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The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 20, 2018
The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's love affair with tax breaks, the State's Attorney's race, police and rap, and Johns Hopkins activists fighting against the CIA

  April 21, 2018

House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously
An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency

  April 20, 2018

New Student Movement Seeks to Change Hopkins from Within
A student lead group called Youth Against War and Racism is partnering with the community to lead a fight against Hopkins' connection to government agencies like the CIA and end its role in military research

  April 20, 2018

The Perils of Being a Prosecutor and a Politician
Marilyn Mosby's campaign office opened to both praise and protest last Saturday as she was assailed on one side by the supporters of Keith Davis Jr., who believe she is trying to wrongly imprison a man shot by police, and on the other by a former employee who believes she has allowed too many violent repeat offenders back on the streets to kill more Black men.

  April 18, 2018

Activists Offer Palestinian and Kurdish Solidarity
A rally in Baltimore unpacked the complexities of Palestine and Kurdistan and connected the two to the larger global freedom struggle for self-determination.

  April 17, 2018

Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?

  April 17, 2018

State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics
In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor

  April 17, 2018

Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No
Baltimore's latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has "no appetite" for another tax break.

  April 16, 2018

State's Attorney's Race: Thiru Vignarajah on Freddie Gray and Gun Trace Task Force
Candidate for State's Attorney Thiru Vignarajah talks about two of the big cases that have defined the incumbent's first term and discusses what he may have done differently

  April 19, 2018

The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 13, 2018
The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the Maryland legislative session, local Democrats' inertia, the history of Penn North, and the death of Freddie Gray three years ago - plus, episode one of TRNN's Marc Steiner Show

  April 14, 2018

Mayor Asks Goldman Sachs to Increase Investment in Baltimore
Mayor Catherine Pugh said she asked investment bank Goldman Sachs to finance a movie theater in Mondawmin Mall, a retail center that just lost one of it's biggest tenants Target

  April 12, 2018

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Shea on His Vision for Public Education
Jim Shea on equitable funding for Maryland schools, the teacher strikes sweeping the nation, and MLK's legacy in Maryland 50 years after his assassination

  April 12, 2018

Civilian Review Board Recommends Termination of Officers Who Shot Keith Davis Jr.
The Civilian Review Board issued a ruling citing inconsistencies in officer statements that may make their Internal Affairs records available to the defense of Keith Davis Jr., who was shot by police three times in 2015 and has been charged with murder in connection to a gun he claims was planted on him by officers

  April 10, 2018

The Arch Social Club Holds More Than 100 Years of Black Baltimore History
The Arch Social Club, which sits at Penn North, at the heart of the Uprising after the death of Freddie Gray, has provided a haven for Black men in an often racist city for more than a century

  April 11, 2018

Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MD
Last minute efforts to pass tough on crime legislation and thwart reforms aimed at banning destructive water bill liens has frustrated advocates who say the state legislature needs to be more forward thinking

  April 10, 2018

Maryland Passes Watered Down Moratorium on Water Liens
A bill sponsored by Senator Barbara Robinson was fast-tracked through the General Assembly on Monday, but activists say the legislation was stripped down

  April 10, 2018

Manslaughter Charges Involving Slain Detective, Indicted GTTF Sergeant, and Planted Dope Dismissed
Umar Burley is free on all charges relating to a car-chase that led to the death of Elbert Davis in 2010 after revelations of police robbery and drug-planting.

  April 9, 2018

State's Attorney Race: Thiru Vignarajah Addresses #MeToo, Race, Residency, and Money
In the second part of our interview with former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, he talks about a controversial hidden video, persistent rumors, and a contentious residency hearing

  April 6, 2018

How Blue-State Democrats Continually Beat Back Reform
As part of TRNN's in-depth coverage of the legislative session in Maryland's state capital, we take a quick tally of all the reform proposals that didn't even get a vote this year

  April 5, 2018

Widow of Murder Victim: "Society is Failing," But Mayor Rejects System Change in Budget
As family members of homicide victims launch a new scholarship fund to aid at-risk youth, some are questioning why the city spends more on policing than prevention

  April 2, 2018

Should Johns Pay a Steeper Price for Prostitution?
A Baltimore councilman wants to focus on punishing people who purchase sex as a way to curb demand, but will it work in a city that has a bustling red-light district just blocks from city hall?

  April 3, 2018

Legislation Fights Liens Based on Water Bills
Reverend Keith Bailey is about to lose his church because of an erroneous water bill. Two bills being considered in the Maryland Senate would prevent this from happening

  March 31, 2018

Should Sex Work be Decriminalized? One Advocate says Yes
Caroline Unger of the Sex Workers Outreach Program Baltimore discusses how best to protect sex workers in light of new human trafficking legislation currently being debated by the city council

  April 1, 2018

Adnan Syed of 'Serial' May Receive New Trial
A Maryland Court has upheld a ruling overturning the conviction of Adnan Syed, whose story went viral on the 2014 podcast 'Serial'

  March 30, 2018

'Jobs Not Incarceration': Baltimore Activists Mobilize Against New Crime Bill
The Maryland governor's "tough on crime" bill (SB 122) passed the state Senate by a 36-8 vote, but critics say the legislation reinforces the existing inequalities within the criminal justice system

  April 1, 2018

Adnan Syed Prosecutor On What The Serial Case Means For His State's Attorney Bid
In wake of an appeals court ruling that upholds overturning the conviction of Adnan Syed, prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah talks about what the case says about his bid for Baltimore City State's Attorney and the criminal justice system.

