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The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore: Community Policing

 The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore (Credit: Film's Indiegogo page)December 13, 2016 – Segment 3

We take a look at an important documentary in the works, The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore, about a Baltimore City police officer bringing community policing to a small town.

With: Stephen Janis, investigative reporter for The Real News Network; and Taya Graham, Special Correspondent-Reporter at The Real News Network.


State Politics Roundtable: Criminal Justice Issues in the General Assembly

February 15, 2016 – Segment 1

W17203909865_1b75a7786a_ne begin the show with a look at criminal justice policy issues that are facing the Maryland General Assembly. With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Caryn York, Policy Associate at the Job Opportunities Task Force; Delegate Curt Anderson (Democrat, District 43); and Delegate Neil Parrott (Republican, District 2A).

Hartford County, Maryland Cross Burnings

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Next we turn our focus to recent reports of cross burnings in Harford County, Maryland. Marc is joined by Gina Pierleoni, concerned resident of Bel Air, Maryland, mixed media artist, and adjunct Painting and Drawing Professor at Harford Community College.


Delegate Cory McCray On Being A Freshman Legislator & Sponsoring Legislation

Cory-McCrayFebruary 16, 2015 – Segment 2

The 2015 Maryland General Assembly has been in session for over a month, and one of our state’s new legislators, Delegate Cory McCray (D-District 45, Baltimore City), offers an update on the Session. Delegate McCray reports on his first few weeks as a legislator and the legislation he’s sponsoring this year.


Lead Up To The Annapolis Summit: Future Of Maryland’s Transportation Policy

Maryland transportation policyJanuary 8, 2015 – Segment 4

For our weekly Lead Up to the Annapolis Summit, when we discuss issues facing the 2015 Maryland General Assembly. The topic is Transportation, and our guests are: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; and Charles Lollar, businessman, Marine CorpsReserve officer, and former candidate for the Maryland Republican gubernatorial  nomination.

Join me on January 30th at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis for the 12th Annual Annapolis Summit, in partnership with The Daily Record. I will interview Maryland’s top political leaders about issues in the Maryland 2015 Legislative Session, including Governor-elect Larry Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael Busch, and Attorney General Brian Frosh. For information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, go towww.thedailyrecord.com/Annapolis-Summit or call or email Clare Sheehan at443-524-8101 or clare.sheehan@thedailyrecord.com.


Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Police Body Cameras in Maryland

Police body camerasNovember 28, 2014 – Segment 2

In coordination with The Daily Record and in lead-up to the 2015 Maryland Legislative Session, we look at the issue of police body cameras, with: David Rocah, senior staff attorney for ACLU of Maryland; and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg (District 41-Baltimore City), who sponsored body camera legislation last session.

 


Sound Bites: Veteran Farmers | Effect Of Larry Hogan’s Election On Maryland Environmental & Ag Policy

Matt Soldano, who started Southtown Farms November 11, 2014 – Segment 3

On our Veterans Day edition of Sound Bites we begin the hour by talking to veterans who have embraced farming after returning home from war. First we talk with Matt Soldano, who started Southtown Farms in Mahwah, NJ, after serving four years in the Marine Corps including a combat tour in Iraq.  The following is from the Southtown Farms website:

“… Matt came home to a world that he viewed differently than before he left. He learned respect for all living things and that to take care of oneself is not enough. You must care for your family, your community, your land, the environment, and most importantly the animals that are put into your care.”

And we talk with Army veteran Justen Garrity, Founder and President of Veteran Compost in Aberdeen, Maryland, whose motto is “From Combat to Compost.” Veteran Compost focuses on turning food scraps into high quality organic compost and putting veterans to work. Here is a quote from the Veteran Compost website:

“Following a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Justen decided to transition to the National Guard so that he could be closer to his family.  Returning home to the worst job market in decades, he quickly found himself unemployed.  Justen was forced to create his own destiny.  And so, Veteran Compost was born.  A business that is as fulfilling as the missions he had in the Army.”

Then, we close out Sound Bites by looking at last week’s election results and the potential effect on Maryland’s environmental and agricultural policy. With: Delegate Shane Robinson (D-District 39); Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’More Green, the Baltimore Sun’s environmental blog; and a representative from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


Local & State Election Roundup: Governor-Elect Larry Hogan & More

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November 5, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to local and state elections, with: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Delegate Jolene Ivey, who represents the 47th district in the Maryland House of Delegates; and Dr. Richard Vatz, professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development, and the Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary of Douglass Memorial Church.


Pre-Election Roundtable: Baltimore & Maryland Candidates

electionNovember 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We host an election roundtable with: Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Stephen Janis, award-winning investigative reporter for WBFF-TV and co-author of You Can’t Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond.


Maryland Emancipation Day

emancipationOctober 29, 2014 – Segment 2

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of a very special day in history, Maryland Emancipation Day! On November 1, 1864, Maryland became the first slave state to free its slaves by popular vote, when the Maryland Legislature adopted a new state constitution that emancipated them. We’re joined by: Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture; and Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The book’s other author, Dr. Deborah Willis, will be speaking at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on November 1.

