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Voices of Baltimore: Black, White and Gray

2018 Update

It’s been three years since the in-custody death of Freddie Gray spawned unrest across Baltimore. A Consent Decree between the city and the Department of Justice has now been signed, and long-term reform continues to unfold. Kwame Rose, activist and community liaison, and Councilman Brandon Scott, Vice Chair of the Baltimore Public Safety Committee, are both engaged in these efforts.

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Reform in Baltimore City has been slow and steady since 2015.

According to Councilman Scott, the “wheels” of change have begun to turn. The “real” work, according to Scott, will come when policy changes from the Consent Decree are implemented, but he hopes civilian oversight and participation will continue. Scott lauds new Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, but says that in order for Baltimore to improve, reform and crime rates must be managed at the same time.

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Kwame Rose discusses how his activism has changed since 2015.

Kwame Rose is now working for BMORE Beautiful, a city beautification program through Mayor Pugh’s office. He believes residents in the city should continue to push for accountability in their elected officials, and that alternative strategies for challenging existing structures and institutions are needed. He hopes more people can continue to become engaged, and that more resources can be put into under-served communities.

2018 Update

These stories were made possible by the generous support of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. To learn more about their organization, please visit their website at http://www.aecf.org.