Harriet Smith

Harriet Smith

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On Thursday, February 28th, the Maryland State Senate voted 28 to 19 to pass the Governor’s gun control bill.[1] It is off to the House of Delegates for final approval, and if approved will move on to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Members of the group WATCH demonstrate during the Baltimore Pride 2012 parade. Photo by: Daniel Staples.

Sandwiched between the Howard County Chapter of PFLAG and AIDS Action Baltimore at this year’s Pride Parade in Mt. Vernon, was an unregistered group of marchers. The marchers held up two large banners reading “Queers Against $ociety” and “Free CeCe And All Prisoners.” In black clothing, the marchers doubled as mourners lamenting the continual violence that many LGBTQ people face daily, particularly transgender women of color.

On Monday October 24th, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland and the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, demanding intervention in the discriminatory and illegal denial of overflow shelter beds to homeless women at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Housing and Resource Center. Currently, only homeless men are provided with additional beds at another location once the 250-bed shelter is full.

Baltimore has never been a model city for addressing urban homelessness. From the old Oasis shelter that was closed shortly after a female client was sexually assaulted, to the city's first year-round 24-hour shelter, dubbed Code Blue, that had conditions described as “shocking for a First World country”, Baltimore's growing homeless population is continually neglected and underserved.

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