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Yet Another Black Man Serves Time for a Crime He Didn't Commit
Lamar Johnson was released after serving fourteen years for murder after the Innocence Project teamed with Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's office to win his release

  September 20, 2017

Applicant Says Federal Judge 'Hijacked' Process to Pick Police Monitor
After Judge James Bredar handpicked a group to monitor the consent decree between the Baltimore Police and the Department of Justice, one of the finalists says community input was ignored, setting a bad precedent going forward

  September 19, 2017

Baltimore's Water Affordability Crisis
Water rates in Baltimore have been skyrocketing, more than tripling since 2000--and a $500 unpaid water bill could cost residents their homes

  September 18, 2017

Jury Acquits, Thanks Officer Accused of Kicking Unarmed Suspect in Head
Police whistleblower Michael Wood says without civilian control, police abuse will continue to go unchecked

  September 15, 2017

No Federal Charges for Police in Freddie Gray Case
The Justice Department has rejected federal charges for the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. With Trump rolling back federal oversight, police veteran Neill Franklin says the push for justice and reform has to come from the local level

  September 14, 2017

Trump's Justice Department Drops Investigation into the Death of Freddie Gray
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the US Department of Justice will not pursue criminal civil rights charges against the six officers who had been charged in connection with Gray's in-custody death

  September 13, 2017

Maryland Governor's New Baltimore Bus System is Confusing and Slow
During the first week of school, young riders and their parents struggle to find their way around the city's new Baltimore Link system

  September 9, 2017

How a Program Intended to Help the Poor Became an ATM for Billionaires
The Real Baltimore explores how public housing has enriched wealthy developers across the country through the prism of a deal to redevelop a critical subsidized housing complex in the city

  September 6, 2017

TRNN Checks in With Former Residents of Tent City
Homeless protesters who were relocated by the mayor give their view on how the city is helping them find homes

  September 2, 2017

Shocking New Scandals Underscore Need for Civilian-Led Policing
From an Atlanta cop saying 'We only kill black people,' to a Baltimore sergeant's indictment for federal racketeering charges, the scandals highlight a need for fundamental reform, says police whistleblower Michael Wood

  August 31, 2017

Residents Concerned After Luxury Developer Gets Rights to Low Income Housing
Baltimore housing officials have released few details on the plan which calls for redevelopment of Perkins Homes in South Baltimore, offering little reassurance to residents who have lived there for decades

  August 29, 2017

Squeegee Corps: From the Corner to Corporate
Baltimore City introduces a new program to employ youth known as the "Squeegee Boys/Girls"

  August 29, 2017

Another Way Ending the War on Drugs Could Save Lives and Resources
A new study by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor estimates Baltimore could save millions of dollars with just one safe injection site for heroin users

  August 25, 2017

Mayor Cuts Deal to Move Homeless Tents From Outside City Hall
City officials promised to help 55 people find homes, but protesters say a lot more needs to be done to address Baltimore's growing homeless population

  August 23, 2017

Hood to Hood Solidarity: Rebel Diaz and Tef Poe in Baltimore
New York rappers Rebel Diaz and Ferguson rapper Tef Poe perform in Gilmor Homes, the epicenter of the Baltimore Uprising, to promote a culture of solidarity

  August 23, 2017

Beyond the Ceasefire: Addressing the Root Causes of Violence
On The Real Baltimore: Eze Jackson sits down with Councilman Kris Burnett, Erricka Bridgeford and Kevin McCamant to discuss holistic approaches to violence prevention

  August 23, 2017

Why Urban Policing Cannot be Reformed
The Real News talks to reform advocates, defense attorneys, and former cops who say policing cannot be reformed without fully understanding its underlying imperative

  August 21, 2017

Beyond Toppling Statues: Dismantling White Supremacy in Baltimore
As Baltimore removes its Confederate statues, The Real Baltimore holds an extended discussion with labor activists Ricarra Jones and Melissa Wells, Councilman Ryan Dorsey, and Ideal City's Ben Smith, who say public policy must be aimed at reversing the impacts of white supremacy

  August 16, 2016

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues After Activists Gave City Ultimatium
Baltimore became the latest city to remove Confederate statues after neo-Nazis in Charlottesville killed one and injured dozens.

  August 16, 2017

Despite Protests, Baltimore Turns Back the Clock on Criminal Justice Reform
A bill that would impose mandatory minimums on gun possession cleared a key legislative hurdle as activists urge the council to seek more humane solutions to violence

  August 15, 2017

Baltimore Shows Solidarity With Charlottesville
Hundreds gathered in front of confederate statue to decry hate, racisms, and the violence in Virginia that has roiled the nation

  August 14, 2017

Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend Is Just the Beginning
TRNN's extensive coverage of the 72 hour ceasefire: despite two homicides, Baltimore activists and residents remain resolute in their community-lead efforts to build hope in the face of violence.

  August 8, 2017

A Rare Pause in Violence as Baltimore Ceasefire Efforts Continue
A silent walk through a labyrinth marked the second full day of citywide efforts by activists to bring a halt to homicides for 72-hours

  August 7, 2017

Free Edwin Pile!!!
Edwin Pile has served 25 years in prison though his court records confirm he was acquitted of some the charges. Eddie Conway speaks to his lawyer, family, and friends.

  August 6, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Failing Schools or Failed Policies?
Baltimore educators Diamonte Brown and Job Trotsky join former Chicago principal Troy LaRaviere say schools should not be blamed for failures of society

  August 4, 2017

Backroom Deal Shutters Baltimore Daycare Center Serving Public Housing Residents
Residents voice concerns after a critical facility serving low-income parents is forced out of a city-owned building on short notice

  August 2, 2017

NAACP Criminal Justice Town Hall Addresses Systemic Violence and Poverty
Executive Producer Eddie Conway attends the NAACP Criminal Justice Town Hall and speaks with Baltimore NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston and Former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon about solutions to violence, poverty and unemployment

  July 30, 2017

Can the Democratic Party Represent Wall Street and Main Street? (3/3)
TRNN's Paul Jay and members of Maryland Working Families discuss fighting at the local level to defend the public sector and create a vision for the future

  August 2, 2017

Tyrone West's Sister Refuses $1 Million Settlement
Tawanda Jones told the BCPD she would not accept the settlement, which included a gag order that would have shut down "West Wednesdays" protests demanding justice for the wrongful death of her brother

  July 28, 2017

Can the Democratic Party Represent Wall Street and Main Street? (2/3)
The politics of the possible vs a progressive vision for the future, with TRNN's Paul Jay and members of Maryland Working Families

  July 31, 2017

Can the Democratic Party Represent Wall Street and Main Street? (1/3)
TRNN's Paul Jay talks with members of Maryland Working Families, an alliance of progressive organizations, about class struggle within the Democratic Party and their campaign to fight in the primaries

  July 29, 2017

Residents Fight Back Against Revival of Get Tough Crime Strategy
Tensions boiled over at a Baltimore City Council hearing Tuesday during testimony on a law that would impose mandatory minimum sentences for illegal possession of a gun

  July 26, 2017

Baltimore Calls for a 72-Hour Ceasefire
Activists Erricka and Paul Bridgeford talk about what causes violence in Baltimore and explain why civilians are calling for a murder-free weekend Aug. 4-6

  July 25, 2017

Should Baltimore Adopt Mandatory Sentences For Illegal Guns?
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle's Dayvon Love and advocate Kim Trueheart explain their opposition to a mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession

  July 24, 2017

Baltimore to Lose Two Progressive Media Outlets Just When It Needs Them Most
TRNN speaks to City Paper editors Brandon Soderberg, Rebekah Kirkman and Baynard Woods, as well as the Steiner Show's Marc Steiner, about what Baltimore will lose when their outlets close

  July 20, 2017

Ex-Cops Say Harsher Sentences Won't Stem Murder Epidemic
As the Baltimore City Council prepares to debate a proposal for one year mandatory sentences for firearm possession, some say the move could do more harm than good

  July 20, 2017

Morgan State Students Give Back to the Community
Morgan State University students conducting research on the African Diaspora worked with Eddie Conway and the Coalition of Friends on the urban farm in Gilmor homes

  July 20, 2017

Public Defender: Body Camera Shows Cop Planting Drugs
While charges were dropped against the suspect, former Baltimore cops say the case should highlight the need to end prohibition

  July 19, 2017

Fighting Dangerous Oil Trains in Baltimore
The Real News joined activists and community leaders on a tour of the blast zone: areas of the city that would be most affected by a crude oil explosion

  July 18, 2017

Ida B Wells Speaks Through Her Descendants on Trump's War on the Media and Black Lives Matter
In the second part of the series celebrating Wells' 155th birthday, her great grandson explores how Wells would have reacted to Trump's hostility to the media and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement

  July 17, 2017

Ida B Wells: The Story of America's First Black Female Investigative Journalist
In part one of our series celebrating her 155th birthday, the great grandson of Wells tells the story of how the pioneering reporter risked her life to report on lynchings and racism during the tumultuous period of Reconstruction

  July 16, 2017

The Real Baltimore: How a Federal Program is Destroying Public Housing
A panel of activists discusses how a federal program to privatize public housing will hurt residents and provide millions in profits to private developers

  July 14, 2017

Running Progressive Candidates in the Trump Era
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with lead organizers from Working Families of Maryland and Wellstone Action about the need to change the culture of politics

  July 12, 2017

Baltimore Man Starts Hunger Strike to End Violence, City's Addiction to Policing
City resident Kevin McCamant says he will not eat until the killings stop and the city emphasizes methods other than policing to cure violence

  July 11, 2017

Hundreds Rally in Baltimore to Defend Education and Immigrant Rights
TRNN speaks to students, educators and advocates taking part in a Unity March to defend immigrants rights as part of the 2017 Free Minds, Free People Conference

  July 9, 2017

Community Vets Consent Decree Monitors as New Indictments Handed Down in Major Police Corruption Case
Over a dozen applicants hoping to serve as a monitor for the city's agreement with the justice department answered questions as new allegations surfaced against an allegedly corrupt gun unit

  July 7, 2017

Civilian Board Pushes Back Against Baltimore Police in Controversial Case
The newly reconstituted board votes to sustain an excessive force charge police dismissed, but critics say the board's lack of power and inability to mete out punishment make it an ineffective mechanism for real civilian oversight

  July 5, 2017

You Don't Need Permission To Do the Right Thing
Gilmor Homes residents unite for a basketball tournament celebrating community accomplishments

  July 5, 2017

More Black Cops Are Saying Community Control of the Police is the Answer
TRNN talks to Black law enforcement including a Baltimore police chief as well as local leaders over the growing calls for communities to govern the police that serves them

  July 1, 2017

The Real News Joins With ACLU to Fight Silencing of Police Abuse Victims
The Maryland ACLU is representing TRNN in a suit to stop police from forcing victims of police brutality to remain silent as part of legal settlements by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  June 30, 2017

Dozens Greet Ben Carson in Baltimore to Decry his Cruel Cuts to Public Housing
Activists rallied in Baltimore to say the deep cuts to public housing proposed by Trump's HUD Secretary Ben Carson will destabilize communities and hurt the city's most vulnerable residents

  June 29, 2017

Outraged Riders Say Republican Governor's Bus System Has Left Them Stranded
Emotions boiled over at the Baltimore War Memorial as bus riders blasted a new system that promised to improve transit times

  June 27, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Can Expanding 'Safe Streets' Halt Baltimore's Violence?
Advocates say programs that use the 'cure violence' approach like Safe Streets are effective, and say more resources could be the solution to Baltimore's rising homicide rate

  June 26, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Communities, Not Police Hold the Key to Halting Violence
Only stable communities empowered with the necessary resources can stop Baltimore's out of control violence, say Retired Deputy Police Commissioner Tony Barksdale, law enforcement veteran Neill Franklin, Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, Rose Street Community Center's Clayton Guyton, and clinical psychologist Kevin McCamant

  June 26, 2017

Community Organizes to Reclaim West Baltimore Resident's Home
Beatrice Johnson of Sandtown Winchester struggles to reclaim her house of 17 years after it was sold for a $2,100 unpaid water bill

  June 25, 2017

Big Pharma Puts the Squeeze on Cities Battling Opiate Crisis
Exponential price increases for the life saving drug Narcan have pushed Baltimore to the brink of running out as overdose deaths soar by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  June 25, 2017

Generating Solar Jobs For City Residents
Have a criminal record and no high school diploma? No problem. The Baltimore Center for Green Careers trains some of the city's most disenfranchised residents to thrive in 21st century renewable energy jobs. Kim Brown reports

  June 23, 2017

Baltimore's Tax Break System is Like a 'Vending Machine' for Wealthy Developers
A city councilman is calling for a hearing to scrutinize hundreds millions in tax breaks to developers as calls mount for more money to fund affordable housing by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  June 16, 2017

