Seeking Solutions: Audacious Thinking Spring 2017

Read the Spring 2017 issue of OSI-Baltimore’s newsletter, Audacious Thinking. “Seeking Solutions” recaps the 2016 Solutions Summit, introduces readers to OSI’s youngest donor and celebrates 20 years of Community Fellowships. Check out the new issue here.

OSI Announces New Community Fellows, Releases Network Analysis

This morning, OSI-Baltimore announced its 19th cohort of Community Fellows. The new Fellows will each receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects they designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities. The 10 new Fellows include established activists, educators, and artists, and the proposed projects focus on a wide range of issues, including […]

OSI-Baltimore Statement on the BPD’s Aerial Surveillance Program

Media Advisory Contact Evan Serpick 410-234-1091 Open Society Institute-Baltimore is deeply troubled by revelations that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has been conducting a covert surveillance program in the skies above our city since January. OSI-Baltimore calls for the Baltimore Police Department to come forward with a complete disclosure of the program so that it […]

OSI hosts “Understanding Addiction” training for Baltimore Police

On Thursday, OSI-Baltimore hosted its second “Understanding Addiction” training for Baltimore police officers and cadets. As The Guardian reported in its story about the training, the officers and cadets heard from people who had been directly impacted by police abuse, including Heaven Godley, who described being beaten by officers and denied medical treatment for three […]

Punishing the Poor: Audacious Thinking Summer 2016

In the Summer 2016 issue of OSI-Baltimore’s newsletter, Audacious Ideas, we announce our plans for the Solutions Summit on December 10, check in with some of our Community Fellows as they work to build an alumni network, and highlight the effects of a cash bail system that punishes the poor. Included are photos featured in […]

In Sun op-ed, OSI Director Reflects on “Year of Change” Since the Uprising

“Has anything changed?” OSI-Baltimore Director Diana Morris asks this pointed question in an op-ed published in today’s Baltimore Sun. She is reflecting, of course, on the year that has passed since the arrest of Freddie Gray, his death in police custody and the uprising that resulted. The answer, she maintains, is a cautious “yes.” From new leadership to […]

Change is happening in Baltimore

Don’t miss OSI-Baltimore’s year-end video, which focuses on the opportunities that arose out of the uprising in 2015. Open Society Institute Baltimore – Be The Change from Open Society Baltimore on Vimeo.

Building a New Movement: Audacious Ideas, Fall 2015

In the latest edition of our newsletter, we talk about the Baltimore Justice Fund and the first round of grantees, Diana Morris writes about listening to the voices of the uprising, and we declare victory with the enactment of new legislation that will prevent most minors from being sent to adult jails. We also talk about the […]

The Importance of Student Attendance

September is, appropriately enough, Attendance Awareness Month and a good time to talk about how attendance is a portal to many other issues involving Baltimore City students, families and schools. Nearly 85% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals, which is an indicator for poverty; and we can’t discount the attendant barriers and burdens that accompany modern poverty in America.