Re-Fund The Police: Governor Hogan Announces $150 Million Initiative to Increase Support for Law Enforcement, Crime Control, and Victim Protection Efforts
“We Cannot Defund The Police, We Need To Re-Fund The Police”
$120 Million to Dramatically Increase Local Police Aid, Fund Salary Increases and Hiring Bonuses
$20 Million for Safer Neighborhoods, Witness Incentives
$10 Million for Victim Protection, Reversing Dangerous Cuts By Congress and General Assembly to Support Vulnerable Marylanders
To The Residents of Baltimore City:
It is with great sadness that we heard the news report about the eleven shooting victims throughout throughout the City of Baltimore on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
Our condolences and prayers go to the families of the victims who survived and the souls that succumbed to their injuries. We pray that God provides their families grace, patience, ease, and comforts their hearts during this difficult time.
But now we must face the facts.
As of today, there have been 265 murders in our city and at least 533 non-fatal shootings. This simply cannot continue at the rate we are going, approaching the seventh year of the same repeated cycle of violence.
In order to address the continuous crime in our city, we must seek a prosecutor who will actually apply the law and prosecute those individuals who feel the need to take lives and harm others. Further, we must seek understanding of how the foundation of violence was laid and an understanding of how this problem has gotten so far out of hand. We must acknowledge that this type of behavior often stems from broken homes, destruction of the family unit, poverty, and a mindset for violence.
As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, "Riots are the language of the unheard." So, too, murders and shootings are the language of the unheard. Crying out for help to get out of their dire situations, for love, and community support!
When we continue to kill or harm each other we commit injustices and oppress ourselves. We need to rebuild our communities as places where we can raise our children to be healthy and successful. We accomplish this by holding ourselves accountable (help someone in need, own your mistakes, be kind) and by demanding our elected leaders be accountable (vote for different people, write your council members, learn about the issues that matter) for neglecting the situation for decades.
Now is the time to unite across the city. Only by speaking with one loud voice which our leaders can’t ignore, only in this way can we fix a system that is so fundamentally broken.
We ask all clergy, violence prevention organizations, non-profit groups, educators, and community activists to work with us, by reaching across political, religious, social, and economic lines, thus empowering and helping us effect meaningful change to combat the senseless murders and shootings.
We all live in this city together, and we will all suffer together unless we can come together.
Now is the time to try something different.
Now Is The Time For Change,
It was fantastic seeing all of you!
The Baltimore City GOP wants to thank everyone who came out to see us this weekend at the Fells Point Fun Festival.
We had a great time meeting the people who stopped at our booth and shared their stories and concerns. And how about that weather!? We can't wait to see you all next year!!
The stars of "Pop and Politics" on Metro Conservative Media chat with some of their fans.
These ladies were a BLAST!Read more
from the Baltimore Sun
A two-year Baltimore City school system investigation has found that administrators at one city high school schemed to inflate enrollment, pressured teachers to change grades and scheduled students into classes that didn’t exist.
The report is a devastating account of how the former principal of Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, Tracy Hicks, and three other administrators fabricated courses and approved students for graduation when they had failed to legitimately pass classes. While the report does not determine a motive, principals are evaluated on graduation and attendance rates.
From the Baltimore Brew
Last week’s meeting of Baltimore’s Inspector General Advisory Board was ominous. It confirmed my worst fears about the ulterior motives of several board members.
Any actions taken by the board over the next few months to weaken the Office of Inspector General (OIG) would have a profoundly negative impact on the future of the city.
Residents and others interested in the well-being of Baltimore must make themselves heard before it is too late.
It is not hyperbole to describe the effort to undercut the OIG’s independence through intrusive “oversight” by a highly political board as a watershed moment.
City agencies are failing under the combined weight of incompetence, waste and corruption – and city services are deteriorating accordingly.
Watching and listening to last Wednesday’s board meeting, however, the casual observer would have concluded that the most serious problem facing Baltimore is the possibility that an investigation by the IG might embarrass a city politician or one of his or her cronies.Read more