Op/Ed: The Truth .... vs the Mayor's Truth by CD Witherspoon
So..., Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake responds to City Councilman Carl Stokes criticism of her administration’s education spending priorities with claims that he is "challenged by the truth".
Well, the fact is - statistically speaking - Blake has continued the misguided spending focus of administrations before her, and that is, "education, over incarceration". The Mayor's budget for criminal justice and the Baltimore City Police Department has consistently increased while her budget for education has consistently remained among the lowest of the majority of Maryland jurisdictions. Read in Full >>
TGR: Ericka Alston of The Be Extraordinary Project to be Honored at Citywide Community Awards Program, Feb. 28
The Be Extraordinary Project is a self-esteem and self-awareness initiative with a goal for each participant to recognize their true self-worth and as a result make healthier decisions. The Be Extraordinary Project will use information, education, life skills and etiquette instruction, social events, creative character building assignments and journaling to amplify the participant’s voice. Our primary goal is to utilize these methods to create an environment where our community has the ability to come together in a safe, secure and supportive group setting , sharing their experiences as it relates to navigating their feelings, issues and emotions without the use of drugs, alcohol, violence to self and or others. Read in Full >>
Guest Editorial on Passing of Frank M. Conaway, Sr.: "Old School to a 'T'" by Charles Robinson, Senior Journalist
These are heady times. The right vote in Baltimore comes in with a bang. Milton Allen becomes the cities first elected leader securing the position of State’s Attorney. The next big push is city council and the State House. Under the tutelage of William “Little Willie” and Victorine Adams, they showed Conaway the ways of Metro Democratic Organization.
The Metro Democratic Organization was different from the “Goon Squad.” Formed by Rev. Vernon Dobson, Larry Gibson, Clarence (Sr.) and Parren J. Mitchell, and several other community leaders, this group was about planning Black political strategy. They used churches, the NAACP, the Afro and a homogenized community centered near the Druid Hill Community.
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