This is Part 2 of "In Solidarity" the story of six African-American Baltimore City high school students who leave the only home they've ever known on a journey to Nicaragua to immerse themselves in a foreign culture through living, working in solidarity with a rural community.
In Solidarity is the story of six African-American Baltimore City high school students who leave the only home they've ever known on a journey to Nicaragua to immerse themselves in a foreign culture through living, working in solidarity with a rural community. Through a two-week program led by their mentor, a Nicaraguan-American Baltimore educator the youth build homes, create murals and develop relationships with families of the Palestine Pineapple Cooperative.
Michael Gant grew up in Baltimore in the 50s and 60s. The break-up of his second marriage led to his addiction to cocaine, his arrest for theft, and his subsequent homelessness. More recently, the death by overdose of a close friend strengthened his wish to change his life. He has been clean for a year now, and has found a place to live off the streets.
The House at 409
The empty house at 409
This is the house all addicts find.
It’s the same address on every block,
It’s the one we find after we cop.
Joyce Lewis grew up in Northeast Baltimore, in a house on Argonne Drive; her parents had been among the first to desegregate the neighborhood. She lived there herself for some years, then spent time in Oakland, California, before returning to Baltimore, where she subsequently lost her family home and took to drugs. She is now rehabilitated and living in senior citizen housing. She has a daughter and two grandsons.
Hey girl, come ’ere.
Let me give you some luv instead of kickin yo ass.
In November 6, 1979 Baltimore citizens approved 72,000 to 67,000 a charter amendment to establish rent control in the city. Baltimore was then the eight largest city in the United States.
Two weeks later, a Maryland judge ruled as unconstitutional both the rent control law and the right to institute it by referendum. June 3, 1980, the Maryland State Supreme Court of Appeals by a 6-1 vote upheld the lower court decision. Though rent control was thrown out for good, the popular mobilization for Question K was a significant effort.
Power Inside is a multidisciplinary program that is committed to building self-sufficiency and preventing incarceration among women and families in Baltimore through direct client services, advocacy, leadership development and public education. In 2005 the program released a study titled The WINDOW Study, Release from Jail: Moment of Crisis or Window of Opportunity for Female Detainees in Baltimore City.