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PO Box: 3608 Offutt, Unit 162, Randallstown, MD 21133

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Workgroups:
Transformational Justice Workgroup

Transformational Justice Workgroup

Building Power

District 46 Campaign – Erase the F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)

Two of the most powerful players in the State Legislature represent District 46. We are working on a strategy to reach them via community organizing to get their support for the Youth First Justice Act which will start all criminal proceedings against children and youth under 18 in the Juvenile Legal System.

Cutting an Issue – Youth First Justice Act (Auto-Charging of Juveniles)

Research has shown that sending children and youth into adult jails while awaiting a judgment of a crime as adults or juveniles has an adverse impact on the youth’s long-term mentality, such that 87% of most offenses are remanded back to Juvenile Court anyway. This is a waste of time and money. It also hardens children to do repeat offenses which are called ‘recidivism.’ However, further research shows that children processed in the juvenile system receive services to make better choices. To that end, we will be supporting efforts to pass legislation that starts all criminal proceedings for children and youth under 18 in the Juvenile Legal System. The prosecution will continue to have the authority to waive a child up into the adult system as deemed necessary by the judiciary.

There is a narrative floating around that children in Baltimore City are running wild and that citizens are in great danger. We need to research/disprove this perception and offer evidence that crimes being committed are not as severe as being perceived.

Building Power

The Child Interrogation Protection Law Tour

We will be hosting town hall meetings, addressing school boards, and canvassing drop-off and pickup community schools with awareness literature on the landmark legislation enacted on Oct 1, 2022. We will also be collecting information from parents and guardians about being a part of similar legislation and the role BMI can play in their communities with training, advocacy, and self-empowerment.

Chairs: Rev. Dr. Marlon Tilghman, Ms. Linda Watts

To join the fight for Transformational Justice, Contact our Organizer, Hannah Freeman at bridgemdbc@gmail.com


Housing Justice Workgroup

Housing Justice Workgroup

BRIDGE Maryland (BMI) believes that everyone deserves safe and affordable housing and continues to work towards achieving this goal. This is a long-term effort that takes commitment because results are slow to achieve. Members of The BMI Housing Task Force are currently focused on a pending inclusionary housing bill for Baltimore City (22-0195). The bill is sponsored by City councilwoman, Odette Ramos. This bill is needed to replace a prior flawed bill which was allowed to sunset by the City Council president prior to amending it to address the flaws.

BMI members have been participating in weekly meetings with other housing advocates and have formed an Inclusionary Housing Coalition. These meetings organized a rally on 10/3/22 to raise awareness of the issue. The rally was located at the Inner Harbor in front of 414 Light Street, a high-end development that received public money without providing any affordable units.

City Council held an initial hearing on the bill on 11/17/22 with several BRIDGE members testifying in favor of the bill both in-person and in written form, along with the many partners of the Housing Coalition. More work lies ahead as we strive to pass a strong bill.

Co-chairs: Rev. Dr. Doreion Colter and Ms. Nancy Newman

New energy is always needed to continue working on housing justice with more BMI members involved in the task force. Email us at bridgemdbc@gmail.com if you are interested!


Youth

Youth

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Water Equity

Water Equity

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Bridge Maryland, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Organization

PO Box: 3608 Offutt, Unit 162
Randallstown, MD 21133
Phone: 443-240-3511
Email: info@bridgemd.org

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