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Yards for Sucess

A star football player at Loyola Blakefield High School, Van Brooks was just 16 when he broke his neck during a game and woke up at Shock Trauma, paralyzed from the neck down. Undeterred, he eventually founded Safe Alternatives Foundation for Education (SAFE). READ MORE »
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A Case for Student Voice

Posted by on July 1st, 2015 at 9:07 am
Karen E. Webber
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When Baltimore City erupted on the afternoon of Freddie Gray’s death, many adults froze in front of their television screens. The imagery of high school students hurling bricks and bottles at police in riot gear was, to many, stunning, shocking, astonishing. I was not astonished. Instead, I was saddened, because I was watching evidence of something I’d long known: We’d failed our students.



Zina Makar
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While civil unrest may have eased in Baltimore City, many of the individuals swept up in the police crackdown are still in jail—going on two months later—as they await final judgment of their criminal charges.



Justice’s False Choice

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 12:06 pm
Tara Huffman
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In the wake of the rise in homicides in Baltimore, certain members of Baltimore’s police department are promoting a deceptive and dangerous narrative, translating the public’s demands for more humane policing as a request for impotent policing.



After the Uprising: Uplift Baltimore’s Youth

Posted by on June 10th, 2015 at 10:06 am
Tara Huffman
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The events that followed the death of Freddie Gray revealed several Baltimore fault lines, including a disconnect between younger generations who are awakening to the structural racism and inequality that limits their opportunity and established institutions that purport to make things better.



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