Yesterday I went out to take photos at the Schools Not Jails protest. A large group of people rallied at Central Booking, where several speakers talked about the proposed new Youth Jail, which is being built at a high cost at a time when the city is cutting Youth programs like rec centers. Then, they marched to the site of the proposed new jail, entered the property, and erected a symbolic schoolhouse, complete with (small) library and teachers.
At the same time, a tent was erected on the sidewalk, which was to serve as a place to teach those who did not want to enter the fence (and thus be at risk of arrest). The plan was to have a week or more of activities and workshops on site… the police, however, arrested those inside the fence, and took down the tent. But there are still activities onsite, from what I am told.
I apologize for my poor writing skills, you can glean MUCH more from this piece by Fern Shen on Baltimore Brew.
And to see the rest of the pictures I have posted, click here to go to my Schools Not Jails flickr set. There are two pages, and they are ordered chronologically.