'You Can't Stop People From Selling Drugs'
A key Baltimore official who has long advocated for ending the war on drugs says we need to continue to divert funds from policing to reduce violence in the city by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  June 15, 2017

Tawanda Jones: 1,400 Days of Protest for Police Accountability
Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews political activist Tawanda Jones as she seeks justice for the police-involved death of her brother Tyrone West

  June 12, 2017

How Insurance Companies and Prisons are Making the Opiate Crisis Worse
A longtime addiction specialist says health insurance companies' reluctance to treat heroin addiction as an emergency and prison officials' refusal to allow inmates access to methadone are only making a bad situation worse by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  May 31, 2017

Advocates See A Brighter Future With Zero-Waste and Renewable Energy
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, United Workers members Greg Sawtell, LaQeisha Greene and Charles Graham say Baltimore could be transformed by eliminating waste, embracing renewable energy and investing in Green Jobs

  May 30, 2017

Is Bureaucratic Incompetence Contributing to Baltimore's Intractable Social Ills?
A panel of journalists explores how errant water bill liens, tax breaks for developers with little oversight, and general lack of transparency all exacerbate the city's list of mounting problems by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  May 29, 2017

How A $40 Million Affordable Housing Fund Could Transform Baltimore
On The Real Baltimore, Resident LaQeisha Greene, Sun reporter Jean Marbella, and attorney Matt Hill explain a proposal that would give communities control over the funding of their projects

  May 29, 2017

Baltimore's Rent Court Stacked Against Low-Income Residents
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, Resident LaQeisha Greene, Sun reporter Jean Marbella, and attorney and advocate Matt Hill explain how Baltimore's rent court system works against the city's most vulnerable populations

  May 28, 2017

This Was Not A Thug
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with barbers and patrons of Conscious Heads Barbershop in Baltimore about the recent murder of Richard Collins

  May 28, 2017

Baltimore's Corrupt Policing Destroyed Ivan Potts' Life, How Can the City Fix It?
Potts was arrested illegally twice and spent four years in jail for crimes he didn't commit, advocates are pointing to his case as an example as to why the city needs a formal process for helping victims of police abuse by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  May 24, 2017

Tired of Spending on Police and Punishment, Baltimore Residents Seek More Youth Funding
Taxpayer's night brings criticism of city's continued emphasis on policing and prisons at the expense of schools and youth programs by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  May 19, 2017

Advocates Want Zero Waste Without Incineration
Local and national advocates praise Baltimore moving towards zero-waste but warn of the dangers of further contamination by trash incinerators

  May 17, 2017

Tired of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers, Baltimore Activists Offer Affordable Housing Solution
A broad coalition of Baltimore housing advocacy groups are proposing a dedicated trust fund managed by community members to finance fixing vacant homes and building more affordable housing by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  May 15, 2017

Town that Fired 1st Black Chief Under Scrutiny for Pricey Project Amid Spike in Crime
State officials want to know what happened to $1 Million in grant money Pocomoke City used to build a restaurant, but activists say the funds should have been used to fund a recreation center and continue community policing programs

  May 14, 2017

How to Win the Drug War? End It.
In the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, our expert panel discusses both long and short term solutions to the War on Drugs

  May 10, 2017

The Real Baltimore: The Drug War
Nearly 5 decades after Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs, The Real Baltimore examines it's impact with retired police Major Neill Franklin, educator and activist Diamonte Brown, Public Defender Todd Oppenheim and Councilman Kris Burnett

  May 4, 2017

Rev. Yearwood: We Have to Fight Poverty and Pollution at the Same Time
President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus says the churches and Congressional Black Caucus must divest from fossil fuels

  May 4, 2017

Will Maryland Pioneer Offshore Wind Farming in America?
Despite a climate-denying federal government, two new offshore wind farms could bring thousands of clean jobs to Maryland's Sparrow's Point

  April 27, 2017

Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
The Maryland Black Caucus has called for special session to address the fact that not one predominantly owned African-American firm has received a license to grow medical marijuana in the state

  April 23, 2017

Baltimore Moves Forward on Police Reform Despite Trump Pushback
The city announced openings for a civilian oversight board as the commissioner reaffirmed his pledge to reduce the department's plain clothes deployment by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  April 21, 2017

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore's Forgotten Public Health Crisis (2/2)
In part two, our expert panel discusses how to solve Baltimore's lead poisoning epidemic

  April 20, 2017

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore's Forgotten Public Health Crisis (1/2)
On latest episode of The Real Baltimore we host an expert panel on "the most preventable public health threat" facing the city

  April 19, 2017

Man Facing Eight Years Due to Indicted Cops Wins Release
Ivan Potts had already served two years after Baltimore cops recently indicted for racketeering and theft said he had a gun by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  April 14, 2017

Despite Fightback, Top Principals Say Schools Still Facing Painful Layoffs, Increased Class Sizes
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, leading principals Ashley Cook, Job Grotsky and Matt Hornbeck discuss what equitable funding would mean for Baltimore public schools, the advantages enjoyed by charter schools, and what it takes to make a school 'great'.

  April 11, 2017

Pocomoke Remains Divided After Another Close Election
Supporters of the the town's first black police chief who was fired in 2015 failed to win at the ballot box again, but vow to fight on by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  April 11, 2017

Labor Leaders Reflect on the Loss of Dr. King
On the 49th anniversary of Dr. King's death - the 50th anniversary of his Vietnam and Beyond speech - Baltimore SEIU organizers talk about King's legacy and how Baltimore and the US have changed since.

  April 11, 2017

Baltimore's Mack Lewis Gym: Uplifting Youth through Boxing
TRNN visits Mack Lewis gym and speaks to members about how it serves as a vital safe-haven and community hub

  April 10, 2017

Trump Administration Fails to Silence Police Reform Advocates
A federal judge in Baltimore brushed aside the Department of Justice's "grave concerns" about a consent decree between the city and the DOJ allowing residents to weigh-in on policing in their community by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  April 7, 2017

How Long Will Cities Like Baltimore 'Tolerate' Policies that Promote Poverty?
After a screening of the TRNN documentary 'Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works' at the University of Baltimore a panel discussed why the city continues to implement strategies that heighten inequity and institutionalize social ills by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  April 6, 2017

Concern Over Trump Rollback of Police Reform Ignores Power of Local Governments
Court filings seeking to postpone a critical public hearing on Baltimore's proposed consent decree detail how the Department of Justice is shifting from police scrutiny to 'law and order,' but local officials still have power to implement reforms by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  April 12, 17

Mayor's $15 Veto has Unions Rethinking their Support of Democrats
Union leaders say Catherine Pugh's veto of a $15 minimum wage bill has them considering supporting independent or third party candidates in future elections

  April 4, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Take-Home Cars for Cops, No Water for Kids... How Baltimore's Policies Heighten Inequity
In this episode of The Real Baltimore our panel of journalists dissects the long-term consequences of giving tax breaks to developers and poor oversight of police for a city that can't adequately fund education by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  April 2, 2017

UPDATED: With Veto Override in Jeopardy, Advocates Say Action Needed to Save $15 Wage Effort
Advocates say now only mass grassroots efforts can save Baltimore's $15 wage bill that would lift wages of 100,000 workers

  March 31, 2017

Maryland Black Caucus Votes Against Rollback of Bail Reform
The legislative group wants to stop a bill supported by the bail industry that would undo a recent court decision rolling back the use of money bail for low-income defendants - By Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  March 30, 2017

Democrats Must Take on Corporate Power If they Want to Win
In part two, Mike Elk says a winning strategy for Democrats must elevate the to improve income inequality and working conditions, and discusses his new media project PayDay Report, that seeks to amplify labor struggles in the south

  March 29, 2017

LGBTQ Activists Call for Accountability Following Murder of Trans Woman of Color in Baltimore
Baltimore Trans Alliance's Executive Director Ava Pipitone sits down with The Real News to talk about the recent murder of Black Trans woman Alphonza Watson - the eighth Trans murder victim of 2017 in the United States - and how the Baltimore community can organize against transphobia.

  March 29, 2017

Baltimore Mayor's Veto of $15/Hr Bill Shows Corporate Wing of Democrats Alive and Well
Labor reporter Mike Elk discusses the potential backlash faced by Maryland Democrats as well as the significance of the Mississippi Nissan workers struggle - Part 1/5

  March 26, 2017

Baltimore Mayor's Veto of $15 Wage Protects Policy of Subsidizing Wealthy, Councilperson Says
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the measure may have lost its veto-proof support among city council members

  March 24, 2017

Baltimore Public School Funding Pales in Comparison to Private Education Spending
A Maryland state senator says criticism of public school funding ignores the reality that private institutions spend far more money per student by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  March 26, 2017

Maryland Democrats Push Back Against Gov. Hogan's Support for ACA Repeal
Four members of the MD Democratic delegation rallied in Annapolis Monday urging republican Governor Larry Hogan to join with other GOP governors in opposition of the Obamacare repeal

  March 22, 2017

Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education
In the third installment of TRNN's investigation into the decline of public education another whistle blower teacher says Baltimore's focus on charter schools is threatening the viability of public education - by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  March 22, 2017

Federal Judge Orders Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Pocomoke, State of MD to Move Forward
Judge Frederick Motz ruling means the case alleging government officials discriminated against the city's first black police chief has cleared a key legal hurdle and will now enter discovery and possible depositions - by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  March 21, 2017

Hundreds Rally to Demand A Fix to Baltimore's School Budget Deficit
In a surprise move, City Schools announced $30 million dollars for classrooms, but students, teachers and advocates say funding remains woefully inadequate

  March 21, 2017

Baltimore City Council Passes Historic $15 Minimum Wage
After the measure was passed 11-3 - one vote shy of a veto proof majority - Councilman Brandon Scott confirmed with The Real News that he will be able to cast the vote necessary to override a possible mayoral veto

  March 21, 2017

Baltimore Poised to Pass $15 Min. Wage as Business Lobby Launches Nationwide Rollback Campaign
The American Prospect's Justin Miller says corporate lobbyists working with Republicans and even some Democrats are trying to undermine the highly popular and successful Fight for $15 movement across the country

  March 19, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Educators Say Destabilization of Public Schools is National Policy
In this episode of The Real Baltimore, a former superintendent and current teacher says public schools are being purposefully underfunded to pave the way for privatization - By Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  March 15, 2017

Marilyn Mosby: I Will Continue to Challenge the 'Status Quo'
In an exclusive interview with Baltimore's State's Attorney and the first in our series focusing on women of influence, Mosby says the nation's criminal justice system still needs major reform - Story by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  March 14, 2017

Weekly Anti-Trump Protests Launch in Baltimore
TRNN's Eddie Conway speaks to demonstrators determined to challenge the Trump/GOP agenda

  March 13, 2017

Trans-Forming Baltimore
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with community organizers with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Baltimore (GLCCB).

  March 11, 2017

Pocomoke Residents Back New Candidate to Heal Wounds Since Firing of First Black Police Chief
Community leaders are hoping Pocomoke resident Monna Van Ess can challenge city leadership whom they say has been indifferent to their concerns since Kelvin Sewell was fired amid allegations of racism - Story by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  March 9, 2017

Bail Reform: Should the Poor Continue to Pay?
Eze Jackson heads to Annapolis to talk to advocates for House Bill 1390 which will eliminate cash bail for non-violent offenders who cannot afford to pay

  March 8, 2017

Business Lobby Fails to Sway City Council As $15 Min. Wage Measure Advances
With mounting evidence raising the minimum wage does not hurt business or employment, Baltimore is getting closer to a $15 minimum wage by 2022

  March 2, 2017

Feds Indict 7 Baltimore Cops for Racketeering, Drug Dealing
Charges of stealing money from innocent people and filing fraudulent times slips further tarnishes a department that was the recent subject of a scathing Justice Department report

  March 2, 2017

Baltimore School Principals Rally Against Devastating Budget Cuts
TRNN speaks to school administrators and elected officials who are outraged at the $130 million school deficit and potential layoff of 1,000 workers

  March 1, 2017

Should Justice Have a Price Tag?
In this episode of The Real Baltimore, advocates for bail reform square off with a bail bondsman over the future of a system that keeps poor defendants locked up while awaiting trial

  February 27, 2017

As Baltimore Police Spending Spikes, Baltimore Students Protest to Fix School Budget Gap
Hundreds of students descended on Annapolis to demand the state fund a $130 million budget gap and question the city's priorities as police overtime spending skyrockets

  February 24, 2017

The Blue State Where Progressive Reforms go to Die
Maryland is blocking police reforms despite damning DoJ report and pleas from activists - By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  February 23, 2017

Cultivating Social Justice Work in West Baltimore
On the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's death, Executive Producer Eddie Conway reports from West Baltimore where community organizers and political activists gathered to cultivate land for a community garden.