  March 31, 2018

Mayor Pugh Signs Landmark Ban on Crude Oil Terminals in Baltimore
Baltimore is the first east coast city to pass a ban of this kind. Advocates say it will protect the city from dangerous crude oil train explosions and help to fight climate change

  March 29, 2018

Baltimore State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Criminal Justice Reform
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says she is running on her record and working to improve the criminal justice system

  March 29, 2018

Students Spark Movement Gun Toting Politicians Should Fear
As young people spoke out against guns around the world during a day of protest, a movement emerged that seemed formidable enough to take on the powerful National Rifle Association

  March 25, 2018

Baltimore Detective Accused Of Sexual Harassment, As Hidden Evidence Hinders Fair Trial In Crooked Cop Case
A Gun Trace Task Force-related attempted murder case is dismissed as a law clerk said a Baltimore Police Detective made lewd comments outside courtroom.

  March 24, 18

Real Opinions: Students Are Screaming For Change -- And It's Coming
A. H. Berry, a student at Baltimore Polytechnic High School, explains why she joined her school's walkout to protest gun violence in schools, and why standing in the cold with hundreds of other students gave her hope

  March 23, 2018

Kevin Kamenetz: Maryland Must Must Increase School Funding
The Baltimore County executive and Maryland gubernatorial candidate says he supports increasing education spending and universal pre-K, but does not support immediately shifting casino revenue to schools

  March 26, 2018

Protester Arrested At State House: Gov. Hogan Would Not Drink Water Contaminated by Fracking
Officials have issued a permit for a natural gas pipeline to be routed through Maryland, but opponents say so-called protective measures not enough

  March 20, 2018

Marilyn Mosby: From Freddie Gray to GTTF
In the first of a three-part interview, Baltimore City State's Attorney talks about the difficulties of prosecuting police and reforms that could help

  March 19, 2018

State's Attorney's Race: Ivan Bates On Racism, Politics, Marilyn Mosby, and #Metoo
In the third part of our interview with Ivan Bates, who is running for State's Attorney in Baltimore City, we talk politics, the challenges faced by minority candidates, and the #metoo movement

  April 4, 2018

Baltimore State's Attorney's Race: Ivan Bates on Criminal Justice Reform
Defense lawyer and candidate for State's Attorney Ivan Bates talks about how to reform the criminal justice system, with a nod to Philadelphia's Larry Krasner

  March 28, 2018

A Rare Glimpse Inside a Police Body-Camera Review Unit
Following the release of controversial footage that showed Baltimore police officers staging the discovery of evidence, The Real News was given exclusive access to the special unit that now reviews all body-cam footage related to upcoming cases

  March 21, 2018

Chief in Charge of Internal Affairs To Retire from Baltimore Police
Rodney Hill, who was in charge of the BPD's troubled Internal Affairs Department, is stepping down under new commissioner

  March 16, 2018

Ivan Bates: State's Attorney's Race From Freddie Gray to GTTF
In the first of a three-part interview, Ivan Bates, who defended one of the officers charged in Freddie Gray's death and has fought an on-going battle with the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force, talks about his bid to be top prosecutor

  March 23, 2018

Not Without Black Women
Women in Baltimore work to amplify their voices and call for inclusion.

  March 14, 2018

Students Demand Leaders Address the Root Causes of Gun Violence
As part of #Enough, the National School Walkout, hundreds of Baltimore high school students marched to demand gun control, increased accountability for the police force, and more funding for the school system

  March 14, 2018

Bills to Ban Styrofoam and Crude Oil Terminals Pass Baltimore City Council
Activists expect the mayor to support the styrofoam ban and wonder whether she will do the same for the ban on crude oil terminals

  March 13, 2018

What A Private Police Force Would Mean For Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore
Students mobilize against Baltimore institution Johns Hopkins University as it considers establishing its own private police force, with worries about corruption, racial profiling, and occupation and no input from student body or the local community

  March 13, 2018

Baltimore Mayor Challenges Police Union to 'Give Respect'
In a wide ranging 'state of the city' address Mayor Catherine Pugh touted holistic approaches to violence reduction and demands the FOP allow civilian control of internal disciplinary boards

  March 13, 2018

Democracy in Crisis: Pseudonymous Sex and Anonymous Experts
As Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels prepare to battle over an NDA, federal prosecutors seek anonymity for expert on "black bloc."

  March 12, 2018

Protesters Say Corporatizing Int'l Working Women's Day is an 'Empty Gesture'
Marchers in Baltimore gathered in solidarity for wage equality, gender empowerment, and more attention to the needs of women around the world

  March 11, 2018

Delegate Jill Carter Running for State Senate
In the second part of her interview with Lisa Snowden-McCray, Jill Carter says that in her run for state Senate, she doesn't expect votes based on "blind loyalty to the Democratic Party"

  March 9, 2018

Former Baltimore Homicide Chief Seeks to Unseat 'Absentee' Sheriff
In his first interview since filing to run against current Sheriff John Anderson, Stanley Brandford says Anderson is missing in action from the city's crime fight and the city's less visible law enforcement agency needs to be transformed

