Bonnie Lane

Bonnie Lane

Bonnie Lane writes for  Baltimore's newest street paper, Word on the Street. She has an associate of arts degree in public relations/journalism. Lane is a full-time writer, advocate and activist for the homeless and the 99%.

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Tyrone West pictured with dreadlocks. Photo by Bonnie Lane.

Edith Fletcher is one of the strongest women I know. Fletcher’s son, Anthony Anderson Sr. would have been 47 today, August 31, 2013. He was murdered by BCPD officers: Detectives Todd Strohman, Gregg Boyd, and Michael Vodarick on September 21, 2012. We set on her steps with many of the rest of her family and talked about what happened that day and what isn’t happening now.

Poor People’s Campaign marching to DC. Photo by T.C. Hall Media.

Regular Indy Reader contributor, Bonnie Lane provides an account of her experience in the 2013 Poor People’s Campaign and March, which was kicked-off on Friday, May 10. As Lane explains, the campaign was inspired by the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign that was led by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Like its predecessor, the 2013 Poor People's Campaign aimed to advance the cause of economic and human rights.

Alicia Kirkland and Michele Decker (seated) at Trading Safety for Violence event. (Photo by Bonnie Lane)

I attended a serious event Wednesday called Trading Safety For Survival. The Facebook event depicts it as “A Conversation about Violence Against Women in the Sex Trade and the Police Who are Asked to Protect them.”

It was sponsored by Power Inside. According to their flyer, Power Inside is “a nonprofit program for women impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse. Our services help women build self-sufficiency, heal from violence and avoid future criminal justice contact.”

Reverend "CD" Witherspoon at a rally against the White Student Union. Photo by Bonnie Lane.

A white student union (WSU) is currently active on Towson’s campus. The group is led by Matthew Heimbach. The goal of the WSU is “to create an avenue for people to participate in political, cultural, educational, and social events to celebrate European heritage," according to its website. I left and voicemail and email request to interview Heimbach. He has not responded to my interview requests.

Photo Source: Rousseau_ist

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.

Marcus Pettiford, son of slain Anthony Anderson. Photo by Lance Mc Coy.

It has been almost six months since Anthony Anderson Sr. was brutally murdered by Baltimore City Police Officers on the corner of Montford & Biddle. 

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Yet State’s Attorney, Gregg L. Bernstein, has not prosecuted the officers, which include Todd Strohman.

Cop Toons facebook page. Image by Bonnie Lane.

“Social media policy for officers is being developed. I don’t know who authored this page. It’s not authorized by the BCPD. I haven’t received any complaints on this yet,” stated Anthony Guglielmi of BCPD Public Affairs.

The page Guglielmi talked to me about is Cop Toons. According to the page description, it is a cartoon photo gallery of actual Baltimore Police officers.

Anthony Anderson Sr. was brutally murdered on September 21, 2012 by Detectives Todd Strohman, Gregg Boyd, and Michael Vodarick of the BCPD. I personally am outraged that these cops have been allowed to get away with murder. State’s Attorney Bernstein refuses to prosecute the officers responsible. He should be fired immediately.

Concerned citizens gathered outside City Hall on October 17, 2012 to protest the hiring of Anthony W. Batts as Baltimore’s new police commissioner.

Pages

Hospitality Workers Rally and March on Hyatt
200 Workers Call for Jobs on the Steps of the BDC
Hyatt Workers Continue Their Fight
March Against Police Brutality and For Jobs & Recs Ends in Two Arrests
Justice Still Needed For Christopher Brown
Baltimore Activists Join 2,500 Protestors in the March On Wall Street South
Baltimore Welcomes The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity
"Speak Out" Held in Memory of Anthony F. Anderson Sr., Slain by Baltimore Police
Confirmation Hearing for New Police Commissioner Met With Protest
Reflecting on Homeless Persons' Memorial Day 2012
An Activist's Account: Getting Away With Anthony Anderson Sr.'s Murder
Cop Toons Facebook Page
Marcus Pettiford, Son of Murdered Anthony Anderson Sr. Speaks Out
Outrage and Confusion at City Council's "Journey Home" Hearing
White Student Union Sparks Protest at Towson University
The Poor People's Campaign: Marching for Human Rights and Economic Justice
Violence Against Women: Trading Safety for Survival
Anthony Anderson Sr.'s 47th Birthday Brings Together Families of Those Slain by Police