Community Investment, not Policing: determinants of health equity and inequity

Community Investment, not Policing: determinants of health equity and inequity

Some of the neighborhoods targeted for increased policing, through the Johns Hopkins Private Police force being considered before the Maryland general assembly this Friday February 22 2019, are communities of increased fragmentation and abandonment. These neighborhoods are prone to increased police violence and health inequity. This is not new news… that certain populations: homeless, black and brown people, transgendered people,… Read more →

Intoxicated with uncontrolled power: A Johns Hopkins Conglomerate police force

Intoxicated with uncontrolled power: A Johns Hopkins Conglomerate police force

‘Giving an intoxicated person the keys to a car is contrary to the safety of all those in their path, and to themselves. This is analogous to allowing the Johns Hopkins institutions to have police powers.’   The Johns Hopkins institutions in the city of Baltimore wants to have its own police force. It proposed legislation for police powers to… Read more →

Baltimore community rebuilding…innovative, courageous? Not yet.

Baltimore community rebuilding…innovative, courageous? Not yet.

Baltimore has yet to enter into innovative or courageous community rebuilding. Its community development processes and outcomes continue to gentrify neighborhoods, craving a larger population of the so called ‘creative class’ to right itself. It’s intention is not focused deeply enough on remedying the social and economic situation of its distressed neighborhood. Yes it wants to ‘get rid of them’… Read more →

This is justice: Baltimore Activists' & Community's Accountability Statement

This is justice: Baltimore Activists’ & Community’s Accountability Statement

Several weeks ago, I posted about non-violence in our movements of the past and asked how does this look in our movements today. Sometimes, we need to remind each other, as activists, organizers, and advocates, that we too must adhere to principles of justice inside ourselves and within our movements, as we look outward. We can only manifest healing and… Read more →

Baltimore: one step forward, one step backward!

Baltimore: one step forward, one step backward!

Baltimore! We have it all, like any city in America. Artscape is happening this weekend. One of the few times when all of Baltimore co-mingles: the white L and the black butterfly come together. Also happening this weekend is the continued corrupt arm of government trying to sequester any transparent and accountable process around policing. The Baltimore Police Civilian Review… Read more →

Why we need villages of love and resistance

Building collectives may be one way out of the mostly fragmented, abandoned and often chaotic communities in low income Black Baltimore and beyond. These collectives can be hubs that co-create communities with the intention to share something beyond money and a profit motive. We can envision collectives that include housing and business interests planning to anchor blocks by living and… Read more →

Dr. King’s Non-violence: tactic AND truth

Dr. King’s Non-violence: tactic AND truth

During a recent Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) panel discussion commemorating Dr. King, we honored Dr. King for many things: his compassionate action and prophetic leadership in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement; his fortitude; his command of the spoken and written word; his generous love; and his belief that non-violent action could move America toward a collective truth of its… Read more →