• People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland to release interim report on progress and next steps

    Who: Members of the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland Working Groups What: Release of Interim Report When: May 19, 10:30 a.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P1gMrmPeQfeGU9GDORBlGg BALTIMORE, MD – Members of the People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland (The People’s Commission) will gather for a community forum to discuss the release of the Commission’s 2021 Interim Report and […]

  • B’more Invested announces first round of grants to 10 organizations led by people of color to support restorative approaches to community safety and healing

    New grantmaking strategy relies on community members and funders to make decisions on grants BALTIMORE, MD – Launching an innovative approach to community-driven grantmaking, the B’more Invested initiative is awarding $1.5 million in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations that are led by people of color and involved with promising efforts to promote community safety and […]

  • OSI Community Fellow featured on WBAL

    This week, 2019 OSI Community Fellow Marvin Hayes was featured in a WBAL segment about the Baltimore Compost Collective, a youth-empowered food scrap collection service that he currently runs. The Collective collects food scraps from residences in the Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park, Locust Point, and Mount Washington neighborhoods and composts the material at […]

  • OSI Community Fellow Brion Gill Featured on MSNBC

    Last week, MSNBC interviewed 2015 OSI Community Fellow Brion Gill for a feature about the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District located in the Penn North, Druid Heights, Upton, and Sandtown-Winchester communities. Gill, who is a poet and teacher, is the founder and Executive Director and spoke to MSNBC about the importance of revitalizing the […]

  • OSI Director joins CLLCTIVLY’s Jamye Wooten to discuss funding grassroots organizations

    On Wednesday, Jamye Wooten, CEO of CLLCTIVLY, “a place-based social change organization centering Black Genius, Narrative Power, Social Networks, and Resource Mobilization,” hosted an Instagram LIVE session on “The Importance of Funding Grassroots Organizations” with OSI-Baltimore Director Danielle Torain. Torain talked about the history of disinvestment, noting that, nationally, 8% of philanthropic investment goes to […]

  • Future City focuses on trauma, harm reduction, and healing

    Last night’s episode of WYPR’s monthly show Future City focused on trauma. One segment included Mark Gunnery’s interview with Cam Kerr, Outreach Organizer and Syringe Service Provider for Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC), which uses a trauma-informed approach to provide harm reduction services. OSI has worked closely BHRC and the BRIDGES Coalition, which advocates to establish […]

  • Healing City work goes statewide with Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act

    Last week, Senator Jill Carter, City Councilman Zeke Cohen and other public officials held a press conference outside City Hall to celebrate unanimous passage of the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act in the state legislature last month. The legislation, introduced by Senator Carter and Delegate Robbyn Lewis, expands the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, and will […]

  • 2019 OSI Community Fellows “Close the Circle”

    On Friday, the OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows community gathered virtually to honor the 2019 cohort of Community Fellows, marking the official end of their 18-month Fellowships and the beginning of their membership in the 200-plus Community Fellowships Network. “As you know, once you are an OSI Fellow, you are always welcomed as part of the OSI […]

  • OSI Community Fellow’s B-360 partners with State’s Attorney’s Office on diversion initiative

    Last week, Baltimore 360 (B-360), founded by 2018 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Brittany Young, announced a partnership with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office on a program to divert people away from the criminal justice system for dirt bike charges, traffic violations and other nonviolent offenses. As part of the initiative, the State’s Attorney’s Office will […]

  • OSI Community Fellow and Board Member honored with Daily Record Leadership in Law Awards

    Last week, the Daily Record announced its 2021 Leadership in Law awardees. Among the honorees are 2018 OSI Community Fellow, Aarti Sidhu, and Andre Davis, retired U.S. Circuit Judge and OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board member. Sidhu, who is currently a Staff Attorney with the Education Unit at Disability Rights Maryland working specifically on education issues faced […]