  March 9, 2018

Bill Prohibits Baltimore From Selling Properties for Unpaid Water Bills
Advocates say that the bill, passed unanimously by the House of Delegates, will help protect elderly minorities who are most affected by tax sales

  March 7, 2018

Can Maryland Reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2035?
A new clean energy bill would give Maryland 17 years to achieve 100% renewable electricity. The goal is well within the state's reach, says Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

  March 7, 2018

Baltimore Students Take to the Streets for Gun Control
Hundreds of Baltimore school students marched on City Hall for action on gun control and to oppose the militarization of classrooms

  March 6, 2018

Obama & DeVos: Education Reform Based on 'Segronomics' is Doomed to Fail
In part four, Noliwe Rooks says data reveals no educational benefit from the billions of stimulus funding poured into schools by the Obama administration and school vouchers championed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

  March 9, 2018

The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 3: Gentrification without Representation
School Closings and Food Deserts in the African American community of West Dayton while tax incentives are given to build luxury housing downtown are the focus of a conversation with activists from Racial Justice NOW!

  March 4, 2018

Baltimore Councilman Compares Tax Break to 'Tropical Fruit That I Can't Pronounce'
The glib remark came during a serious debate over the real cost of tax breaks to developers as the city moves forward with new incentives while state analysts warn the final price tag of these expansive private subsidies is unknown by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  March 4, 2018

The Early History of 'Segronomics'
In part two, Noliwe Rooks says wealthy philanthropists first influenced public education for African Americans in the post-reconstruction South

  March 7, 2018

Three Generations of Apartheid Schooling
In part one, author Noliwe Rooks discusses how her family's experience with apartheid and segregated schooling inspired her to write Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education

  March 6, 2018

In a Blow to Transparency, Maryland Courts Remove Police Officer Info From Database
The Maryland Judiciary removed all information about police officers from its searchable database as the new Baltimore Police commissioner pledges transparency in the wake of a vast corruption scandal, causing outrage among attorneys, journalists, and advocates for transparency

  March 2, 2018

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (4/4)
In Part Four, author Noliwe Rooks and Dwight Draughon examine real solutions to educational apartheid

  March 5, 2018

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (3/4)
In Part Three, former Teach for America corp member Dwight Draughon says sending inexperienced college graduates to teach in high-need schools will not bring transformative change

  March 5, 2018

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (1/4)
In Part One, Principal Matt Hornbeck introduces author Noliwe Rooks and explains how charter schools in Maryland, unlike other states, have defied privatization

  March 5, 2018

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (2/4)
In Part Two, author Noliwe Rooks says the privatization movement seeks to profit from educational apartheid under the guise of education reform

  March 5, 2018

The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 1: From Dayton, OH to Baltimore, MD
In the first of our three part series on the dismantling of West Dayton, a predominantly African-American Community, TRNN talks to Professor Lawrence Brown and activists about how the national move to gentrify cities has left existing black communities vulnerable to disinvestment by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

  March 2, 2018

Police Corruption Trial Reveals More Than 'A Few Bad Apples'
Jill Carter of Baltimore's Office of Civil Rights says she has high hopes for new Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, but the issues within the BPD are systemic, and fixing the corruption will require hard work and more civilian oversight

  March 5, 2018

Ben Jealous Calls For Special Prosecutor For Police Corruption and Misconduct
The progressive Democratic candidate for governor makes wide-ranging calls for reform amid the corruption crisis in the Baltimore Police Department

  March 1, 2018

'We Need An Entirely New Envisioning Of Policing'
Ryan Dorsey, the only member of Baltimore's City Council to vote against 30-year veteran of department as new commissioner amid corruption scandal says "Enough is Enough"

  February 27, 2018

Bans On Crude Oil Terminals And Styrofoam Advance in Baltimore
Critics of both environmental bills fear the affects on business in Baltimore, but advocates say both bills will help usher in a sustainable future for the city

  February 27, 2018

Remembering Bea Gaddy, a Champion for the Homeless in Baltimore
Bea Gaddy (1933-2001) fed thousands of Baltimore's homeless and hungry

  February 27, 2018

Feds Defend Drug War Despite Massive Drug-Fueled Police Corruption Scandal
In a TRNN virtual debate, Ret. Major Neill Franklin responds to Acting U.S. Attorney for Maryland Stephen M. Schenning's defense of the drug war

  February 26, 2018

City Council Moves Forward With Ban on Crude Oil Facilities
The proposal would ban new crude oil terminals in Baltimore and prevent two existing terminals from expanding, which advocates say would stop the city from becoming a crude oil hub and mitigate the risk of an oil train explosion

  February 23, 2018

State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Lawyers for Anna Mantagena claim she was wrongfully terminated in a political ploy, promise to produce documents

  February 21, 2018

Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions

  February 21, 2018

Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Baltimore's schools need to be fundamentally transformed, says Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and meaningful change requires focusing on the needs of black parents and community members

  February 21, 2018

Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
A court hearing mentions allegations that members of the Gun Trace Task Force were using drugs when they responded to a call, in a case where they will be forced to testify for defense

  February 20, 2018

Mother of Woman Shot by Baltimore County Police Speaks Out
Korryn Gaines' mother Rhanda Dormeus discusses her daughter's death, her grandson's trauma, and police force

  February 19, 2018

Police Union Keeps Audit Secret Despite Allegations of Massive Overtime Fraud
City officials say they can't release a long-awaited audit of officers' overtime pay due to a lawsuit filed by the police union that is still pending in federal court

  February 18, 2018

Brother of Crooked Cop Says He Knows Who Killed Detective Suiter
As the new police commissioner names an outside investigator to look into death of Det. Sean Suiter, Det. Daniel Hersl's brother says he knows the answer

  February 16, 2018

As the Opioid Crisis Deepens, Will Maryland Democrats Vote to Save Lives?
Advocates say a new bill to create safe consumption spaces for drug users would save lives and money. But in a blue state that has rejected progressive ideas in the past, will lawmakers embrace the strategy?

