Freestate Justice

2019 Week 6: Nonprofit Management

CLAIRE ZOU | BALTIMORE CORPS On January 1, 2018, I decided to do something about the fact that time was passing too fast for me to appreciate life. Sounds lofty, but all I did was start a running journal of daily highlights so that I could remember the moments that…
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2019 Week 5: Nonprofit Management & Development

SOFIA CUENCA | CENTRAL BALTIMORE PARTNERSHIP Friday, I had the opportunity of going to the Baltimore Lights of Liberty protest against the current administration’s practices toward immigrant communities. More than 400 individuals from all over the city met in front of City Hall, marched to McKeldin Square to honor the…
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Week 3: Nonprofit Management & Development

LYLE CARRERA | FREESTATE JUSTICE I grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada, as the child of a single immigrant mother from the Philippines. When she wasn’t breaking boundaries in the burgeoning yet male-dominated internet industry, she was putting everything she had into raising a child that she…
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2019 Week 2: Nonprofit Management

CLAIRE ZOU | BALTIMORE CORPS Sometimes I miss the laughter of children. I miss their naïve questions about the world, their fierce competition when racing outside, their unexpected thoughtfulness towards each other. Even when their unrelenting energy would tire me out, I miss how they’d come up to me with…
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2019 Week 1: Nonprofit Management

SOFIA CUENCA | CENTRAL BALTIMORE PARTNERSHIP Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise (C.O.R.E) is a city-state partnership aimed at revitalizing Baltimore by clearing the way for new green space and affordable and mixed-use housing. This week I had the opportunity to attend Project C.O.R.E.’s Anniversary — removing 4,000 Units of…
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2019 Orientation: Nonprofit Management

SOFIA CUENCA | CENTRAL BALTIMORE PARTNERSHIP Walking through the Penn-North neighborhood I couldn’t help but notice the attention our mere presence was getting. The looks, the stares, the assurance from community residents that we were “safe,” all seemed to emphasize the idea that we, six undergraduate students from Johns Hopkins,…
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2018 Week 6: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN So I had my art walk today, and I wanted to get this blog post out while the walk is still fresh in my mind. It was a lovely walk, it was super well set organized and I was reminded that art is…
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2018 Week 5: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN For the past two weeks at the office I’ve been researching and summarizing the Kirwan Commission on Education. It took me several drafts to get it to where our legislative director deemed it acceptable, and that was a whole new thing for me….
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2018 Week 4: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN Constituent service has been by far the newest experience I’ve had at the office this summer. I heard about constituent service prior to getting this job, and I had also heard that it’s a grunt job that interns don’t get paid to do,…
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2018 Week 3: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN In the midst of this week’s absurd news cycle – from the ongoing separation of migrant families, to the upholding of the Trump’s muslim ban, to the retirement of Justice Kennedy – I felt drawn to the local politician’s perspective. The policies of…
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