A budget is a moral document.
As Dr. Martin Luther King preached a half century ago, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
What about a city that year after year spends twice as much on police as it does on its schools? Where twice as many people die of overdose as die of murder even with a high murder rate!
Join this important conversation about Baltimore THIS Saturday, December 8 at our Town Hall: Spending the City's Money to Solve the Peoples Problems. (RSVP here) We will be at Metropolitan United Methodist Church at 1121 W Lanvale Street (enter from N Carrollton). The program will include a panel explaining the City’s budget and the impact of state dollars, featuring folks from the Center for Popular Democracy and Maryland Center on Economic Policy.
This is the second in a series of public town halls that Communities United is organizing to increase community scrutiny of our city’s budget and demand increased accountability. Our concerns include data from the 2017 report Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety and Security in Our Communities revealing that Baltimore spends 25% more on per resident on police than similarly urban, jurisdictions around the country. Join us to build a moral force for change!
I look forward to seeing you this coming week!