Combatting Hate Crimes in 2017 with Attorney General Brian Frosh
OCRWE Staff John Wesley (Public Information Officer), Shaun Clark (Civilian Review Board Investigator), and Jill Muth (Special Assistant to the Civilian Review Board) were pleased to join community members, elected officials, and stakeholders at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore on May 18, 2017 for a discussion on combatting hate crimes in 2017. Guest speakers included MD Attorney General Brian Frosh, Delegates Carlos Sanchez, Shelly Hettleman and Sandy Rosenberg, Lydia Walther-Rodriguez from CASA de Maryland, Raees Khan from the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council and Doron Ezickson of the Anti-Defamation League.
Delegate Shelly Hettleman spoke about the constituents she serves and how hate crimes have effected them in 2017. OCRWE staff were inspired to meet local leaders such as Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, Delegate Carlos Sanchez, Delegate Angela Gibson and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones.
Community Event for Seniors at Pleasantview Gardens
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Public Information Officer John Wesley and Community Relations Representative Anthony Jemison attended a community event at Pleasantview Gardens to provide resources and information to seniors on the services that the Office of Civil Rights provides.
Director Carter's Visit to Guilford Elementary School
On April 21, 2017 Director Jill P. Carter visited students at Guilford Elementary school to talk to them about Civil Rights and the legacy of Walter P. Carter. The school is destined to merge with Walter P. Carter Elementary, which in named in honor of her father.
The one hour session involved a discussion about Ms. Carter's father's work during the Civil Rights Movement to bring about equality for all, as well as Ms. Carter's career as a MD. State legislator, and her current role as Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement.
Students completed a motivational life-mapping activity, and colored photos of civil rights leaders.
Community Panel Discussion
On April 18, 2017 Civilian Review Board Investigator Shaun Clark and OCRWE Public Information Officer John Milton Wesley joined other panelists at the New Genesis Total Praise Center, Inc. for a community discussion on how to be more proactive in improving the quality of life in their community, and how the OCRWE can help.
Brochures about OCRWE services were distributed, including complaint forms and contact information.
Baltimore Police Department's Spring 2017 Citizen's Academy
Staff of the Civilian Review Board participated in the Baltimore Police Citizen's Academy to learn more about police policies and procedures. Topics covered include use of force and de-escalation, crime scene investigation, constitutional law, crisis response, technology, and more.
Deputy Director Sharita Thomas and Special Assistant Jill Muth participate in a crime scene investigation scenario.
"Swimming in Baltimore" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Director Carter participated in a panel discussion with Megan Sherman, Jayne Miller, and Taya Graham, following a screening of the film "Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works" at the University of Baltimore.
2017 Fashion Umbrella Gala
Director Carter was proud to represent Mayor Pugh as a presenter of Mayoral Citations to the 2017 Fashion Umbrella Awards Recipients. This year's recipients were Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, Tiffany Tate, Jearlean Taylor, Matthew Biegel, and Sally DiMarco.
Annual Breakfast for Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters
On Sunday, March 19th, Director Carter attended the annual fundraising breakfast for Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters. M.O.M.S.D. is an organization created to provide support to Baltimore families impacted by homicide.
Director Carter at the M.O.M.S.D. Breakfast with SA Marilyn Mosby, Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Mr. Norman Johnson, Mrs. Judy Cox, Judge Sylvester Cox, Ms. Sharita Thomas.
Civil Rights History at Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School
Director Carter came to Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle and gave a presentation on the history of the Civil Rights Movement to the 5th-grade class. We are always happy to bring civil rights education to learners of all ages!
National Human Rights Day In Annapolis
Director Carter was proud to speak at Human Rights Day 2017 in Annapolis. Thanks to the Maryland Association of Human Rights/Relations Agency for the invitation to this important event!
Present at the event were Executive Director of the Maryland Commission on Human Rights, MAHRA President and former Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, Mr. Alvin Gillard, and Ms. Syeetah Hampton-El Esq., Community Relations Commissioner and family advocacy attorney.
Black History Month Healthy Cooking Demo from The Land of Kush
On Tuesday, February 14th, at the invitation of Mayor Pugh and Director Carter and Deputy Director Thomas attended an event at City Hall to celebrate Black History Month and healthy cooking. Chef Gregory Brown and Chef Naijha Wright-Brown, co-owners of the Land of Kush, along with Mayor Catherine Pugh worked together to prepare healthy vegan soul food recipes as part of Baltimore Black History Month and an effort from the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and the Baltimore City Health Department to create conversations about healthy eating and exercise. Director Carter thanks Mayor Pugh for the invitation, and Chef Gregory and Chef Naijha for the informative demo and the delicious food! African American cultural heritage preservation and access to healthy food are two vital civil rights issues, and we were so happy to be there to support this wonderful event.
Director Carter and Chef Naijha Wright-Brown
Chef Naijha Wright-Brown, Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Chef Gregory Brown cooking together.
Hispanic Community Resource Events
The Office of Civil Rights wishes to thank Internal Affairs Division, Baltimore Police Department, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and Salem United Methodist Church for allowing us to be a part of your community resource presentations and help community members learn more about the Civilian Review Board!
La Oficina de Derechos Civiles quiere agradecer a La División de Asuntos Internos, Departamento de Policía de Baltimore, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, y La Iglesia Metodista Unida Salem Baltimore Hispana para brindarnos la oportunidad de ser parte de sus presentaciones de recursos en la comunidad, y ayudar a los miembros aprender más sobre la Junta de Revista Civil!