• OSI-Baltimore Announces Solutions Summit, December 10

    Media Advisory Contact Evan Serpick 410-234-1091 BALTIMORE – Just over a month after Election Day, OSI-Baltimore will convene Baltimore residents for a free full-day public event, called Solutions Summit, to create a consensus blueprint for the new mayor and city council. In the lead-up to the event, there will be three public half-day forums that will […]

  • OSI Justice Fund Grantee “On the Watch” Gets National Attention on All Things Considered

    OSI Justice Fund grantee “On the Watch,” is a year-long newsroom series focusing on police accountability and community police relations that airs on Baltimore National Public Radio affiliate WYPR. This weekend, NPR aired a compilation of the work WYPR’s Mary Rose Madden has been doing about police and community relations for “On the Watch” on […]

  • Pratt Library CEO and Former OSI Board Member Carla Hayden Clears First Hurdle to Becoming Librarian of Congress

    Yesterday, Dr. Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and former OSI-Baltimore advisory board member, cleared her first Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama’s nominee to librarian of Congress. If confirmed, Hayden will be the first African American as well as the first woman to head the Library of Congress. Sens. Barbara […]

  • Baltimore’s Mayoral Race Gets National Coverage

    The Baltimore mayoral race is heating up, and gaining attention outside of Maryland. Much of it is focusing on the candidates through the lens of Freddie Gray’s death and the uprising, the one-year anniversary of which coincides with the primary election in Maryland. The New York Times and Huffington Post recently published pieces on the […]

  • Baltimore City students stage walkout protesting standardized testing

    Holding signs with messages like “Jobs Not Jail,” “Park the PARCC,” and “We are students, not test scores,” about 100 students across Baltimore City walked out of their classrooms Friday afternoon to protest the PARCC standardized test, which they call a “mechanism of institutional racism.” The walkout culminated at a rally in front of the […]

  • Record Turnout for Maryland Primary Election Early Voting

    Long lines greeted Marylanders casting ballots as polling places opened for early voting Thursday with record turnout. According to the Baltimore Sun, when the polls closed at 8:30pm on the first day, about 5,000 people had cast ballots in Baltimore — more than four times the number of the first day of early voting in […]

  • OSI Fellow Brings Monument Quilt, Healing to Baltimore

    Traffic was stopped along two blocks of North Avenue Sunday afternoon to make room for the Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced display of 1,000 8′ x 8′ squares of red fabric bearing stories and messages of empowerment from rape and sexual assault survivors and their allies. The event, called “Not Alone Baltimore,” was organized by Baltimore-based activist […]

  • OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series

    To see listings for upcoming Talking About Race events, go here. OSI-Baltimore has been presenting this free, public series since 2009 as a way of sparking conversations about how race intersects with our lives. They generally attract crowds of about 250 people. Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America March […]

  • OSI-Baltimore Response to Dr. Gregory Thornton’s Letter to BCPSS Families

    Open Society Institute-Baltimore denounces Dr. Gregory Thornton’s statement, in a letter to BCPSS families, that legitimate forms of protest like walkouts are on a par with violence and vandalism. While we don’t condone violence, we call on Dr. Thornton and BCPSS to adopt policies and practices that honor the struggle to achieve racial justice in Baltimore and that respect students’ First […]

  • Anna Deavere Smith Sparks Conversations with “Notes from the Field”

    On Saturday and Sunday, Anna Deavere Smith presented the latest incarnation of her production, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, the Baltimore Chapter,” which focuses on the way the education system grooms some kids for life in the criminal justice system. Smith had performed an earlier version of “Notes” in Berkeley, but for […]