  February 16, 2018

Trump's Budget Declares War on Forgotten America
Across the country, legislators and advocates say President Trump's budget and infrastructure plans would siphon resources and wealth off the needy to benefit the wealthy

  February 14, 2018

Catharsis and Corruption in Wake of Dirty Cop Conviction
Baltimore's Gun Trace Task Force trial ends with closure for victims and calls to ferret out further corruption at the top of police department

  February 14, 2018

Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
In the second part of his interview with Lisa Snowden McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey talks about how creating a more bike-friendly and walkable city not only improves public health but also boosts employment and small-business growth

  February 22, 2018

Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
In a high-crime city like Baltimore, transportation is often overlooked. But Councilman Ryan Dorsey says creating more equitable and accessible transit throughout Baltimore would have a huge impact on the city, particularly in neighborhoods that have been historically disenfranchised or "redlined"

  February 20, 2018

City Council Committee Advances Styrofoam Ban, But Delays Implementation
A Baltimore City Council committee unanimously voted to advance a proposed ban on Styrofoam food containers, but drastically lengthened the timeline for implementation from 90 days to 18 months, as activists anxiously await the full council's decision

  February 14, 2018

Democracy in Crisis: The FBI and Dirty Cops
The Memo hysteria and a Baltimore corruption trial highlight the state of law enforcement in 2018

  February 13, 2018

In First Black Police Chief's Appeal, Judges Weigh Prosecutorial Misconduct, Discrimination
Former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell appeals his misconduct conviction, arguing that he was prosecuted in retaliation for a discrimination complaint. Maryland Court of Special Appeals judges press a state prosecutor for answers

  February 14, 2018

Two Cops Found Guilty In Massive Police Corruption Scandal
Former Baltimore Police Commander Neill Franklin says the corruption exposed by the federal Gun Trace Task Force Trial is unavoidable consequence of America's failed 'War on Drugs'

  February 13, 2018

Guilty Verdict in Gun Trace Task Force Corruption Trial
Gun Trace Task Force members Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor have been found guilty on a number of charges tied to racketeering, conspiracy, and fraud

  February 12, 2018

Corrupt Gun Unit Shows Why Policing Can't Be Reformed
Dr. Lawrence Brown, professor of public health at Morgan State University, says the new revelations from the Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial make it clear that we must dismantle the current law enforcement system and construct new health-driven models for keeping communities safe

  February 12, 2018

Pugh Blames Press for Baltimore's 'Perception Problem'
At an event at the Parkway Theater, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh defended her administration and attacked the media

  February 9, 2018

Jury Deliberates in the Gun Trace Task Force Trial
Closing arguments in the case are a battle of PowerPoints and rhetoric. Meanwhile, the new Baltimore Police Commissioner struggles to get ahead of a massive scandal

  February 9, 2018

Slum Clearance: Relocating Public Housing Residents Without Notice
Many residents of the Gilmor Homes housing project say they did not receive notice from Baltimore officials about the city's plan to demolish six buildings and put 40 percent of the property in private hands

  February 12, 2018

Former Police Commander: Poverty, Drug War Root Cause of Police Corruption Scandal
Neill Franklin, of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, dissects the revelations of the Gun Trace Task Force Trial and what it means for the future of policing

  February 8, 2018

Students Push City Council To Consider Banning Styrofoam
Pushed by student activists, Baltimore City Council President and others voice their support for banning polystyrene foam food containers in the city

  February 8, 2018

The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 2: School Closings, Food Deserts, and Urban Blight
In the second installment in the series TRNN speaks to Racial Justice NOW an Ohio based organization that wants to stop the intentional economic dislocation of its community by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  March 2, 2018

Deputy Commissioner Named in Corruption Case in 2009 Killing, Resigns
Former Detective Momodu Gondo testified that colleague Jemell Rayam "murdered" a man in 2009 and Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere helped coach cover-up

  February 6, 2018

Baltimore Public Housing Resident Suffers Concussion from Falling Ceiling
The Real News continues to document the deteriorating conditions in subsidized housing as a woman who told her story of sex abuse continues to endure dangerous living conditions by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

  February 6, 2018

Baltimore Legislators Call for a Statewide $15 Minimum Wage
The year after Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a $15 minimum wage for Baltimore, she joins members of the Baltimore City Council to call on the state to pass similar legislation

  February 5, 2018

Convicted Baltimore Officer Testifies That He Stole Money With Now Deceased Officer Sean Suiter
In the Gun Trace Task Force trial, convicted officer Momodu Gondu says he used to steal money with the officer who died after being shot in Harlem Park in November

  February 6, 2018

Dueling Proposals to Ensure Casino Money Goes to Classrooms
The Real News examines the debate around Baltimore school funding and looks at two bills that would put casino revenue into a 'lock box' for education

