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

  April 26, 2015

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

  April 26, 2015

In Freddie Gray's Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant
Lifelong residents say they can't even stand outside on a summer day

  April 24, 2015

Town Hall Recap: Should the Community Control the Police?
In the wake of Freddie Gray's death, TRNN replays a community Town Hall hosted by Marc Steiner, where Baltimore residents, lawyers, police and activists gathered to discuss what to do about police brutality in their city

  April 24, 2015

A Look at Failed Police Reform Efforts in the Wake of Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN speaks to advocate Dayvon Love about the failed efforts to reform Maryland law blamed for protecting abusive officers.

  April 23, 2015

The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore - The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old
Long before Baltimore police were thrust into the national spotlight for recent allegations of brutality, the arrest of a child for sitting on a dirt bike made international headlines.

  April 23, 2015

TRNN Town Hall: In Conversation with Michelle Alexander
Discussing the school to prison pipeline

  April 22, 2015

In Their Own Voices: Protestors Speak Out as Feds Start Probe of Freddie Gray's Death
The community is outraged over yet another police custody death in Baltimore.

  April 22, 2015

Michelle Alexander: Baltimore Must Organize to Stop Police Brutality
Renowned author of 'The New Jim Crow' says the death of Freddie Gray points to the need for concerted community action to halt excessive force targeted at African Americans

  April 22, 2015

Analysts say Wall Street Fees Costing Baltimore Water Bureau Millions
$55 million spent on exotic interest rate swaps to fund water bonds between 2003-2014, and total fees could reach beyond $200 million for all deals in the near future.

  April 23, 2015

A Walk Through The Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray Lived and Died
The Real News presents an interview with former Baltimore City official Lawrence Bell, who says policing has created apartheid-like conditions in Baltimore neighborhoods like the Gilmore Homes

  April 21, 2015

Baltimore Man Dies From Injuries Sustained While In Police Detention
Protesters mobilize in response to the death of 25 year-old Baltimore resident Freddie Gray

  April 20, 2015

Official: Baltimore Cutting Water to Hundreds of Residents and Zero Corporations
City residents rally against water shutoffs, but city officials maintain their necessity

  April 16, 2015

Safe Streets: Baltimore's Secret Crime Fighting Weapon
Baltimore's Safe Streets program was found to decrease homicides by 50% in the four areas it has been deployed, so why is the program underfunded?

  April 16, 2015

Empowering Baltimore Youth with Media, Art, Activism, and Pan-African Culture.
Ras Tre Subira, founder of The Griot's Eye program, discusses his African-Centered approach to education and the use of media, art, and traveling abroad to Africa to inspire inner city youth to develop knowledge of self and create alternatives to mainstream media.

  April 14, 2015

The Story of a Struggle to Keep East Baltimore's Men and Families Center Open
The Real News Network takes a look at the center's efforts to overcome obstacles and continue to serve the community.

  April 13, 2015

Civil Rights Lawyer: Police and Politicians Hide Evidence in Brutality Cases
Investigative journalist Stephen Janis talks to civil rights lawyer A. Dwight Pettit about how the political establishment works with police departments to thwart investigations of police brutality cases

  April 12, 2015

Civil Rights Attorney Says Cops Have Been Shooting Unarmed People in the Back for Years
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the shooting of unarmed man by a North Charleston police officer with civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit and its implications for police accountability in Maryland.

  April 9, 2015

As Losses Mount for Taxpayer Backed Hotel, Politicians Scatter
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the growing burden for city taxpayers of supporting the ailing Baltimore Convention Center Hotel with Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio.

  April 10, 2015

Unpaid Corporate Bills Weigh Heavily on Baltimore's Looming Water Shutoffs
The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater discusses the details behind the city's push to collect unpaid water bills, including his investigation into major corporate scofflaws

  April 6, 2015

Board's Decision Raises More Questions about Tax Breaks for Developers
Stephen Janis examines the debate about the fairness of lucrative tax breaks in light of a recent decision to withhold one from a struggling city neighborhood

  April 1, 2015

The Fight for Fair Housing for Baltimore Renters
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting for Baltimore's tenants to have more power in rent court

  March 30, 2015

Baltimore Prosecutor Reviewing Evidence in Death of Activist
A decade-long struggle to overturn the suicide ruling on the death of minority contractor Robert Clay is finally gaining traction

  March 29, 2015

Baltimore Council President Stands Firm on Rec Center Demands
TRNN's Stephen Janis talks to Council President Jack Young about why he's holding legislation to authorize new spending on recreation centers

  March 25, 2015

Baltimore Police Commissioner: Racism Causes Pain, Violence in the Community
TRNN's Stephen Janis looks at the evolving dialog about the role of racism in crime

