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Johns Hopkins students commemorate 74 years since the Nakba

Johns Hopkins University students gathered on Thursday, May 12, to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Nakba—or “catastrophe”—when, in 1948, what was once Palestine was…

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Workers at Maryland’s first unionized Starbucks describe their fight for workplace democracy

On Monday, April 25, the N. Charles cafe in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood became the first Starbucks location in Maryland to unionize. The final election results, certified…

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Seven years since Baltimore Police killed Freddie Gray, five years into the consent decree

Last week’s oversight hearing for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) consent decree fell just two days after the seventh anniversary of the death of Freddie…

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Maryland Gubernatorial Transportation Forum

Join us at the Real News Network Studio and live online to hear from leading gubernatorial candidates about their visions for Maryland’s transportation future. Forum…

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In Baltimore’s backlogged courts, defendants pay for their own home detention or risk years in jail pretrial

Baltimore resident Yolanda (whose name has been changed to protect anonymity) was charged with attempted murder in November 2020 and was denied bail. That means…

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Cannabis closer to legalization, ‘Defund BPD’ is back

The billboard atop a vacant building loomed over Baltimore’s Station North arts district, announcing “DEFUND BPD”—broadcasting, in tall white letters, activists’ demands that the Baltimore…

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Battleground Baltimore: The police killing of Donnell Rochester

Video of the police killing of 18-year-old Donnell Rochester is harrowing.  Baltimore Police officers chase Rochester, who runs and then retreats back to his car,…

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Reckoning with the legacy of Baltimore’s ‘zero tolerance’ crime policy this election year

“Fuck out of here, white boy!” someone yelled at presidential hopeful and former Baltimore City Mayor Martin O’Malley back in 2015. It was April 29,…

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Maryland’s huge surplus two years into the pandemic is bad, actually

Last week, it was announced that the state of Maryland is now looking at a budget surplus of $7.5 billion over the next three fiscal…

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Marilyn Mosby, the trials of Keith Davis, and the death of Tyrone West

Family members of victims of police violence, along with activists who have been advocating on behalf of those victims, are challenging federally-indicted Baltimore City State’s…

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Baltimore City’s $1 Homes proposal rejected by City Council

Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby’s $1 Homes program was voted down by council members last night, Thursday, Mar. 3. The program would make vacants…

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Battleground Baltimore: Burning Vacants and Cynical Real Estate Speculators

It was mid-February by the time the Baltimore Police Department would tell Battleground Baltimore that, in 2021, detectives cleared just 22% of reported rapes. The…

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What impact have Marilyn Mosby’s ‘progressive’ non-prosecution policies had?

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has kicked off each of the past few years with an announcement expanding the list of charges that her…

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Baltimore harm reductionists demand Democrats finally decriminalize drug paraphernalia 

“This should be a relatively easy bill for us because it’s something that we’ve passed before,” State Sen. Jill Carter told the Judicial Proceedings Committee…

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30 years of gun seizures in Baltimore haven’t kept the city safe

The Baltimore Police Department’s decades of gun seizures have not reduced violent crimes such as nonfatal shootings and murders. Through public information requests, Battleground Baltimore…

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Johns Hopkins University sat on unoccupied apartments for over a decade just to demolish them

Seven row houses less than a mile from Johns Hopkins University that are owned by the prestigious university and have been vacant for years are…

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Right-wing media attacks Baltimore City schools, and Gov. Larry Hogan refuses to fund them

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has boasted about a state budget surplus, will not include funding for Baltimore City Public Schools that elected officials…

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From Iraq and Afghanistan to Baltimore City: The ‘throwbot’

This week, during a hearing that was abbreviated so that city employees could attend the funerals for three Baltimore firefighters, the Board of Estimates quickly…

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In Baltimore, where property owners are unaccountable, vacant homes burn and first responders die

Last week, a vacant row home in West Baltimore that had caught on fire years ago caught fire again. This time, however, the blaze killed…

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Baltimore City 2021 Crime Data: A closer look

Crime and arrest data for 2021 provided to Battleground Baltimore by the Baltimore Police Department shows that last year was similar to 2020 and 2019,…

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Baltimore Starbucks workers move to unionize against deplorable conditions

Workers at a Starbucks coffee shop in Baltimore City’s Mount Vernon neighborhood recently announced that they were organizing their workplace, joining a swell of labor…

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Police say homicide detective Sean Suiter committed suicide, so why doesn’t anyone believe them?

A recent HBO documentary entitled The Slow Hustle has brought renewed attention to the mysterious death of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter in 2017. Police…

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