• Listen for WYPR’s “On the Watch” Friday morning

    On Friday morning, WYPR will air the latest installation of its “On the Watch” series examining the culture and practice of policing in Baltimore, which is supported by a grant from OSI-Baltimore’s Baltimore Justice Fund. The new segment will air at about 5:51 and 7:51 a.m. “One Activist and One Cop Take On Police Reform […]

  • Why are police in schools anyway?

    By Evan Serpick We’ve all seen the viral video of a school police officer in South Carolina thrashing a student in the classroom. There are many things to take away from this disturbing – and hardly isolated – incident. In a Washington Post column, journalist and child advocate Stacey Patton (who spoke at OSI’s Talking […]

  • OSI-Baltimore to announce grants to 10 Community Fellows at Monday press conference

    Media Advisory Contact: Evan Serpick 410.234.1091 Social entrepreneurs working locally to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities will receive $60,000 each over 18 months BALTIMORE – In a press conference on Monday, November 1, Open Society Institute-Baltimore will announce a new cohort of 10 Community Fellows who will use $60,000 grants to launch or expand projects […]

  • Listen to Elizabeth Nix’s talk about the history of segregation

    Last night University of Baltimore professor Elizabeth Nix talked to a packed house at the Enoch Pratt Free Library about the history of segregation in Baltimore as part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race series. She touched on the early 1800s, when Baltimore had the largest free African-American population in the U.S. and was not yet […]

  • Can Baltimore police put change into practice?

    By Diana Morris With the number of Baltimore City homicides spiking to 274 so far this year, it is not a second too soon to change our approach to public safety in Baltimore. That’s why it was great news that newly appointed police commissioner Kevin Davis was among 130 national law enforcement leaders who made […]

  • Baltimore Urban Debate League grooms new generation of activists

    There’s a great story in this week’s City Paper about how the debate renaissance among Baltimore city students has helped prepare a new generation of activist leaders at a time when Baltimore needs them most. One of the key groups described in the story is the Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL), which, as BUDL’s website […]

  • SAFE Center opens its doors in West Baltimore

    Yesterday, SAFE Center, a rec center devoted to out of school time learning for young people in Franklin Square, officially opened its doors. Van Brooks, a current OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, founded SAFE—Safe Alternative Foundation for Education—to use programmatic community outreach to convey the importance of an education to young people in West Baltimore. The center, created […]

  • Listen to our Talking About Race panel on Rights for Domestic Workers

    Last week, OSI-Baltimore and the Enoch Pratt Free Library hosted the latest in our Talking About Race series, this one about the rights of domestic workers and day laborers. It was a great conversation, including Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, and moderator Rachel Micah-Jones, director […]

  • OSI-Baltimore supports City Bloc’s efforts

    Today at 4pm, City Bloc—a group of students from Baltimore City College and other schools that is affiliated with Baltimore Bloc and Baltimore United for Change—will hold a press conference at City Hall in advance of a scheduled city council hearing to confirm the nomination of Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as permanent commissioner. According to […]

  • Sun highlights growth of community schools

    Last week, the Baltimore Sun wrote about the growing network of Baltimore City Community Schools. OSI-Baltimore grantee The Family League, acts as the operating manager for the City’s core of 52 Community Schools, who partner with dozens of organizations to provide enhanced and extended education opportunities, health and social services, extracurricular activities, nightly supper and food pantries, as […]