• OSI co-sponsors Social Innovation Lab Bootcamp next weekend

    Next Saturday, September 29, Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab, in partnership with Open Society Institute and Baltimore Corps, will host an “Impact Bootcamp” for “for people who want to gain or enhance the skills essential for launching and leading a community project, nonprofit, or mission-driven business.” The Bootcamp is a condensed version of the […]

  • Immigrants strengthen Baltimore, says Mayor Pugh

    In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh cited a New American Economy report that ranked Baltimore number two in the nation in immigrant integration and suggested that the city is stronger because of its support for immigrant communities, through the Safe City Baltimore initiative and other means: Our high score on legal support […]

  • OSI’s Scott Nolen participates in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel

    On Friday, Scott Nolen (above, fourth from the left), director of Open Society Institute’s Addiction and Health Equity program, joined Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, and others to discuss “Opioids and People of Color” at the 48th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Nolen also joined Rep. Cummings […]

  • OSI partner Dr. Leana Wen to lead Planned Parenthood

    Yesterday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen announced that she will step down from her position to take over as president of Planned Parenthood. Dr. Wen has been a steadfast partner of the Open Society Institute, working together on distribution of life-saving overdose-reversal drug Naloxone, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD), and many […]

  • Review period for new police policies extended

    Last month, the Department of Justice released six new and revised Baltimore Police Department policies, created as part of the city’s consent decree with the DOJ, which required reforms within the BPD. Today, the department extended the period for public comment on the new policies to September 28th. Anyone can review the policies at the […]

  • Holistic Life Foundation expands work in city schools

    Holistic Life Foundation, a longtime Open Society Institute grantee that brings yoga and mindfulness to Baltimore City Schools, recently completed an OSI-funded curriculum that they are rolling out to several City Schools this school year. They just released a 60-second video, below, that highlights their work and is part of continuing efforts to re-frame perceptions of […]

  • One year later, bail reform is working

    A new story in the Maryland Daily Record reports on the dramatic reduction on the use of cash bail in Maryland (“With cash bail down and releases up, stakeholders turn attention to pretrial services“). Perhaps most notably, while the use of cash bail dropped from around 40 percent of criminal cases in 2016 to about […]

  • Open Society Institute statement on the Biennial Performance Audit of the Baltimore City Health Department

    In its recent Biennial Performance Audit of the Baltimore City Health Department, the city’s Department of Audits noted several of the health department’s successes, including its Naloxone program, which reversed at least 1,439 overdoses in 2016 and 2017 alone. The audit also reported several failures to meet expectations, recommending that the department increase staffing levels […]

  • No Boundaries Coalition wins 2018 Peace Award

    Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement whose focus is “to transform a world shaken by violence, terrorism, deepening inequalities, and global insecurity” has named the No Boundaries Coalition, an OSI-Baltimore grantee, the recipient of its 2018 Peace Award.  No Boundaries, a community advocacy organization that played a key role in ensuring that the Consent Decree was […]

  • OSI Fellows, grantees among the recipients of Baltimore City Youth Fund grants

    On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Youth Fund announced its year-one grant awardees and among the recipients are several OSI-Baltimore grantees and organizations founded by OSI Community Fellows. Among the awardees was Afrikan Youth Alchemy Inc. (founded by 2009 Fellow Tre Subira), Baltimore Youth Arts (founded by 2016 Fellow Gianna Rodriguez), Intersection of Change (a part of […]