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Hopkins and Baltimore community members met for a third rally to protest the Hopkins private police force, University contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and promote Justice for Tyrone West on Wednesday, April 17 in Wyman Park Dell. The rally was organized by members of Students Against Private Police (SAPP), Hopkins Coalition Against ICE (HCAI) and leaders of West Wednesdays, a weekly vigil held in honor of West, who died in 2013 while in police custody. Morgan State University police officers were investigated in conjunction with West’s death.
For over a week, members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community have participated in a sit-in at Garland Hall to protest the proposed private police force and the University’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The protest is organized by Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Hopkins Coalition Against ICE.
The Maryland General Assembly gave a bill that would allow the University to create its own private police force their final approval on Monday. Following this, University President Ronald J. Daniels and Dean of Medical Faculty Paul B. Rothman released a statement commenting on the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 793, titled the Community Safety and Strengthening Act. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 94-42 in favor of the bill, while the Senate voted 42-2 in favor.
Fifty people were killed in two consecutive shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. In the wake of the shootings, the Johns Hopkins University Muslim Association (JHUMA) hosted a vigil on Sunday evening to stand in solidarity with those affected by the violence.
The University released its admissions decisions for the Class of 2023 on Friday. The 2,309 new students were chosen from a pool of 30,163 regular decision applicants with an acceptance rate of 7.7 percent.
Two tickets, Hop Forward and Change, and an independent candidate, Claire Gorman, are running for the Student Government Association’s (SGA) executive board elections. The voting period will end on March 17.
This past year we’ve seen something that’s rarely seen in Hollywood: roles for Asian Americans (well, at least East Asian Americans). Movies like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians have both featured Asian actors in both leading and supporting roles and made important steps in increasing Asian representation in Hollywood.
Ju Hui Judy Han, an assistant professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, gave a lecture about the intersection of candlelight protests in South Korea and queer activism on Wed. March 6. Han’s lecture, titled “Now, Later, Never: Candlelight Protests and Queer Futurity,” was the first event in a series hosted by the program in Racism and Immigration Citizenship (RIC).
Within the last week, the University has launched a social media advertising campaign promoting its proposed private police force on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. These ads have also been featured on Google.
Over 100 University faculty members have signed an open letter in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 793 and House Bill (HB) 1094, which would allow Hopkins to create its own private police force. As of Feb. 20, 104 faculty had signed the letter.
Last week, lawmakers introduced bills to both the Senate and the House of the Maryland General Assembly that would allow Hopkins to create its own private police force. These bills, Senate Bill (SB) 793 and House Bill (HB) 1094, also include millions of dollars in appropriations for Baltimore City youth programs, including the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, an organization launched in 2016 to support youth leadership and the Baltimore City YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program, which connects underserved youth with paying summer jobs.
Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she would no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases regardless of amount or past criminal charges on Jan. 29. Mosby also asked courts to vacate approximately 5,000 people convicted for the possession of marijuana. Maryland decriminalized possession of marijuana in quantities up to 10 grams in 2014.
Students and faculty joined Baltimore community members in protesting the University’s contracts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) by walking out of class at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6. The event was organized by the Hopkins Coalition Against ICE, which includes a number of campus activist organizations such as Students Against Private Police (SAPP), #JHToo, Teachers and Researchers United (TRU) and Refuel our Future.
This article is part of our special issue on policing.
The Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Financial Services announced a new compensation plan for Residential Advisors (RA) in response to concerns that RAs are not paid equitably. The plan, which was announced on Thursday, will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year. RAs will be considered student employees and receive a yearly $5,100 stipend. In addition, their housing will now be considered non-taxable income, and therefore it will not affect financial aid.
A year long investigation by the Tampa Bay Times found that one in 10 patients died at the All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. last year, which was taken over by the Hopkins Hospital six years earlier.
Myth: People with mental illnesses tend to be violent
The University hosted the second of a three-part series on policing and security on Friday, Nov. 9 on the East Baltimore campus. The discussion, titled “Constitutional Policing and Police Accountability,” consisted of a moderated discussion between a panel of experts and an audience Q&A session.
Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. In the wake of the shooting, Hopkins and Baltimore community members gathered to grieve for the Jewish community and those affected by the violence.
Brazil elected its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, on Sunday. Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for statements that many consider to be homophobic, racist and misogynistic. He defeated the Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, who was backed by Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. da Silva dropped out of the race following his 12-year sentence on corruption charges.