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Best of Sound Bites: Small Farmers Talk About Why They Farm

Boone Street FarmOctober 14, 2014 – Segment 2

Listen in to a special broadcast of some of the “Best of” our Sound Bites series, including my interview with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America; our visit to the Cherry Hill Urban Garden in Baltimore; our roundtable with local farmers about why they farm; and my interview with Bryant Terry about his cookbook Afro Vegan.

The premium for the second hour will be a copy of Foodopoly. Everyone interested in food and our food system will want a copy! Also in studio will be Naijha Wright of the Land of Kush restaurant.

Included here is the podcast from our roundtable with small farmers, including: Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary; Cheryl Carmona, Co-founder of Boone Street Farm in East Baltimore; Ted Wycall third generation farmer at Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD; and Carole Morrison of Bird’s Eye View Farm in Pocomoke City.

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Maryland Attorney General Candidate Sen. Brian Frosh

froshSeptember 15, 2014 – Segment 4

Marc speaks with Maryland State Senator Brian FroshDemocratic candidate for Maryland Attorney General, about his vision for the state of Maryland.

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Maryland Primary Pre-Election Roundtable

electionJune 23, 2014 – Segment 2

We have a Maryland Primary Pre-Election Roundtable! Our panel discusses key local and state candidates and elections. We are joined by: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger at jackiewellfonder.com; and Jenna Johnson, Maryland politics reporter at the Washington Post.

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Local Roundtable: Gubernatorial Debate, Black Guerilla Family, City and State Politics

debateJune 3, 2014 – Segment 2

We hear a national news roundtable. The topics include last night’s gubernatorial debate, the Black Guerilla Family arrests, and the emerging conflict between African American and Latino youth in Baltimore. Our panel of guests include: Melody Simmons, independent journalist and reporter for the Baltimore Brew with over 35 years of journalism experience; Marshall Bell, Host of Midday Magazine with Marshall Bell on WOLB-AM, managing partner of The Bell Group, LLC, and author of the novel Baltimore Blues: Harm City; and Jason Rodriguez, Technical and Editing Manager for DMV Daily.

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Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Del. Heather Mizeur And Running Mate Rev. Delman Coates

mizeur and coatesMay 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We are joined by one of Maryland’s Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates and her Lieutenant Governor running mate: Delegate Heather Mizeur, who represents District 20 in the Maryland House of Delegates, and is a candidate for Governor of Maryland; and the Rev. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and candidate for Maryland Lieutenant Governor. 

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Update On The Maryland General Assembly

annapolisApril 2, 2014 – Segment 3

We have an update on the Maryland General Assembly with Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record; and Marta Mossburg, Visiting Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and syndicated columnist.

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“Revenge Porn” Bill Passes the Maryland House of Delegates

Delegate Jon CardinMarch 12, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the Maryland Legislature and look at a bill that would make it a crime to post sexually explicit images on the Internet without the subject’s consent. The bill, known as the “revenge porn” bill, passed unanimously through the Maryland House of Delegates and is moving forward to the Senate.

Guests include: Toni Holness, Public Policy Associate, ACLU of MarylandDelegate Jon Cardin, who represents Maryland’s District 11; and Annmarie Chiarini, professor of English at a Maryland community college and a victim advocate for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI).

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Baltimore Education Coalition Forum: MD Gubernatorial Candidates on Education

Maryland gubernatorial candidatesMarch 6, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen back to the Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City, organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition, which I co-moderated with Sue Fothergill, Karen DeCamp, and Zuri Battle Wednesday night at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur share their visions for education in Maryland.

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Sound Bites: Food Insecurity And Seniors | “Stop Cove Point” Protest & Dominion Energy Response | Poultry Fair Share Act Dead In Maryland?

stop-cove-pointFebruary 25, 2014 – Segment 4

It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites. First, we talk about food security among the elderly. Our guests are: Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions; and Shelley White, Program Coordinator for Real Food Farm in Baltimore.

Then, Sound Bites producer Stefanie Mavronis brings us a story about the “Stop Cove Point” rally that took place in downtown Baltimore last Thursday. Hundreds gathered at War Memorial Plaza while Dominion Energy, the energy group proposing the liquefied natural gas export facility, met about an essential permit it needs from the Maryland Public Service Commission for its $3.8 billion facility in Southern Maryland. We hear from: Delegate Heather Mizeur, gubernatorial candidate who spoke at the rally; Jon Kenney, Southern Maryland Organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action NetworkJeannette Berman of CCANEmily Wurth, Food & Water Watch‘s Water Program Director; Pennsylvania activist Elizabeth Arnold; and activist Nadine Block.

Then, we hear a response from Pam Faggert, Dominion Energy‘s Chief Environmental Officer.

We close out this week’s Sound Bites with a look at the status of the Poultry Fair Share Act in the Maryland Legislature, with: Delegate Shane Robinson, Maryland’s District 39 (Montgomery County), who was the sponsor of the House version of the Poultry Fair Share Act, which he withdrew; and Senator Richard Colburn, representing District 37 (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties).

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Local & State News Roundup: MD Health Exchange, Changing Media Landscape & More

Baltimore's Changing Media LandscapeFebruary 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss important news in Baltimore and Maryland, with:

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Common Core Implementation And The MSAs

EducationFebruary 5, 2014 – Segment 5

We turn to standardization of education, and discuss the move to delay implementation of the Common Core curriculum in Maryland schools and to cancel this year’s MSAs (Maryland School Assessments), with: Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association.

