"There's a lot of mistrust between police and transgender women," 60-year-old activist Monica Yorkman said Monday to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, during a police forum held specifically for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
As staunch advocates of patient rights, Planned Parenthood of Maryland led the successful campaign for passage of Senate bill 790, which closes a wide gap in confidentiality laws to help protect the privacy of health care information for all Maryland women and families.
Service workers fighting for higher wages remained at loggerheads with The Johns Hopkins Hospital Friday as they ended a three-day strike over higher wages – and said they could walk off the job again.
While not setting a definitive precedent, those rulings did put a massive amount of momentum behind court and legislative efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in states across the country, and a couple of those cases have now progressed so rapidly that they could land the issue before the Supreme Court once more.
It seems that many minorities do not give back to their communities to help develop the next generation pursue STEM fields, or that many minority kids are turned away from STEM fields because they do not believe it is possible to be successful in these fields. If our society wants to see more minorities in STEM fields then we as a whole have to contribute and not put the entire burden on the education system to train the next generation of minorities in STEM fields.
Six regional and national advocacy organizations have filed arguments in federal court on behalf of a transgender retired police sergeant who brought a discrimination suit against Howard County after she was not chosen for a volunteer police mounted patrol.
A new group called Reform Baltimore County Animal Services organized the rally. The group says conditions at the facility must be improved, pointing to a euthanasia rate of more than 60 percent last year.
While it is encouraging that Maryland legislators are working to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the recent decision by the House of Delegates (if left to stand) to freeze the tipped minimum wage would represent a significant step backward for thousands of workers, particularly women.
In a world replete with human rights abuses affecting vast numbers of people, the curious and awkward misfortunes of those with mismatched bodies — transgender folk — may seem insignificant. But people have a fundamental right to be themselves, even if that means transgressing a barrier between the sexes that some think should be impassable. When we recognize that, we make a powerful statement that human dignity matters.
A long wait for Laurel residents came to an end on Friday, March 28 with the opening of the first retailer at the Towne Centre at Laurel, a new retail area still under construction. The grand opening of Burlington Coat Factory Friday is a major milestone in the $130 million development at the site of the former Laurel Mall on Route 1.
The calls to remove Charles Stanley's name from the Laurel public library are narrow-minded and reflect the shallow, simplistic understanding the vast majority of Americans have about the Civil War. If asked to identify the cause of the Civil War, most Americans would reflexively respond, "slavery." This is simply not true.
That's why nearly three in four Americans support raising the minimum wage. But Republicans in Congress stand in lock-step opposition. Some even want to scrap the minimum wage entirely. One Republican Congressman said he would vote to repeal it if he had the chance. These arguments aren't new. Opponents of the minimum wage have been using them for years. And time and again, they have been proven wrong. Raising the minimum wage is good for businesses, good for workers, and good for our entire
The day after the state legislature extended civil rights protections to transgender people, the group that successfully petitioned same-sex marriage to the ballot in 2012 threatened to petition the transgender protections too
Legislation barring discrimination against trans-gender people passed the General Assembly Thursday, after the House of Delegates approved it following an impassioned debate. The bill cleared the Senate earlier this month. After the House voted 82-57 to pass the bill, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would sign the measure.
Now, Smith is honoring his late brother, Tevin Jones, by announcing a scholarship fund in his name Saturday during halftime of a Battle of the Beltway charity basketball game at Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus.
One year ago, local activist group Housing Our Neighbors stood with the 14 residents of a tent city in the heart of downtown Baltimore and watched as a city bulldozer demolished tents that had housed people for years. This approach to homelessness and tent cities is both misguided and ineffective. We know what works to end this crisis: a model called "housing first," coupled with policies that increase the supply of affordable housing, health care, jobs and livable wages.
Even though the Baltimore City school system is making progress at keeping students in school, in each of the last three years one quarter of all city school students and nearly one third of its special education students have been chronically absent. That's far too many.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Wednesday he expects Baltimore to be a model for a new program, which will turn over thousands of units of public housing to private and nonprofit developers.
Last March, Maxine and Robert Pineda began storing and distributing food from a walk-in pantry in the church basement. In August, Boggs gave up his Pastor's Conference Room to move the Food Pantry into a larger space. As it continues to grow, Robert Pineda wants to expand the pantry into an offsite location, ideally on Main Street.