Monthly Archives: April 2015

Charm City Blues: Baltimore and trauma-informed community

Reflections on Baltimore by Derrick Weston. Much to ponder.

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I’ve been in Baltimore for going on three months. It’s hardly any time at all. There’s a part of me that doesn’t feel entitled to what I am feeling tonight. I’ve fallen in love with this city pretty quickly. It has been a refuge for me, a place to start over. As a Steelers fan, I am predisposed to wanting to hate this city, but there is so much more to life than sportsball and the people of this city are pretty lovable. Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods. Baltimore is more so. I work in three neighborhoods separated by mere blocks. They each have a distinct flavor to them despite their proximity and overlapping concerns. Baltimore is about twice the size of Pittsburgh. It has all of the amenities you would want in a major metropolis while feeling interconnected enough that you could easily find yourself running into the…

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Purple not flowers, Brookfield Place

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Not sure what it is;
it isn’t flowers;
but purple it is.

13 April 2015
Manhattan, New York

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Purple flowers, South Cove Park

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13 April 2015
Manhattan, New York

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Purple flower, Trinity Church Cemetery

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13 April 2015
Manhattan, New York

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In the shadow of execution

On April 3, 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton walked from a prison in Birmingham, a free man. Free after almost thirty years on death row. Thirty years spent in the shadow of execution – for a crime he did not commit.

The Death Penalty Information Center notes that Hinton is the 152nd person sentenced to death to be exonerated since 1973.

The New York Times cites two documented cases in which individuals who were almost certainly innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted were put to death.

The possibility of executing one innocent person should give us considerable pause. It provides a strong argument against capital punishment.

Speaking after Hinton’s release, “Bryan Stevenson, one of Mr. Hinton’s lawyers and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, said Mr. Hinton’s right to justice had been limited as an impoverished black man.”

The racial and economic inequities in the application of justice in relation to provide additional arguments against capital punishment.

The exoneration of Anthony Ray Hinton and the others prove that the system does work, however long it may take the wheels to grind.

But when the sentence is death and serious inequities exist, the stakes are simply too high.

It is time to end the death penalty.

See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers, Morningside Gardens 6

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11 April 2015

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April 11, 2015 · 11:47 pm

Purple flowers, E. 44th Street

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10 April 2015
Manhattan, New York

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