  February 5, 2018

Victims of Corrupt Baltimore Police Unit Tell Their Stories
As new allegations arise against the now notorious Gun Trace Task Force, Baltimore residents share tales of false arrest, robbery, and a failure to heed warnings about the unit's criminal behavior

  February 4, 2018

Lawyers Claim State's Attorney's Office "Encouraged" Gun Trace Task Force Crimes
Flanked by victims of "police gang," Ivan Bates and other defense attorneys slam Marilyn Mosby's office in his bid for top prosecutor post

  February 2, 2018

Baltimore Youth Want More Control Over Their Education
Four members of the student-led Baltimore Algebra Project spoke to the Baltimore City School Board greater youth control of education

  February 2, 2018

Witness Testifies That Police Officer Brought Him Bags of Stolen Drugs
In the Gun Trace Task Force trial, a Baltimore bail bondsman testified that in 2015, Sgt Wayne Jenkins brought him pharmaceuticals stolen from drugstores looted during the uprising

  February 1, 2018

Trump's Law-and-Order Policies Gain Ground in Blue States
Even with community opposition in blue states like Maryland, racially tinged rhetoric and fear mongering are being used to roll back criminal justice reform

  February 1, 2018

Police Task Force Victim: 'Everybody's Life Is Destroyed'
The Gun Trace Task Force trial reveals lives ruined, money stolen, and emotional wreckage

  February 1, 2018

Afrikan Black Coalition Conference 2018 Highlights
Collective Blackness and Intersectional Action Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with ABC organizer Star Bacon about black student organizing in higher education

  February 6, 2018

Gun Trace Task Force Trial In Baltimore Highlights Structural Inequality
The details emerging from the ongoing corruption trial highlight the inequality inherent in policing a segregated city

  January 31, 2018

The Real Baltimore: Why is the City Evicting The Homeless Again?
In the latest episode of The Real Baltimore, homeless advocates decry the razing of a tent community near downtown Baltimore

  January 31, 2018

Harm Reduction: Checking Street Drugs for Fentanyl
Using invasive drug testing technology to check street drugs for fentanyl could save lives, but will the city support it?

  January 29, 2018

Homeless Advocates Decry Encampment Eviction
City officials and advocates for the homeless dispute the circumstances under which a prominent homeless encampment in downtown Baltimore was cleared on Friday

  January 28, 2018

Woman Breaks Down After Sharing Her Tale of Sex for Repairs in Public Housing
An ongoing Real News investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in Baltimore public housing revealed personal stories of pain and anguish for women trying to survive in a system they say ignores them

  January 26, 2018

'3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets': A Discussion with Ron Davis
Ron Davis, father of slain Jordan Davis, joins an audience in TRNN's studios for a post-screening discussion of '3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,' a film that examines the shooting death of his son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the racial prejudice that caused the tragedy, and contradictions within the American criminal justice system

  January 26, 2018

Body-Cam Footage Leads to Charges of Evidence Tampering Against Cop
The footage, which shows an officer placing evidence in a vacant lot and then activating his camera to retrieve it, has embroiled the Baltimore Police Department in yet another scandal

  January 24, 2018

Grassroots Pressure Stops Cuts to Baltimore Schools
Educators and advocates convinced the Baltimore school board to scale back major reforms to the funding formula that determines how much money schools receive

  January 24, 2018

"Both Cops And Robbers At The Same Time"
Testimony in the racketeering trial of two police officers reveals unprecedented corruption

  January 24, 2018

Trial Reveals Widespread Corruption in Baltimore Police Department
Testimony in the trial of two elite task force detectives shows an elaborate ring of robbery, drug dealing, lying, and overtime fraud

  January 23, 2018

Community Members Sound Off On Troubled Baltimore School System
At a town-hall event, Baltimore City school board members respond to concerns about freezing classrooms and widespread mismanagement

  January 23, 2018

Activists Push For Water Affordability In Baltimore
In a panel discussion, activists pushed back against onerous collections methods like tax sales and water shut-offs, and suggested an income-based water billing system to help pay for Baltimore's necessary infrastructure investments

  January 23, 2018

Can a New Baltimore Police Commissioner Fix a Corrupt Department?
The firing of Chief Kevin Davis and the appointment of Darryl DeSousa to replace him raises questions about the ability of an agency under a federal consent decree to right itself

  January 21, 2018

Women March in Defiance of Trump
In Baltimore and around the world, the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington prompted calls for unity in resisting the policies of the Trump Administration

  January 21, 2018

Baltimore Spends Billions on Corporate Subsidies but Can't Heat Its Schools
Author and political scientist Lester Spence says the discussion around Baltimore's flagging school system ignores the fundamental priorities of a city that favors corporations over its children

  January 21, 2018

Rather Than Address Crime, Baltimore Officials Try to Relocate It
Baltimore officials will demolish 6 buildings and relocate more than 120 families living in Gilmor Homes, a public housing project that the mayor says is a hotbed for criminal activity. Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Gilmor residents about the city's plan, which he says fails to address the root causes of the problem

  January 22, 2018

Mayor Announces New Baltimore City Community Grants Program
Catherine Pugh teams up with Weinberg Foundation to give small grants to community organizations.

