• OSI Community Fellow’s MomCares celebrates 5 years, Observes NICU awareness month

    To celebrate their 5th anniversary, MOMCares, the program started by 2019 Community Fellow Ana Rodney that provides postpartum doula services to single, low income women of color in the NICU, will hold a special celebration on Friday October 1 from 11am-2pm at Dovecote Café. MOMCares is also observing NICU Awareness month on September 29 with a […]

  • Jews United for Justice to honor OSI’s Tara Huffman

    At its annual Heschel Vision Awards ceremony in November, Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) will honor Tara Huffman, who recently stepped down as director of OSI’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program. “[Huffman] is a rare funder who is also seen as a partner by scores of grantees,” JUFJ said in its announcement. “She has played […]

  • OSI Community Fellows on WYPR

    This week, two OSI Baltimore Community Fellows, Janet Glover-Kerkvliet (2019) and Deborah Ramsey (2016) were featured on WYPR shows. First, Janet Glover-Kervliet is the founder of the Baltimore Job Hunters Support group, which offers support and free career counseling to Baltimore job seekers. She spoke to Sheilah Kast on On the Record about how the […]

  • BRIDGES Coalition launches Yes On My Block campaign

    On August, 31st, Overdose Awareness Day, the OSI-supported BRIDGES Coalition launched a campaign to rally community support to bring life-saving Overdose Prevention Sites to Maryland. As the BRIDGES press release explains, the campaign was inspired by an exchange during a Maryland Senate committee hearing on Overdose Prevention Sites, when Senator Delores Kelly said of OPS, […]

  • Out for Justice hosts “Know Your Rights” series about Housing and Employment laws

    On Tuesday, Out for Justice, a member-led group advocating for the rights of people impacted by the criminal justice system, held the first event in its two-part “Know your Rights” series about housing and employment laws. The second event will take place on Sept. 15th. Register here.   Out for Justice has been an OSI […]

  • 2018 OSI Baltimore Community Fellow in Baltimore Magazine

    This month’s Baltimore Magazine features 2018 OSI- Community Fellow, Graham Coreil-Allen, who uses public art to create traffic calming tools across Baltimore City. He works with residents, transportation officials, and traffic engineers to develop art that helps make streets safer and more accessible to everyone who uses them. This was the idea behind Coreil-Allen’s fellowship, […]

  • OSI-Supported Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition Urges MD Lawmakers to Override Hogan Veto of SB 420

    In an op-ed for the Baltimore Brew, Rajani Gudlavalleti, director of mobilization with OSI-supported Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition urges Maryland lawmakers to override Governor Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill 420, which decriminalized the possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia. “At a time when Baltimore’s overdose rate is among the highest in the nation” wrote Gudlavalleti, […]

  • CBS Sunday Morning on Baltimore gun violence

    On Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning included a segment focused on gun violence in Baltimore City and included interviews with Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, and Safe Streets site coordinator Corey Winfield. You can watch the full segment here.

  • OSI grantees named to city’s Local Control Advisory Board

    Last night, Mayor Brandon Scott swore in six members of the newly-formed Local Control Advisory Board, which will study the proposed transition of the Baltimore Police Department from state to local control. Among the appointees are four members of the OSI-supported Coalition for Justice, Safety, and Jobs, including Ray Kelly, executive director of the Citizen’s Policing […]

  • Fellows Roundup: Deborah Ramsey, Kanav Kathuria, and Elyshia Aseltine

    This week, 2016 OSI Community Fellow Deborah Ramsey’s Unified Efforts was featured on WMAR as the organization opened a new youth center in Penn North. Ramsey, a retired Baltimore City police officer, founded Unified Efforts as a way to broaden the horizons of young people in Penn North through after-school and summer programming. Ramsey also […]