We’re all feeling the heartache this city is showing in one way or another. While Fusion’s grassroots agents of social change are no stranger to the suffering that many members of Baltimore’s disenfranchised communities have endured for generations, we’re still not immune to the consequences brought on through the history of systemic injustice here. As we stand firmly behind the constructive work our partners have been doing to address these issues long before the national media rolled in, we now stand firmly in support of the assessment and reaction of Fusion Partner Lara Law of Youth Empowered Society (YES) in the wake of damages suffered to the YES Drop-In center related to Monday night’s revolt. Please read the article for some important perspective on recent events in Baltimore and please consider making a donation to help YES re-open it’s doors ASAP.
If it was a similarly-frustrated city youth who torched the center amid the riots in Baltimore, Law said, “the anger is legitimate and understandable” — even if the actions were not.
“I don’t condone the violence and the destruction, the tearing down of what we need in our community, but the young people out on the streets are some of the same young people we’re serving – filled with trauma and violence and a lack of opportunity their whole lives,” Law said. “It’s understandable. We have to fix our way of doing things so they feel included and that there are opportunities for them.”
Fusion partner The Baltimore Free School is excite to announce the new Strength To Love Project course running through March of 2015. The Strength To Love Project, consists of individuals (esp creatives) getting together to discuss social justice issues and engage in creative expression around the theme “Strength To Love”. The film Selma, Dr. King’s third book, “Strength to Love”, the #blacklivesmatter movement and other mediums will be used as material for these conversations. Participants are encouraged to create a piece(s) of art, poetry, music, film or civic engagement which they were inspired by, from those conversations. Its all capped off with a exhibition/performance of the pieces.
Classes will be offered Saturday evenings FREE OF CHARGE! Online video chat and phone-in options will be made available for individuals who are in other states or who can’t make it in person.
For more info on the Strength To Love Project, class content, and class scheduling visit the Free School’s website HERE
Don’t miss this Op-Ed article in the Baltimore Sun! In the article Tyler Mains of Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) discusses the disconnect between the proliferation of world class medical institutions and STEM education opportunities within Baltimore City. Tyler then outlines how his program seeks to bridge that gap through mentorship and career development offered directly to Baltimores Teens. To read the article click the link below!
Passionate the revolutionary practice of Harm Reduction? Are you interested in leading an organization that advocates for a practical approach to reducing the impacts of Public Health threats by meeting those impacted with interventions that save lives? Then check out the recent job posting of Fusion Program, The Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition for more info on how to apply:
As recently detailed by the Huffington Post, Maryland is one of the few states that has seen overdose mortality rates decrease since 1999 and the growing practice of Harm Reduction is a major factor. If you would like to join the fight to save the lives of our families, neighbors, children, and peers then please apply today!
Fusion Program Intercultural Counseling Connection is a referral network of mental health professionals committed to providing culturally responsive counseling and therapeutic services for refugees in the greater Baltimore area. Counseling services through the Connection network are provided for free (pro bono) or under reimbursement through Medical Assistance (Medicaid). This week The Connection launches a brand new website that will serve as a hub to connect service providers with refugees seeking mental health services. Click the Link below to explore the new site!
Fusion Partner Right To Housing Alliance (RTHA) works to build a movement supporting the human right to housing in Baltimore City through direct action, coalition building, education, and advocacy. As a grassroots initiative, the empowerment of community leaders is integral to the RTHA model and embodied through their Leadership Council. Recently the group raised the voice of Leadership Council member Debbie Jennings on their website. Click the image below to learn more about how you can support the work of RTHA and read Debbie’s story!
Fusion is incredibly proud to congratulate Fusion Partner Youth Resiliency Institute on being awarded a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family Engagement Grant to support the development of their Journey Project! We can’t even find words to express how incredible it has been to support the essential work that BCYRI has been doing around community engagement in Baltimore. We can’t wait to see the innovative ways they will develop this program and enrich the lives of Baltimore City community members! To keep up to date on BCYRI’s work click the facebook badge below to follow them on social media!