  February 21, 2017

In Sharp Contrast with Flynn, Trump Appoints Establishment Figure to NSC
Win Without War Coalition's Stephen Miles says H.R. McMaster's appointment is a real break with the recklessness of Michael Flynn, but the truth is that Trump is running a National Security Council politicized far beyond what it was under Bush

  February 22, 2017

Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization
In TRNN's ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them an easy target for controversial education secretary Betsy DeVos - Interview by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  February 21, 2017

Baltimore Students Push For Statewide Styrofoam Ban
Following similar initiatives in cities across the country, city students are organizing to prohibit the use of this synthetic material in schools and business across Maryland

  February 21, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Maryland Democrats Consider Blocking Cities From Raising Their Minimum Wage
In Episode Five, panelists Mary Pat Clarke, Marc Elrich and Carl Stokes discuss Maryland House Bill 317, a measure introduced by state Democrats that preempts cities from raising their minimum wages

  February 19, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Should Baltimore Raise its Minimum Wage to $15/HR by 2022?
In the fourth episode of The Real Baltimore, we examine a bill that would raise Baltimore's minimum wage to $15/hour by 2022, with council people Mary Pat Clarke, Marc Elrich and Carl Stokes

  February 17, 2017

As Opposition Mounts to Cash Bail in MD, Industry Wines and Dines
The Real News was there as protesters gathered at a high-priced steak house where the bail business plied politicians with food and liquor to stop reform efforts

  February 16, 2017

On Valentine's Day, Baltimore Restores Free Bus Passes For Students
Corporations, nonprofits and citizens raised tens of thousands of dollars to restore free bus passes for students to attend after school programs but advocates knowledge its a temporary fix to a systemic problem of under-funding city school services

  February 15, 2017

New Whistleblower Teachers Say Baltimore Schools Designed to Fail to Speed Privatization
In a follow-up exclusive interview with another Baltimore school teacher, TRNN delves deeper into the threats to public education that involve over testing, defunding of the arts, and the preference for charter schools

  February 14, 2017

Hundreds In Baltimore March Against ICE Raids and Deportations
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to some of the activists, organizers and elected officials that took part in today's march against ICE raids and deportations

  February 13, 2017

How Money Bail Imprisons People For Being Poor - And What Can Be Done About It
Bail reform advocates in Maryland are pushing legislation which will eliminate money bail, a key step they say in broadening movement to eliminate jail time for people who cannot afford to pay

  February 10, 2017

Behind the Scenes of the Investigation of Pocomoke's 1st Black Police Chief
Recently unsealed court documents reveal defendants in Kelvin Sewell's discrimination lawsuit worked closely with state prosecutors to produce charges against the former Baltimore homicide supervisor

  February 8, 2017

Maryland Democrats Spar Over Measure Blocking Baltimore Minimum Wage Hikes
The contentious hearing involving state and local Democrats took place the day after a majority of Baltimore's city council said it supports raising its minimum wage to $15 by 2022

  February 8, 2017

Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Part II: 'I Could Lose my Job for Standing up for These Kids'
In the second part of our exclusive interview, a Baltimore teacher says one of the biggest obstacles to reform is threats to employees who tell the truth about the chaotic conditions inside city schools

  February 7, 2017

Baltimore Introduces $15 Min. Wage Bill Ahead of State Hearing on Measure Blocking Such Measures
Baltimore gears up for a showdown with a trio of state-level Democrats who want to strip cities of the ability to control minimum wage and sick days

  February 7, 2017

Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Says 'All Systems Down' in City Schools
Longtime educator gives an inside view of deplorable conditions and poor learning environment as city officials prepare to layoff nearly 1000 employees to address budget deficit crisis.

  February 3, 2017

Trump Administration Looms Over Consent Decree Hearing in Baltimore
A federal judge citing shifting politics in Washington DC sought details from the city and the DOJ on how they plan implement a major overhaul of the police department

  February 1, 2017

Trump Not the Only Obstacle to Baltimore Consent Decree
In Episode 3 of The Real Baltimore, a panel of officers and activists dissect the federal consent decree seeking true police reform and debating its prospects for success

  January 31, 2017

Hundreds March in Baltimore Against Trump's Executive Orders
As Trump's admin enters its second week, TRNN speaks to demonstrators in Baltimore about how the plan to resist Trump's policies

  January 29, 2017

Incubed Learning Center Serves the Baltimore Community
Eddie Conway visits Incubed Learning Center and speaks with director Nicole Love about the services they provide for the community. Later, students from Incubed visit The Real News Studios.

  January 29, 2017

Baltimore City Councilers Slam Maryland State Democrat's Plan to Block Local Minimum Wage Increases
Progressive members of the Baltimore City Council are calling for mass opposition to a proposal that strips away the ability of local jurisdictions to raise the minimum wage law - measures passed in over a dozen states nationwide and backed by the conservative lobbying group ALEC.

  January 27, 2017

Women's Voices Rise in Baltimore and Beyond
Protests focus on rights threatened by the incoming Trump administration as thousands gathered in a show of unity

  January 22, 2017

As Trump Takes Office Baltimore Remains Defiant
City residents remain wary of Trump's commitment to address the city's long neglected problems

  January 20, 2017

DOJ's Consent Agreement with Baltimore Aims to End Abusive Policing, But Will it Work?
TRNN delves into the details of the new deal that attempts to address the aggressive tactics that have stoked controversy in the city

  January 13, 2017

The Real Baltimore: Sanctuary Cities As Resistance to Donald Trump
In episode two, we discuss Trump's plans to deport millions of immigrants and the potential impact of Trump's Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions

  January 11, 2017

Is the Baltimore Police Union Running the City?
The recent snubbing of the mayor and resistance against deployment changes raise questions about who's in charge of the city's largest and most expansive bureaucracy

  January 10, 2017

New Program Offers Partial Roll-Back of Baltimore's Warrant-Industrial Complex
Criminal justice leaders say thousands of warrants for minor non-violent crimes clogging the system can be vacated if people take advantage of program to seek new trial

  January 6, 2017

Former Baltimore Councilman: Police Reform Won't Happen Until City Command Staff is Fired
Carl Stokes says the DOJ report highlights deep structural problems inside the BPD that cannot be addressed by the current leadership

  January 4, 2017

The Real Baltimore - Police Accountability in Age of Trump
In the first of many discussions on the implications of a Trump presidency, we analyze how the city should respond to what many believe will be a Justice Department openly hostile to police reform under proposed Attorney General Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions

  December 30, 2016

Pressure Mounts in Baltimore to Complete Police Consent Decree Before Trump Takes Office
Advocates says Mayor Catherine Pugh needs to complete the agreement with the Department of Justice to ensure police reform efforts continue

  December 26, 2016

ACLU Says Prosecution of Pocomoke's 1st Black Police Chief 'Retaliatory'
The civil rights group says fired chief Kelvin Sewell's conviction for misconduct was payback for filing a discrimination complaint after his dismissal

  December 17, 2016

Fight Continues for New Investigation into Man's Death After Baltimore Police Beating
The family of Tyrone West who died in police custody demanded the Maryland medical examiner release all autopsy results after their investigator concluded he died from asphyxiation

  December 15, 2016

Baltimore Councilman: Holistic Approach Needed to Address Violence and Public Safety
As Baltimore surpasses 300 murders for the second straight year, we bring you the second part of our conversation with Kris Burnett a new progressive councilperson from Baltimore's 8th district

  December 15, 2016

Sherrilyn Ifill: Baltimore Must Address Economic and Social Segregation to Achieve Justice
The President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund gave the keynote speech at the Solution Summit hosted by OSI-Baltimore

  December 12, 2016

Congress Just Passed an Enormous Health Bill, And Few People Noticed
Last week, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a controversial bill that provides funding for NIH in exchange for the rolling back of a slew of regulations for drugs and medical devices

  December 12, 2016

Anti-Trump March in Baltimore
Protests against Donald Trump's visit to Baltimore to attend the Army Navy game on December 10, 2016 - TRNN's Facebook Live

  December 11, 2016

Baltimore City Council members Defend Resolution Condemning Trump's Bigotry
Newly sworn in councilperson Kris Burnett says condemning Trump's racism should not exclude the city from badly needed federal funding

  December 9, 2016

New Baltimore Mayor Plans Regional Approach to Problems Like Poverty and Drug Addiction
Pugh says her connection to state leaders are key to addressing the city's intractable poverty, police reform, and a living wage

  December 8, 2016

Guilty Verdict for Pocomoke's 1st Black Police Chief Divides Town as Violence Flares
Residents say repercussions from the fall-out over chief's dismissal continue to affect the small town on Maryland's lower eastern shore

  December 5, 2016

Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief Convicted of Misconduct
A nearly all-white jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict against the former top cop who has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city

  December 2, 2016

Fight for $15 Launches First Major Action Since Trump Victory
Baltimore workers, struggling to make ends meet, call on the city to raise the minimum wage

  November 30, 2016

Investigation Turns Ugly Against Pocomoke Officers Who Suffered Discrimination
Residents of the Eastern shore town say investigators have been asking about the personal lives of officers who the Justice Department says were illegally fired as a criminal trial against the former chief is set to proceed

  November 30, 2016

Baltimore's Latino Youth Speak Out After Donald Trump's Victory
Casa de Maryland organizer Lydia Walther-Rodriguez says Obama's record deportations have already prepared the Latino community for Trump

  November 21, 2016

MD Bail Industry Takes Hit From New Rule Protecting Poor Defendants
Judiciary Rules Committee approves guidance for judges instructing them to reconsider bail for defendants to poor to pay

  November 19, 2016

Mass Protests in the Streets of Baltimore After Donald Trump's Election
The Real News speaks to protestors that marched in Baltimore against Donald Trump's stunning victory. Video by Cameron Granadino

  November 11, 2016

Halloween Party for Youth at Gilmor Homes
8 year old Zachariah Barber reports on the festivities organized by the 1619 Coalition in Baltimore

  November 7, 2016

Green Party Mayoral Candidate Says He's Running to Bring Economic and Social Justice to Baltimore
Just days before the election, The Real News poses viewer's questions to Joshua Harris, who is running on the Green Party ticket for mayor of Baltimore

  November 4, 2016

Ajamu Baraka Makes His Case to the People of Baltimore
The Real News profiles scholar, human rights activist and Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka on a recent visit to Baltimore

  October 30, 2016

Baltimore's Record High Water Rates Scrutinized in Hearing
Public interest advocates, residents and Baltimore Public Works attended a City Hall hearing to discuss how the city should cope with rising utility rates, and whether it's time to abolish a regressive system in favor of an income-based model

  October 29, 2016

The Frustrating History of Police Reform Efforts in Maryland
An array of reform advocates recount how nearly impossible it is to get real police reform in the state which touts itself as progressive and liberal

  October 28, 2016

The Right to Housing in Baltimore - TRNN Grand Opening
TRNN Replay: Public housing, renters issues, and homelessness are among the topics discussed in this 2014 panel moderated by Marc Steiner

  October 24, 2016

Why is the State of Maryland Defending Racist Practices of the Pocomoke police?
Taya Graham and Stephen Janis detail how the Department of Justice has stepped up to defend three black officers who were fired after making EEOC complaints of racial discrimination

  October 23, 2016

Justice Department Sues Pocomoke For Violating Rights of Fired Black Police Chief
After a year long Real News investigation the DOJ's Civil Rights Division has joined a lawsuit alleging the city and state violated federal anti-discrimination laws when they fired the town's 1st black police chief

  October 20, 2016

Who are the 'Superpolluters'?
Center for Public Integrity's Jamie Smith Hopkins discusses a study that took a close look at the major emitters of toxic fumes and greenhouse gases

  October 17, 2016

Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers Reinforce Segregation in Baltimore
Morgan State Professor Lawrence Brown says the distribution of tax subsidies throughout the city only make racial barriers and economic isolation worse

  October 16, 2016

After Uptick in Crime, Pocomoke Revisits Strategy of Fired 1st Black Police Chief
Council rejects curfew but town remains divided on solutions for teens congregating at night

  October 7, 2016

Baltimore City Council Candidate: Gentrification is Not A Development Plan
Nnamdi Scott of Ujima People's Progress Party discusses vacant housing, unemployment, and Port Covington

  September 28, 2016

More Tax Breaks for Developers? One Baltimore Community Says 'Not Without Us'
Activists seek real input on the plan to revitalize Old Town Mall, which might be the next battleground for developer tax breaks in Baltimore

  September 30, 2016

Baltimore City Council Candidate: Neighbors Need to Organize to Change the City
Running for city council for the 7th district as part of Ujima People's Progress Party - Maryland's first Black workers-led electoral party - Nnamdi Scott discusses Baltimore police aerial surveillance, bold new creative leadership, and mass mobilization.

