One Baltimore #38, Dante Swinton, Part One

2/24/20 It’s a crowded Mayoral race this year, with seven Republicans and twenty-four Democrats set to appear on their respective ballots on April 28th. You can hear from many of them tonight at the Baltimore Blue + Green + Just Candidates’ Forum on Environment & Equity (https://www.facebook.com/events/804569423328993/). It should be an opportunity for Dante C. … Continue reading One Baltimore #38, Dante Swinton, Part One

One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

2/17/20 In last week’s column (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/02/11/one-baltimore-36-losing-control/), I delved into why the State of Maryland took over the Baltimore Police Department after a decade of elections marred by violence. It made sense at the time… but that time was a full hundred and sixty years ago, and the state never gave us back full authority over … Continue reading One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

2/10/20 Content warning: description of a first-hand experience of gun violence in the first paragraph below, and some other, less graphic descriptions of violence throughout. “...I was struck from behind a severe blow on the back of the head, which would have knocked me down, but the crowd which had gathered round us, some thirty … Continue reading One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

One Baltimore #35, Jill P. Carter & The 7th

**SPECIAL EARLY EDITION** 1/30/20 In five days, on Tuesday, 2/4, voters in Maryland’s 7th District -- covering portions of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County (to see if that includes you: http://mdelect.net) -- will choose a new representative to send to Congress in place of the late Elijah Cummings. Well, technically this is only … Continue reading One Baltimore #35, Jill P. Carter & The 7th

One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4

1/27/20 Up until now, no matter how much material I’ve had on a given topic, I’ve worked hard to trim it down to one or two columns. Not this time. There’s just too much story here, and each new layer has needed the previous ones in order to properly unfold. In part one (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/01/06/one-baltimore-31-the-raid-part-1/), my … Continue reading One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4

One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2

1/13/20 This week, the second installment of my interview with a woman whose home was raided by the Baltimore Police Department after she tried to report a dealer on her block who they seemed determined not to touch. Her story is anonymous because she was placed under a gag order as a condition of settling … Continue reading One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2

One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

12/30/19 I’ve been in love with the American Visionary Art Museum since I was a teenager. I remember one of the first exhibits I saw there. There was a little set of embroidered pieces showing domestic scenes and pastoral views. Lovely, but they didn’t seem like much to me until I read the placard alongside … Continue reading One Baltimore #30, Making A Secret Life

One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun

12/26/19 Apologies for the delay on this one! And happy winter holidays to all who are celebrating. 🙂 Every year, a group of dear friends and I spend the winter solstice together. I don’t have many reliable rituals in my life, but this is one I really cherish. The party starts large, then dwindles down … Continue reading One Baltimore #29, Bringing Back the Sun