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Will Kirwan Consider Race When Recommending Fixes to Maryland Schools?
Baltimore students and advocates are pushing the Kirwan Commission to consider racial equity when recommending changes to policies and funding

  December 15, 2017

Can Baby Bonds Help Close Baltimore's Wealth Gap?
Most social programs that address the poverty problem give out resources after someone has already experienced poverty, but "what we need is a structural apparatus in this society where people don't get exposed to poverty in the first place," says Dr. Sandy Darity

  December 14, 2017

Mystery Surrounding Detective's Death Heightens Mistrust of Police
As the BPD asks the FBI to take over Detective Sean Suiter's murder investigation, activists say Suiter's planned testimony in a major corruption case only bolsters the argument for community control of police

  December 9, 2017

The Argument for Closing Low-Enrollment Schools is Wrong, Advocates Say
As Baltimore faces another round of school closings, parents and educators argue small schools are actually the best way to address entrenched poverty and other social ills

  December 8, 2017

Residents Say Police Lockdown in Wake of Cop's Death is Unconstitutional
Residents of the Harlem Park neighborhood in Baltimore where Detective Sean Suiter died three weeks ago told the city's Civilian Review Board they were subjected to unconstitutional tactics by the department during an investigation that has yet to net a suspect

  December 7, 2017

Baltimore Celebrates Local Educator Charlie Dugger
For decades, Charlie Dugger has been educating youth from an African-centered perspective and organizing cultural events such as the annual Marcus Garvey Day Parade. The community came together to honor Dugger at the Real News Network's Studio 4

  November 27, 2017

Detective Murdered Day Before he was to Testify Against Dirty Cops
Police Commissioner says that as of now the department has no evidence that the murder of Detective Sean Suiter was motivated by his impending testimony

  November 23, 2017

Target Plans Shutdown of Major Community Store
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Agzja Carey, a former employee of Target, who argues the shutdown was not due to lack of profitability.

  November 16, 2017

Questioning the Narrative of Increased Youth Violence
City Councilmember Bill Henry and public defender Jenny Egan call for increased youth services, not more policing

  November 13, 2017

Is Police Reform Even Possible? A TRNN Discussion
TRNN reporters Taya Graham and Stephen Janis lead a discussion on efforts to reform policing in Baltimore at Towson University, and some of the obstacles to reform they've uncovered in their reporting

  November 11, 2017

Residents March Through Baltimore City Hall to Demand Affordable Housing Funds
Advocates delivered a petition to Baltimore finance officials to demand $40 million per year to fund affordable housing and fix blight, part of plan they say will restore equity to a city that has doled out big tax breaks to wealthy developers

  November 9, 2017

Baltimore Activists Hold Second CeaseFire Weekend
As Baltimore passes 300 murders in 2017, CeaseFire 365 activists hold a second 72-hour killing-free weekend

  November 5, 2017

Civil Rights Groups Say Black Police Chief Targeted for Filing Discrimination Complaint
In amicus court filings supporting an appeal of former Pocomoke Chief Kelvin Sewell's misconduct conviction, a variety of organizations argue he was prosecuted in retaliation for filing racial discrimination complaints against Worcester County officials.

  November 3, 2017

The Real News Collaborates with the Baltimore Beat, a New Alternative Weekly in Baltimore
A new weekly print paper launches on Nov. 15 in partnership with The Real News and the Washington Blade

  November 2, 2017

Police Van Driver Says he was too Scared to Seatbelt Freddie Gray
In his first public statements during an administrative disciplinary hearing Caesar Goodson, driver of the van in which Freddy Gray died, gave conflicting answers as to why he was unable to follow general orders to safeguard his passenger

  October 31, 2017

Why Urban Policing Cannot Be Reformed Pt. II: Making the Myth of Black Failure
A Real News investigation into intractable corruption in Baltimore explores the cultural and social imperatives that inform police driven narratives of African-Americans from zero tolerance to the ongoing war on drugs

  October 30, 2017

As Cities Lose, Wall Street Wins Big
Mounting losses for the taxpayer backed Baltimore Convention Center Hotel make one thing clear, no matter how bad a deal performs, Wall Street always banks a profit

  October 29, 2017

Powerful Police Union Blocks Modest Civilian Oversight Reform
A recent contract negotiated by the Baltimore with the police union left out a key provision that would have included a civilian on internal disciplinary boards, a move that has caused concern that long-awaited reform efforts have stalled

  October 19, 2017

As the Rich Get Richer, Public Schools Suffer
During a hearing on how to create more equitable funding for public schools in Maryland officials revealed how tax breaks for wealthy developers in Baltimore could threaten future funding

  October 16, 2017

'Kids Who Know Everything': Baltimore Youth Hit the Airwaves
Baltimore educator Valencia Clay has created a new educational TV show called 'Kids Who Know Everything,' which gives Baltimore youth a chance to voice their opinions on issues related to race, crime, and poverty

  October 15, 2017

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