  March 23, 2015

The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis interviews Sgt. Louis Hopson, whose decades long battle fighting discrimination inside the Baltimore Police Department came at a high personal cost

  March 24, 2015

Report Finds At Least 109 Killed in Police Custody in Maryland From 2010-2014
ACLU-MD finds African-Americans killed by police at disproportional rate, only two officers charged in the killings, and no state mechanism to track or learn from fatal encounters

  March 20, 2015

The True Cost of Incarceration in Baltimore's Poorest Neighborhoods
TRNN's Stephen Janis talks to Justice Policy Institute Executive Director Marc Schindler about how Maryland spends millions incarcerating residents of inner city neighborhoods

  March 20, 2015

Men and Families Center Fights Shutdown
Members of the community center speak out against a decision to close it due to fire code violations

  March 12, 2015

2015 State of Baltimore City: Mayor Reinforces 'Flawed' Crime-fighting Program
Veteran officer Neill Franklin and Rose Street Community Center's Clayton Guyton explain their concerns regarding Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announcement on Operation Ceasefire in Baltimore's Eastern District

  March 10, 2015

Baltimore Offering Tax Breaks to Developers Amidst Crumbling Infrastructure
The Sun's City Hall reporter Luke Broadwater discusses reporting on an epidemic of water main breaks, uncovering workers compensation payouts for police responsible for fatal shootings, and the millions of dollars paid out to teachers annually who are injured on the job

  March 9, 2015

How Will State Budget Cuts Affect the Homeless in Baltimore?
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting to overturn budget cuts that they say will impact the poor and homeless populations who recently endured harsh winter weather

  March 6, 2015

Unions Fight Controversial Charter School Expansion Bill
TRNN speaks to supporters and opponents of Gov. Hogan's proposal to increase freedoms for charter schools, while critics warn the measures could lead to abuse and undermine collective bargaining

  February 28, 2015

Baltimore College Fights To Keep Accreditation Status
TRNN speaks to a faculty member from Sojourner Douglass College, which is facing financial shortfalls due to the Federal Pell Grant and the Parent PLUS loan

  February 27, 2015

Maryland Police Reform Advocates and Opponents Speak Out Prior to Hearing
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to supporters and opponents of reforms that will determine the role of communities in how police abuse is handled

  February 27, 2015

Baltimore's Harbor-Front Development at the Expense of City Infrastructure and Schools
The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater says Baltimore's push to give tax-breaks and incentives to developers has Baltimore City's schools losing tens of millions of dollars in state funding

  March 2, 2015

'Ceasefire' Police Program Missing Social Services and Jobs Plan
TRNN examines the nationally acclaimed homicide prevention program "Operation Ceasefire" amid allegations Baltimore is not funding the crucial outreach component that provides a critical escape to at-risk populations

  February 14, 2015

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (1/3)
Retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis explain why they decided to write "Why Do We Kill?"

  February 10, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (4/4)
In the final part of the of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants debate what kind of political strategy the movement should adopt

  February 10, 2015

What Do Effective Violence Reduction Programs Look Like? (1/2)
TRNN speaks to nationally recognized gun violence expert Daniel Webster about new models of homicide reduction programs and how they are breaking with the past

  February 16, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (3/4)
In part three of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss if the #Blacklivesmatter movement should develop an electoral strategy and consider breaking with the two-party system

  February 6, 2015

Baltimore Schools Facing Cuts in State Budget
Legislators, residents and advocates tell the Real News they are preparing to fight back against Republican Governor Larry Hogan's proposed cutbacks that will disproportionally affect low income students of color

  February 4, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (2/4)
In Part Two of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss whether the #Blacklivesmatter movement can pick up where the civil rights movement and black power movements left off

  February 2, 2015

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (2/3)
In part two, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss what speaking to those accused of murder can teach about the failures of our society

  February 11, 2015

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (3/3)
In part three, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the killing of a former Baltimore police commissioner's daughter that shook the entire city

  February 12, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall
In partnership with South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), The Real News Network presents: Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall

  January 16, 2015

Baltimore Activists Participate in National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
More than 100 Baltimore-area activists traveled to the state's capital to mark Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and demand reform of the Maryland police bill of rights and civilian oversight

  January 16, 2015

Baltimore Students Stage Die-in to Protest School-to-Prison Pipeline
Baltimore City Public School students are demanding comprehensive policy changes on police interaction with youth, school funding, and the city school's curriculum

  January 15, 2015

Police Reform Advocates To Disrupt Opening of MD Legislative Session
The Real News speaks with Baltimore legislators, advocates and activists about what they say are necessary changes to state law including the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, and a planned protest on January 15th

  January 9, 2015

Black October and the 1973 Murder of State Delegate Turk Scott
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the murder of Maryland State Delegate - who was facing federal indictment for drug charges - by the group Black October (4/4)

