10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens

“A number of protesters were concerned that Baltimore—nicknamed “Charm City”—was being treated unfairly in the media after the trouble on Saturday. Baltimore was not out of control,” said Karen DeC…

Amidst all this fuckery, this needs to be shared. Because the media and social media are not talking about this. These are thousands of people peacefully protesting Downtown as opposed to a couple hundred acting up at Mondawmin.

Media Whiteout Over Massive Police Brutality Protests In Baltimore

April 25 - The protests in Baltimore are growing by the minute. But to hear the mainstream media talk about it, you’d think these were limited to small demonstrations of a few dozen.

Instead, what our citizen journalists have seen is protesters smashing police cars and marching by the thousands in downtown Baltimore.

Baltimore #Blackout Tumblr Meet Up

So, we’re planning a meet up in Baltimore somewhere downtown, inner harbor maybe? So who’s down? Let me know when yall wanna have it & if yall down.

REBLOG if you’re from BALTIMORE.

PART 2: MAY 26th, hosted by FOR RENT SHOES There will be PRIZES AND FREE FODD!!

Earlier today, ZBK dropped off a bunch of @ubykotex products to a domestic violence shelter in downtown Baltimore that houses women and children who are homeless and victims of abuse. We’re not artists here on this podcast, so you won’t be seeing any fanart contributions from us, but we figured the least we can do to help #savecarmilla is to provide UBK products to those who are struggling. Maybe it’ll make them smile. We hope you guys can do the same. #wegotU

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Baltimore Sun visuals editor wins White House News Photographers awards

A man screams “Hands up!!” after being chased by a police officer in downtown Baltimore near Lexington Market. The man, who police suspected of looting and property damage, was running from police before he fell and was arrested. The looting and unrest April 27, 2015 followed the burial of Freddie Gray, who died after being taken into police custody. Six officers were indicted in the case and trials are currently underway. This photograph placed first in the Domestic News category of the White House News Photographers Association’s 2016 Eyes of History contest.

(Christopher T. Assaf) 


My heart goes to the guy on the ground. Christopher T. Assaf is a winner now, but I doubt that this man feels the same. I hope he’s fine. I appreciate the work of Assaf and the other photographers. The Internet is global nervous system of humanity. It’s important to share what we feel to know what to heal.

Eyewitnesses: The Baltimore Riots Didn’t Start the Way You Think

Baltimore teachers and parents tell a different story from the one you’ve been reading in the media.

Apr. 28 2015

After Baltimore police and a crowd of teens clashed near the Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore on Monday afternoon, news reports described the violence as a riot triggered by kids who had been itching for a fight all day. But in interviews with Mother Jones and other media outlets, teachers and parents maintain that police actions inflamed a tense-but-stable situation.

The funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody this month, had ended hours earlier at a nearby church. According to the Baltimore Sun, a call to “purge"—a reference to the 2013 dystopian film in which all crime is made legal for one night—circulated on social media among school-aged Baltimoreans that morning. The rumored plan—which was not traced to any specific person or group—was to assemble at the Mondawmin Mall at 3 p.m. and proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue toward downtown Baltimore. The Baltimore Police Department, which was aware of the "purge” call, prepared for the worst. Shortly before noon, the department issued a statement saying it had “received credible information that members of various gangs…have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

When school let out that afternoon, police were in the area equipped with full riot gear. According to eyewitnesses in the Mondawmin neighborhood, the police were stopping busses and forcing riders, including many students who were trying to get home, to disembark. Cops shut down the local subway stop. They also blockaded roads near the Mondawmin Mall and Frederick Douglass High School, which is across the street from the mall, and essentially corralled young people in the area. That is, they did not allow the after-school crowd to disperse.

Meghann Harris, a teacher at a nearby school, described on Facebook what happened:

Police were forcing busses to stop and unload all their passengers. Then, [Frederick Douglass High School] students, in huge herds, were trying to leave on various busses but couldn’t catch any because they were all shut down. No kids were yet around except about 20, who looked like they were waiting for police to do something. The cops, on the other hand, were in full riot gear, marching toward any small social clique of students…It looked as if there were hundreds of cops.

The kids were “standing around in groups of 3-4,” Harris said in a Facebook message to Mother Jones. “They weren’t doing anything. No rock throwing, nothing…The cops started marching toward groups of kids who were just milling about.”

A teacher at Douglass High School, who asked not to be identified, tells a similar story: “When school was winding down, many students were leaving early with their parents or of their own accord.” Those who didn’t depart early, she says, were stranded. Many of the students still at school at that point, she notes, wanted to get out of the area and avoid any Purge-like violence. Some were requesting rides home from teachers. But by now, it was difficult to leave the neighborhood. “I rode with another teacher home,” this teacher recalls, “and we had to route our travel around the police in riot gear blocking the road…The majority of my students thought what was going to happen was stupid or were frightened at the idea. Very few seemed to want to participate in 'the purge.’”

A parent who picked up his children from a nearby elementary school, says via Twitter, “The kids stood across from the police and looked like they were asking them 'why can’t we get on the buses’ but the police were just gazing…Majority of those kids aren’t from around that neighborhood. They NEED those buses and trains in order to get home.” He continued: “If they would’ve let them children go home, yesterday wouldn’t have even turned out like that.”

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Painted live at a poetry show last night in Downtown Baltimore. Getting ready for my solo art show June 26th at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center 401 North Howard Street 9pm

Excavation downtown - Construction for Equitable Building
10 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland
ca. 1890
Photograph by James H. Lewis (1881-1960)
4 inch by 5 inch glass negative
James H. Lewis Collection, 1890-1925
Maryland Historical Society
PP224 001 4-5 029 

The Baltimore Herald building can be seen in the background (left), where Mencken worked until the Great Fire of 1904. On the right is the Mitchell Courthouse.