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State Of The State Address

Governor Martin O'MalleyJanuary 27, 2014 – Segment 3

We move to politics, with a review and commentaries on Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s final State of the State Address, issued last week. Our panel includes: Marta Mossburg, Visiting Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and syndicated columnist; Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Bryan Sears, government reporter for The Daily Record.

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Maryland Legislature: Christopher’s Law Would Improve Police Training

Christopher's Law, a police training lawJanuary 23, 2014 – Segment 5

The Maryland Legislature is in session, and we look at a Maryland House bill that would improve police training by provisions including: requiring re-certification for life-saving skills; increasing sensitivity to cultural and gender diversity; and others. The proposed law is being called Christopher’s Law in memory of Christopher Brown, a Randallstown teenager who was killed in 2012 by a Baltimore County police officer. Joining us to discuss the bill are:

  • Dayvon Love, Baltimore City Schools teacher and Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle;
  • Del. Jill P. Carter (D-District 41) who introduced the bill;
  • Del. Michael D. Smigiel, Sr. (R-District 36) who is one of the bill’s sponsors;
  • Byron Warnken, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law and attorney in private practice at Warnken, LLC Attorneys at Law, where he has represented police officers in legal disputes;
  • and Chris Brown, Christopher’s mother.

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Bail Reform In Maryland

bailJanuary 22, 2014 – Segment 3

Last year, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that individuals have a right to have an attorney present at bail hearings. There is some question, though, of how this ruling will be implemented. We discuss indigent defense and bail reform in Maryland with Doug Colbert, professor at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law; Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger; Tom Maronick, attorney and host of “The Tom Moore Show” on AM 680 WCBM; and Paul deWolfe, Maryland Public Defender.

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Will Marijuana Be Legalized This Year in Maryland?

Marijuana in MarylandJanuary 21, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the legalization of marijuana in Maryland. We begin with Bryan Sears, Government Reporter for The Daily Record and the Eye on Annapolis blog. Bryan gives us his insight on the politics of marijuana this session.

Our first panel of guests features members of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland: Retired Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran; Rachelle Yeung, Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project; and Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland.

Then, we move to a political debate with panelists who hold opposing views on legalizing marijuana, including: Retired Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran; Delegate Sam Arora, Democrat, District 19, Montgomery County; Delegate Dr. Dan Morhaim, Democrat, District 11, Baltimore County; and Delegate Cathy Vitale, Republican, District 33A, Anne Arundel County.

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Excerpt: Governor O’Malley, Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch on Legalizing Marijuana

(Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / January 8, 2014)  Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-session-steiner-20140108,0,898119.story#ixzz2pqpVAGyw11th Annual Annapolis Summit – Excerpt

Listen to a ten-minute excerpt from this morning’s Annapolis Summit, which takes place annually on the opening day of the Maryland Legislative Session, on marijuana. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch discuss their opinions on improving medical access, legalization and decriminalization of the drug.

Hear the Governor’s comments first in response to an audience member’s question. The Senate President and House Speaker’s comments start right around the 5-minute mark.

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11th Annual Annapolis Summit: Senate President Mike Miller & Speaker Michael Busch on 2014 Legislative Priorities

 Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, and Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael BuschJanuary 8, 2014 – Hour 2

It is the Opening Day of the 2014 Maryland State Legislative Session, and it is also the 11th Annual Annapolis Summit! Tune in to hear what Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, and Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch have to say about the issues facing our state in 2014.

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11th Annual Annapolis Summit: Governor Martin O’Malley Discusses Agenda for Last Year as Governor

Governor Martin O'MalleyJanuary 8, 2014 – Hour 1

It is the Opening Day of the 2014 Maryland State Legislative Session, and it is also the 11th Annual Annapolis Summit! Tune in to hear what Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has to say about the issues facing our state in 2014, and his priorities in his last year as governor.

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Countdown to the Summit: Fracking and Maryland’s Energy Future

FrackingJanuary 3, 2014 – Segment 4

In preparation for next Wednesday’s Annapolis Summit, we host our weekly “Countdown to the Summit.” Joining us to discuss fracking and energy are

  • Steve Everley, spokesperson for Energy in Depth, a Washington-based advocacy group established by the Independent Petroleum Association of America;
  • Maryland State Senator Karen Montgomery (D-Montgomery County); 
  • Joanna Diamond, Director of Environment Maryland; 
  • and Drew Cobbs, Executive Director of the Maryland Petroleum Council.

The 11th Annual Annapolis Summit will be held on the Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly, January 8, 2014, from 7-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. We will begin at 7 with a networking breakfast, and then from 8-10 I will interview Governor Martin O’Malley, President of the Senate Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch. To purchase tickets contact Clare Sheehan at 443.524.8101 or click here.