  September 22, 2016

Baltimore Police Have Ruthlessly Fought Past Efforts of Civilian Oversight
Documents obtained by TRNN show a pattern of police resisting citizen input from an all but powerless civilian review board, raising troubling questions of hopes for real reforms

  September 17, 2016

Korryn Gaines Family Announces Lawsuit Against Baltimore County Police
Korryn Gaines family and legal team have announced they will pursue a lawsuit against Baltimore County Police and conduct an independent investigation of her killing, which took place in August

  September 13, 2016

Constant Stop and Frisk of African-Americans Must End, Says Baltimore Mayoral Nominee
In an interview with TRNN, the Democratic nominee for mayor Catherine Pugh says policing must change and the surrounding jurisdictions must help Baltimore tackle poverty and drug addiction as regional problems

  September 12, 2016

Behind the scenes of "A Real Nigga Show"
The Real News hung out at rehearsal with the director and cast of the original play "A Real Nigga Show" to discuss why they chose what some perceive as a controversial title and why the show was developed

  September 9, 2016

Baltimore Officials Tout Massive Giveback to Seal Tax Break Deal, But is it Fair?
Developers promise millions in community investments in exchange for subsidy to build Port Covington, but questions remain about how a massive $600 million tax break for Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank will address entrenched poverty and ongoing economic inequity in the city.

  September 9, 2016

Baltimore Community Members Raise Concerns about DOJ's Next Steps
Activists, legal experts, and victims of police brutality at the Elijah Cummings-hosted town hall say the recommendations in the Department of Justice's report on the Baltimore police department don't go far enough

  September 9, 2016

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Tacked onto Baltimore's Election Day Ballot
As much as 30% of City residents require assistance, according to Luis Larin of United Workers

  September 9, 2016

Homicides in Baltimore Surpass 200
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with barbershop patrons in Baltimore about the high murder rate and what communities around the city should do to stop the cycle of violence.

  September 7, 2016

Baltimore Water Price Hike Will Disproportionately Impact Low-Income People and Senior Citizens
Jorge Aguilar of Food & Water Watch says that the city should instead opt for income-based water service billing in order to fund new infrastructure

  September 2, 2016

Baltimore Commissioner Apologizes to Residents for Unconstitutional Policing
In a wide-ranging interview, BPD chief Kevin Davis repudiated the zero tolerance mass arrest strategy calling it a 'lazy man's way of policing'

  September 2, 2016

He Faced 26 Years in Prison, But Still Stood Up to Police Brutality
Aaron Winston's arm was broken after he was chokeslammed by a Baltimore police officer, and he's been cleared of all charges brought against him. Winston discusses his case alongside his lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon.

  August 31, 2016

How Zero Tolerance Policing Destroyed Black Communities in Baltimore
Ten of thousands of city residents were swept up in a policy that the Department of Justice says lead to illegal arrests and unconstitutional policing focused solely on African-American neighborhoods

  August 30, 2016

Baltimore Police Defend Secret Surveillance Program
Officials would not say why a private company using a plane to track city residents was hired and funded outside public purview

  August 25, 2016

Ending Segregation in Baltimore Will Take More Than Electing Black Politicians
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative executive director Walter Lomax explains the recent history of overpolicing and overincarceration in Baltimore

  August 25, 2016

Baltimore Police Union Could Thwart Planned Civilian Oversight
A law that was supposed to allow civilian participation in the internal disciplinary process could be blocked by the city's police union

  August 24, 2016

Prosecutors Abruptly Cancel Arraignment of Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief
With the case set to go forward in October, more questions are being raised about the treatment of officers who feds say suffered discrimination, but state prosecutors say engaged in misconduct

  August 19, 2016

Patients to Rally For Workers Fired After Trying to Unionize Baltimore Clinic
A Chase Brexton employee and patients speak to The Real News about the importance of the clinic to the LGBT community

  August 19, 16

Baltimore City Council Sends $15 Minimum Wage Measure Back to Committee
Disability advocates demanded revised language to protect blind workers

  August 16, 2016

Lack of Accountability Has Made Baltimore an Overpoliced Panopticon
Baltimore's Green Party Mayoral candidate says that as long as progressivism takes hold in US politics, he's not wedded to any political party

  August 26, 2016

Hopkins University Students Decry Move to Undercut Security Guard Union
Black Student Union members Gracie Hargrove & Chase Alston say Baltimore's premier institution's "white savior complex" does more harm than good

  August 15, 2016

Police Union Conference in Baltimore Faces Protest Following Scathing DOJ Report
At least 2 protesters were arrested as they confronted powerful police union officials over their support for what they say are illegal and racist policing

  August 15, 2016

Advocates Say Baltimore Police Won't Change Without Civilian Oversight
Members of Leaders of Beautiful Struggle plan to push the city council to require civilians on police disciplinary boards, while Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter seeks restorative justice for victims of racist policing

  August 13, 2016

African Griot Book Fair for Baltimore Children
Contrary to how mainstream media often portrays Baltimore, positive and empowering events like these are organized regularly. We spoke with the organizers and participants at the 2nd annual African Griot Book Fair for Children at Druid Hill Park

  August 15, 2016

Justice Department Report Reveals Just How Racist Baltimore's Police Policies Are
Targeting of African-American's with illegal arrests, unconstitutional stops, and harassment is widespread and systemic

  August 11, 2016

City Councilman Will Withhold Potentially Deciding Vote on Baltimore's Minimum Wage
Carl Stokes says he's 'betwixt and between', will abstain from Monday's vote

  August 11, 2016

Baltimore Councilman: We Are Past Dialogue, Systemic Police Abuse Must End Now
In the wake of the blistering DOJ report, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes says police abuse that perpetuates mass incarceration and poverty must be reversed

  August 11, 2016

DOJ Finds Baltimore Police Routinely Violate Black Residents Constitutional Rights
Law Professor Doug Colbert says the findings of the Department of Justice Report will only be surprising to Baltimore's white community

  August 10, 2016

Members of Pocomoke's Black Community Voice Support for Indicted Chief
Residents question the timing of misconduct charges by state prosecutors six months after the former chief Kelvin Sewell filed a lawsuit against the city alleging discrimination.

  August 8, 2016

How Can we Prevent Future Freddie Grays?
As Baltimore considers a half a billion dollar tax break for wealthy developers, activists and academics across Baltimore say the key to uplifting Baltimore is through fair development.

  August 3, 2016

Advocates Push Law Requiring Affordable Housing for Billionaire Tax Break
A new bill introduced by low income housing groups would roll-back the ruling that Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank's Port Covington development does not have to build affordable housing despite seeking hundreds of millions in taxpayer support

  August 2, 2016

Residents say Baltimore Can't Afford Corporate Tax Breaks
Hundreds gathered at a council hearing to object to the record setting tax subsidy for the Port Covington Development, arguing the city is doubling down on ineffective policies that have divided the city in the past

  July 29, 2016

'The System is Working the Way It was Intended to Work'
TRNN executive producer Eddie Conway and Dominque Stevenson say nothing will change in Baltimore until jobs are provided for young people and all people are treated with dignity and respect.

  July 29, 2016

Mosby: 'Inherent Bias' of Justice System Thwarted Prosecution
TRNN talks to legal experts about the historic implications of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's efforts to try six officers for the death of Freddie Gray

  July 28, 2016

All Charges Dropped in Freddie Gray Case
Baltimore's chief prosecutor says officers worked to undermine her case, she had no choice but to drop remaining charges against the officers charged with killing Freddie Gray

  July 27, 2016

Baltimore's Tax System Takes From the Poor to Give to the Rich
An analysis of tax data by Maryland Public Policy Visiting Fellow Louis Miserendino reveals how the tax structure actually makes poverty worse and punishes poor residents to benefit wealthy developers

  July 25, 2016

Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief Indicted
Kelvin Sewell whose controversial firing divided the town, has been charged with misconduct in office

  July 24, 2016

Baltimore Cops React to RNC Sheriff David Clarke and Obama's Call for 'Goodwill and Open Hearts'
Retired police Neill Franklin and Michael Wood Jr. join new TRNN producer Kwame Rose and Paul Jay to discuss the recent killings of unarmed black men and police officers

  July 21, 2016

As Baltimore's Police Union Attacks Reform Efforts, The ACLU Fights Back
The ACLU is challenging a lawsuit filed by the FOP to undermine the civilian review board, a body that has little power but is the only form of civilian oversight in the city

  July 19, 2016

Despite Acquittals of Officers Charged in the Death of Freddie Gray, Victims of Brutality Vow to Fight On
On the day Judge Barry Williams cleared Lt. Brian Rice on all charges in the death of Gray, Tawanda Jones marked the 3rd anniversary of the death of her brother Tyrone West in police custody by calling for prosecutors to press forward

  July 19, 2016

Discrepancies Continue to Emerge in Officer's Statements During Freddie Gray Case, and the Media Keeps Ignoring It
Prosecutors play tape depicting heated exchange between Lt. Brian Rice and residents during Gray's arrest as Judge Barry Williams prepares to render verdict Monday in trial of the fourth officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray

  July 15, 2016

Officers Give Contradictory Testimony of Freddie Gray's Behavior During Cross Examination
As Judge Barry Williams drops assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, Officers William Porter and Edward Nero offer conflicting accounts of what happened on the day Gray died in their custody

  July 12, 2016

Baltimore Takes To The Streets To Protest Police Brutality
In the wake of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, hundreds gathered in Baltimore to demand justice for victims of police brutality

  July 9, 2016

Killing of Baltimore Rapper Draws Attention to Gun Violence, Lack of Opportunity
TRNN speaks to Baltimore residents, pastor Jamal Bryant, and Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris about the path forward after the shooting of Lor Scoota

  July 6, 2016

Slain Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota Laid to Rest
Hundreds gather to say final goodbyes, hoping that Lor Scoota's legacy and mission to bring peace to Baltimore lives on

  July 1, 2016

Baltimore Police New Use-of-Force Policy Relies on Orders Officers Say They Routinely Ignore
New strategy calls for de-escalation and proportional force, but guidelines will be part of general orders which officers testified in Freddie Gray case were routinely brushed aside

  June 30, 2016

Tired of Tax Breaks, Baltimore Activists Disrupt Developer Fete
Protesters demand more affordable housing for Port Covington, a project to be funded with a $535 million tax break

  June 29, 2016

Riot Police Confront Mourners of Slain Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota
Residents and Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh condemn the militarized police response to the largely peaceful vigil for the beloved Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota

  June 28, 2016

Activist: You Won't Find Justice in an Unjust System
Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, says the trials of the six officers for the death of Freddie Gray should not distract from fighting to end systemic police abuse

  June 25, 2016

Would the Cops Be Convicted if #FreddieGray was White?
In the wake of the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson for all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, leading Baltimore Civil Rights Attorney A Dwight Petitt says Gray was a victim of "walking, driving, breathing, and living while black."

  June 24, 2016

Police Accountability Suffers Major Blow with Goodson Acquittal
Activists say despite strong evidence against the van driver, the justice system was biased towards police

  June 24, 2016

Outrage after Officer Accused of Murder in Freddie Gray Case Found Not Guilty of All Charges
TRNN speaks to Baltimore activists and a legal scholar about Judge Barry Williams' not-guilty ruling in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, who had been charged with murder

  June 23, 2016

In Closing Arguments, Defense Blames Gray for In-Custody Death
Judge Barry Williams set to render verdict Thursday in case of Cesar Goodson, the officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray

  June 20, 2016

Former Cop Turned Fierce Drug War Critic Testifies in Freddie Gray Case
Former Police Commander and current head of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin testified today as a prosecution witness in the Freddie Gray case

  June 15, 2016

Banking for a Baltimore Undivided
Joshua Harris, Baltimore mayoral hopeful, explains that he is running on the Green Party ticket because Baltimore is ready for fresh ideas, like his public banking proposal

  June 21, 2016

Protestors Demand Conviction of Officer in Freddie Gray Case
A dozen people protested outside the court house where Officer Caesar Goodson is facing a murder charge

  June 15, 2016

Green Party Candidate Margaret Flowers on Healthcare, Climate Change, and Community Economics
Green Party Senate candidate Margaret Flowers tells Paul Jay that we don't need another kind of a Hillary Clinton in the Senate

  June 23, 2016

Freddie Gray Killed by "Rough Ride" in Police Van, Prosecutors Say
Trial underway for Officer Caesar Goodson, who is charged with the murder of Freddie Gray

  June 9, 2016

Talbot Council Says Confederate Statue Not Tied to Slavery
After being forced to vote in public on the future of the Talbot Boys Confederate monument, council president Corey Pack says the statue is not an emblem of the white supremacy many say it embodies

  June 9, 2016

Preference for Bench Trials Show Implicit Bias of Judicial System Towards Police
University of MD Carey School of Law Professor Doug Colbert says Officer Cesar Goodson's election to let a judge decide his case reveals how inherently biased the system is towards police, and how difficult it is to get a conviction

  June 9, 2016

In a City Replete with Tax Breaks, Youth Funding Gets Cut in Baltimore
As a budget showdown looms over restoring just $4.1 million in funding for youth programs, critics are questioning why tax breaks for developers are getting fast-tracked

