Key Insights from #BaltimoreUprisings
by Austin Thompson, director of the Youth Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance
The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, at the Baltimore Community Foundation
In response to recent painful events in our city, the Baltimore Community Foundation has established The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. We will work closely with our partners in the community to determine how the dollars contributed to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore can best be deployed to repair the physical and emotional damage that has been done and strengthen our community for the future.
Visit their website.
Hill-Snowdon Foundation Statement on the Killing of Freddie Gray
The Hill-Snowdon Foundation wants to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray for his senseless and tragic death. Freddie Gray’s death joins the almost weekly incidents of suspicious and disturbing police involved deaths of Black males and females over the last eight months. These incidents are a clarion call for all those who believe in justice to look deeply at the underlying institutional practices and attitudes that inform the history of the disproportionate use of excessive and deadly force by police officers in the Black community.
Read the full statement on the Hill-Snowdon Foundation homepage.
Joint Affinity Groups Statement on the Baltimore Uprising
The events in Baltimore Maryland unfolded right as many grantmakers in the field were engaging in the 2015 conference season. The killing of people of color, predominantly Black people, by police is a recurring concern. This is a not a new problem, just one that is more well known to us all given the presence of cell phone cameras and social media. As in Ferguson, New York, South Carolina and many other regions, funders in Baltimore are now faced with developing rapid response strategies in addition to their ongoing work.
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Statement by Open Society Institute – Baltimore in Response to the Killing of Freddie Gray
The Board and staff of Open Society Institute-Baltimore are deeply affected by the events in Baltimore over the last several days. We join with millions of individuals in Baltimore and beyond in extending our deepest condolences to the family of Freddie Gray, and we, too, are angry that the life of another young black male was cut short while in the custody of those who are sworn to protect and serve. While we are saddened by the recent destruction, we choose not to lose sight of the issues that precipitated these events or the solutions that are needed to bring about healing, peace and justice in Baltimore.
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