Rise Up, Baltimore


On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man, was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department for possession of a switchblade. While being transported, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center with injuries to his spinal cord and larynx. Gray died on April 19, 2015.

As the pervasive epidemic of police violence once again takes center stage in our nation, many have gathered in the streets of Baltimore to express outrage, and to collectively demand justice for Freddie Gray.

Many more have gathered on the Internet for catharsis, mourning, discussion, and debate. The journalists who penned the following articles are practicing exactly what PEN Center USA's Freedom To Write Advocacy Network stands to prove: that information saves lives.

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Recent Articles
The Clock Didn't Start With the Riots by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic
7 Charts Explaining Baltimore's Economic and Racial Struggles by Edwin Rios and Jaeah Lee | Mother Jones
Things American: Baltimore Authors Respond to the Death of Freddie Gray | American Short Fiction
Why an Amateur Photographer’s Inside View of the #BaltimoreUprising Went Mainstream by Mollie Eisenberg | Hyperallergic

More Articles
Undue Force: An expose on police violence in Baltimore | Baltimore Sun
Some Baltimore police officers face repeated misconduct lawsuits | Baltimore Sun
Nonviolence as Compliance by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic
In Defense of Looting by Willie Osterweil | The New Inquiry
Why Baltimore Rebelled by Shawn Gude | Jacobin Magazine
In Defense of the Ferguson Riots by Robert Stephens II | Jacobin Magazine
When Rioting is Rational by Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Jacobin Magazine
"There are too many police in America" - Danny Lyon | Phaidon Books
Images of the Unrest in Baltimore by Alan Taylor | The Atlantic
Being a White Ally During Baltimore's Uprising | Huffington Post
In defense of black rage by Brittney Cooper | Salon
Baltimore Youths Have It Worse Than Those in Nigeria by Elizabeth Kulze | Vocativ
In Baltimore, We're All Freddie Gray | The New York Times
How Baltimore's Police and Poverty Fueled A Youth Revolt by Juan Thompson and George Joseph | The Intercept
Things to Stop Being Distracted by When a Black Person Gets Murdered By Police by Mia McKenzie | Black Girl Dangerous

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