Baltimore

How To Fix Baltimore's Broken System

How To Fix Baltimore’s Broken System

May 10, 2019

In the wake of former Mayor Pugh’s Healthy Holly scandal, we look at how to reform a strong mayor system

John Hopkins University Occupation Ends with Heavy Police Presence and Seven Arrests

John Hopkins University Occupation Ends with Heavy Police Presence and Seven Arrests

May 8, 2019

After a month-long sit in, Baltimore students and residents protesting private police and ICE’s ended their occupation. Republished from the Baltimore Beat

7 Arrested After Police Raid Sit-in Against Hopkins Private Police

7 Arrested After Police Raid Sit-in Against Hopkins Private Police

May 8, 2019

The arrests came after an over month-long sit-in at Johns Hopkins against the university’s $1.5 million dollar ICE contracts and newly authorized private police force

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Power, Corruption & Changing How Baltimore is Governed

May 7, 2019

Powerful commercial interests dominate Baltimore’s city government, where corruption and backroom deals are part of the fabric of how decisions are made. The recent scandal involving Mayor Pugh is part of a long history of political office being used for personal gain and handing over public funds and favors to wealthy elites. Can city charter…

As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible?

As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible?

May 2, 2019

Baltimore’s powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city

Days After FBI Raid on City Hall, Progressives Introduce Reforms to Curb Corruption

Days After FBI Raid on City Hall, Progressives Introduce Reforms to Curb Corruption

April 30, 2019

Reform-minded councilmembers propose reigning in Baltimore’s all-powerful mayor, but will these changes be enough?

Is Baltimore City's Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In

Is Baltimore City’s Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In

April 30, 2019

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

An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process

Police Accountability Report

April 28, 2019
A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it

Baltimore City Hall and Mayor’s Homes Raided By FBI

April 25, 2019

A scandal engulfing Mayor Catherine Pugh and many associates expands with federal involvement, as calls for systemic change grows

The Untold Story of the Nation's Biggest School Cheating Scandal (3/3)

The Untold Story of the Nation’s Biggest School Cheating Scandal

April 25, 2019
In part three, authors Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton argue a lack of efforts to confront poverty and excessive standardized testing continue to set up students to fail