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Real Talk Tho is an opportunity for people to discuss and debate real solutions to our city's intractable problems. What would effective policy look like and how do we get it implemented?

Join us in the search for solutions, develop the editorial work of The Real News and eat some great modern soul food.

Real Talk Tho takes place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Ida B's Table.


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Real Talk Tho: Is There a More Equitable Way to Fund Development?

  Encouraging development without big tax breaks to developers is possible in Baltimore. While Baltimore has used hefty tax subsidies for wealthy developers to fund development in the past, there are more equitable approaches to stimulating growth that do not exacerbate the inequities that plague our city and could repair decades of racial segregation and discrimination: community land trusts. To understand how community land trusts promote equitable development, help communities grow inclusively, and play a role in reparations, restitution and achieving racial justice, we will be joined by a panel who is successfully using the idea to transform the city. This episode of Real Talk Tho was filmed on August 20, 2019

What Kind of Mayor Does Baltimore Need?

The mayoral primary is just six months away, and it’s clear the stakes are higher than ever for the person who wins the job.  Record high crime, unrelenting poverty, and flawed housing policies all add up to a city in crisis.  But who is best suited to address these issues, and what types of policies are needed to get Baltimore on the right track?

To answer these questions and to learn how possible candidates might respond, we will have an in-depth discussion with the Baltimore reporting staff of The Real News Network.  The panel will have already asked potential candidates a series of key policy questions and will be prepared to report back.  We also want to know what you think, and what policies are important to how you will vote.

Baltimore’s New Teachers Union President Says Schools are in a “State of Emergency”

“There has been a culture of fear and retaliation created in the Baltimore City Schools,” says the new president of the Baltimore Teaches Union in episode 10 of  Real Talk Tho

Real Talk Tho: How will Baltimore Respond to Immigration Policy”

As Trump Ratchets Up Anti-immigrant Rhetoric, How Will Baltimore Respond?

Images of children at the border locked in cages and starving have sparked protests across the country. Meanwhile, President Trump’s threats to carry out raids in cities like Baltimore have immigrant communities living in fear of being detained or deported.

Do these harsh immigration policies and rhetoric really make America safer? What impact are they having on undocumented youth living in this city? And, what are cities doing to promote safety and welcome undocumented immigrants?

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?

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