  January 19, 2018

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Kevin Davis
Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that Davis had been replaced Friday morning, following months of scandal and speculation

  January 19, 2018

Do We Need Anarchists? Lessons from the Goddess of Anarchy
Jacqueline Jones discusses her new book on Lucy Parsons, a former slave who became one of the most influential anarchists in the U.S. labor movement

  January 24, 2018

Freddie Gray Protesters Take Police Officers to Court
Officers involved in the suit are associated with the corruption probe of the Gun Trace Task Force, which has been charged with planting evidence and stealing from suspects; one officer faces criminal trial next week

  January 17, 2018

The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage in Maryland Returns, With Force
When more than 200 people showed up in Annapolis on MLK Day to voice their support for raising Maryland's minimum wage, the fire marshal had to shut the event down an hour early because authorities weren't prepared for such a high turnout

  January 16, 2018

Sex-For-Repairs Victim: 'I Felt Like I Had to Do This to Keep My Home'
A victim of the sex-for-repairs scandal in Baltimore's public housing comes forward to tell her story

  January 16, 2018

Bail Industry Allegedly Pays Bribes to Imprison the Poor
Allegations of bribes paid by bail lobbyists to state politicians are prompting activists to demand that Maryland legislators freeze out the industry from pushing anti-reform legislation in the upcoming session

  January 12, 2018

Outrage at Baltimore School Board Meeting Over Freezing Classrooms
Community members single out Governor Larry Hogan for the chronic underfunding of Baltimore City schools

  January 10, 2018

Money for Police and Prisons but Not for Heat in Classrooms
Author and poet Kondwani Fidel argues Baltimore City students have been getting robbed of their education for years

  January 9, 2018

Freezing Classrooms Highlight Systemic Underfunding of Baltimore Schools
Councilman and former teacher Zeke Cohen says the "inhumane conditions facing students in Baltimore Schools is a crisis of enduring injustice"

  January 9, 2018

How Will the Mayor's 'Safe Art Space' Task Force Affect Baltimore's Black Artists?
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's task force, formed last December, hopes to revive an old Black arts and entertainment district

  January 15, 2018

Baltimore City Schools Lack Adequate Heat for Students
"Right now I am sitting in the library with my friend and we're bundled up in coats because the heat is not working," a student wrote Wednesday.

  January 3, 2018

Juvenile Arrest Numbers Indicate Return to Zero Tolerance
Report shows dramatic spike in arrests for 'nuisance' crimes

  January 2, 2018

Baltimore's $12M Youth Fund Gives Community the Reins (2/2)
Many public officials myopically think the only way to stop crime in Baltimore is to increase arrests, but the best way to deal with crime is to invest more in the people, says Adam Jackson, co-chair of the fund's task force. "We should invest in our institutions and our ability, as black people, to change our condition"

  January 9, 2018

The Real Baltimore: How Bigotry Shaped a City
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, author and journalist Antero Pietila discusses how racist policies embraced by Baltimore a century ago continue to haunt the city today

  December 31, 2017

Baltimore's $12M Youth Fund Gives Community the Reins (1/2)
Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and co-chair of the 34-person task force in charge of laying the fund's groundwork, says that letting the community decide where the money goes will ensure it gets to the right places, particularly black-led organizations in Baltimore

  January 5, 2018

How Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers Fueled an Affordable Housing Crisis in Baltimore
A rising inventory of luxury apartments points to the city's ineffectual inclusionary housing laws which advocates say can only be addressed with dedicated funding for development of projects with reasonable rents outside the Inner Harbor

  December 24, 2017

The Hidden Agenda Behind Right-Wing Sinclair's School Reporting
The Real News hosts an extended discussion on Sinclair Broadcasting's "Project Baltimore," an investigative project that looks for flaws in the public school system--without addressing the root causes--and pushes for privatization

  December 28, 2017

Baltimore City Council to Propose Income-Based Water Billing
A new report shows that half of Baltimore households will be unable to afford water by 2019, but new legislation could change that

  December 23, 2017

Baltimore Councilman's Radical Idea: Tax Breaks for Poor Neighborhoods
A councilman and a group of activists are pushing several proposals to address Baltimore's burgeoning affordable housing crisis by targeting subsidies at neighborhoods the city has long neglected

  December 22, 2017

Police Reform: How to Make 150K and Rob the People who Pay You
In another installment of TRNN's in-depth reporting on the complexity of reforming urban policing, we examine how monetizing failure creates opportunities for law enforcement to extract wealth from communities that can least afford it

  December 18, 2017

Baltimore Students Offer Solutions to Stop Police Brutality
A 5th grade class in Baltimore has completed an comprehensive research project on the unconstitutional and racist tactics used by Baltimore's police department and have turned their work into solutions they hope will improve how law enforcement interacts with the community

  December 17, 2017

Will Kirwan Consider Race When Recommending Fixes to Maryland Schools?
Baltimore students and advocates are pushing the Kirwan Commission to consider racial equity when recommending changes to policies and funding

  December 15, 2017

Can Baby Bonds Help Close Baltimore's Wealth Gap?
Most social programs that address the poverty problem give out resources after someone has already experienced poverty, but "what we need is a structural apparatus in this society where people don't get exposed to poverty in the first place," says Dr. Sandy Darity

  December 14, 2017

Grave Concerns: Will Detective Suiter's Death Bring Commissioner Davis Down?
Baltimore's Police Department faces a crisis in the wake of the murder of one detective, the indictment of eight other officers, and the lockdown of a community

