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2017 Week Six: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Despair or falling in love? The Beyoncé rule? The first annual FreeState Justice game night extravaganza! Waking up at 8:00 a.m. to catch an 8:30 a.m. public bus just so I can walk four blocks in the smoldering temperatures of a Baltimore summer heat wave…
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2017 Week Five: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

CLARISSA CHEN | MADE IN BALTIMORE, OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Things are busier than ever with Made in Baltimore. We’re gearing up for our launch party on the 20th next week, and each day seems like a list of tasks, half related to governmental purchasing procedure and the other half scattered…
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2017 Week Four: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

CLARISSA CHEN | MADE IN BALTIMORE, OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY Working for the government is strange. I remember hearing the names of non-profit after non-profit being announced during orientation week, collecting in my mind a list of places my peers would be working over the summer. “The government’s policies oppress us,”…
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2017 Week Three: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Senator VanHollen. Mayor Pugh. City Council Members. Maryland State Delegates. Me? I walked into Senator VanHollen’s Central Baltimore Office for its grand opening wearing a suit with a red tie my boss had kindly let me borrow. The exuberant staff welcomed me and gave me…
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2017 Week Two: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE – WEEK 2 Midnight irony! I entered the emergency room, my hand gripping the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. I looked around the crowded room filled with loud grunts and the subdued sobs of people accustomed to their pain. Suddenly, their groans and faces…
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2017 Week One: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Towering buildings merged with an endless green landscape on the horizon each time I looked out of my office window. The air was still and quiet, interrupted solely by the buzzing of the printer in the adjacent copy room. There was a sense of peace…
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