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State & Local News Roundup: Top Stories of 2013

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeJanuary 2, 2014 – Segment 3

We look at the top state and local news stories of 2013 and discuss what they mean for the coming year. Our guests are:

  • Krishana Davis, reporter for The Baltimore Sun media group, where she covers news, politics and more in Harford County;
  • Hassan Giordano, host of Reporter’s Roundtable and publisher of DMVDaily.com;
  • Melody Simmons, veteran Baltimore journalist, who is now a real estate and development reporter for The Daily Record;
  • and Mark Reutter, journalist with The Baltimore Brew who has been writing about Baltimore since 1970.

The Affordable Care Act’s Rollout In Maryland

O'MalleyDecember 16, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to the Affordable Healthcare Act rollout in Maryland, with: Marta Mossburg, Visiting Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and syndicated columnist; Vinnie DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

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Sound Bites: Food Insecurity in Maryland, The Richest State in the Nation

realfoodfarm-mobilemarket1December 10, 2013 – Hour 2

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food System Map Project, we launch a new feature: Hunger in the Richest State. Why does the richest state in the nation have so many food-insecure people? We hear the stories of individuals from across the state who are struggling to put food on the table – from Cambridge to Baltimore to Western Maryland – and learn about the good work that is being done to address the need.

You will hear from: Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Amanda Behrens, Project Manager with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future‘s Food Mapping project, as well as voices from: the Church Street Pantry in Cambridge, MD; the food pantry and produce drop at the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore; the Real Food Farm‘s Mobile Farmers Market in Baltimore; the Maryland Food Bank Western Branch servicing Western Maryland; and the Garrett County Food Resource Day in Oakland, MD.

To see the Story Map, click here.

This segment is a rebroadcast from September 24, 2013.

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Countdown To The Annapolis Summit: Maryland’s Budget Deficit

governor Martin O' Malley November 29, 2013 – Segment 2

Listen to the second installment of our new series leading up to the 11th Annual Annapolis Summit, in conjunction with our print partner The Daily Record, Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. Each week’s installment coordinates with an article in The Daily Record. This week, we discuss Maryland’s budget deficit, with: Senator David Brinkley, Maryland State Senate Minority Leader representing the Fourth District and member of the Finance Committee; Henry Bogdan, Managing Director for Public Policy and Public Affairs at Maryland Nonprofits; and Warren G. Deschenaux, Director of the Office of Policy Analysis for the Maryland General Assembly.

The 11th Annual Annapolis Summit will be held on the Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly, January 8, 2014, from 7-10am, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. We will begin at 7:00 with a networking breakfast, and then from 8-10 Marc will interview Governor Martin O’Malley, President of the Senate Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch. Click here for more information.

 


Maryland Health Connection: What You Need To Know

Maryland Health Connection WebsiteOctober 10, 2013 – Segment 3

We look at health care enrollment in Maryland since the Affordable Care Act took effect earlier this month, with: Kathy Westcoat, CEO of HealthCare Access MarylandLauren Honeycutt, who is a “navigator” with HealthCare Access Maryland; and Matthew Celentano, Deputy Director of Healthcare for All.

For questions and help navigating the system, call HealthCare Access Maryland and talk to one of their navigators: 1-877-223-5201. To visit the Maryland Health Connection, go to marylandhealthconnection.gov.

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Maryland Federal Court Ruling: Traditionally White Institutions Unnecessarily Duplicate HBCUs’ Programs

Federal Court rules Maryland violated constitutional commitment re: HBCUsOctober 10, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show with a discussion of the recent federal court ruling that states that Maryland has violated its constitutional commitment by allowing traditionally White institutions of higher learning to duplicate programs already offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).

Joining the discussion is:

  • Dr. Danette Gerald Howard, Secretary of Higher Education at the Maryland Higher Education Commission;
  • David Burton, President of the Coalition for Excellence and Equity in Higher Education, which was the lead plaintiff in the case;
  • Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at UMBC;
  • and Scott Jaschik, Editor and co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed.

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Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate: Charles Lollar

Charles LollarSeptember 16, 2013 – Segment 3

We close out the show with Charles Lollar, who joins us to discuss his bid for Republican nomination for governor of Maryland. Lollar is a businessman and Marine Corps Reserve officer from Charles County.

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The Future of the National Housing Trust Fund

Broadway HomesSeptember 13, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a preview of an event on Monday, September 16, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, on the future of the National Housing Trust Fund, sponsored by the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.

Our show guests will be: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless and Instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

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Maryland Hunger Solutions, A Place At The Table, & Tackling Food Insecurity In Our Community

A Place At The TableSeptember 12, 2013 – Segment 2

We talk to Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions; Lisa Klingenmaier, Anti-Hunger Program Associate at Maryland Hunger Solutions; and Tony Simmons, advocate and member of Housing Our Neighbors (HON) who is experiencing food insecurity and homelessness; about an event happening Thursday night sponsored by Maryland Hunger Solutions and Active Voice.

The groups will be screening the documentary film A Place At The Table at the Charles Theater in Baltimore Thursday night, and hosting a community conversation about food access, hunger, and poverty in our community.