  January 9, 2015

Does Maryland's Police Bill of Rights Protect Bad Cops?
Retired 60-year veteran law enforcement officer Stephen Tabeling and award winning investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss their book "You Can't Stop Murder in Baltimore" and the impact of the 1974 Maryland's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Right (1/4)

  January 6, 2015

Nationwide Anti-Police Brutality Protests Enter Second Month
Activists again disrupt Baltimore-area restaurants and shops and retired veteran officer Neill Franklin talks about whether body cameras are an effective remedy and the importance of ending the culture of impunity for the boys in blue

  December 31, 14

Baltimore Fox Affiliate Faked Video of Activist Chanting "Kill A Cop"
Activist and community leader Tawanda Jones responds to FOX 45 Baltimore airing a heavily edited clip making it seem she was chanting "kill a cop" at a protest

  December 24, 2014

Community That Halted Murders Plans to Sue Over Ongoing Police Abuse
Residents of Baltimore's Rose Street Community say they are pursuing legal action against systemic police abuse, even while they have stopped murders in a 77 block radius for months

  December 22, 14

Baltimore Communities Wage Legislative and Grassroots Battles For Better Public Schools
Baltimore residents have secured $1 billion over ten years to restore and revitalize their historically underfunded school district, while communities are undertaking grassroots efforts to ensure access to quality education for all students

  December 9, 14

Can Corporations Help Save Baltimore's Crumbling Water System? (2/2)
Emanuele Lobina, author of a new report "Troubled Waters" argues private water companies could spell disaster for the city's water system

  December 12, 14

Baltimore City Says It Does Not Plan to Privatize Water
Baltimore's city council questions top official over plans to use private companies to study how to improve Baltimore's aging water system as opponents warn such a move could lead to privatization

  December 4, 14

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 4: Should the Community Control the Police?
In the final part of the series, host Marc Steiner asks the all-important question: Where do we go from here? Baltimore community members give their insight.

  December 7, 14

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 3: Should the Community Control the Police?
In part three of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss civilian review boards from other cities like Toronto, Canada, and Detroit, MI, who have power to hire and fire

  December 7, 14

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 2: Should the Community Control the Police?
In part two of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss the next steps for community policing - does Baltimore need a civilian review board with power?

  December 7, 14

Baltimore Erupts with Protests in Solidarity with Ferguson
Hundreds march across Baltimore and shut down major thoroughfares the day after a St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown

  November 26, 14

The Real News Town Hall: Should the Community Control the Police? Pt.1
Baltimore residents, lawyers, police and activists gather to discuss and debate what to do about police brutality in their city

  December 7, 14

Baltimore Residents Demand Legislative Action to End Police Impunity
Residents, attorneys and law enforcement officials offer testimony on whether the Maryland legislature should repeal key components of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

  November 25, 14

"The Long Shadow": Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (5/5)
In this segment, Karl Professor Karl Alexander concludes his discussion about his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

  November 12, 14

"The Long Shadow": Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (4/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

  November 11, 14

Toothless Tiger: Citizen Review Board Unable to Hold Police Accountable
TRNN examines Baltimore's police review board, which everyone from the board's head to the mayor agree needs to be overhauled

  November 10, 14

"The Long Shadow": Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (3/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

  November 10, 14

"The Long Shadow": Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (2/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

  November 9, 14

"The Long Shadow": Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (1/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

  November 7, 14

What's at Stake for the Black Electorate in Maryland?
Dr. Jared Ball, professor at Morgan State University and radio host, and Hassan Giordano, political analyst for Fox News Radio, discuss the black vote and the Maryland gubernatorial race

  November 4, 14

'One Baltimore' Rally Unites Groups Against Privatization
TRNN's Megan Sherman speaks to labor leaders, activists and low-wage workers who oppose potential plans for privatization of the city's water and other public services, and say the issue is tied to growing crime and poverty in Baltimore

  October 30, 14

One in Ten Baltimore Residents Apply for Section 8 Housing after Waitlist Opens for First Time in a Decade
Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger talks about the implications of tens of thousands of Baltimore residents applying for the Section 8 housing program, which subsidizes rent for needy families

  October 31, 14

Baltimore Mayor and City Council Clash Over Police Body Cameras
Baltimore Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger explains why the Baltimore City Council wants body camera legislation passed immediately, while the administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants it delayed

  November 2, 14

The Stigma of Welfare in White Working Class America (1/2)
TRNN Special Report: In the town of Westminster, Maryland, some residents view public assistance as system with pervasive fraud and abuse

  November 11, 14

Policing Isn't a Solution for Youth in Baltimore
Bart Lubow, senior advisor at the Annie E. Casey Foundation talks policy changes for youth in Baltimore

  October 26, 14

"Undue Force" and Police Brutality in Baltimore
Baltimore Sun journalist Mark Puente discusses his investigation into police brutality cases that have cost the city $5.7 million

  October 10, 14

Baltimore Mayor and Police Commissioner Unveil Supposed Action Plan to Reduce Police Brutality
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police commissioner Anthony W. Batts released a lengthy 41-page report outlining their recommendations to curb police brutality in Baltimore.

