Open Society Institute-Baltimore to hold Solutions Summit Saturday

The Baltimore Sun
A daylong summit will be held Saturday to discuss solutions to problems vexing Baltimore.

A civic activism group will hold a daylong summit in Baltimore Saturday, where new Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and others are expected to discuss ways to approach some of the city's systemic problems.

The Open Society Institute-Baltimore's Solutions Summit will be held at the War Memorial building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The group calls drug addiction, criminal justice and education issues the biggest problems affecting Baltimore and Maryland.

Participants in a series of forums will discuss policies to address behavioral health, criminal and juvenile justice, jobs and racial equity.

Forum participants will then vote on the recommendations they want Baltimore's new mayor and City Council to consider.

Event speakers include Pugh, University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke (a former mayor) and Sherilynn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

There will also be food, performances from spoken word artists and displays of pieces from MICA's recent "Baltimore Rising" exhibit.

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