlefield. Crazy enough, there’s a thriving neighborhood that is within the park itself. There are 5 areas to explore, a couple of farms, mill and a bridge where the battle took place, at including the final engagement.

 

The Final Stand
Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

Now its time for me to guild you through a guide to our history.

 

 

 

Edgewood Manor

Interesting place.  James H. Gambill, wealthy man of his time, had this home built next to the woodmill he constructed prior to the battle.  Sadly afterwards, he developed financial troubles and couldn’t complete the house.  It was sold and the construction was finished by another person.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

 

I loved walking through these trails; either flat plains or near a creek bed, all had their respective feel and look.  This one lead down to a wide creek in which the Union soldiers used to escape from the Confederates.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

 

A farmhouse in the distance, one of three at this battlefield and the site of the final attack.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Worthington Farm. July 2017

 

 

 

Beautiful landscape… don’t you think?

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

 

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem c/o Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. July 2017

 

 

 

 

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A Look At The Socialist Party

By
K.G. Bethlehem 

Socialist Party USA - en.wikipedia.org
Socialist Party USA. en.wikipedia.org

The race for the presidency is now in the season of Spring. One could say “new life” is being renewed in the bid to be the President of the United States of America. This article will focus on the Socialist Party of the United States of America. First, lets look at the basic definition of socialism.

  • Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

The term has been thrown around a lot for the past few years and with the resurgence of socialist candidates like Bernie Saunders, it has been getting more attention. Mostly in a negative light, since most connect socialism and communism. Both have similarities and some circles would conclude that communism is socialism going 100mph, but there are stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems. Communism can not exist among other political systems; not at all. For instance; In communism all people are the same and therefore classes are illogical. The government should own all means of production and land as well as everything else. People should work for the government and the collective output should be redistributed equally. With socialism, all individuals should have access to basic articles of consumption and public goods to allow for self-actualization and further progressive movement in society to enhance the whole in the long run. Major industries are collective efforts and the returns from these industries must benefit society as a whole.

African People's Socialist Party-USA - History. Chairman Omali with Huey Newton at the
African People’s Socialist Party-USA – History. Chairman Omali with Huey Newton at the

With that out of the way, lets look into the Socialist Party of the United States of America. Their current platform is:

  • The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
  • We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services.
  • For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society’s product, in accordance with individual needs.
  • As we pursue a socialist transformation of society, we join with others in making radical demands on the existing system: demands that challenge the basic assumptions of a capitalist market economy while pointing the way to a new society. Although reforms will not in themselves bring about socialism, the fight for them will advance the cause by demonstrating the inherent limitations and injustice of the capitalist system. As we build the socialist movement, we organize around a platform committed to our common and interdependent struggles and aspirations.

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An example is their economic plan:

  • The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on production for need not profit. So-called fair trade is meaningless as long as the world economy is dominated by a few massive corporations. Only a global transformation from capitalism to democratic socialism will provide the conditions for international peace, justice, and economic cooperation based on the large-scale transfer of resources and technology from the developed to the developing countries.
  • The are in total agreement with federal minimum wage being raise to $15 per hour along with the cancellation of 3rd World countries debts.

Here is an example of their ideas on education:

  • The Socialist Party recognizes the right of students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages, benefits, and working conditions • We call for full and equal funding of public education; for the restoration of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including art, music, world languages, and physical education; for an end to all public funding of private schools; and for free tuition and full-time teachers with full benefits (not “adjuncts”) at the post-secondary level. This also includes equal access to higher education for all people and support publicly funded higher education.

Emidio Mimi Soltysik and Angela Nicole Walker

The Socialist Party of USA current President and Vice President candidates are Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP). Here is an excerpt from their open letter expressing their commitment in being their party’s candidate for the presidency of 2016:

“The campaign’s focus throughout the upcoming year will not be on the candidates. The campaign’s focus will be on you. You are the mother, the father, the student, the worker. You are the community — the community that fights for the breath of dignity as the boot of oppression digs its heel into your throat – and you are the sacred, essential ingredient necessary for liberation. Capitalism and its defenders tremble when contemplating your power. That fear makes us smile, as we are seeing the dawn of a new era of equality, peace, and justice peeking over the horizon. Its light heals our collective wounds. It is the light of socialism.”

Emidio Mimi Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP)

For more information please visit their website at: http://socialistparty-usa.net/index.html