Have you ever heard of Transform Baltimore? Well a few months ago, I read an article about the initiative to create healthier neighborhoods/communities within Baltimore City. I was most impressed by the conversations about reducing the amount of liquor stores in the urban community. I thought that everyone was aware of the damage that corners inundated with liquor stores can produce, and how the Transform Baltimore initiative to have liquor stores follow the laws on the books would eventually reduce the problem and send Baltimore in the right direction. Well, the no-brainer isn’t really a no-brainer.
Dr. Ben Carson is a well-trained plantation fox, guarding the hen house of White supremacy. He is infected with the delusion of individualism and Bill Cosby boot-strapitis. He can be found on his way to the White House, tripping the political, racist land mines set for his demise. Just think, he could live in Baltimore, not far from me. Well, there goes the neighborhood.
Most of the State’s proceeds from the casinos were to be put in an Education Trust Fund dedicated to supporting the public schools. It was projected that the ETF would eventually receive about $600 million annually. But funds from the casinos have so far been less than half of what was projected. At the same time, the Governor and the legislature weakened the formula that mandates State aid for local public schools by eliminating the adjustment for inflation. This is now costing the 24 local school boards $718 million dollars each year in lost State aid – an average reduction of nearly $850 per student per year.
With the vast buildup and ever-expanding reach of the American military and "security apparatus" since 2001, the changes have been dizzying. When Historians Against the War, a small national group formed ten years ago in response to the Iraq invasion, decided to hold a national conference in Baltimore on April 5-7, we chose the title "The New Faces of War." With it, we hope to provide a forum for historians and activists to analyze what is new and not-new in American warmaking.
It is time we ensure every Marylander the right to vote. This past Election Day, some voters stood in line for hours only to find they had been kicked off the voter rolls, and there was no option for them to register at the polls to cast a ballot that counts. A reasoned corrective is now within reach in Annapolis.
Advocates for the homeless converged on City Hall on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the “Journey Home” plan to end homelessness. The occasion was a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, stating simply “That the Council calls on the City and external agencies concerned with homeless in Baltimore to appear before it to discuss the status of and proposals for any revisions to Baltimore City’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.” Many of those who testified criticized a recent draft of the plan, as well as the process behind its production and implementation. Others used the forum to discuss Baltimore’s homelessness crisis and the City’s aggressive policy of evicting outdoor encampments.
On Thursday evening, March 14, 2013, the Labor Committee of the Baltimore City Council held a hearing, at City Hall, on the issue on the contractual obligation of the Hyatt Regency Hotel “to honor its direct employment agreement with the City of Baltimore and to furthermore enter into a ‘Labor Peace Agreement’ at its Inner Harbor/Light Street Location.”
The Resolution, CC13-0095R, was sponsored by all the members of the City Council and it passed unanimously.
We have been covering the homeless encampment of people living under the Jones Falls Expressway near Madison and Fallsway right by the prison complex for the last several weeks. The city said they were going dismantle the site today, Friday March 8th, but before they could a regular citizen found the residents living there housing – temporary, good housing – that the City could not find them.
On Monday evening, March 4, 2013, “Healthcare Now Maryland,” held its annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. The speaker for the event was Dr. Walter Tsou, MD, MPH. He was introduced by Dr. Margaret Flowers. In his remarks, Dr. Tsou addressed the growing need in this country “to push for a single payer health care system.”
On March 8th, 2013, (coincidentally on International Women's Day) Indyreader's Corey Reidy sat down with local midwife to hear about the fight to legalize midwifery in Maryland. You may hear and read her words, however she must stay nameless in order to protect herself since it is currently illegal for her to practice within the State of Maryland as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a credential she earned through rigorous training standards and passing several National Board Exams.A broad coalition has been working steadfastedly in order to change this reality. Last year the coalition fought to gain full legality of midwives. This was met with seemingly unshakeable opposition. This year the coalition is has re-emerged in the session with a surge of energy to make the public aware of the realities behind homebirth and midwifery, as well as a new bill that aims to seek approval for a three-year pilot program for CPM's.