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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
Maryland Public Policy Visiting Fellow Louis Miserendino says even obscure tax breaks are distributed disproportionately to wealthier neighborhoods and exacerbates the inequality that drives many of the city's social ills.

  January 27, 2016

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

  January 22, 2016

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

  January 22, 2016

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

  January 17, 2016

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

  January 15, 2016

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

  January 17, 2016

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

  January 12, 2016

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

  January 11, 2016

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

  January 8, 2016

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

  January 8, 2016

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

  January 7, 2016

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

  January 6, 2016

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

  January 5, 2016

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

  December 29, 2015

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

  December 28, 2015

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

  December 29, 2015

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

  December 18, 2015

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

  December 17, 2015

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

  December 16, 2015

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

  December 15, 2015

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

  December 11, 2015

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

  December 10, 2015

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

  December 9, 2015

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

  December 9, 2015

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

  December 8, 2015

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

  December 4, 2015

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

  December 4, 2015

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

  January 3, 2016

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

  December 4, 2015

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

  December 3, 2015

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

  December 3, 2015

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

  December 3, 2015

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

  December 2, 2015

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

  December 2, 2015

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

  December 2, 2015

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

  December 1, 2015

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

  December 1, 2015

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

  December 1, 2015

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

  November 30, 2015

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

  November 30, 2015

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

  November 30, 2015

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

  November 25, 2015

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

  November 22, 2015

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

  November 20, 2015

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

  November 20, 2015

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

  November 20, 2015

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

  November 16, 2015

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

  November 15, 2015

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

  November 11, 2015

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

  November 11, 2015

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

  November 10, 2015

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

  November 9, 2015

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

  November 12, 2015

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

  November 1, 2015

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

  October 31, 2015

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

  October 30, 2015

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

  November 1, 2015

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

  October 29, 2015

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

  October 23, 2015

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

  October 23, 2015

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

  October 21, 2015

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

  October 20, 2015

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

  October 19, 2015

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

  October 18, 2015

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

  October 16, 2015

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

  October 15, 2015

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

  October 15, 2015

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

  October 15, 2015

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

  October 14, 2015

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

  October 14, 2015

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

  October 7, 2015

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

  October 5, 2015

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

  October 3, 2015

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

  September 29, 2015

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

  September 29, 2015

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

  September 25, 2015

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

  September 23, 2015

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

  September 17, 2015

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

  September 16, 2015

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

  September 15, 2015

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

  September 13, 2015

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

  September 11, 2015

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

  September 11, 2015

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

  September 10, 2015

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

  September 9, 2015

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

  September 6, 2015

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

  September 6, 2015

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

  September 2, 2015

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