TGR: Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Homicide
I imagine there is a sigh of relief for many – a gasp for air for others. A blow has been struck on behalf of the community, a majority black community in West Baltimore. The Case of Freddie Gray’s untimely death at the age of 25 has taken a second critical step towards justice.
The six officers involved in Gray’s death were indicted today. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: A New Normal for Baltimore... and Beyond by Sen. Catherine Pugh
For those of us who live in Baltimore and love Baltimore, the last several weeks have brought us from the depths of despair and isolation to the heights of solidarity and hope for rebirth. As the light continues to shine on us, we have an opportunity to transform the character of the city by seriously welcoming, and making visible, two populations of people who can be key to our physical and moral recovery: college students and citizens with criminal records.
Baltimore is just as much a college town as Boston is, but we need to aggressively invite our thousands of graduating college students to stay in Baltimore and help us rebuild. These students can be the key to solving the problem of more than 16,000 boarded-up abandoned houses if we sell them houses for $1 in return for their commitment to renovate and invest in the city's future. We need their energy and imagination to restore Baltimore's greatness as an exciting and vibrant city. Read in Full >>
Former Sandtown-Winchester Transformation Project Advocates to Hold Press Conference at Noon, 1137 N. Gilmor Street: To address issues facing Sandtown residents from an indigenous perspective:
Cheatham, former President of the Baltimore NAACP, added, “We have called for a charrette to address the significant health disparities and are vehemently opposed to outside individuals wanting to be drum majors or saviors of communities in which they have no stock.”
Marvin Hayes has similar concerns, with a specific interest in engaging area youth. Hayes, Cheatham and others are interested in a community-driven transformation effort. Having served Sandtown-Winchester youth for the past 15 years, Hayes said, “When change comes this time, let it be owned and operated by residents of the community.” Read in Full >>