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Baltimore City Red Line Moving Forward: Future Of Transportation In Baltimore

I-70, Baltimore Red LineSeptember 10, 2013 – Hour 1

Now that we know the Baltimore City Red Line transit project is moving forward, we bring you a conversation we recorded last month about the current state of transportation in the City of Baltimore and proposed alternatives, including the Red Line and a streetcar system.
Our guests include:
  • Ben Rosenberg, member of the Right Rail Coalition;
  • Jimmy Rouse, member of Transit Choices;
  • Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University;
  • Gerald Neily, writer at Baltimore InnerSpace – named “Best Urban Planning Blog” of 2008 by Baltimore City Paper – and former transportation planner for the Baltimore City Department of Planning;
  • and Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Planning and Housing Association, Inc.

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This is a rebroadcast from August 21, 2013.


MD Court Of Appeals Questions Fairness Of Jury Convictions Before 1980

Baltimore, Md--7/25/13--Left, Alexander Mustafa embraces (facing camera) Saleem El-Amin outside Courthouse East after El-Amin and several inmates convicted of murder are released. Mustafa, who had been in prison, but has been out for 17 years, met El-Amin while they were incarcerated.  The men just released were convicted before 1980 and the Court of Appeals ruled jurors had been given improper instructions.  Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun--#1841August 27, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a discussion on a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling last year that called into question the fairness of jury convictions before 1980, and led to the release from prison last week of five men who had been convicted of murder. Joining us are:

  • Michael Millemann, Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Director of the Leadership, Ethics & Democracy Initiative;
  • Russell Butler, Executive Director of Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center;
  • and Walter Lomax, founder of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative and a former prisoner who was exonerated after serving many years in prison.

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Local News Roundtable

GanslerAndBrownAugust 16, 2013 – Segment 2

We have a local news roundtable where we discuss the latest news from Baltimore and Maryland. Our guests are Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; and Marta Mossburg, columnist for The Baltimore Sun and The Frederick News-Post. We speak about the Baltimore City Police Department’s response to crime in different neighborhoods in Baltimore and Attorney General Doug Gansler’s comments on Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.

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Weekly News Roundup: Maryland’s MSA Test Results | DOJ Challenges States’ Voting Laws | NYPD On Racial Profiling

States' voting laws being challenged by Department of Justice

July 26, 2013 – Hour 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) sits in as our guest host for our weekly news round table. The panel discussion will focus on this week’s release of the Maryland State Assessment scores, showing a slight decline statewide, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on voting rights, among other topics.

Panelists will include: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journo-in-Residence at Morgan State University, and Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, President & CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, and Host of National Public Radio’s Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever.

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidates For MD: Brian Vaeth & Duane “Shorty” Davis

Duane "Shorty" DavisJune 18, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Vaeth and his running mate Duane “Shorty” Davis.

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Corrections Officers Round Table

June 3, 2013 -Segment 1

In light of the federal indictments of corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center, we will hear the perspectives of retired and active officers who have worked inside correctional institutions across Maryland. We are joined by Jim Dow, former correctional officer and correctional specialist; Sheila Hill, retired correctional officer; Lisa James-Henson, correctional officer.

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Harford County Executive David Craig Running For Governor In 2014

Harford County Executive David CraigMay 31, 2013 – Segment 1

Harford County Executive David Craig joins us to discuss his bid for governor in 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Expected To Run For Governor

Howard County Executive Ken UlmanMay 23, 2013 – Segment 1

We talk about the issues facing the state of Maryland with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who is expected to run for governor in 2014.

 

 

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Segregation In Maryland Schools

schoolApril 23, 2013 – Segment 5

We discuss segregation based on race and class in Maryland public schools. Our panel includes Thurman Bridges, Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Morgan State University; Dr. Jeff Menzise, licensed school psychologist in Washington, DC and author of Dumbin’ Down: Reflections on the Mis-Education of the Negro; and Kenneth Haines, president of the Prince George’s County Educator’s Association.

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Sound Bites: Farmer’s Markets, Race, & Food Access In Our Region And Beyond, Plus A Unique Passover Recipe

Arthur Morgan's Gather Baltimore - Food Stand In Baltimore's Oliver Neighborhood

Arthur Morgan’s Gather Baltimore – Food Stand In Baltimore’s Oliver Neighborhood

March 21, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We look at farmers markets in Maryland and beyond. We’ll hear from Alison Hope Alkon, Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific and author of Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy.

We’ll also hear from Anne Palmer, the Eating for the Future program director for Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Visitors to the 32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly talk to us about why farmers markets are important to them, including Arthur Morgan, a current OSI-Baltimore fellow working on a project called Gather Baltimore that puts unused food that would otherwise be wasted or disposed of into the hands of communities and organizations that need it. For those interested in supporting his cause, Arthur is looking for donations to help finance the refrigerated truck he uses to transport food, and is always looking for volunteers.

And finally, culinary historian Michael Twitty gives us a unique Passover recipe that fuses African-American and Jewish traditions.

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Maryland Senate Finance Committee Kills Increase In Minimum Wage

Maryland Minimum Wage bill killed in SenateMarch 21, 2013 – Segment 2

A bill that would have raised the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.00 by 2015 was defeated in the Maryland Senate Finance Committee yesterday. We’ll hear arguments for and against raising the minimum wage from:

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Study Finds Growing Inequality In Maryland

Income Inequality in MarylandMarch 21, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss a recent report from the Center for Sustainable Economy and the Institute for Policy Studies called Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland. The report covers growing inequality in the state of Maryland.

