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Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

"Where there is anger, there is the passion to make the future different, better, more equitable, more just. Where things have been torn down, they can be built up again."

Baltimore Pastor of Diverse Church Located Just Blocks From Rioting Says White Christians Need to Acknowledge Systemic Racism

"There are deep systemic issues. There is no surface issue that's really the cause. There's some deep stuff that's been going on that's been going on for a lot of years."

Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms

"People participate in this type of event for a real reason... It's not just people taking advantage. It's not just anger and frustration at the immediate or proximate cause. It's always some underlying issues."

West Baltimore offers vivid reminder of failed mass incarceration policy

The West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester, where Freddie Gray was arrested and fatally injured, is by all obvious metrics a neglected community.

Who is Freddie Gray, whose death is at the center of Baltimore's unrest?

The unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray has left portions of the city in ruins and again elevated the national debate over police treatment of African Americans. Yet little is known about the man who suffered a severed spine after taken into custody on April 12.

‘No training, no money, no hope, no way of getting out’

Despite a broader economic recovery, there has been little sign of progress in significant parts of Baltimore — particularly poor black areas such as those where the violence occurred.

Baltimore neighborhood at the center of riots was a ticking time bomb

Freddie Gray's death angered his neighbors. But there's a lot to be angry about in Sandtown — from rampant violence to poverty to a lack of job prospects.

Baltimore police enforce curfew by firing pepper balls at crowds

Baltimore police started arresting protesters and firing pepper balls to disperse crowds as a 10pm curfew came into force on Tuesday night, just hours after President Barack Obama lamented a “slow-rolling crisis” over police treatment of African-Americans.

Baltimore riots sparked not by race but by class tensions between police, poor

"What separates police and community members in Baltimore is not race, but class, where residents in poorer neighborhoods feel targeted by a police force that treats them unfairly."

Counting down to curfew with Freddie Gray's neighbors in Baltimore

More of Sandtown-Winchester’s residents end up in prison than any other neighborhood in Maryland... Between 2005 and 2009, one out of every four juveniles in Sandtown-Winchester was arrested—a rate that’s far higher than the rest of Baltimore.

David Simon's brutal diagnosis of the problems with Baltimore policing

The Wire's David Simon says the protests in Baltimore aren't just over the death of Freddie Gray, but about the long history of a police department that's built a reputation of abusing and tormenting local communities.

Freddie Gray’s Old Baltimore Neighborhood Prepares For The Worst

Only a day after police brutality protests erupted into violence in Baltimore, many residents predict things could get much worse if police officers aren’t held responsible in Gray’s death.

Goodbye to Freddie Gray and Goodbye to Quietly Accepting Injustice

"The truth is as ugly as the facts that fuel riots: Without a brick tossed or a building burning, we are hardly confronting the hopelessness of the future for these young people."

Martin O'Malley, Baltimore's Prodigal Mayor, Gets to Work
The mayor who had brought New York-style “zero tolerance” policing to Baltimore has to confront critics, long after he is in a position to change.
Poverty, Despair, and Big Government
"Freddie Gray’s death was the spark, but Baltimore’s governance was the powder keg."
Statement on Clinton's Speech About Justice Reform

JPI responds to Hillary Clinton's remarks about reforming the criminal justice system.

The Baltimore riots are about more than Freddie Gray

The riots in Baltimore are about more than Freddie Gray. They are also being caused by systemic problems that have gone unaddressed for years in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

These maps show the depth of Baltimore's inequality problem

The issues in Baltimore are bigger than Freddie Gray, and his death is not the entire reason for the riots.

Unrest in Baltimore highlights need for more jobs

Baltimore needs jobs. And not just any jobs; jobs the more than 20,000 unemployed residents of this city — many of whom have a criminal record — stand a chance at landing.

Watch Jon Stewart’s brutal segment on how America ignored Baltimore before the riots

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Tuesday slammed the decades of neglect that led Baltimore to erupt in protests and violence over the past week.

What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years

"In the more than three decades I have called this city home, Baltimore has been a combustible mix of poverty, crime, and hopelessness, uncomfortably juxtaposed against rich history, friendly people, venerable institutions and pockets of old-money affluence."

'The Wire' in real life: the Baltimore neighborhood Freddie Gray called home

The vociferous street protests come out of a long history of trouble and poverty faced by many Baltimore residents--especially those in the impoverished neighborhoods of Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park in West Baltimore which Gray called home

7 Facts Everyone Needs to Know to Understand What's Happening in Baltimore

In order to really understand Gray's final days and their aftermath, one must consider his life and the kind of city in which he grew up — the city that would eventually be the death of him.

April 28 - Riots, Arson and Looting in Baltimore; The Racial Divide in Baltimore; Missing Black Men in Freddie Gray's Neighborhood; The Supreme Court's Deliberations on the Same-Sex Marriage

JPI's Marc Schindler joined Ian Masters to discuss Freddie Gray, Baltimore, and making the right investment for the city's residents.

At Resurrection Intersection, holding on to what's important

The Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park area still registers poorly by the measures of the Baltimore City Health Department — in lead paint violations, liquor store density, third- and fourth-grade reading proficiency, juvenile arrests, domestic violence, life expectancy.

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