  December 11, 2017

The Death of Detective Sean Suiter: How Deep Does the Corruption Go?
Journalists Jayne Miller and Luke Broadwater discuss the burgeoning scandal inside the Baltimore police department over the mysterious death of homicide detective Sean Suiter, who was found dead in an alley shot, with his own gun

  December 11, 2017

Mystery Surrounding Detective's Death Heightens Mistrust of Police
As the BPD asks the FBI to take over Detective Sean Suiter's murder investigation, activists say Suiter's planned testimony in a major corruption case only bolsters the argument for community control of police

  December 9, 2017

Baltimore Beat & TRNN: What's Next? (4/4)
Baltimore Beat editor-in-chief Lisa Snowden-McCray interviews Real News senior editor Paul Jay on what's next for The Real News in Baltimore

  December 16, 2017

Baltimore Beat & TRNN: Is Having a White CEO in a Majority Black City a Problem? (3/4)
Baltimore Beat editor-in-chief Lisa Snowden-McCray interviews Real News senior editor Paul Jay on both the perception and substance of leadership in Baltimore

  December 15, 2017

Baltimore Beat & TRNN: Why Baltimore? (2/4)
Baltimore Beat editor-in-chief Lisa Snowden-McCray interviews Real News senior editor Paul Jay about why The Real News chose Baltimore for its headquarters

  December 14, 2017

Baltimore Beat & TRNN: Who's Your Audience? (1/4)
Baltimore Beat editor-in-chief Lisa Snowden-McCray interviews Real News senior editor Paul Jay to discuss Baltimore's new alternative paper and its relationship with The Real News Network

  December 13, 2017

The Argument for Closing Low-Enrollment Schools is Wrong, Advocates Say
As Baltimore faces another round of school closings, parents and educators argue small schools are actually the best way to address entrenched poverty and other social ills

  December 8, 2017

Residents Say Police Lockdown in Wake of Cop's Death is Unconstitutional
Residents of the Harlem Park neighborhood in Baltimore where Detective Sean Suiter died three weeks ago told the city's Civilian Review Board they were subjected to unconstitutional tactics by the department during an investigation that has yet to net a suspect

  December 7, 2017

Man Shot by Baltimore Police in 2015 Granted New Trial
Judge grants new trial to Keith Davis Jr. who was charged and convicted of murder after being shot by police

  December 4, 2017

Commissioner Asks Feds to Take Over Investigation into Death of Detective Following New Charges Against Baltimore Cops Baltimore Cops
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis seeks to hand over the investigation into the death of Det. Sean Suiter to the FBI

  December 1, 2017

Man Convicted of Murder After Being Shot by Baltimore Police Demands New Trial
Keith Davis Jr. always claimed police planted the gun on him; new evidence and affidavits call key state's witness into question

  December 1, 2017

Indivisible: GOP Tax Plan Puts Middle Class in Crosshairs
At a diverse town hall meeting, Baltimore teachers, students and small-business owners say the Republican plan would wreak havoc on their lives and deepen inequality across the country

  November 30, 2017

Indictment Links Drugs Planted by Dirty Cop to Slain Baltimore Detective
New federal charges say a Gun Trace Task Force sergeant planted drugs on a suspect for Detective Sean Suiter to discover

  November 30, 2017

Police Rising
Detective Dawnyell Taylor and the missing center of HBO's "Baltimore RIsing"

  November 30, 2017

Public Demands Consent Decree Monitoring Team Get Out of the Seats and Into the Streets
Citizens express frustration at the first public meeting of the team set up to oversee the agreement between the Department of Justice and the Baltimore Police Department

  November 30, 2017

Cities Offer Amazon Dangerous Incentives
Amazon has received 238 bids from North American cities vying to host its new headquarters, and some are offering the company extreme incentives that undermine democracy, says economist Dean Baker

  November 29, 2017

Detective Murdered Day Before he was to Testify Against Dirty Cops
Police Commissioner says that as of now the department has no evidence that the murder of Detective Sean Suiter was motivated by his impending testimony

  November 23, 2017

Baltimore Celebrates Local Educator Charlie Dugger
For decades, Charlie Dugger has been educating youth from an African-centered perspective and organizing cultural events such as the annual Marcus Garvey Day Parade. The community came together to honor Dugger at the Real News Network's Studio 4

  November 27, 2017

Activists Rally for $12M Youth Fund for Black-Led Groups Fighting Inequity
At a time of record violence, the proposal would award millions annually to community-led organizations working to uplift Baltimore youth and address the root causes of violence

  November 21, 2017

Why is Police Brutality Against Women So Often Overlooked?
Women's experiences with police violence are often absent from the discussion about police brutality. TRNN's Taya Graham and Stephen Janis discuss the issue with attendees of the National Women's Studies Association Conference in Baltimore

  November 21, 2017

Target Plans Shutdown of Major Community Store
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Agzja Carey, a former employee of Target, who argues the shutdown was not due to lack of profitability.

