BPD

The Baltimore Police Betrayed Women and Sexual Assault Surviors

Among the worst findings from the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore Police Department is the revelation of BPD’s disrespect and dismissal of women facing sexual assault in Baltimore. The report discloses a pattern of gender discrimination and apathy toward individuals brave enough to report their sexual assault to the police. In a city that is 63% black and where 25% of citizens live in poverty, that means many low-income black women receive little assistance and support when they report sexual assault. 

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It Shouldn’t Be Surprising That Two Black Pitzer Students Didn’t Want White Roommates

Going to college at a predominantly White institution (PWI) as a queer Black woman was difficult on its own. However, when considering that I was also first-generation and low income, I was at a severe disadvantage academically, professionally and socially. This is why a recent story about a Pitzer College student’s request to live with non-white people struck such a chord with me.

The TakeBack

Local Organizer Hosts #TheTakeBack, Free Youth Community Day On Chicago’s Southside

More than 60 volunteers gathered at Ellis Park in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood to host a free community day for the city’s youth this past Saturday. For the third year in a row, The TakeBack offered a full afternoon of activities, such as kickball, a bounce house, football and a three-on-three basketball tournament for local children to enjoy. 

City Bureau

Chicago Organization Launches Kickstarter For Community Newsroom

City Bureau, a journalism lab located in Chicago, has announced a new effort to strengthen the connection between local communities and the journalism that directly reports on them. Through a Kickstarter with a goal of $10,000 from a total of 1,000 donors, the organization hopes to reveal a fully capable newsroom that can be utilized by community members this fall.

BPD

DOJ Releases Scathing Report on Baltimore Police, Tells Us What We Already Know

On August 10th, the Department of Justice released a report on the investigation of the Baltimore Police Department which confirmed that the BPD is locked in a pattern of power abuse and constitutional violations in its interactions with citizens and its administration of justice. The report shows that the department especially targets Baltimore’s black citizens and neighborhoods for unlawful stops, arrests, and use of force.

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Trump’s Erratic Commentary Diminishes Political Discourse

Donald Trump has unleashed an erratic stream of comments on the campaign trail nearly a month after accepting the Republican nomination for president. Trump seems completely unable to stay on message in what has been an unpredictable campaign season due to his willingness to engage in antics like suggesting that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated and that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS.”