If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.
Two highly skilled Syrian refugees have been offered a home in Baltimore for the next year, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University.
President Donald Trump’s restrictions on refugee resettlements in the United States have led a Baltimore-based evangelical agency that works with refugees to shutter some of its offices and lay off a chunk of its staff.
Marylanders filled Baltimore-Washington International Airport to the brim last night as they showed both their support for immigrants and foreign-born U.S. citizens and their contempt for President Donald Trump’s newest executive order.
A 14-year-old girl who left an offensive message on loose-leaf paper on an Iraqi refugee family’s door in Dundalk is in big trouble – with her parents, that is. Police say the gesture was offensive, but not a criminal act.
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined a handful of other governors in announcing that he doesn’t want to accept any more Syrian refugees into the state “until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to public safety.” A few hours later, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement of her own.
100cameras, a non-profit organization that empowers refugee children to capture their lives through photojournalism, will launch next month in Baltimore. The kids go through an intensive photojournalism course, sell their photographs and use the money to buy supplies, educational resources, and healthcare in local marginalized communities.
“We have implemented four projects in South Sudan, NYC, Cuba, and India. To date, our 36 student photographers have raised over $36,000 in photo sales that have funded medicine, food, computers, eyeglasses, and a protective fence,” says Claire Herron, the development director of the New York-based 100cameras.
The non-profit will partner with the Refugee Youth Project (RYP), a local organization that works closely with refugee youth in Baltimore. High school students from Bhutan, Burma, the Congo, Eritrea and Iraq will have the opportunity to participate in the 100cameras photojournalism program, which is designed to promote personal development through interactive writing activities, “photographer’s tool-belt” class sessions, and photography field expeditions around Baltimore.