Hannah Freeman, an organizer with BRIDGE Maryland, gave a very helpful intro presentation on BRIDGE’s work and values. She also led a promising discussion where SURJ members asked questions and we identified a lot of values our group shares with BRIDGE. We wrapped up with an internal discussion of how to move forward in a possible collaboration with BRIDGE and with our unrelated efforts around the Baltimore County Police Accountability Board.
We continue to focus on how facial recognition technology will be used in Baltimore City. A hearing has yet to be scheduled, but we were able to lay the groundwork for one by preparing for an upcoming meeting between district 4 members and their city council member Mark Conway. We also discussed updates on the appointment of a Baltimore City Police Commissioner, a process that has so far included little opportunity for public input, and reviewed concerns about possible changes to the Red Line from a community-supported light rail project to a much reduced bus line.