  June 8, 2016

Documents Reveal Feds Aren't Buying Pocomoke's Justification for Firing 1st Black Police Chief
Detailed filings obtained by TRNN show the Federal Agency determined Chief Kelvin Sewell was terminated for refusing to fire two black officers, not the reasons city officials offered during an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation

  June 5, 2016

Supporters of Fired Black Chief Undaunted After Tight Election Loss in Pocomoke
Incumbent George Tasker beat Sheila Nilson in a close race, but Nilson and others say they will keep pushing to bring back the city's first black police chief

  June 1, 2016

'If We Want to Combat the Violence, We Must Invest in Our Children'
Public school parents, students, and advocates demand Republican Governor Larry Hogan restore funding to Baltimore City Public Schools

  June 1, 2016

Feds Find Probable Cause of Widespread Discrimination in Firing of Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief
As residents recall the town's history of racial strife, news breaks that the EEOC has sustained complaints of discrimination throughout Worcester County government

  May 31, 2016

'We've Become Accustomed to the System Doing Nothing for the Killing of Black People'
Baltimore activists chart a path forward after the the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Nero

  May 26, 2016

'The Law Has Always Been in the Favor of Law Enforcement'
Veteran Baltimore civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit responds to the acquittal of Edward Nero of all charges for the death of Freddie Gray

  May 23, 2016

Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty of All Charges Over Death of Freddie Gray
Observers react with anger but not surprise to the not guilty verdicts for Officer Edward Nero in the #FreddieGray case

  May 23, 2016

Baltimore Activists Defend Tubman House Against Threats of Demolition
Activists hold a town hall at Tubman House, a community center they created in a vacant home across from where Freddie Gray was arrested one year ago

  May 22, 2016

Judge to Hand Down First Verdict in Freddie Gray Case on Monday
TRNN speaks to legal observers of the Freddie Gray case about the strength of the State's case against officer Edward Nero

  May 22, 2016

Baltimore Public Defender: Questionable Arrests Still Clog the Court System
Public Defender Todd Oppenhiem says even as the State's Attorney try officer Edward Nero for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray, the State continues to prosecute civilians based upon similar tactics

  May 20, 2016

How One Arrest Could Change the Culture of Policing in Baltimore
As prosecutors make the case that Officer Edward Nero made an unlawful arrest of Freddie Gray, a former cop and legal experts say the case could have a lasting influence on policing in the city

  May 19, 2016

#FreddieGray Case Spurs Activism and Action in Baltimore Classrooms
The Baltimore High School students that staged a mock trial for the #Freddie Gray case discuss how the events of the past year have impacted their relationship with police, the legal system and the war on drugs.

  May 18, 2016

Baltimore City Council President Blasts Critics as Body Fails to Reign in Mayoral Power
Amid failed efforts to overhaul powerful mayoral system Council President Jack Young argues that centralized power has hurt the city

  May 16, 2016

Cracks in Baltimore's Blue Wall of Silence
As Officer Garret Miller testifies in the trial of fellow co-defendant Officer Edward Nero, NAACP-Baltimore head Tessa Hill Aston and Attorneys Warren Brown and Doug Colbert discuss the potential impact on the case

  May 16, 2016

Feds Find Probable Cause Pocomoke Violated Law When it Fired 1st Black Police Chief
EEOC says the city violated the rights of Chief Kelvin Sewell and Detective Frank Savage when it fired both last year

  May 16, 2016

Opening Arguments Presented in Second Freddie Gray Trial
TRNN speaks to Attorneys Warren Brown, Doug Colbert and NAACP-Baltimore president Tessa Hill-Aston after prosecution and defense present opening arguments in the trial of Edward Nero

  May 12, 2016

Baltimore Election Under Intense Scrutiny
Critics call for investigation of possible voter irregularities in tight race but election board says results will be certified Friday

  May 4, 2016

Activists March Against Police Shooting of a 14-Year-Old in Baltimore
A year after protests against the killing of Freddie Gray grabbed international attention, police shoot a 14-year-old in East Baltimore

  May 2, 2016

Before Freddie Gray, there was Tyrone West
A new report has challenged the official account of the death of Tyrone West, who died in police custody under questionable circumstances in 2013

  May 2, 2016

If We Don't Get It Shut It Down!: Theatre as a voice of the people.
Baltimore's own Morgan Stevenson directed an original play, If We Don't Get It Shut It Down, based on interviews of activists who were on the front lines during the uprising. Real News goes back stage at the Harlem Repertory Theatre where it premiered to get perspectives from the cast and director on using art as a tool for social change and controlling the narrative of rebellion

  May 2, 2016

A Tale of Two Police Shootings
Professor Lawrence Brown says the police shooting of 14-year-old Dedric Colvin on the anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising raises questions of how much has changed since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody one year ago

  April 30, 2016

Tired of Waiting for the Courts, Students Get Their Own Measure of Justice for Freddie Gray
TRNN Exclusive: Students at Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis High stage a mock trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray

  April 28, 2016

Baltimore Workers on Elections and Independent Politics
A group of Baltimore workers discuss the Sanders and Clinton campaigns and the need for an independent workers movement

  April 26, 2016

Hundreds March in Baltimore to Remember Freddie Gray
One year after the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore residents reflect on what's changed and what impact Gray's death could have on Tuesday's election

  April 26, 2016

Jamal Bryant on Whether Bernie Can Break Through in Baltimore
Paul Jay speaks to Rev. Jamal Bryant about the upcoming Maryland Presidential Primary and why Sanders is not gaining more support from black voters in Baltimore

  April 26, 2016

Kwame Rose Speaks at Bernie Sanders Rally
Activist Kwame Rose's speech at the Bernie Sanders rally in Baltimore Maryland

  April 24, 2016

Kendrick Sampson Speaks at Bernie Sanders Rally
Actor, activist Kendrick sampson speaking in Baltimore at the Bernie Sanders rally

  April 24, 2016

Pugh versus Dixon, The Real News Virtual Mayoral Debate
As the Baltimore city votes for its next mayor, the Real News asks the two front runners tough questions on poverty, civilian control of policing, and how to build a more equitable city

  April 24, 2016

Why has the Democratic Party Leadership Anointed Van Hollen over Edwards in MD Senate Race?
Next week, Maryland Democrats will settle one of the most competitive US senate races in the country, nominating either the party's golden child Chris Van Hollen, or its interloper Donna Edwards

  April 23, 2016

Shift in Power in Baltimore Government Could Have Unexpected Consequences
The wide open election and proposed changes in spending could transform the city, but not in ways people are expecting

  April 23, 2016

Manufacturing Inequity in Baltimore
How exemptions from fair housing laws and special perks tucked away in costly tax breaks for developers continue to fuel poverty in a city struggling to overcome it

  April 23, 2016

One Year After Freddie Gray's Death, Baltimoreans See Little Change
Residents of West Baltimore's Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was beaten by police, reflect on the year since his death

  February 19, 2016

Baltimore Coalition Fights for $15 Dollar Minimum Wage
On the eve of the anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, a coalition of community organizations and unions say they want a living wage in Baltimore

  April 19, 2016

Baltimore Protesters Still Seeking Justice a Year After Freddie Gray's Death
Watered-down police reforms and proposed tax breaks for downtown development show little has changed, they say

  April 17, 2016

Hundreds of Baltimore Students Stage A Walkout Against Standardized Testing
Days before the anniversary of the killing of Freddie Gray, students with the Baltimore Algebra Project walk out against the PARCC test to demand a shift in resources from testing to youth development

  April 15, 2016

Pocomoke Officials Tight Lipped on Plans for New Election
As news breaks the city will hold a new, open election for the 1st District council seat, we asked city officials what went wrong with the first vote

  April 13, 2016

Abandoned Row Home Near Freddie Gray Arrest turns into Base for Youth Enrichment
Almost a year after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, activists set out to reclaim an abandoned house across the street from where he was arrested to build a community center for youth

  April 12, 2016

Tight Senate Race Turns to Baltimore for Votes
Congresswoman Donna Edwards touts historic nature of campaign in city against house colleague Chris Van Hollen that could result in just the second African-American woman in US senate

  April 8, 2016

Police Reform Is Meaningless Without Civilian Oversight, Advocates Say
Advocates and former law enforcement say to hold police accountable, Maryland must make a civilian presence on internal police boards mandatory

  April 8, 2016

Voter Discrepancy Leads to Delay in Pocomoke Election Results
Board of Elections refuses to certify vote count after machine allegedly malfunctions

  April 6, 2016

Is the US Postal Service the Next Target for Corporate Plundering?
Workers and advocates gather in Baltimore to fight back against what they say are concerted efforts by private interests to undermine the agency in order to eliminate solid middle class jobs

  March 30, 16

Baltimore's Flawed War on Drugs Destroyed Lawrence Christian's Life Without a Conviction
A drug bust that wrongly targeted Christian reveals how the city's continued investment in policing makes poverty worse and heightens the suffering and dysfunction of a community already wracked with violence

  March 20, 2016

Baltimore Students say Police Beatings not Unusual
School police officers and students square off in a TRNN debate over the role of cops in education in the wake of a beating of a student caught on video that has lead to criminal charges

  March 17, 2016

Newly Enfranchised Ex-Offenders Eager to Vote
Ex-offenders, who recently received the right to vote in Maryland, discuss using their power as a new voting bloc to ensure their interests are addressed.

  March 14, 2016

Cop Ordered to Testify Against Fellow Officers Charged with Killing Freddie Gray
Legal expert Doug Colbert responds to the ruling made by Maryland's highest court and says its unlikely for the Supreme Court to take up a defense appeal

  March 8, 2016

Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works
The Baltimore Bureau of The Real News takes an in-depth look at the psychic toll of poverty, and how the enforcement of its invisible boundaries and social walls infects an entire city

  March 6, 2016

DeRay: Maryland's Unionized Charter Schools Could Be Model For Nation
Democratic Mayoral Candidate DeRay McKesson tells The Real News he will defend teacher unionism and support keeping charter schools under public control

  March 3, 2016

Towson Student Fights Back After his Poem Deemed "Anti-Police"
Towson High senior class president Marcus Shaw reads his poem "Believe Me," for The Real News after the school's principal initially banned it from a talent show because she deemed it offensive to police

  February 28, 2016

Baltimore Police Tactics Under Renewed Scrutiny After Man Injured During Arrest
Baltimore resident Aaron Winston's arm is broken while in custody sparking more scrutiny of police tactics

  February 26, 2016

ALCU and NAACP Allege Talbot County Voted in Secret to Keep Confederate Statue
Another Eastern Shore town is under fire for making controversial decisions involving race behind closed doors

  February 23, 2016

New Center Targets Baltimore City School Dropouts
Baltimore City School officials unveil new program that targets students who have dropped out

  February 23, 2016

Elizabeth Embry: We're Wasting Time Arresting Addicts
TRNN's in-depth discussions with mayoral candidates continues with Elizabeth Embry who says she will open up city hall, exert top down control of the city's ailing housing department, and revamp a police department she says needs better training and higher quality officers

  February 12, 2016

Historian Says Additional Baltimore Confederate Statues Should be Removed
James W. Loewen argues confederate monument commission which recommended to remove two statues did not go far enough, and even overlooked confederate memorials that should also be removed

  February 11, 2016

The Real News Tries to Attend Dixon Fundraiser
Former mayor of Baltimore holds shindig for donors behind closed doors

  February 9, 2016

MD Delegate Wants to End the War on Drugs
Law to decriminalize possession of Heroin and Cocaine along with treatment on demand will prevent criminalizing addiction

  February 6, 2016

Adnan Syed Presents New Evidence in Court, Seeks New Trial
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to advocates and attorneys about the latest in the case of the Baltimore-area man made famous on the Serial podcast. Correction: Asia McClain was a classmate of Adnan Syed, not a friend

  February 5, 2016

Black Lives Matter Protestor Runs for Mayor of Baltimore
Late entry into crowded field by high profile activist could shake-up race residents say, but lack of experience an issue

  February 5, 2016

Baltimore Residents to Challenge Tax Breaks for Developers
Community members from the Poe Homes in West Baltimore held a community meeting to push back against what they say is unfair policy

  February 4, 2016

Can Baltimore's Mayoral Race Lead to Serious Change in Public Policy?
Journalists Jayne Miller, Luke Broadwater and Taya Graham debate whether there's anything of substance thus far emerging from the low-key campaign for Baltimore's top job

  February 3, 2016

Unlock the Vote
In this special edition of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with former prisoners who are organizing to pass legislation that would allow all Maryland ex-felons to vote upon release from incarceration.

