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From Baltimore Protests to Food: The Importance of Community Voices

May 4, 2015

May 1, 2015

Union of Concerned Scientists

By Lindsey Haynes-Maslow

Two months ago I was in Baltimore for a conference focusing on healthy food access. Before the opening reception I squeezed in a run. With temperatures well below freezing, I ran down to the Harbor where the water was frozen and the cargo ships were still. There was hardly anyone in sight. I was amazed at the quietness blanketing the city.

The Baltimore I saw in February is in stark contrast to the images we’re seeing this week. With Baltimore being the latest American city to succumb to burning buildings, protesters (both peaceful and violent), angry youth, and worried moms, I can only hope that our country begins digging to the root of the problem and asking why?

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