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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?

Those are the topics we’ll explore for our next installment of The Real News’ newsroom in the community series, Real Talk Tho.Join us for a conversation that explores real solutions for the ongoing crisis of violence that continues to plague the city. We’ll take a deep dive into confronting the often overlooked role of poverty and lack of living wage jobs in precipitating crime. We will also seek your ideas on how to truly reform our troubled police department.

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Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of The AFRO-American

Neill Franklin is the executive director of The Law Enforcement Action Partnership, otherwise known as LEAP. He's a 33-year police veteran whose led multi-jurisdictional anti-narcotics task forces for the Maryland state police and ran training centers for the Baltimore Police Department and the Maryland State Police.

Nabeehah Azeez is an organizer at Communities United