  February 2, 2016

Baltimore, like Ferguson, Has a Warrant Problem
University of Maryland law school professor Doug Colbert is proposing amnesty for tens of thousands of people who have outstanding warrants for minor crimes, but Maryland's judiciary branch is opposed despite widespread public support

  February 1, 2016

Equity Sought in Baltimore's Development Strategy
Advocates present solution to Baltimore's housing crisis

  January 31, 2016

David Warnock: If You Want a Tax Break, Build a Rec Center
In our ongoing series of interviews with Baltimore's mayoral candidates, businessman David Warnock says he will focus on customer service at city hall and instituting a living wage for residents

  January 27, 2016

Lawsuit Alleges Retaliation Prompted Firing of Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief
Complaints over racial harassment inside Worcester County drug unit fueled push to fire two black officers, including chief Kelvin Sewell

  January 26, 2016

How Baltimore's Tax System Reinforces Poverty
TRNN REPLAY: As Baltimore gives preliminary approval to the biggest corporate tax break in US history, TRNN revisits an interview with Maryland Public Policy Visiting Fellow Louis Miserendino, who says tax breaks exacerbate the inequality that drives many of the city's social ills

  January 27, 2016

Baltimore's Latest Tax Break Deal Meets Resistance
Taxation and finance committee delays vote for tax break of finance new development of west side biotech park after community complaint

  January 22, 2016

Tax Breaks Won't Fix Poverty in Baltimore
Towson University Professor Cecilia Rio says plans like Governor Larry Hogan's proposal to offer tax incentives to stimulate growth will not alleviate the long term economic problems that plague cities like Baltimore

  January 22, 2016

Confederate Supporters Steer Clear of Baltimore as Protesters Gather
Annual commemoration of Robert E. Lee at Baltimore monument does not take place as commission recommends removal of statue

  January 17, 2016

Candidate: Judges Can Reform Baltimore's Unequal Justice System
Todd Oppenheim who is running for circuit court judge says judges have the power to alleviate some of the most entrenched inequities in the city's legal system

  January 15, 2016

Peace, One Piece At a Time
Baltimore Director of Peace by Piece Fariji Muhammad and Co-Project Coordinator of the Atlanta Chapter Kadijah Austin join this edition of iMWiL! to discuss their new organization

  January 17, 2016

Maryland Police Reform Efforts Focus on Transparency
Proposals seek new training agency and civilian participation in police disciplinary process

  January 12, 2016

Catherine Pugh: Police Officers Should Live in Baltimore
TRNN continues it's in-depth coverage of the race for mayor in 2016 with State Senator Catherine Pugh discussing her take on tax breaks for developers, police reform, and how to implement a living wage in Baltimore

  January 11, 2016

Black and Latino Youth Demand Police Reform
CASA de Maryland and the Youth Freedom School protest outside of Baltimore city hall demanding police reform.

  January 8, 2016

From Gilmor Homes to Park Heights, Baltimore Tries to Heal the Pain of Crime and Corruption
A street named after a 2015 homicide victim and a landmark settlement over a sex for repairs scheme at a city housing project mark a deal of both communal healing and concern

  January 8, 2016

Carl Stokes: Baltimore's Tax System Totally 'Unfair' to Residents
In the second of our series of in-depth interviews with 2016 mayoral candidates councilman Carl Stokes says the strategy of doling out huge take breaks to developers needs to end and a city wide tax cut for all residents put in its place

  January 7, 2016

Shelia Dixon: Baltimore is Going "Backwards"
In TRNN's first in-depth interview with mayoral candidates former mayor Shelia Dixon says the city needs to change course on policing, public housing, and tax policy

  January 6, 2016

Mayor's Race 2016: Residents Want A City Run for Them
TRNN correspondent Taya Graham previews our upcoming coverage of the 2016 race with a focus on policy issues intended to benefit residents of Baltimore City

  January 5, 2016

Toy Drive and Coat Giveaway in Gilmor Homes
7 year old TRNN Reporter Zachariah Barber speaks with activists from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about community organizing. Barber also has an exclusive interview with Baltimore City Councilmen Nick Mosby about his mayoral candidacy.

  December 29, 2015

The Story of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising Told Through the Voices of the People
The TRNN staff's coverage of the transformative year when the people demanded to be heard

  December 28, 2015

Rattling the Bars: Protesting New Prison Policy
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars concerned citizens of Baltimore protest to reverse new policy which limits family contact with prisoners in the visiting room.

  December 29, 2015

West Baltimore on the Freddie Gray Case Mistrial
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with residents of West Baltimore about the mistrial in the case of officer William Porter

  December 18, 2015

Baltimore City Council Challenges Mayor Over Youth Funding
Council President Jack Young defiant as Rawlings-Blake administration tries to stop proposal which would dedicate 3 percent of city budget to youth funding

  December 17, 2015

Anger in Streets of Baltimore as Mistrial Declared in Freddie Gray Case
TRNN reports from Courthouse East in Baltimore after a jury was unable to return a verdict for any of the four charges brought against Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray

  December 16, 2015

7 Arrested Demanding State Revoke Permit for New Baltimore Incinerator
TRNN speaks to concerned community residents and and public health experts on why they believe the Department of Environment should halt the construction of the largest incinerator in the country

  December 15, 2015

Defense Rests its Case in Trial of First Officer Charged With Killing Freddie Gray
University of Maryland Law Professor Doug Colbert gives his analysis of the defense case, closing arguments could begin Monday

  December 11, 2015

NAACP Official: Freddie Gray Case Shows Baltimore Police Need Overhaul
NAACP Baltimore President Tessa Hill Aston responds to the opening of the defense case in the trial of officer William Porter

  December 10, 2015

Officer Grilled Over Inconsistent Statements in Freddie Gray Trial
Law professor Doug Colbert responds to the prosecution's cross examination of defendant officer William Porter

  December 9, 2015

Accused Officer Takes Stand for First Time in Freddie Gray Case
University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert discusses the latest developments in the trial

  December 9, 2015

Bernie Sanders Tours Sandtown with Baltimore Clergy
TRNN spoke to Baltimore residents about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' visit to the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood and the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center

  December 8, 2015

Man Facing Federal Charges for Cutting Fire Hose
Full video of protest against federal charges for Greg Butler for cutting firehouse during uprising coming shortly.

  December 4, 2015

Did Key Witness Undermine Prosecution's Case in Freddie Gray Trial
Legal expert Doug Colbert explains how a key witness in the fifth day of the trial of officer William Porter may have undermined the prosecution's case

  December 4, 2015

Inside Baltimore's Outrageous Bail System
TRNN speaks to bail lobby insiders and those working to abolish it altogether

  January 3, 2016

Councilman: Lack of Audits in Baltimore, Poverty Inextricably Linked
Carl Stokes says the absence of fiscal accountability in a cash strapped city only heightens the growing divide between rich and poor

  December 4, 2015

Former Cop: Incompetence Is No Excuse for Freddie Gray's Death
Retired Baltimore Police Department Sergeant Michael Wood responds to the defense's arguments

  December 3, 2015

Day 4 of the Freddie Gray Case Set to Begin
Check out The Real News for updates from the trial of officer William Porter and an interview with former whistle blowing Baltimore Police officer Michael Wood

  December 3, 2015

Baltimore Residents March Against Violence
Members of the No Boundaries Coalition march against spike in violence in West Baltimore

  December 3, 2015

Defense Team in Freddie Gray Trial Attempting Shift Blame Away From Officer
Opening arguments seek to exonerate William Porter of wrongdoing

  December 2, 2015

Prosecution Makes Opening Argument in Porter Trial
Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle responds to jury selection and prosecution's opening arguments

  December 2, 2015

Jury Selected for Trial of Officer William Porter
Law Professor Doug Colbert responds to the seating of a jury in the trial of William Porter, the first of 6 officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray

  December 2, 2015

How the Criminal Justice System Protects Police
Todd Oppenheim compares the treatment of the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray to the clients he represents as a Baltimore Public defender

  December 1, 2015

How Jurors Are Being Selected for the Trial of William Porter
TRNN reports from the Baltimore courtroom for the case of William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray

  December 1, 2015

Protesters March to Inner Harbor Demanding Justice in First Day of Freddie Gray Case
Lack of accountability among concerns as juror selection of trial of officer Williams Porter continues into early evening.

  December 1, 2015

Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray Arrested Apprehensive as Trials Begin
West Baltimore community says justice for Gray is a first step towards healing a community suffering from neglect and surge in violence

  November 30, 2015

HBCU's and Maryland Clash Over Higher Ed
TRNN Producer David Tigabu examines a landmark case on racial disparities in funding for higher education, and speaks with President of Morgan State University David Wilson about his role in the lawsuit as well as his experience with a similar case at Auburn University.

  November 30, 2015

Potential Jurors Scrutinized in Freddie Gray Trial
On Monday, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams questioned 75 potential jurors in the trial of William Porter, the first officer being tried in the death of Freddie Gray

  November 30, 2015

Policing on Trial as Freddie Gray Case Set to Begin
Critics say cases against six cops can't remedy decades of aggressive tactics and flawed policy

  November 25, 2015

MD Among Lowest Number of Hate Crimes in the Nation
Latest FBI report shows state relatively hate crime free, but some question stats

  November 22, 2015

Towson President Agrees to Students' Demands After Eight-Hour Occupation
Administration says diversity will be addressed but concerns remain over hostility and racial equity on campus

  November 20, 2015

"They Think They've Won"
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Earl Richardson, Former President of Morgan State University and Kenneth Morgan, Assistant Professor at Coppin State University about the ongoing struggle to achieve equity for HBCUs.

  November 20, 2015

Cancer-Causing Processed Meats Largely Affect Low Income Neighborhoods
According to a recent WHO study, processed meats cause cancer - but in many Baltimore neighborhoods, that's the only food that's available.

  November 20, 2015

NAACP Plans March in Pocomoke
State and Worcester county branches aim for show of strength as city continues to fire black police officers

  November 16, 2015

ACLU Releases Mobile Justice App
Representatives from ACLU of MD present Mobile Justice App in partnership with Coppin State University and community leaders.

  November 15, 2015

ACLU: Baltimore Body Cam Regs Another Setback for Police Accountability
Former investigator also says decision to allow officers to review body camera footage before giving statements could hinder internal probes

  November 11, 2015

Baltimore Workers Rally For Higher Wages During Nat'l Day of Action
Over 100 gathered at the Amazon warehouse in Baltimore as 500 actions to raise wages were held across the country; New York state and Pittsburgh agreed to a $15 minimum wage for their employees.

  November 11, 2015

An Insider's Look at Baltimore's Dysfunctional Housing Authority
In part two, fired veteran public housing worker Lucky Crosby discusses how the lack of accountability has fueled neglect and deplorable conditions in Baltimore's public housing

  November 10, 2015

Whistleblower Recounts Retaliation in Sex-for-Repair Scheme
Maintenance worker Lucky Crosby goes into details about how the Baltimore Housing Authority handled the Sex-for Repair Scheme and why he believes he was fired for speaking out

  November 9, 2015

Losing Shelter from the Storm
Residents from the Youth Empowered Society and staff from the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center describe the conditions and challenges for sheltering Baltimore's homeless population.

  November 12, 2015

Coat Giveaway In Housing Project Where Freddie Gray Was Killed
7 Year Old Zachariah Barber talks to Gilmor Homes residents about pre-Halloween festivities.

