Baltimore has seen, repeatedly, how the burden of structural racism and disinvestment leaves residents seeking opportunity where there is little, wanting an improved quality of life that remains elusive. The Maryland General Assembly must acknowledge that the burden of safety and the performance of security has the potential to adversely impact the lives of Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens. The Maryland General Assembly must take action during this session, at most, to help vulnerable citizens of Baltimore and, at minimum, not to further the harm done by policies and policing that oversurveil low-income people of color. Security passes off the burden of surveillance unto “others,” without addressing the root cause: concentrated poverty found in neglected schools and neighborhoods has left residents across the city feeling unsafe. In order to begin to support education as a public good that contributes to public safety, for the sake of all, the Maryland General Assembly must take three actions during this session.
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