We’re joined by the report’s lead author, Dr. John Talberth, and one of the co-authors, Daphne Wysham. We’re also joined by Institute for Policy Studies fellow John Cavanagh.

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Local News Roundup: Perspectives On The Death Penalty

Annapolis, MD - 1/15/13-- Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a death penalty repeal press conference at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. {Photo by Algerina Perna} {Item#}March 18, 2013 – Segment 1

On Friday, March 15th, the House of Delegates passed a bill (HB 295) that would repeal the death penalty for future crimes in the state of Maryland. The bill was previously passed in the Senate (SB 276) on March 6th. It is no surprise to hear Governor Martin O’Malley confirm that he will sign the bill when it comes to his desk. He has been vocal against the death penalty since taking office in 2007. The Governor pledges that this is a step in the right direction and one that will allow his office to “focus on doing the things that actually work to reduce violent crime.”

To those in favor of the repeal, the death penalty was seen as too costly, racially biased and ineffective as a deterrent from crime. Local activist and community organizer with Maryland Offshore Wind CoalitionReverend Meredith Moise, sees the passing of the bill as a sign of social and judicial progress. Those who oppose the repeal argue that taking away the possibility of the death penalty as punishment is a step backward. Trae Lewis, former president of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans, argues that the death penalty can be an “effective tool” for the prosecution when bringing a case against the charged individual.

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“The anchor that should hang over their head is that they might not have the privilege to live [on] this good earth amongst good people.” – Trae Lewis

“The actual deterrent for crime in part is jobs. Let’s bring opportunities back so people don’t feel like they have to go down that path.” – Rev. Meredith Moise

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Local News Roundtable – Legal Marijuana in Maryland?

Legalization of marijuana in MarylandMarch 12, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a panel discussion about current events in local news. With: Hassan Giordano, Host of Reporter’s Roundtable and independent journalist with the Baltimore Independent Examiner; John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University.

Delegate Curt Anderson joins us for part of the discussion to discuss the legalization of marijuana in Maryland.

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Future Of Marijuana In Maryland

Marijuana in MarylandMarch 5, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to the future of marijuana in Maryland. Delegate Curt Anderson, Democrat for the 43rd District in Baltimore City, and Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Democrat for the 45th District in Baltimore City, give us a quick overview of what’s happening in the Maryland State Legislature related to medical marijuana and recreational use of the drug.


Andres Alonso Blasts Michael Steele

Michael Steele is making numerous headlines today for his apology to Rush Limbaugh.  Locally, he is also making headlines after being called out by Baltimore School’s CEO Andres Alonso at a public forum which also featured Governor Martin O’Malley last night at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore.  Alonso demanded an apology from Steele for promises he made to that school in the past, which he never kept.


Our reporter Melody Simmons was there.  Click the podcast player to hear her recording of Alonso’s remarks on Steele, and also on Governor O’Malley.



Marc on Mayor Dixon’s Indictment

I hate watching this happen.  It is no small matter for a sitting Mayor to be indicted.

I have known Sheila Dixon for over thirty years.   We are not close friends.   We have not been in a private social setting together in 32 years. We met when we were both counselors and teachers at Baltimore Prep, a program at Westside Shopping Center for street kids who had just come out of prison or had been kicked out of school, whose lives were on the corner instead of the classroom.   Sheila was committed to those kids. She didn’t take any stuff from them and she knew every game they could play, because she came from the same streets that they did.  Baltimore Prep is also where she met Mark Smith, who later became her husband, with whom she raised her nephew Juan Dixon and his brother.   The boys’ parents had died from heroin addiction.  Sheila and Mark saw those boys to manhood.  This is the Sheila Dixon I know.

I knew her a little in the intervening years.  I remember when she was first elected to the city council.   I remember when she banged her shoe on the table exclaiming it was our turn now.   She was committed to working class black folks. She lived and knew their pain, joys and struggles.   A lot of white journalists, politicians and others thought she hated white people.  I don’t know what her innermost thoughts about race were, but I can say that anyone who came up in a certain way who was from a certain place had historical reasons to have a mistrust of white people.  Whatever she thought then, however, she has grown from that place, as did William Donald Schaeffer from his place of not caring about Black folks before he became Mayor.  She bleeds working class blue in her veins.   That is the Sheila Dixon I know.

So, these indictments are just tragic.  If they are true, they show stupidity and sheer greed.  

As I wrote last week, the only difference between the actions of our city officials and indicted power developers, and goings on in Congress between politicians and corrupt corporate leaders, is the thin but sturdy line of legality.  

Politicians are always doing favors for the powerful and their friends.  It is part of human existence.   Nevertheless, it was not the fur coats that bought Ron Lipscomb city contracts, but rather all of his city and corporate contacts.  

I am not excusing anything here.  If Sheila and others broke their sacred trust with us, they have to leave elected office at the very least.   It cannot be tolerated.  

The worst offence would be if she actually took gift certificates that were intended for poor families and children to enjoy Christmas.   I hope that even if the bribery and malfeasance indictments are true, that stealing from street kids and poor families is not true.   That could break a city’s heart.

