Real Talk Tho: The Bay Area Reduced Murders, Can Baltimore?
The San Francisco Bay Area is fighting gun violence and winning. Why did gun deaths drop in the Bay Area, and are there lessons for Baltimore? Tougher gun laws, criminal justice reform, and well-funded violence reduction programs are being credited with a significant drop in shootings in the Bay Area. Could it work in Baltimore? And what impact is rising gentrification and inequality having on violence? That’s the question we will examine in our 7th Real Talk Tho newsroom in the community series; are there other solutions to the city’s stubbornly high homicide rate that might work here? We will be joined by people who have worked with similar initiatives like Safe Streets in Baltimore, and also hear from activists in San Francisco.
Real Talk Tho 6: How Can Baltimore Uplift Youth?
Real Talk Tho, our 6th ‘newsroom in the community’ show, where youth and experts will discuss how our city can create the conditions for young people to thrive.
-Elijah Robbins, Senior Student Leader with The Intersection @theintersection
-D Watkins, Author of “We Speak for Ourselves” and Professor at University of Baltimore @dwatkinsworld
-A Youth Leader from the Baltimore Algebra Project @algebraproject
Recent coverage of a gathering of teens at the Inner Harbor has spurred controversy. The city’s police union labeled them criminals, even with little evidence crimes were committed.
But the incident raises deeper questions. If young people can’t gather at the publicly funded site, where are they supposed to go? And why do we keep giving big tax breaks to developers, while closing youth recreational facilities, grossly underfunding schools, and providing few economic opportunities?
Real Talk Tho: How To Make The Community Safer
How can we make Baltimore safe for everyone? What are the root causes of violence? How can we change the police department so the community has control?
Power, Corruption & Changing How Baltimore is Governed
Can city charter amendments aimed at democratizing Baltimore’s government put more power into the hands of the community? Charter amendments could help eliminate the “all-powerful mayor”; get big money out of city elections; establish community control of the police; and create a transparent budgeting process that prioritizes making the city safer by reducing poverty and unemployment. Is any of this possible without an organized and engaged people’s movement
Is Baltimore City’s Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In
Residents engage with current and former city officials to discuss how to rebalance power at city hall to give the community real say in how Baltimore is governed