• OSI’s Michael Camlin joins conversation about creating an equitable safety net

    Last week, the Homeless Person Representation Project hosted a virtual conversation on “Creating an Equitable Safety Net,” including Michael Camlin, OSI-Baltimore’s program manager for Wellbeing and Systems Change. Camlin talked about ways that funders can work to strengthen the social safety net, both in terms of who they choose to fund and in how they […]

  • OSI-Baltimore hiring for two positions, takes on new role within Open Society Foundations

    Over the past year, Open Society Foundations has undergone a global transformation to empower local changemakers, reinforcing the organization’s original premise that “the people closest to the problem are best suited to define the solution.” As part of that transformation, Open Society-US (OS-US) has re-shaped its structure to create and strengthen a multi-racial, pro-democracy alliance […]

  • Mayor, Health Commissioner visit BRIDGES Coalition demo Overdose Prevention Site, as advocates prepare for 2023 push

    On July 12th and 14th, the BRIDGES Coalition hosted a demonstration Overdose Prevention Site at Howard Street art gallery NomuNomu as part of its “Yes On My Block” campaign in favor of legalizing Overdose Prevention Sites across the state. OSI-Baltimore is an organizational member and financial supporter of the BRIDGES Coalition. Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore […]

  • OSI Fellow Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute, publish book on pathways to liberation

    On Juneteenth, 2017 OSI Community Fellow Eric Jackson and his organization, Black Yield Institute, a Bmore Invested grantee, published a new book, BoOTS: Liberation in the Masses & in the Margins, which “offers up an approach to the study of historic and contemporary examples of liberation through public, massive and private, marginal methods.” You can […]

  • School violence rises elsewhere in Maryland but drops in Baltimore City, thanks to restorative practices

    The Baltimore Banner reported on data about school violence from around the state, finding large increases in fighting, threats, and suspensions throughout the state, with the largest increases in Baltimore and Ann Arundel counties. But violence in Baltimore City schools, along with those in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, has dropped. As the Banner reports, […]

  • OSI Fellow’s organization, Next One Up, moves to Belvedere Square space

    Matt Hanna, a 2013 OSI Community Fellow and founder youth mentorship organization Next One Up, announced plans to move the organization into the large, high-profile space in Belvedere Square formerly occupied by Brick Bodies gym. Since Hanna, a former captain of Johns Hopkins University’s lacrosse team and professional lacrosse player, founded Next One Up during […]

  • 2010 OSI Fellow to headline one-woman show in New York

    On August 12, 2010 OSI Community Fellow Meshelle Foreman, known by her stage name Meshelle: The Indie Mom of Comedy, will star in a one-woman show at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in New York City. Called “Can I Be Great? Life After 20 Years Inside,” the show “explores the shelf-life of a stand-up […]

  • OSI releases report on efforts to improve healthcare for opioid users

    OSI-Baltimore is proud to release a report that summarizes our work with several local hospitals over the last several years, to explore ways to divert opioid users from Emergency Departments and toward more long-term, holistic care. The report, “Hospital Innovations to Reduce Emergency Department Utilization Among People with Opioid Use Disorder,” is part of the OSI-Baltimore […]

  • OSI Fellow’s organization to rehab Poppleton homes, in victory for community

    Today, Mayor Brandon Scott, Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy and La Cité Development President Daniel Bythewood Jr. will announce that 11 homes slated for potential demolition in the Poppleton neighborhood – a Black community that dates back to the Civil War – will instead be rehabbed by Black Women Build-Baltimore, founded by 2018 OSI Community Fellow […]

  • BRIDGES Coalition to open Overdose Prevention Site in Baltimore

    This week, the OSI-supported BRIDGES Coalition, an advocacy coalition working to end overdose and criminalization by promoting safe spaces, dignity, health, and justice for people who use drugs, will open a model overdose prevention site (OPS) in Baltimore as part of its Yes On My Block campaign in favor of legalizing the opening of overdose prevention […]