That would not be the Sheila Dixon I know.   Soon we will know whether she broke the law.  If she did, then the court will decide her fate.  If she is exonerated, she could become one of our greatest Mayors. If not, she will become one of our greatest disappointments and tragedies.


City Hall Indictments – Mayor Sheila Dixon Indicted

Update: We just received news, at 2pm today (Friday January 9) that Mayor Dixon has been indicted on 12 counts.  Read more in the Sun.

We will see what the day brings but the rumor mill has it that Sheila Dixon will be indicted today, just as Helen Holton and Ron Lipscomb were indicted yesterday.

My feeling is that if she had just declared those coats she would not be in front of a grand jury. If she had just recused herself from voting for a company her sister worked for there would be no investigation.

If Helen Holton had declared that Ron Lipsocmb paid for her poll then how she voted or what she pushed for would not be an issue.

It is not what they did but how stupidly they played the game. That for me is the issue.

Like Governor Blagojevich they were too blatant and not slick enough to get it done. Sure it was greed on some level but many politicians are greedy. Many participate in a life full of graft and influence buying but do it on the edge of the line of law so they get away with it. Notice I wrote many politicians not all. There are many men and women who are highly ethical in this business of politics. Most start that way but some get lost in the power.

Two articles recently in the New York Times brought home for me the glaring reality of it all. One was about New York Senator Chuck Schumer. He was accused of being one of the culprits in deregulating banking and Wall Street that led to this economic disaster we are facing. The article pointed out that Wall Street billions backed his campaigns and campaign fund/. In Congress he did their bidding.

The other article was about the junior Senator form New York, now Secretary of State designee, Hillary Clinton.
She helped push through legislation that aided contributors to her husband’s foundation and library.

All this was all legal influence peddling. The corruption in the marriage of corporate wealth and political power is insidious. It must be exposed at every turn and reformed. It is how we ensure the survival of a real democracy.

Our local elected officials played the same game but on the wrong side of the thin but sturdy line of legality.


Marc on Legalizing Pot

It is such a beautiful, unseasonably cool August morning, crisp, cool and a tad cloudy.  I picked up the Sunday papers on my way back in from walking our dog, Charley.  I opened the Times, put it down and glanced at the front page of the Sun, below the fold on the right hand side.  “Community in shock over Harford man’s drug charges … Ecologist, decades long teacher revered by residents.”

 

My gut told me this was not some heroin dealing, gun toting, cocaine smuggling outlaw swaggering through the Harford County landscape posing as a mild mannered teacher of our children.  I was sadly right, as I read the story.  Sadly right and really, really pissed off.  

 

A sixty-two-year-old man who spent his life teaching kids about nature, our environment and love of life.  He smokes marijuana and it appears as if he might consume some psilocybin mushrooms sometimes.  He must really be an evil man.  Pretty soon, all the kids in Harford will be smoking dope, dropping acid, snorting cocaine, having sex and god knows what else.  Known as Ranger Bob to all the kids, why, if there ever was a contrived name, Ranger Bob is it.  Look, he even has a beard and plays Santa Clause on his Christmas tree farm.   That’s how he snares all those kids.  The devil in disguise.   You think he is really teaching about the earth, nature and our history, respecting life and the planet we live on…

 

OK, enough with the sarcasm, but this is just madness.   I don’t think anyone should go to jail, or have their home or children threatened with seizure, or livelihood taken away from them for smoking, growing or even selling marijuana.   Most Americans who are 62 and lived through the counter culture world of hippies, slogged through a rice paddy in Nam, were active in the anti-war movement, in some non-combatant military role or alive in 1968 smoked a joint.  Presidents did it.   Some folks still do it that lead functional, successful and productive lives.  

 

Most people I know, at some point in their lives, smoked dope.   There is a reason why we call it dope.   So, most of us don’t do it anymore.   Most of us don’t get drunk anymore.   We have more important things to deal with then people’s personal behaviors. 

 

People should not go to jail for using marijuana.  We should legalize it, tax it and let it be.   Grow hemp so we can stop cutting down trees for paper, and let marijuana bloom like we grow tobacco for cigarettes and hops for beer and barley for whiskey.    Many Indian reservations want the chance to grow hemp for industrial uses.   It could help our environment, create new jobs and new industries.  

 Every 45 seconds someone is arrested on a marijuana charge, and most of those for mere possession.   In 2003, the last statistics I could find, there was an all time high (no pun intended) of 755,186 with 88 percent of those arrests were for possession, not the manufacture or distribution, of marijuana.  The cost in imprisonment of these offenders’ amounts is conservatively $1.2 billion each year.   If you are arrested for growing over 100 marijuana plants you go to jail for a minimum of five years.  That is longer than for manslaughter or for grant theft auto.  Conservatively, it costs $1.5 billion a year to incarcerate these folks.  If you add in law enforcement and courts along with imprisonment, it may be as high as $15 billion a year. We could have spent that money to build new schools, to open homeless shelters or veterans’ hospitals, to preserve the environment or even to fund anti-drug programs in schools. 

Harvard Economist Dr. Jeffrey Alan Miron produced a highly acclaimed study, "The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition," which was endorsed by hundreds of economists, including conservative leaders like

Dr. Milton Friedman of the Hoover Institute, Dr. George Akerlof of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Vernon Smith of George Mason University.  He concludes that “replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement — $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels for a combined savings of $10 to 14 billion dollars."