  November 1, 2015

City Clears Art From Confederate Monument
Officials use police to remove sculpture intended to bring context to symbol of city's racist past

  October 31, 2015

Baltimore Still Debating What to Do With Confederate Statues
Testimony before commission recounts how monuments coincided with city's efforts to segregate

  October 30, 2015

Board Rules Pocomoke City Council Violated Open Meetings Act
Town in turmoil also has first homicide since 2010 when the fired black police chief took over

  November 1, 2015

Prosecutors Drop All Charges for City Hall Protesters
Activists involved in Baltimore #CityHallShutdown say this is a victory for the right to dissent

  October 29, 2015

Baltimore Rallies in Solidarity with Palestine
TRNN talks to Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity about why they are protesting Senator Ben Cardin's office and their response to the latest round of violence in Israel and Palestine

  October 23, 2015

Better Bus System Proposed for Baltimore as Mayor Snubs Governor
Hogan pledges faster more efficient service for residents while mayor stays away

  October 23, 2015

New Allegations of Sex for Repair Scheme at Gilmor Homes
More women come forward as pressure intensifies on Baltimore's housing commissioner to resign

  October 21, 2015

Housing Commissioner Touts Privatization as Residents Remain Without Water for Five Days
TRNN's Eddie Conway follows up with city officials and residents concerning the lack of water and unsanitary conditions at the Baltimore city housing complex

  October 20, 2015

Activists Return to City Hall to Defend the Right to Protest
As protesters disrupt Police Commissioner Kevin Davis's confirmation hearing, City Bloc organizer and high school student Makayla Gilliam-Price says the right to protest must be defended

  October 19, 2015

Lack of Water, Unsanitary Conditions Prompt Seniors to Protest at City Housing Project
Residents of Lakeview Towers tell TRNN's Eddie Conway the city has been negligent in maintaining aging complex

  October 18, 2015

Breaking: Baltimore Jury Acquits Another Freddie Gray Protester
The Real News speaks to #FreddieGray protester Larry Lomax and attorney Natalie Finegar shortly after he's found not guilty of disorderly conduct

  October 16, 2015

They're Free: Baltimore Youth Released after Occupying City Hall
After their release, TRNN speaks with youth leaders Tre Murphy and Makayla Gilliam-Price about their ongoing demands for justice and accountability from the Baltimore Police Department and City of Baltimore

  October 15, 2015

Shutdown: Baltimore Youth Take Over City Hall
The Real News spent Wednesday night in its entirety with young black activists who occupied City Hall in protest of Kevin Davis' bid to become the new police commissioner in Baltimore

  October 15, 2015

Protesters Arrested Inside Baltimore City Hall as Frustration Over Policing Mounts
Civil disobedience part of growing movement demanding community input on law enforcement policies

  October 15, 2015

Judge Rules Two Officers' Statements Admissible in Freddie Gray Case
Conflicting statements from officers William Porter and Alicia White could provide key evidence during trial

  October 14, 2015

Protester Acquitted for Role In Freddie Gray Uprising
Lawyer says Baltimore jury affirmed first amendment rights with swift verdict

  October 14, 2015

With Homicides at Record Pace, City Plans Three Day Trial for Freddie Gray Protester
Hours of video evidence and multiple witnesses planned in prosecution of man who faces misdemeanor charges for joining in Freddie Gray uprising

  October 7, 2015

Baltimore Police Commissioner Stunned by Poverty in Baltimore
Another violent weekend with 9-year-old girl shot prompts debate over root cause of mayhem

  October 5, 2015

Is There a Path Forward for Baltimore After Freddie Gray?
Scholars and activists debate the future of a city still dominated by aggressive policing strategies and tax breaks for downtown developers

  October 3, 2015

First Defendent in Freddie Gray Trial May Prove Key in Prosecution's Case
TRNN gets reactions to the judge's decision to postpone the trials for the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray. A technical issue in an earlier version of this video has been fixed

  September 29, 2015

Sex for Repairs Scheme Alleged in Gilmor Homes
Federal lawsuit alleges residents of city housing project where Freddie Gray grew-up were asked to have sex in exchange for maintenance work

  September 29, 2015

Prosecutors Drop False Imprisonment Charges Against Baltimore Pastor
ACLU says remaining charges of inciting a riot are overreaching and could discourage civil disobedience

  September 25, 2015

What the Firing of Pocomoke's First Black Police Chief Says About Race in the US
TRNN's Taya Graham and Stephen Janis say city officials' reactions to the black community's calls for accountability reveal the depth of racial divisions in this small eastern shore town.

  September 23, 2015

Pocomoke City Officials Get Testy as Black Residents Demand Accountability
Firing of first black police chief continues to divide community even as new top cop says he won't live in the city

  September 17, 2015

Baltimore's Race for Mayor Feeling Impact of Freddie Gray Uprising
After Rawlings-Blake exit, motivated voters could influence the city's political landscape

  September 16, 2015

Music for Revolution
Firebrand Records' Son of Nun and Ryan Harvey discuss the new label's Baltimore roots and say they aim to take revolutionary music to the mainstream

  September 15, 2015

Whistleblower: Modern Policing Rooted in Racist Policies
TRNN brings you the second part of our interview with former Baltimore Police Sergeant Michael Wood

  September 13, 2015

Could the Mayor's Decision Not to Run End Era of Big Tax Breaks and Aggressive Policing in Baltimore?
Candidate for mayor Carl Stokes tells TRNN's Stephen Janis that the campaign focus may shift as past policies come under fire

  September 11, 2015

Freddie Gray Trial Casts Shadow Over Baltimore Mayor's Resignation
TRNN's Stephen Janis discusses how the killing of Freddie Gray continues to have consequences at city hall

  September 11, 2015

Judge: Trials for Officers Charged With Killing Freddie Gray to Stay in Baltimore
On Thursday morning judge Barry Williams rejected the defense's argument, that the six officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray could not get fair and impartial trials in Baltimore.

  September 10, 2015

City Unanimously Approves $6.4 Million Settlement for Gray Family
The Board of Estimates approved a $6.4 million dollar settlement for the family of Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody sparked riots, mass protests and calls for change

  September 9, 2015

Baltimore: A Moment to a Movement
The media called it a riot, but on the streets of Baltimore they call it an uprising.

  September 6, 2015

Separate Trials in Freddie Gray Case Could Pave Way for Outsiders in Baltimore Mayoral Race
Activists and residents say protracted legal proceedings could heighten city's anti-incumbent mood

  September 6, 2015

After Hearing, Protests Against Police Killings Continue
Activist Tawanda Jones and TRNN's Eddie Conway say protests will continue until police are held accountable and economic inequality is addressed.

  September 2, 2015

Lawyers of Six Officers in Gray Case: Move Trial Out of Baltimore, And Away From Its Politics
On Wednesday, defense lawyers representing the six officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray argued that the trial had to be as far removed from the city and sentiment of Baltimore as possible.

  September 2, 2015

TRNN Livestream Outside Freddie Gray Pre-trial Hearing
The Real News speaks to protesters, legislators, and activists about the latest developments in the pre-trial hearings for the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray

  September 2, 2015

Former Police Officer: The War on Drugs Needs to End
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin

  September 2, 2015

How Will the Freddie Gray Hearings Affect the Trial?
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to journalist Stephen Janis

  September 2, 2015

Activist: Justice Impossible Without Accountability
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, who died in police custody

  September 2, 2015

Why is There Systemic Police Abuse in Baltimore? (2/2)
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to Paul Jay about the connection between poverty and policing

  September 2, 2015

What Role Will State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's Play?
TRNN's Jared Ball interviews Urban Research Institute Director Ray Winbush

  September 2, 2015

Why is There Systemic Police Abuse in Baltimore? (1/2)
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to Paul Jay about the connection between poverty and policing

  September 2, 2015

Rose Got Handcuffs Instead of Medical Help, Says Protester
TRNN's Jaisal Noor interviews an eyewitness to Kwame Rose's arrest

  September 2, 2015

Former Political Prisoner: We Need a Fair Trial
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to TRNN Producer Eddie Conway

  September 2, 2015

Officers Should Be Tried in Baltimore, Says MD Delegate
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter

  September 2, 2015

Why is There Systemic Police Abuse in Baltimore? (1/2)
TRNN's Taya Graham speaks to Paul Jay talks about the connection between poverty and policing

  September 2, 2015

Activist Kwame Rose Arrested Outside Freddie Gray Pre-Trial Hearings
Kwame Rose and Morgan State professor Lawrence Brown spoke to the Real News before Rose's arrest about why people are protesting outside the courthouse

  September 2, 2015

Former Cop Says Freddie Gray Slowdown Didn't Prompt Crime Spike
Ex-Baltimore Officer Michael Wood, who came to fame for tweeting about corruption inside the agency, says there is no evidence showing aggressive policing reduces crime. Note: The video version of this interview incorrectly identifies Michael Wood as Michael Woods.

  September 1, 2015

DC Mayor's New Plan to Stem City Violence: More Policing
Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com discusses the plan of DC's Mayor Bowser to address increased levels of city homicides

  September 1, 2015

Pre-trial Hearings for Freddie Gray Case Start Wednesday
Top civil rights attorney Dwight A. Pettit says he has turned over records from past wrongful death suits involving police to the Justice Department's civil rights division

  August 30, 2015

What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?
TRNN visits Penn & North, a short distance from where Freddie Gray lived and died and this is what we witnessed

  August 28, 2015

Bullock Trial Begins Friday
18-year-old Allen Bullock broke a police car window during the Baltimore uprisings. Having turned himself in, he faces life in prison and a bail that is higher than those set for the six police officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray

  August 27, 2015

ACLU: Illegal Pocomoke Meeting Should Void Chief's Firing
After a Real News investigation found the Pocomoke City council met in secret to fire the town's first black police chief, the ACLU has filed a complaint with the Maryland Attorney General's office

  August 21, 2015

Baltimore's Mass Transit Suffers as Leaders Bicker
A contentious meeting between city leaders and governor's staff reveal lack of vision for Baltimore's problem plagued mass transit

  August 13, 2015

Cherry Hill: The "Model Negro Village" (1/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University talks about their recently published report on the history, current state and proposed future of this legendary Baltimore community

  August 13, 2015

A Year of Uprisings, Then Murders?
Officials say homicides across the country are up because of guns, drugs and gangs, but the Real News spoke to people in Baltimore who say that the causes for violence run much deeper

  August 10, 2015

Passions Erupt as Officials Stonewall on Black Chief's Firing
A Pocomoke city council meeting turns tumultuous as residents demand answers about the firing of the city's first black police

  August 6, 2015

Youth Activists Consider the Role of Voting in Freedom Struggles
Student activist Makayla Gilliam-Price, Dayvon Love, Director of Public Policy for the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and community activist DeJuan Patterson discuss 50 years of voting rights

  August 6, 2015

Governor Hogan Orders Closing of Notorious Baltimore Detention Center
Power Inside's Jacqueline Robarge says Gov. Larry Hogan's move to close the Baltimore Detention Center raises questions of what happens to the prisoners who will be moved, and as well questions about the women's jail open

  July 31, 2015

Confusion, Leadership Vacuum Fueled Freddie Gray Unrest
Investigative journalists Luke Broadwater and Jayne Miller say documents reveal conflict among city officials in the aftermath of the killing of Freddie Gray

  July 31, 2015

Justice Department Details Investigation of Black Police Chief's Firing as Community Calls for Mayor's Resignation
Probe will include election irregularities and possible misuse of federal grants by Pocomoke city officials

  July 24, 2015

Council Seeks to Change Park Named After Confederate General
Residents, council say mayor needs to move faster to take down symbols of the confederacy in a majority black city

  July 21, 2015

Black Police Chief Makes Community Policing Work...Then Gets Fired
Despite record low crime, Lawyers for Kelvin Sewell says top cop was fired for refusing to terminate officers who filed discrimination complaints against Pocomoke City.

  July 18, 2015

School That Served Low-Income Residents of Baltimore Sees Its Final Graduation
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway reports on the closing of Sojourner-Douglass College amid allegations of financial mismanagement

  July 15, 2015

Freddie Gray's Community Restores Its Basketball Courts
Eddie Conway talks to Baltimore residents in Gilmor Homes about their collective efforts to restore a neglected part of their community.

  July 14, 2015

Why Was Baltimore's Police Chief Fired?
Paul Jay asks veteran cops Neill Franklin and Kenneth Butler if Batts was thrown under the bus to appease the police union

  July 13, 2015

Baltimore Police Chief Allowed Looting to Discredit Protestors, Says Union
Veteran police officers Kenneth Butler and Neill Franklin discuss a report issued by the Fraternal Order of Police that accuses recently fired Chief Batts of ordering police to stand down during looting so protestors would be blamed as the aggressors

  July 10, 2015

Comrade on Culture, Community and Creativity
Baltimore rapper Comrade talks to The Real Music about growing up in Baltimore, being a community activist, and how hip-hop culture influences young people.

  July 9, 2015

Baltimore Police Commissioner Fired Amid Surge in Violence, Mistrust
Mayor calls Anthony Batts a distraction from crime fighting efforts

  July 9, 2015

Eddie Conway Talks Activism and Shares His Life Story With Seniors
The Real News Executive Producer Eddie Conway talks to senior citizens about his book and how Baltimore city has changed since the time of the '68 riots.

  July 5, 2015

A Baltimore Community is Better at Stopping Murder than Police
Despite desperate conditions, Cherry Hill teamed up with Safe Streets to stop murders for over 400 days

  July 3, 2015

Baltimore Residents Hold Lock-in Opposing School Closing
TRNN's Megan Sherman and Anton Woronczuk speak to West Baltimore community members and activists fighting to keep Langston Hughes Elementary School in Park Heights from closing

  June 16, 2015

Will Anyone Challenge the Mayor?
TRNN's analysis of Baltimore's critical upcoming election

  June 16, 2015

The Global African: The Great Migration & An Update on Baltimore
TeleSUR's The Global African looks at similarities between the Great Migration and immigration today & also gives an update on the situation in Baltimore.