  October 10, 14

Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (2/4)
A Real News Town Hall with high school students discussing the murder epidemic in Baltimore.

  October 8, 14

Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (4/4)
A Real News Town Hall with high school students discussing the murder epidemic in Baltimore.

  October 7, 14

Where Do We Build Our House in This Swamp? - Eddie Conway and Dr. Ray Winbush on Systemic Racism in Baltimore (1/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush discusses structural racism in Baltimore and urban centers across America

  October 3, 14

Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (3/4)
A Real News Town Hall with high school students discussing the murder epidemic in Baltimore

  October 8, 14

Baltimore Youth Speak about How to Reduce Violence (1/4)
A Real News Town Hall with high school students discussing the murder epidemic in Baltimore

  October 8, 14

Baltimore Cop Says Some Officers Are a Threat to the Communities They Serve
#whatupbmore: Baltimore hosts a townhall on what lessons it can learn from Ferguson

  October 3, 14

100+ Arrested as Fast-Food Workers Escalate 'The Fight For $15'
Workers and advocates hold sit-ins and rallies in 150 cities to demand a living wage and the right to unionize

  October 3, 14

Connecting the Dots Between Ferguson and Baltimore
TRNN's Jaisal Noor interviews Baltimore protesters and Dayvon Love from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

  October 3, 14

Is Baltimore City's Water Supply Up For Privatization?
City Hall denies the charge, but workers and advocates say an upcoming water contract could be a foot in the door for privatization

  October 3, 14

Workers Say Racial Discrimination Systemic at Thurgood Marshall Airport
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks with workers and advocates at BWI Airport who say the racial wage gap there is harming Baltimore's African American community

  October 3, 14

Baltimore Brew: Old School Journalism for 21st Century Baltimore (1/2)
The Brew's Mark Reutter and Fern Shen discuss their model of journalism and how they saved taxpayers $100 million

  October 3, 14

Baltimore Brew: Old-School Journalism for 21st Century Baltimore (2/2)
The Baltimore Brew's Fern Shen and Mark Reutter talk about Baltimore's infamous liquor board and plans to privatize public housing

  August 6, 2014

Baltimore Hosts Dueling Rallies over Israel's Gaza Assault
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to Baltimore residents taking part in both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies along with noted scholar Norman Finkelstein, who was just arrested with two dozen others for carrying out civil disobedience at the Israeli mission to the UN

  October 3, 14

Will a Stricter Curfew Law Help or Hurt Baltimore Youth?
Sonia Kumar from the ACLU argues that the law threatens parental and Fourth Amendment rights, while the bill's lead sponsor says it will provide children with needed social services

  October 3, 14

School to Prison Pipeline
To end the violence in Baltimore there must be radical reform of public education and the criminal justice system - a panel moderated by radio talk show host Marc Steiner

  October 3, 14

Low Wages and Unemployment Are Factors that Lead to Violence
Without dealing with chronic poverty there can be no end to the violence. Moderated by Jaisal Noor

  October 3, 14

Covering the Epidemic of Violence in Baltimore - TRNN Grand Opening Panel
The panel, moderated by Paul Jay, discusses drug policy and policing, and the role of television news

  October 3, 14

As Construction of Baltimore Incinerator Is Halted, Activists Rally for Justice for Bhopal
Jaisal Noor reports on the decision of the state of Maryland to stop construction of the largest incinerator in the country in Baltimore, and also on a rally in DC ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster

  October 3, 14

Testimony of Mothers - TRNN Grand Opening Panel
Reverend Heber Brown talks to two mothers whose sons were murdered in Baltimore

  October 3, 14

Hip Hop Opening of the Real News Media Center in Baltimore
Some of the best hip hop artists in Baltimore help celebrate the opening of the Real News studios with special guest Danny Glover

  October 3, 14

Baltimore on the Brink
Reverend Dr. Heber Brown on the June 21st Town Hall in Baltimore

  October 3, 14

Tenants and Workers Speak Out against Plans to Sell Off Baltimore's Public Housing
Jaisal Noor speaks to public housing residents and employees about their concerns with plans to privatize around 40% of Baltimore's public housing stock

  October 3, 14

Is Baltimore Local Media Working in the Best Interests of Its Residents?
Baltimore residents and LEAP executive director Neill Franklin give their take on Baltimore's local news coverage

  October 3, 14



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