Freestate Justice

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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2018 Week 2: Government and Policy

NICOLE KIKER | FREESTATE JUSTICE This week was better than last week. I’m starting to receive more complicated and ongoing assignments, and assignments that I can tell are more important to the success of FreeState Justice. I’ve started learning about writing grant reports and grant proposals, which feels like a…
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2018 Week 1: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN It seems like a small thing, but it’s been tricky for me to enter into the professional world – this is my first career-centered job. I like to think of myself as a social person who’s good at networking within social spaces, but…
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2018 Orientation: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN After each day of orientation, and especially the opening panel, I thought a lot about the philosophy of the non-profit sector. Councilperson Dorsey (not a part of the first panel, but bear with me) had an anecdote about babies flowing down this river…
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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 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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