 Everyone has statistics.   This argument has been going on for a long time.  The bottom line is that chasing down pot smokers is a waste of our time, energy and money.   People should have the right to have as they wish, consume what they want and pursue their pleasures as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, harm our children or the environment.   

Bob Chance, by all accounts from the former Mayor of Bel Air to the head of their county library, is a good soul who loves children and a defender of our environment who loves teaching.  He should not have his life destroyed because he likes to smoke pot on his own time.  He should be able to wake up on this unseasonably cool August morning not worrying about going to jail or losing his beloved farm.


Lea Gilmore: With Spies Like Them, Who Needs Enemies?

We’re pleased to bring you a special guest blog today by CEM contributor Lea Gilmore.

When 10 Maryland citizens showed up on March 16, 2005 for an anti-death penalty meeting in Takoma Park to coordinate activities on behalf of Maryland death row inmate Vernon Evans, I am sure they didn’t think they had a spy in their ranks. As they mobilized volunteers, worked on flyers, and discussed their peaceful protests, I am sure it did not cross their minds that they were doing something so subversive that it warranted secret attendance by Maryland State Police (MSP) undercover agents.

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Well, that’s what they got.

Documents obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) lawsuit revealed that the MSP engaged in covert surveillance of local peace and anti-death penalty groups for over a year from 2005-2006. In a press release distributed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, the organization expressed alarm at the incomprehensible spying revealed in 43 pages of summaries and computer logs, none of which refer to criminal or even potentially criminal acts, other than a few isolated references to plans for completely nonviolent civil disobedience.

ACLU of Maryland Executive Director Susan Goering blasted the program stating, “The documents show that the MSP engaged in surveillance operations against peaceful activists similar to those abandoned in the 1970s with the end of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s infamous COINTELPRO program. The ACLU will soon file additional requests under the Maryland Public Information Act to assess other activities and targets of the MSP’s ‘Homeland Security and Intelligence Division’ and will seek legislative reforms to ensure this kind of improper spying never happens again.”

So I ask, just what were the Maryland State Police looking for? Did they think that folks were planning to peace us to death? Did they believe these dangerous peacenik gatherings and rogue anti-death penalty groups must have required extra special undercover surveillance in order to save us from “the tuurist”? Or maybe they are saving us from uh…tourists? That must be it. Rabid tourists are descending on local peace gatherings inspiring and plotting destruction of family values and our way of life.

OK, let me stop being facetious.

I understand completely that when Thomas Jefferson said “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” that that really does mean something. We must remain vigilant in the presence of real threats and real enemies, but we must not abandon and throw out our civil liberties in the process. We must be careful to weigh our fear with reason, and be ever so ready to question the motives of government when our rights start sliding down that slippery slope towards injustice.

It’s a curious thing. Republicans are always complaining about “big government.” That being said, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and his administration, in this secret folly, seemed to embrace their “bigness,” with a warm bear hug, with Bob taking on the awesome responsibility of becoming a “big brother” to us all.

The fact that the Ehrlich administration expended funds to spy on groups that may disagree with them ideologically, and in the process trampling on their and our constitutional rights, is beyond egregious.

Is this just the tip of the proverbial iceberg? How many other innocent groups and individuals in Maryland and beyond have fallen victim to these intrusive and unconstitutional practices?

These actions are now receiving the national attention they deserve. According to The Baltimore Sun, the US Congress will seek to ascertain the Homeland Security Department’s role in this spy game, and whether federal tax dollars were used in the process. With economic collapse happening all around us, dedicating significant funds on this unwarranted chase is just sad and shameful. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, in a letter to the department stated, “These allegations are extremely troublesome and bring to light past domestic covert operations, which were found to be not only unconstitutional but also damaging to the rule of law and America’s democratic principles.” He continued, "Funding of the state police actions with federal taxpayer dollars would constitute a waste of valuable resources, both human and financial."

I love this country. What I most love about this land of ours is that I can scream from the rooftops about how ridiculous and Un-American I believe these actions are, all the while knowing I will not be sent to that mystery place of no return because I did – well, at least not yet.

From creepy and insidious Patriot Acts, to our government leaders having serious conversations about the details of defining torture (torture!), this post “911” political climate has lent itself to allowing us to accept the chipping away of our civil liberties by those who manipulate our reasonable fears in unreasonable ways for political gain.

The political tide is turning. This has spurred something in Maryland‘s electorate and beyond, and is quickly becoming a catalyst for change. The bipartisan outrage at these actions is a sign of life that there are limits to how much and what we will allow done in our name. The ACLU of Maryland is continuing to mount efforts to find out what other organizations and activists have been singled out for this wrongful spying. US Senator Benjamin Cardin and Maryland State Legislators are calling for hearings to delve deeply into these unconstitutional actions. This is not going to be swept under the political rug.

The old folks used to sing a song while marching for equality that rings so true today, “I ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around…gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land.” We will not be turned around by generated fears and covert power plays. We will keep those flashlights pointed in the face of injustice — Now that’s eternal vigilance.

 

-Lea Gilmore