  November 16, 2017

Controversial Cop on Trial Board Calls Process Further Into Question
The presence of Capt. Charles Thompson on the disciplinary board of Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the Freddie Gray case, raises red flags

  November 15, 2017

Spreading The Word
Mothers Of Murdered Sons And Daughters offers space to deal with grief

  November 15, 2017

Housing Activists Argue for New Community Land Trust Plan
As Baltimore's TIF debt mounts, activists seek $20 million for affordable housing

  November 14, 2017

Questioning the Narrative of Increased Youth Violence
City Councilmember Bill Henry and public defender Jenny Egan call for increased youth services, not more policing

  November 13, 2017

Is Police Reform Even Possible? A TRNN Discussion
TRNN reporters Taya Graham and Stephen Janis lead a discussion on efforts to reform policing in Baltimore at Towson University, and some of the obstacles to reform they've uncovered in their reporting

  November 11, 2017

Residents March Through Baltimore City Hall to Demand Affordable Housing Funds
Advocates delivered a petition to Baltimore finance officials to demand $40 million per year to fund affordable housing and fix blight, part of plan they say will restore equity to a city that has doled out big tax breaks to wealthy developers

  November 9, 2017

Baltimore Activists Hold Second CeaseFire Weekend
As Baltimore passes 300 murders in 2017, CeaseFire 365 activists hold a second 72-hour killing-free weekend

  November 5, 2017

Civil Rights Groups Say Black Police Chief Targeted for Filing Discrimination Complaint
In amicus court filings supporting an appeal of former Pocomoke Chief Kelvin Sewell's misconduct conviction, a variety of organizations argue he was prosecuted in retaliation for filing racial discrimination complaints against Worcester County officials.

  November 3, 2017

The Real News Collaborates with the Baltimore Beat, a New Alternative Weekly in Baltimore
A new weekly print paper launches on Nov. 15 in partnership with The Real News and the Washington Blade

  November 2, 2017

Police Van Driver Says he was too Scared to Seatbelt Freddie Gray
In his first public statements during an administrative disciplinary hearing Caesar Goodson, driver of the van in which Freddy Gray died, gave conflicting answers as to why he was unable to follow general orders to safeguard his passenger

  October 31, 2017

Van Driver Previously Charged with Freddie Gray's Murder Faces Disciplinary Trial
Caesar Goodson is the first of the officers charged in Freddie Gray's death to face a police disciplinary trial

  October 30, 17

Why Urban Policing Cannot Be Reformed Pt. II: Making the Myth of Black Failure
A Real News investigation into intractable corruption in Baltimore explores the cultural and social imperatives that inform police driven narratives of African-Americans from zero tolerance to the ongoing war on drugs

  October 30, 2017

As Cities Lose, Wall Street Wins Big
Mounting losses for the taxpayer backed Baltimore Convention Center Hotel make one thing clear, no matter how bad a deal performs, Wall Street always banks a profit

  October 29, 2017

New Details Emerge About Gun Trace Task Force Crimes
In drug-case testimony, indicted officers offer details of corruption

  October 26, 2017

1st Edition: Why Corruption Scandals Continue to Plague Policing
In this episode of The Afro 1st Edition with Sean Yoes, TRNN reporters Taya Graham and Stephen Janis discuss the burgeoning scandal involving the indictment of 8 members of Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force and what it says about efforts to reform to policing

  October 20, 2017

Powerful Police Union Blocks Modest Civilian Oversight Reform
A recent contract negotiated by the Baltimore with the police union left out a key provision that would have included a civilian on internal disciplinary boards, a move that has caused concern that long-awaited reform efforts have stalled

  October 19, 2017

As the Rich Get Richer, Public Schools Suffer
During a hearing on how to create more equitable funding for public schools in Maryland officials revealed how tax breaks for wealthy developers in Baltimore could threaten future funding

  October 16, 2017

'Kids Who Know Everything': Baltimore Youth Hit the Airwaves
Baltimore educator Valencia Clay has created a new educational TV show called 'Kids Who Know Everything,' which gives Baltimore youth a chance to voice their opinions on issues related to race, crime, and poverty

  October 15, 2017

Will Blue State MD Allow Voters to Decide on Legal Pot?
A proposed referendum to allow voters to decide if pot should be legalized faces an uphill battle in a state wedded to racially biased marijuana policies

  October 12, 2017

1st Edition: Marilyn Mosby Recalls Racists Attacks After Charges in Freddie Gray Case
On the inaugural podcast of The Afro's 1st Edition, Sean Yoes speaks with Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby about her role in charging the six police officers implicated in Freddie Gray's death and the ensuing pushback

  October 15, 2017

Maryland Governor Seeks to Keep Barrier to College for Ex-inmates
A bill that would allow returning citizens to exclude their criminal record from initial college applications was vetoed by MD Gov Larry Hogan, now supporters want legislators to override it

  October 9, 2017

Amid Flurry of Tax Breaks for Developers, Equitable Housing Law Languishes
A Real News investigation of the city's inclusionary housing law reveals that despite a consensus change is needed, little has been done to fix it

  October 4, 2017

Lawmakers and Advocates Call for Lowering Toxic Emissions from Local Incinerator
Critics say the lax emission limits allow the incinerator to emit over 1,000 tons of dangerous Nitrous Oxides a year

  September 29, 2017

Complaints of Sexual Harassment in Public Housing Go Ignored
A Real News Investigation has found additional allegations of sexual harassment in Baltimore's public housing system

  September 27, 2017

Orioles VP John Angelos: Trump Can't Hijack Presidency to Stifle Free Speech
The Orioles' Executive Vice President John Angelos responds to Trump's attacks against black athletes and the groundswell of opposition across the nation

  September 25, 2017

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

Federal Judge Approves Baltimore Consent Decree Independent 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, 2017

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

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