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Video: Peaceful protests followed by unruly night in Baltimore

Protesters led by city youth took to downtown Baltimore’s streets Monday to demand justice for people killed during interactions with police across the nation, and an end to what activists call discriminatory policing.

Thousands of protesters departed from the Baltimore Convention Center, walked along Interstate 83 and eventually ended the demonstration at City Hall without incident. By Monday night, however, a much smaller group remained and the situation devolved into a confrontation with police.

Activists threw bottles and fireworks at police and attempted to stop a convoy of Maryland State Police armored vehicles from passing the intersection of Baltimore Street and Guilford Ave. Protesters, however, did turn over to police the person they said lobbed a light firecracker at a row of officers.

Fights broke out and some windows were smashed before police eventually broke up the remaining group after midnight.

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  1. The Black population is right to protest, but Black leaders are blowing the opportunity provided by worldwide support by not listing the specific goals they want to achieve and how they’d measure achieving them.
    Back in the early 1980’s, I led a Coalition of community and religious group to prevent the open storage of hazardous waste on land that was a recharging area for the underground river that fed wells downstream.
    A key reason we were successful was because of the support of Sarah Carter, the first Black person elected to the Anne Arundel County Council and key figure in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.
    A lot of other organizations wanted to band together with our Coalition, from Anti-Nuclear Groups to violent environmental groups.
    Sarah taught me, and other White people involved in the Coalition some things she said were key to successes by the Civil Rights Movement.
    A key one was a slogan: “Keep Your Eyes On the Prize.” That meant you do NOT dilute your message by mixing it with other causes: people who would support your position might not be anti-nuclear, pro-violent, etc. and you’ll end up failing to meet your goal.
    We had one goal: keep the contaminated hazardous waste from be being moved to our area. We had protests, lawyer’s lined up in case we got arrested, etc., we had speakers at large gatherings including U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Lois Gibbs of Love Canal, NY fame. We kept our eyes on our goal ALONE and, afrer months of work we reached it: the Coast Guard stored the material in
    WHAT are the specific goals of today’s Black protests? How will they measure their success?
    THIS is what the Black leaders need to be working on while they have the momentum.
    A good example of how lack of specific goals and dilution lead to failiure is the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011. The leaders kept changing their goals and embraced other causes that included many good ones but ones that drove too many supporters away, including Gay Rights, Global Warming, and Homelessness. If you want change on Wall Street, why are you distracting yourself with other causes – and bringing the homeless into the tents which resulted in robberies, attacks, etc.? The group was NOT capable of dealing with the homeless!
    The Black leaders better start doing their job and LEADING their people toward a set of specific, related goals.

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