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Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 29

In this week’s round-up of Baltimore news: Members of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police try to make the case for keeping the LEOBR, city students are going on strike, and Lawrence Brown’s “The Black Butterfly” is released.

Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 8

Local leaders react to the insurrection that happened just 45 minutes away in Washington. D.C.; why a move to end home detention fees might not go far enough; and a “spy plane” that has been flying in Baltimore (ostensibly to solve crime) is headed for St. Louis.

Hope and havoc in Baltimore politics

From progressive insurgents and petty tyrants to Kim Klacik, TRNN Baltimore Editor and Managing Editor Lisa Snowden-McCray speaks with Maryland State Senator Jill Carter and local musician DDm about the wild world of Baltimore politics.

Developers displace Baltimore public housing residents, get tax breaks

A multi-year investigation by TRNN reporters reveals how neoliberal policies and public-private partnerships have led to tax-free zones for private interests, while taxpayers foot the bill. Story Transcript This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated. Taya Graham: Hello. My name is Taya Graham and welcome to the Real News Network. As you know, along with my reporting partner, Stephen Janis, I usually host the Police Accountability Report, but today we’re going to focus on a different topic, economic inequality. Don’t worry though. We’re still going to discuss it through the lens of our overarching […]

DSA-backed challenger has a shot at Baltimore’s city council

Educator Franca Muller Paz saw the way COVID-19 impacted her students and that inspired her third party run. Story Transcript President Trump: This will be the most corrupt election in the history of our country. Crowd: [inaudible 00:00:05] and we want it now. Jaisal Noor: Welcome to The Real News, I’m Jaisal Noor. America’s disastrous response to COVID-19. Over 160,000 dead, more than 30 million unemployed, and one in four children living in households that don’t have enough to eat, could face eviction, or both. All while Trump is pushing to reopen the economy and schools. This crisis has spurred […]

COVID-19 Threatens Maryland Campaign To Bring Mass Transit To Black Neighborhoods

Third parties are required to gather just 5,000 e-signatures to gain ballot access during the pandemic, while a transit equity campaign in Baltimore, where 40% of residents don’t have reliable internet access, is being forced to gather 10,000. Story Transcript This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated. Jaisal Noor: Welcome to The Real News, I’m Jaisal Noor. Transportation has always been central to the struggle for equality, from Frederick Douglass seeking to ride a whites-only train in 1841 to the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, and that fight has never ended. In a clip that’s […]

A Story That Shows The Depth Of Police Corruption And Brutality

Authors Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg wrote “I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall Of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad,” a Baltimore story that is a warning to the nation. Story Transcript This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated. Marc Steiner: Welcome to The Real News. I’m Marc Steiner. Good to have you with us. I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad is the title of a book about a violent, corrupt, criminal band of Baltimore City police officers by Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg. The […]

As Maryland Evictions Resume, Activists Demand Protections

Activists demanded state and local officials extend protections for the some 400,000 people unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Story Transcript This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated. Jaisal Noor: Despite a deadly pandemic, eviction proceedings have resumed in Baltimore Maryland where tens of thousands of people, because of government inaction providing support, have been unable to pay their rent and are now facing eviction. As COVID-19 spreads uncontrolled, including over 1100 new cases reported today July 27th. Speaker 2: Our landlord have got to go! Our landlord have got to go! […]

Report: Hogan Killed Mass Transit Despite Discriminatory Impact

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan is accused of killing a project that would connect disinvested Baltimore neighborhoods with jobs and opportunities despite the racially discriminatory impact. Story Transcript This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated. Jaisal Noor: Welcome to the Real News. I’m Jaisal Noor. Maryland governor Larry Hogan has launched a new book positioning himself as a Republican moderate willing to take on President Trump, but newly published documents cast out on one of Hogan’s central claims that he’s protected civil rights. Hogan ignored the racially discriminatory impacts of canceling a mass transit project […]

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