A civic activism group held a daylong summit in Baltimore Saturday, where new Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and others discussed ways to approach some of the city's systemic problems.
The Open Society Institute-Baltimore's Solutions Summit was held at the War Memorial building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The group calls drug addiction, criminal justice and education issues the biggest problems affecting Baltimore and Maryland.
Participants in a series of forums discussed policies to address behavioral health, criminal and juvenile justice, jobs and racial equity.
Forum participants voted on the recommendations they want Baltimore's new mayor and City Council to consider.
Event speakers include Pugh, University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke (a former mayor) and Sherilynn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
There was food, performances from spoken word artists and displays of pieces from MICA's recent "Baltimore Rising" exhibit.
from the Baltimore Sun
Pugh hands Trump letter noting city's 'needs'
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh says she has given President-elect Donald Trump a letter describing the city's need for federal money.
Pugh, a Democrat, and Trump, a Republican, met Saturday afternoon at the Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium.
"With @realDonaldTrump in Baltimore I delivered a letter noting importance of our infrastructure needs & need for investment of federal funds," Pugh tweeted after the encounter. She included a photo of the pair shaking hands.
The exchange came two days after the new Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to condemn Trump's rhetoric.
Trump campaigned on promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the Southwest Border and bar Muslims from entering the country.
In its first official act, the council approved a resolution Thursday opposing Trump's "divisive and scapegoating rhetoric, rooted in hate and prejudice."
Pugh had said she would try to persuade Trump to funnel more federal investment to the cash-strapped city.
Trump's attendance at the Army-Navy game was his first public appearance in Maryland since the election last month.
Nearly 200 protesters circled M&T Bank Stadium before his arrival. Marchers chanted "No Hate. No Fear. Immigrants are Welcome Here." and "We reject the president-elect," and wielded signs that read "Dump Trump," "Resist" and "Make Fascists Hide Again."