  June 15, 2015

Revolution in Rhyme: Comrade Speaks
Baltimore rapper Comrade joined the iMiXWHATiLiKE crew for this discussion of his politics, influences and work in collaboration with No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles (WEAA 88.9 FM / Baltimore)

  June 14, 2015

New Commander of District Where Freddie Gray Died Has Different Take on Policing
Says arrests are not always the best solution and that police and community have to find common ground

  June 12, 2015

Baltimore Residents Say Root Causes of Violence Ignored
The Real News Correspondents Taya Graham and Megan Sherman ask the community about the recent spike in the city's homicide rate

  June 11, 2015

Baltimore Uprising a Transformative Moment For City Youth
A panel from our live Baltimore Uprising coverage featuring a discussion of some of the powerful moments during the protests by Paulo Gregory Harris, Don Rojas, and Sabah Nazer

  June 10, 2015

As News Trucks Leave, the Music Stays
A month after the Baltimore uprisings over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the political hip hop duo Rebel Diaz gave a free concert in the Gilmor Homes

  June 9, 2015

Advocates Warn of Political Consequences if Police Accountability Fails
Broad coalition says lack of action by new MD workgroup will be felt at the polls

  June 9, 2015

Baltimore Students Now Eat for Free
Starting this week all Baltimore City public school students will get free meals, but the school officials and advocates agree the meals need to continue to improve in quality and nutrition

  June 5, 2015

Baltimore City Council: Need For Cash Fueled Faulty Speed Camera System
Investigation ignores accuracy concerns, call for fewer cameras.

  June 2, 2015

From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond - The Left Forum
TRNN's Paul Jay moderates a panel in New York on critical issues facing the movement reignited by resistance against police violence. With Alicia Garza, Glen Ford, Kshama Sawant, Makayla Gilliam-Price, and Thenjiwe McHarris.

  June 1, 2015

#BlackLivesMatters Protestors Oppose O'Malley's Presidential Bid
TRNN's Jaisal Noor covers former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's presidential announcement and talks to protestors about why they oppose his candidacy

  May 30, 2015

Town Hall at Freddie Gray's Gilmor Homes: What's Happening to Our Children?
A Gilmor Homes resident questions why the city government isn't doing more for the city's youth that are most in need

  May 28, 2015

Town Hall at Freddie Gray's Gilmor Homes: "We've Got to Help Ourselves"
A Gilmor Homes resident believes the answer to ending systemic degradation in their neighborhood lies within the community.

  May 28, 2015

Town Hall at Freddie Gray's Gilmor Homes
TRNN producer Eddie Conway hosts a town hall in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death.

  May 28, 2015

30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 2
Jared Ball and Bashi Rose continue their coverage of the May 13th Commemoration of the 1985 Bombing of MOVE

  May 27, 2015

Advocates Say Black Women Left Out of Freddie Gray Conversation
More attention needed to black women in policing debate

  May 25, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Death of Freddie Gray
Prosecutors remove false imprisonment charge, add reckless endangerment.

  May 21, 2015

Pressure Mounts on Baltimore Police Union as Protests Continue
Residents says FOP has gone too far with criticism while organization hires PR firm.

  May 21, 2015

Can the DOJ Reform the Baltimore Police Department?
TRNN Replay: As news comes that the city of Ferguson reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, The Real News had previously examined the results and limitations of recent federal interventions aiming to reform troubled police departments

  May 21, 2015

Baltimore Residents Say Anger Over Freddie Gray Could Affect Mayor's Race
City Hall seen as out of touch with residents' concerns

  May 20, 2015

NAACP Accuses Baltimore Police Union of Intimidation
A pointed letter to FOP president says the union's criticism is widening the racial divide.

  May 20, 2015

New Hoops in Gilmor Homes
An unfiltered look at the Friend of a Friend Program's efforts to build community in Gilmor Homes of Baltimore.

  May 17, 2015

Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby: I'm Just Doing My Job
State's attorney Marilyn Mosby says she is not surprised by the onslaught of criticism over her decision to charge six officers in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

  May 15, 2015

Black Officers Rally Around Cop Accused in Death of Freddie Gray
Advocates for Sgt Alicia White say racism within the department contributed to charges against her.

  May 14, 2015

Former Baltimore Cop: You Can't Enforce the Law by Breaking It
Stephen Tabeling says police who are hesitant in wake of Freddie Gray indictments don't understand the law.

  May 12, 2015

Did Freddie Have a Right to Run?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss whether or not the Baltimore police had a right to use force to stop Freddie Gray; the States Attorney has said the arrest was illegal, but has not commented on the stop.

  May 11, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray Pt. 2
TeleSUR's The Global African continues to examine the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore.

  May 11, 2015

Baltimore Public Defender: Teens Targeted by School to Prison Pipeline
Statistics show Baltimore youth face more arrests, more likely to be charged than suburban counterparts.

  May 8, 2015

Mayor Declines to Up Job Funding for Baltimore Youth
3000 applicants may be turned down as advocates say more, not less funding needed

  May 8, 2015

Former Cop: The BPD Needs to Be "Purged"
Retired Maryland State Police Major Neill Franklin says bad cops and illegal policies need to changed from within

  May 8, 2015

Was the Baltimore Curfew Legal?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit, law professor Byron Warnken discuss and debate if the curfew and state of emergency that eliminated the right of free assembly after 10pm was justified

  May 7, 2015

Activists Say Feds Alone Won't Fix Police Department
Is community control needed to reform law enforcement in Baltimore?

  May 7, 2015

The Fire This Time: A Town Hall Discussion
TRNN Town Hall discussion on who is listening to Baltimore's youth.

  May 7, 2015

Did State's Attorney Mosby Overcharge the Six Baltimore Police?
Attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss the accusation that the charges laid against six Baltimore police "overreached"

  May 6, 2015

Was it Legal to Hold Baltimore Protestors More Than 24 Hours Without Bail?
Attorney Dwight Petit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss a judges decision that upheld holding protestors without bail for up to 47 hours

  May 6, 2015

Baltimore Youth on Being Called Thugs
Members of Dew More Baltimore talk about what politicians and media had to say about Baltimore Youth last week

  May 4, 2015

A Camera Prevents an Arrest
TRNN Top Stories of 2015: Baltimore police admit that camera presence during an interaction with a young man prevented his arrest.

  May 4, 2015

What Conditions Gave Rise to the Baltimore Uprising?
Community activists Marisela Gomez, Kimberly Ellis, and Shaquayah McKenzie also discuss the conversations in the media about Black life and Baltimore

  May 4, 2015

Rapper and Baltimore Algebra Project Activist Talks Being a Black Man in Baltimore
Comrade, Baltimore rapper and activist exclusively talks to The Real Music host Angel Elliott about police brutality and activism.

  May 3, 2015

After School Lets Out: Parents, Friends, Tanks
Teenagers at Frederick Douglas High School in West Baltimore said they felt threatened by the National Guard trucks, humvees, and soldiers that greeted them at 4:00pm on Friday.

  December 31, 1969

Over 5,000 Students Call For Change From the Top in Baltimore
Baltimore United for Change partners with youth activists organizations in Baltimore to protest police brutality in the city.

  May 3, 2015

On May Day, Port Workers Say Black Lives Matter
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in Oakland organized a work stoppage to protest police brutality

  May 2, 2015

Was Baltimore's Curfew a Dress Rehearsal for Martial Law?
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay, civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit, and law professor Doug Colbert also discuss the legality of Freddie Gray's arrest

  May 2, 2015

What Comes After Protests?
Baltimore panelists discuss police reform, grassroots organizing, and protestor's demands

  May 2, 2015

Protestors Defy the Curfew
TRNN's Paul Jay went down to Baltimore City Hall on Friday night

  May 2, 2015

Voices From the Epicenter of Protest
TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway speaks with residents of Gilmor Homes about the charges brought against 6 Baltimore police officers

  May 2, 2015

Will Indictment Lead to Systemic Change in Baltimore?
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay and civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit discuss the implications of Marilyn Mosby's Friday morning announcement.

  May 2, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray and The State of Black Politics
The Global African's Bill Fletcher takes a look at the Freddie Gray protests and the state of black politics

  May 1, 2015

Man Who Filmed Gray's Arrest: "We're Fighting for Freedom"
Kevin Moore talks to TRNN's Eddie Conway from Gilmor Homes

  May 1, 2015

This Time, Young People Rose Up
Activist Zachary Murray says police violence is a symptom of a larger problem in Baltimore

  May 1, 2015

The Protesters Got Us the Indictment, Says Congressman
Elijah Cummings, whose district includes half of Baltimore City, says this is a great day for Baltimore City

  May 1, 2015

The Blowback of Zero-Tolerance Policing
Former FBI agent Tyrone Powers responds to the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray

  May 1, 2015

Freddie Gray Supporters Wary of Maryland Medical Examiner
Rulings in past on use of force cases seen as impediment to efforts to hold police accountable

  May 1, 2015

What We Know About the Multiple Investigations into Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN Investigative journalist Stephen Janis discusses the investigations into Freddie Gray's death and responds to comments made by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

  April 30, 2015

Baltimore Civil Rights Attorney Casts Doubt on Claim Gray Injured Himself
A. Dwight Pettit says the leaked police report stating Freddie Gray injured himself fits into a long pattern of police disinformation

  April 30, 2015

Survivor of Police Brutality: Baltimore Law Enforcement Lied in My Case
Fenyanga Muhammad was shot three times in the back and once in his left hand and was never found guilty of any crime

  April 30, 2015

Talib Kweli on Why Black Lives Matter
The Real Music Exclusive: Hip Hop Artist Talib Kweli sits down with TRNN host Angel Elliott in Baltimore. Produced by Charneice Fox Richardson

  April 30, 2015

The Nation Reacts
From San Diego to Seattle to New York City, where 100 people were arrested Wednesday, people stood in solidarity with Baltimore.

  April 30, 2015

Community Has Minimal Confidence in Freddie Gray Investigation, Says Baltimore Pastor
Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church reacts to news of a previously undisclosed fourth stop of the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered an 80 percent severed spine

  April 30, 2015

How One Baltimore Community Reduced Murders Without the Police
Members of the Rose Street Community talk about their efforts to transform how their neighborhood deals with violence and the police's attempt to take credit for reducing murders there

  April 30, 2015

Police Commissioner Says No New Evidence of Force-Related Injuries to Freddie Gray
As protestors surrounded City Hall, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts briefed elected officials in a closed door meeting on the latest in the investigation of Freddie Gray's death

  April 30, 2015

Mainstream TV's Attention to Property Destruction Overshadows Killing of Freddie Gray
TRNN's Eddie Conway and Megan Sherman and Baltimore City firefighter Gary Nelson give the real account of the encounter between Baltimore youth and police on Monday and discuss the underlying conditions that produced it

  April 29, 2015

As Protests Continue in Baltimore, What Should the Community Do Next?
Lutalo Tyehimba, Marisela Gomez, and A. Dwight Pettit discuss the next steps for activists and the community in Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

Baltimore Bloods, Crips: We Don't Need Police, We Protect Our Own
TRNN's Angel Elliott talks exclusively with Baltimore gang members about their relationship with police, and the past week of unrest.

  April 29, 2015

Media Focuses on Violence, Ignores Poverty and Policy in Baltimore
Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter, Michaela Brown of the Baltimore Bloc, and Baltimore teacher Meghann Harris discuss how the mainstream is covering Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

"Thugs," "Hooligans," and "Riots," Challenging Narratives with Dominque Stevenson
Host Jared Ball gets activist Dominque Stevenson's eye-witness account on the events that precipitated Monday's #Baltimoreuprising

  April 29, 2015

What Do Solutions Look Like
Former City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Petit and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss what public policy might address the underlying the crisis facing Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

Poverty in Baltimore is No Accident
Former City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Pettit and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the systemic reasons and deliberate policies that led to the murder of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed

  April 29, 2015

Police Were Harassing Students Before Monday's Outrage
TRNN Top Stories 2015: Exclusive documents obtained by The Real News show how police officers engaged in a pattern of abuse before the killing of Freddie Gray by arresting teenagers who were waiting to take the bus back home in the same neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore that would erupt and lead to the chaos seen this week.

  April 28, 2015

Senior Center Fire Shines Light on Long-Neglected Baltimore Communities
Pastor Donte Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church says the looting and arson are responses of the unheard people in Baltimore city

  April 28, 2015

At Freddie Gray's Funeral, A Call for Real Change
Mourners say city leaders must finally pay attention to the consequences of police brutality in Baltimore

  April 28, 2015

Fury in the Streets of Baltimore
Protestors threw rocks and burned cars after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who was killed by police earlier this month.

  April 28, 2015

Freddie Gray Laid to Rest, Baltimore Youth Rise Up
TRNN's Eddie Conway reports on Freddie Gray's funeral and explains the context for the outburst of anger and frustration by youth in Baltimore

  April 27, 2015

Hundreds Protest in Baltimore, No Police Yet Charged in Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN reports from protests against police brutality and impunity in the death of 25-year old African American Freddie Gray

  April 26, 2015

Police Violence Not Merely the Product of Police with Racist Attitudes
Paul Jay says police are enforcing laws, often with deadly force, to make people obey legislation that at its heart protects people that own property; the more you own, the more you are served and protected

  April 25, 2015

Freddie Gray and the Legacy of Slavery in Baltimore Policing
Historian Gerald Horne says the police culture that allows violence with impunity grew out of the slave patrols, which like today, used force to defend the economic order.

  April 26, 2015



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