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Civil Rights Office to Hold Town Hall Tonight in Neighborhood Locked Down After Detective’s Murder

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Members of Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board will meet with Harlem Park residents tonight to discuss the police accountability process and answers questions about their recent situation in which police cordoned off their neighborhood for days.

15 New Civil Rights Lawsuits Filed Against City, Baltimore Police

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The City of Baltimore and police are facing a fresh set of lawsuits filed by locals who claim they were beaten, sexually assaulted, threatened or wrongfully arrested between 2013 and 2016.

Public Asked to Chime in on Police Consent Decree Monitor Applications

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The applications are in for the position of independent consent decree monitor, which will oversee wide-reaching, court-ordered police reform in the city. Now, officials need the public’s help in combing through the pile.

Rep. Jamie Raskin Reverses Course, Will Also Skip Trump’s Swearing-In

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A second Maryland congressman has decided he can’t stomach watching Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony this Friday.

Rep. Anthony Brown Joins Colleagues Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration

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Anthony Brown of Maryland’s 4th congressional district has added himself to a list of dozens of lawmakers who refuse to be present when Donald Trump officially becomes president.

Fate brings Civil Rights activist and author Lynda Blackmon Lowery to Friends School Tuesday, April 26

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After listening to an interview on NPR in January 2015 with Civil Rights activist and author Lynda Blackmon Lowery on her newly released book, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom,” Friends Middle School students wrote Ms. Lowery to express the admiration and inspiration they felt upon hearing her story. The author was the youngest of several hundred Selma residents who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 to peacefully protest voter suppression – a march which turned terribly violent. As fate would have it, Ms. Lowery opened the packet of the Friends students’ letters on April 27, 2015, as she sat watching CNN coverage of the Baltimore uprising.

Activist Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson Meets with Obama

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Two weeks ago, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson announced he was running for mayor of Baltimore. Today, he’s at the White House, meeting with President Obama.

Feds Open Civil Rights Probe In Death of Freddie Gray

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The U.S. Department of Justice is opening a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Black and White

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terriUniversity of Baltimore MFA student Terri Steel sees her loving family like any other, even if plenty of people stop and stare.

Other kids called us the Oreo cookie. It was the 1970s and there was no such thing as political correctness. Sheila, Shirley and I enjoyed being the cookie, or at least that’s what I believed. I never considered that perhaps it was because of my position in the shiny white center. Names like Fat Janet and Retarded Betty were common in my neighborhood. One of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons featured Bill Cosby’s voice as the lead; it was called “Fat Albert.”

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