23 Nov '11, 10am

Smacked down: How police action is feeding the Occupy movement

Smacked down: How police action is feeding the Occupy movement

Photo: Jessica Lehrman On Oct. 11, 2011, I asked the mayor of Baltimore to sleep with me. I challenged her to spend one night outside in front of City Hall in solidarity with Baltimore's 4,000 homeless residents. It was a long shot, I knew. My good intentions notwithstanding, she would likely decline. But even I was surprised by the police helicopter -- and the response it would elicit from my young companions. Once a month, I write a column called "Where I Come From" for Baltimore City Paper . I use the space to moderate a conversation between races, between generations, and between the haves and have-nots. So when I found out that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, members of the nonprofit community, and others had committed to ending homelessness in Baltimore within this decade, I began to think of ways I might help. One of the biggest problems, as I saw it, was how few pe...

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