Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon
(BALTIMORE - September 27, 2008) - A week ago, our city lost a powerful advocate and many of us lost a great friend when former Councilman Ken Harris was killed in a robbery. It has been a difficult week for us all, especially his family - including his wife, Annette, as well as their children - Nicole and Kenneth. Jr. They continue to be in my prayers, and I hope they are in yours as well.
Many skilled detectives from the Baltimore Police Department are working day and night to find those responsible for Ken’s murder, just as thousands of officers are on the street day and night trying to prevent these senseless acts of violence. They are doing their jobs, but each of us has a role to play as well.
One of the most profound and influential champions of nonviolence and social responsibility is the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among his many wise public statements and calls to action is this: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
Dr. King’s words ring true here in Baltimore. One murder affects us all. One child who quits school for a life in the streets affects us all. And each person who comes forward to help the police keep us safe or steps into the life a child to provide mentorship can affect us all as well.
As mayor, I have stood on three strong tenets for making Baltimore a safer place: targeted enforcement, strong partnerships and community engagement.
Have we made some progress? Absolutely; but we have much work to do. The work ahead will take more than government programs and strategies. It requires everyone to exercise their duty and be a champion for our city.
Homicides are down by percentages we have not seen in decades. Nevertheless, one homicide is one too many. Life is a precious commodity. The next Ben Carson, Benjamin Carter, Oprah Winfrey or Barack Obama may be in our elementary, middle or high school classroom today. Yet, if we do not secure their success today, they may never fulfill their potential tomorrow.
Next month I will be joined by Susan Taylor, former Editor-in-Chief for Essence Magazine, to kick-off Baltimore CARES--an official partnership with the National CARES Movement. Members of Sororities, Fraternities and other civic, social and faith-based organizations will also be in attendance to commit to influence a young person‘s life one promise at a time.
Baltimore CARES is one example of how you can be proactive in “connecting the dots” and making a positive impact in our city. As Dr. King so eloquently stated, “what affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Individually, we cannot do it all, but together we ALL can do it!
The Glover Report: Sharon Baptist Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary: Lt. Gov. Rutherford and Congressman Cummings, former Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Scene as Baltimore City Heads for April 2016 Primary Election
I, for one, cannot stomach that. I insist on seeing black people get educated and employed and open increasingly more businesses and I don’t care if the politician is Democrat or Republican, I just want to know that they are doing their best to represent the needs of the community moreso than their own political career. Actually, the more you serve the people, the more people want to push you higher. So, push your career by pushing black progress. When black politicians fail the people, a Freddie Gray Uprising occurs.
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The Glover Report: HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: Vestiges of Slavery Evoke Disdain of Cheatham, Amin: Wyman Park Statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
Cheatham said that since Baltimore City and Baltimore County are discussing the topic of remaining vestiges of slavery, let’s put this one on the table as well.
Cheatham and Amin wonder the message this sends to a majority black city – right in plain sight of thousands of passersby daily, including Johns Hopkins University students.
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Black Wall Street HARBOR BANK ft Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards :: Thurs., June 25, 2015 at 6 pm, 25 W. Fayette Street, BALTIMORE (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
: Tonight's Joe Manns Black Wall Street Honorees:
Joanna Sullivan (Editor, Baltimore Business Journal)
Brandi Hunter (Executive member of Because We Care, Inc. an organization that supplies food, clothes and care to those in need (including the elderly) in Maryland, DC & Virginia)
Debra Keller-Greene (CEO of Keller Professional Services)
Nikiea Redmond (Graphic Artist, Entrepreneur)
April Divah Styles, (Stylist, Salon Owner, Entreprenuer)
Akio Evans (Film Maker)
Kathleen Setzer (Edible Arrangements, *Brenbrook & *Govans) Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Vanguard Justice Society Welcomes Commissioner’s Challenge to Stand Up for Reforms & Stand Against Police Misconduct to Rebuild Community Trust
Although Commissioner Batts claims credit for reforms in “ethics, training, discipline, equipment, efficiencies, and policies,” we anticipate that the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the force’s practices and procedures—which Vanguard has repeatedly welcomed--will show that the department still has a very long way to go. In addition, we anxiously await the results of the pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) that may reveal a clearer picture of the deployment of public safety resources prior to, during, and immediately after the civil disturbance on April 27—actions that we fear may have, and continue to put both police officers and the public at risk. Read in Full >>
The Glover Report: Baltimore’s Mayor’s Race in 2016: We Want Sheila Back!
Instead of investing something meaningful in Baltimore’s black community, Mayor Rawlings cut money for recs while putting ten million on a hoax plan to turn Baltimore into the Grand Prix destination of the world.
For the record, it didn’t work. If anything, it showed a lack of understanding of Baltimore.
Today, Rawlings finds herself trying to rebound from the worst public relations scenario any mayor can face – one resulting from her own neglect of places … like Sandtown. Read in Full >>