Baltimore City Paper

A roundup of events to build community and continue the #BaltimoreUprising

Though a shoddy piece of journalism by Fox News caused tensions to briefly rise, the city has shown the last couple of days that it's ready to reflect and heal after the death of Freddie Gray. Several events have been planned to help bring people from across the city together to listen to each other, build community, and affect change. Of course the movement is not over, and there are things planned to consider what the next step should be. Here's a list of events you can attend to stay involved. City Paper will update as more are announced.


  • #BeMoreFamilyEatOut, most deals run through the end of the month, various locations, Participating restaurants offer specials and discounts. Support local businesses and the service-industry workers who lost wages during the unrest and curfew.

May 5

  • Mount Vernon Business Fundraising Happy Hour, 5-9 p.m., Ware House 518, 518 N. Charles St., (443) 869-3382,, $5 suggested donation. Enjoy $3 beers, $5 glasses of wine, $6 mixed drinks, and $4-6 food specials while helping to support 15 neighborhood businesses damaged by riots on April 27. There's also a GoFundMe page if you can't make it.
  • Public Safety Committee Meeting on Tyrone West, 4 p.m., City Hall, fourth floor, 100 Holliday St., Before Freddie Gray there was Tyrone West, who died in police custody in 2013. According to activist group Baltimore Bloc, this is the first hearing "since both the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office and the Baltimore Police Department completed their investigations on Tyrone's killing (and decided not to charge or discipline any of the officers involved.)"(UPDATE: The Council postponed this meeting until further notice.)
  • Right to Housing Alliance Monthly Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 235 Holliday St., (443) 863-9607, The organization's meeting is open to the public. This week's meeting invites anyone affected by the lack of affordable housing, the closing of rec centers, and other issues to meet with organizers that work to combat them.

May 6

  • People's Power Assembly Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Baltimore Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., (410) 218-4835, The activist group will reflect on the events of the Baltimore Uprising and focus on where to take the movement. The campaign to stop shutting off people's water will also be discussed.
  • The Fire This Time: A Town Hall Discussion, 6 p.m., The Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., (410) 800-4295, Baltimore youth are invited to the Real News Network for a town hall discussing the death of Freddie Gray and the events of the Baltimore Uprising. Email to attend.
  • West Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Northeast Baltimore Police District, 1900 Argonne Drive, The family of Tyrone West, who died in police custody in 2013, is joined by members of Baltimore Bloc to protest West's death and police brutality.

May 7

  • Baltimore Unite, 6:30 p.m., Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., (443) 632-4104, All denominations—and people without one—are invited to stand together during "The National Day of Prayer, to lift up Baltimore for hope and healing."
  • D. Watkins, 5 p.m., Johns Hopkins Homewood campus (exact location TBD), (410) 660-8343, The City Paper contributor and writer, who recently penned a piece for The New York Times and made appearances on CNN and "Meet The Press," leads a community discussion with Thread CEO Sarah Hemminger on the events of the Baltimore Uprising.

May 8

  • Silent Auction to Benefit YES!, 7-10 p.m., Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave., (202) 210-8361, Bid on a piece of art and help raise money for Youth Empowered Society, a support center for formerly and currently homeless youth.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance's Call to Action, 7 p.m., New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St., (410) 338-2642, BHMA is asking mental health professionals to set goals and make plans to help community members who have experienced trauma as a result of years of violence and oppression.

May 9

  • 8th Annual Boundary Block Party, 1-4 p.m., Pennsylvania Avenue Triangle Park, Pennsylvania Avenue and Presstman Street, The No Boundaries Coalition and Jubilee Arts Baltimore host a block party in Sandtown-Winchester, a neighborhood heavily hit by riots. The event features performances by choirs, marching bands, and poets, art, a greens cook-off, poetry, face painting, a fresh produce market, and more. Volunteers are still needed to help run and promote the festival. Sign up here.
  • Million Moms March, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Vernon Square, 800 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C., (414) 939-5599, Following the deaths of multiple people at the hands of police, mothers are banding together to call for justice and an end to police brutality and racism.
  • Glitter Thighs Presents: BLACKOUT, 9 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899,, $10, $7 before 10 p.m. The Coolots perform and DJ LDP and DJ Natty Boom provide music at the queer dance party, with proceeds benefiting Strength To Love II, a community farm in Sandtown-Winchester.
  • Queer Solidarity Against Police Brutality, 9 p.m., The Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130,, $5-$10 suggested donation. The Holographic Sticker Club, Fun Never Starts, DJ Abdu Ali, and Arturo Ozaeta turn the queer dance party Rough Trade into a fundraiser for the activist group Baltimore Bloc.
  • Music For Peace Concert, noon-1:30 p.m., Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 2812 Reisterstown Road, (410) 783-8000,, free. Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are joined by other musicians to perform Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy,' Matisyahu's 'One Day,' Harry Belafonte's 'Turn the World Around,' and 'Amazing Grace' in a free concert to heal the community.
  • Baltimore City Public School Baseball Championship, 12:30 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., free admission and free parking. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Councilman Brandon Scott host this match-up between Digital Harbor and ACCE. Come cheer on local kids.
  • NLC Maryland Voter Registration Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., various locations, The New Leaders Council is running a drive to register city residents to vote. Volunteers are needed for the effort.
  • #BaltimoreLunch Free Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-noon, Gilmor Homes, 1340 N. Mount St., Operation Help or Hush is accepting donations of fresh fruit and vegetables to be distributed to the residents of the Gilmor Homes. Food will be accepted 10 a.m.-noon and then distributed noon-2 p.m.
  • #BmoreYouthRise, 8 a.m., Gilmor Homes, 1340 N. Mount St., A memorial mural for Freddie Gray and other black lives lost is unveiled at the Gilmor Homes in Gray's neighborhood. At noon, a town hall will be held at the Baltimore City Community College's Fine Arts Theatre (2901 Liberty Heights Ave.) At 3:30 p.m., a peace walk is led to Harlem Square Park (Edmonson Avenue and North Calhoun Street) for a rally.

May 11

  • ReOpening Day, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., 888-848-2473,, $10-$56. People eager to support the Orioles after they had to play one game in front of an empty stadium and a home series on the road can pack the seats at Camden Yards once again. Baseball is far from the most important thing, but it helps to heal.

May 12

  • "We Love Baltimore," 7-11 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, The concert venue and art gallery's storefront will be decorated with a love letter to the city for this art show and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Baltimore Community Foundation's Rebuilding Fund. Any artists would would like to participate should email by May 6.

May 15

  • Hack For Baltimore, 6 p.m., through May 17, The Real News Network, 231 Holliday St., (410) 800-4295, Developers and designers are asked to help improve the technology used by organizations that work with city residents and fight for justice.

May 16

  • Baltimore Soup, 7 p.m., The Whole Gallery, 405 W. Franklin St.,, $5-$8. Enjoy a soup dinner and hear from the organizers of four projects looking to make a positive impact on the city. Diners vote on which project receives the night's proceeds at the end.
  • Amnesty 4 All Arrestees Protest, 3 p.m., McKeldin Square, Light and Pratt streets, (410) 218-4835, Baltimore People's Power Assembly holds a protest asking for amnesty for anyone arrested during Baltimore Uprising demonstrations.

May 20