Kevin Davis, the former Baltimore Police commissioner who helped negotiate and begin implementing policing reforms under the city’s consent decree with the Justice Department, has won a fellowship from the Open Society Foundations to write a book analyzing such agreements across the country.
KKK flyers that have gone up around the state recently spread the same hateful message that apparently prompted a gunman to massacre 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last month: that Jews are responsible for illegal immigration from Mexico.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is in Puerto Rico through an Open Society Foundations program that pairs mainland mayors with their counterparts on the island to support rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria caused severe damage there.
McDaniel College found itself entangled in an international dispute between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and the Hungarian prime minister that's threatened its 23-year-old satellite campus in Budapest.
If the candidates want the trust of communities damaged by over-incarceration, they should commit to using a more efficient process to continue and expand President Obama's initiative to free deserving candidates who were over-sentenced for drug offenses.
Philanthropic groups, including the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, will collectively spend $200 million on programs intended to help young black and Hispanic men as part of an initiative President Barack Obama will announce at the White House on Thursday.
The lives of the Baltimore teens are among the thousands influenced by George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist who decided 15 years ago that the city, with severe crime and poverty and just enough potential, was ripe for an experiment unlike any other. The Open Society Institute field office in Baltimore was designed as a social justice laboratory to keep students engaged in school, confront drug addiction, reduce incarceration and grow an army of advocates.
A group of black men with visions to improve Baltimore were awarded grants between $10,000 and $20,000 for youth job training, the development of a debate camp at Morgan State University and teaching former prisoners about urban farming.