Dunking on racist doctor & celebrating Baltimore Twitter has been fun, but it’s done for a reason. A dude stabbed his wife, blamed it on someone asking for change, & we got months worth of op-eds about stopping the “scourge” of panhandling/squeegee workers.
Then when the truth came out, the mayor said he preyed on “legitimate fears.”

A lady pulled her gun on squeegee workers on MLK and that story just went away as details got fuzzier and it appeared that she was the aggressor.
Then there was the Jersey dude who said his window got broken and local news ran it as fact with zero corroboration.

People are trading on lies about our neighbors with support from electeds, police, and the local news media. As Boom says, we all we got.
Follow @scanthepolice @suchaputz they made all this possible. I work with @baltjailsupport all you need is a table, a tent, a pack of smokes, a pack of water and some chips. Set up outside your local release and treat the folks coming out like humans.

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26 Dec 19
I have some new followers since last weekend and I want to highlight the greatest barrier—in my experience—to real lasting change in Baltimore City: the Board of Estimates. Andre Davis sits on the board, as does soon-to-resign public works director Rudy Chow.
(Before I continue, I need to highlight that I’d know none of this without working w @BmoreHousingRT @unitedworkers and the exhaustive research of @cmatthewhill of the @PublJusticeCntr)
The Board of Estimates controls all the spending in the city, both the capital budget (investments in big projects like hotels & stadiums, and smaller ones like apartment buildings) and the operations budget (regular dept spending like schools & roads etc)
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21 Dec 19
The spy plane is just part of the big fucking lie that Baltimore doesn’t have the resources to solve its own problems. We came up with a transit solution. @GovLarryHogan canceled it. We passed #FightFor15. @MayorPugh50 vetoed it.
We had a $22M surplus from transfer and recordation fees in FY18. Board of Estimates voted to give it to @BaltimorePolice for OT. We have a $32M surplus this year. @CouncilPresBMS and @mayorbcyoung are at an impasse because they’re running against each other.
We give TIFF and capital investments to luxury developers rather than invest directly in communities as the Fair Development Roundtable proposed in its 20/20 Vision for Fair Development that Mayor Pugh called “the Bible” when she ran for office, then ignored
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