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Each year, the National Urban League convenes its leadership, members and partners at an Annual Conference to participate in discussions around the state of the organization and urban America.
The Greater Baltimore Urban League has been selected as the affiliate host of the 2016 National Urban League Conference. This week long event will be held this summer in Baltimore and will feature exhibits, a career fair, several top tier keynote speakers and a number of networking events.
We hope that you enjoy exploring our 2016 Conference Website to learn more about the Conference, the Greater Baltimore region and our affiliate, the Greater Baltimore Urban League.
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Leaders meet to discuss way forward after Baltimore riots
By Ian Duncan
The Baltimore Sun
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After a week in which violence rocked Baltimore, leaders get together and ask: What now?
About three dozen church and community leaders huddled at the Greater Baltimore Urban League's office Monday to discuss ways to answer a tricky question: A week after violent rioting brought attention to some of the city's most blighted neighborhoods, what comes next?
The meeting was a reminder of the mix of problems some of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods face — and have faced long before the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.
Barbara Williams-Skinner, a leader in the National African American Clergy Network, said after an outbreak of violence, leaders can get stuck on quick fixes and struggle to address problems such as mass-incarceration and heavy-handed policing that fall hardest on poor, African-American areas.
"This has to be a life work," Williams-Skinner said. "We've been working on symptoms, we've got to be working on systems."
Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. John Sarbanes joined Williams-Skinner at the front of the room at the Urban League's office, an old church hall that is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves.
Cardin touted a bill he has supported that would outlaw racial profiling by police. The measure would encourage minorities to trust police more and improve the efficiency of officers' work, Cardin said.
"In the vulnerable communities you have to have your community working with you, believing — and the police demonstrating — that they are not discriminating," Cardin said in an interview.
"You can't say just because you're black and live in this neighborhood that you're suspicious, that's wrong," he said.
A version of the bill Cardin introduced last year did not attract bipartisan support, leaving it with little chance of passing Congress.
Other leaders focused on short term needs and initiatives — such as opening swimming pools and camps for children as the summer approaches — while others looked further ahead and wondered how to create well-paying jobs for people in neighborhoods such as Sandtown-Winchester.
Quarter of a century ago, officials pumped money into that part of the city, with questionable results. Douglas Miles, a leader of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, said the subway stop at Pennsylvania and North avenues — the site of some of the worst destruction last week — was designed to solidify the progress.
Ultimately, Miles said, the project was "piecemeal."
Sarbanes said he had been involved in that effort, and believes it is time for another, more successful try. The question, he said, is how can "we make sure that this time is different?"
Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Sharnice Barnett For Immediate Release: May 1, 2015
State’s Attorney Calls for Indictment Charges in Freddie Gray Case
Baltimore, MD: Today the indictment of the 6 officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a step into the right direction for not only Baltimore City but the nation as a whole. The Greater Baltimore Urban League would like to applaud State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for her diligence in the investigation of the death of Freddie Gray. While there are no guarantees on outcome, we are confident that the State’s Attorney will continue to be impartial in this matter and seek justice for those who deserve it.
The Urban League is committed to eliminating disparities among people in less privileged communities and we find that the issue of depraved police relations is more common in these communities. We seek justice for these communities and all communities in general by echoing our Ten Point Plan for Police Reform and Accountability, a slate of policy reforms to ensure there are no more Freddie Grays in the future. These reforms include:
1. Widespread Use of Body Cameras and Dashboard Cameras.
2. Broken Windows Reform and Implementation of 21st Century Community Policing Model.
3. Review and Revision of Police Use of Deadly Force Policies.
4. Comprehensive Retraining of All Police Officers.
5. Comprehensive Review and Strengthening of Police Hiring Standards.
6. Appointment of Special Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct.
7. Mandatory, Uniform FBI Reporting and Audit of Lethal Force Incidents Involving All Law Enforcement.
8. Creation and Audit of National Database of Citizen Complaints against Police.
9. Revision of National Police Accreditation System for Mandatory Use by Law Enforcement To Be Eligible for Federal Funds.
10. National Comprehensive Anti-Racial Profiling Law