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Sharpton & Rawlings-Blake to Hold Summit Tommorow Over Baltimore Situation

WHAT: Rev. Al Sharpton along with top national civil rights leaders and local Baltimore faith leaders will meet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tomorrow. The summit will address plans moving forward to support the city of Baltimore and how to improve community-police relations, using Baltimore as a model. WHO: Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network […]

Baltimore Riots Impact City’s Economy; 3 Upcoming Conventions Cancelled

*(Via Baltimore BizJournal) – Three upcoming conventions have backed out of Baltimore in the wake of riots Monday night. Meeting planners cancelled a citywide convention that would have brought more than 2,000 visitors to Baltimore later this week following riots that swept through Baltimore on Monday. As a result of the violence, the Door and […]

Trump Blames Obama for Lack of Influence on Baltimore ‘Thugs’

*On Saturday, Donald Trump was front and center at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner serving as a punchline for one of President Obama’s jokes. Today, he’s back in his racist feelings, calling out “our great African American president” for failing to be a positive influence on the Baltimore “thugs” who caused destruction in the unrest over Freddie Gray. […]

Sharpton Plans March from Baltimore to Washington

*The following is a statement from Rev. Al Sharpton concerning the crisis in Baltimore. “I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement. Though I have discussed it on my daily radio and TV shows and been in touch with our […]

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Baltimore is the First Big Test for Attorney General Lynch

*In the days immediately before Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as Attorney General, one of her advisors noted that she felt that law enforcement is good for minority communities. He went further and said that she feels strongly that police and minority communities have much more in common than differences. This is probably an accurate read on […]

Teens Are Clashing With Cops in Downtown Baltimore (Watch Live)

*UPDATE 5:20 PM: Seven police officers have been injured and one officer was knocked unconscious during the violent protests that started near Mondawmin Mall and rippled out across West Baltimore, according to  Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. Other officers have suffered broken bones. Also, demonstrators set a police vehicle on fire at North and Pennsylvania avenues and have looted a nearby […]

State of Emergency Declared in Baltimore Amid Street Violence

*The situation in Baltimore is worsening. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires and rock throwing erupted this afternoon. The latest unrest began hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed […]

Freddie Gray Protests Turn Violent in Baltimore; Arrests Made

*In Baltimore thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet. However, after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts. Here’s what WBAL TV is reporting: Two people were hurt in the mayhem and at least a dozen were arrested. The problems […]

Baltimore’s Black Mayor and Police Commissioner Catching it Over Freddie Gray Death

*(Via Washington Post) – In a West Baltimore neighborhood where police chased down an African American man who later died, black residents on Wednesday aimed the brunt of their outrage at the six officers involved in the incident. But they also expressed anger toward the city’s mayor and police commissioner, whom they accuse of withholding […]

Baltimore Mimics Detroit: 25,000 Households to Lose Access to Water

*(Via: Think Progress)—Starting this week, 25,000 households in Baltimore will suddenly lose their access to water for owing bills of $250 or more, with very little notice given and no public hearings. Rita, a renter in Southeast Baltimore who asked to remain anonymous for this story in order to protect her two children from being […]