Elevated Voices eNewsletter

Elevated Voices eNewsletter: Leave Them Empty Handed

Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.

In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter: We’ve Got Monsters

This past week, Candace and I had the opportunity to interview Brandon Soderberg about the new book he coauthored with Baynard Woods – I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad, which is about Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force led by police sergeant Wayne Jenkins. I had the chance to read the book in advance of our interview and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is a tragic story in that it shows more than just an abuse of power, but the destruction of public trust. These police officers terrorized, robbed, and placed drugs on people they were supposed to protect and serve. They did this behind a badge and supported by the institutions of criminal justice. Read More

Elevated Voices eNewsletter: Gaslit in Queen Anne’s

I was struck this morning by an article out of Queen Anne’s County by Jonathan Pitts at The Baltimore Sun: On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a county school superintendent is under fire for supporting Black Lives Matter. The headline is a fairly good summary but for one item – the Queen Anne’s superintendent is black and those presenting the fire she is under are white. And, as with so many of these debates, those who believe Black Lives Matter is a politically charged issue that should be kept away from our education system are doing so via a Facebook group and under the mantle of patriotism – the “Kent Island Patriots”. But wait, there’s more:

In an interview with The Sun, [Gordana Schifanelli] said Kane’s comments were inappropriate because Queen Anne’s County — a mostly rural place of nearly 50,000 people, about 85% of them white — “has no significant problem with racial hatred.”

And thus the point of this analysis. Our discussions on race, desegregation, and privilege have a seemingly universal stumbling block when it comes to white people deciding whether something is racist. Even putative allies will often say “that behavior bothered me, but I think we need to be careful about calling it ‘racist’”. Why? Why is it better to call something dumb, rude, ignorant, or thoughtless when the thought missing may have to do with race. Maybe racism is actually much more excusable if it can be engaged and discussed. As many of our mommas have said “you can’t fix stupid”, but you can address racism.

This year alone, Maryland has seen redistricting battles pivot on the terms “forced busing” and “neighborhood schools” without the necessary reckoning on these fundamentally racist terms. These constructs of protest have direct lineage to desegregation fights from the 1960’s. And the fact that there may have been people of color participating in such messaging does not absolve the words of their meaning.

When it comes to self-analysis, we cannot allow the reference point to be our definition of ourselves. “I have decided not to be a racist, therefore I cannot be called a racist.” Queen Anne’s County deserved the clause Jonathan Pitts put in there – “a mostly rural place…about 85% of them white” – before allowing Ms. Schifanelli to declare that they have “no significant problems with racial hatred.” Attacking a school superintendent for saying Black Lives Matter is a significant problem with racial hatred. And Ms. Schifanelli is missing out on an important conversation.

– TC

LINKS

Housing is a Human Right (HoCo Progress Report)

Parents disappointed by closure of Howard Community College’s Children’s Learning Center (Jacques Kelly – The Baltimore Sun)

Lost Summer: How Schools Missed a Chance to Fix Remote Learning (Dana Goldstein – NYTimes)

Maryland adds 775 coronavirus cases Saturday, as positivity rate climbs above 4% again (Jessica Anderson and Nathan Ruiz – The Baltimore Sun)

This Week’s Birthdays:

  • August 10th – Sue O’Connor, PJ McDermott
  • August 11th – Nick Stewart
  • August 12th – Dave Werkmeister
  • August 13th – Alicia McLeod, Kevin Doyle, DeWitt Bauer
  • August 14th – Alice Giles, Glenn Schneider
  • August 15th – Kelly Healey
  • August 16th – Marcia White, John Handley, Scott Goldberg

Elevated Voices – The Suburban Delusion, August 2, 2020

Honoring Black Philanthropy Month with the Women’s Giving Circle

August is Black Philanthropy Month. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Malynda Madzel and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz about the Women’s Giving Circle and the importance of philanthropic inclusion.

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Elevated Voices, July 26, 2020

“Facts, Truths, and Realities” with Delegate Marc Korman

Candace and Tom return from hiatus for this wide-ranging interview with Delegate Marc Korman, who represents Montgomery County’s 16th District. They discuss the decision on whether to hold a Special Session, COVID-19 tests from South Korean, and Delegate Korman’s successful effort to have archived editions of the Maryland Manual posted online. He even brought back the long lost tradition of host gifts! Read More

Elevated Voices, July 19, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

We had to postpone last week’s show, which means we’ll have a twofer this week! Tune in on Monday for our interview with Delegate Marc Korman as we discuss the General Assembly’s work during the pandemic and Maryland’s missing COVID-19 tests. Then, on Wednesday, we’ll have our rescheduled interview with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Executive Director Adria Crutchfield! Read More

Elevated Voices, July 12, 2020

This was the first week in MONTHS that we haven’t had a show! We pick things back up again this Thursday, July 16th, with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Executive Director Adria Crutchfield! Things have been a little spicy in local politics, so this will probably be a “3 Things” you won’t want to miss! Read More

Elevated Voices, July 5, 2020

Maryland NAACP Youth President Isaac Allen

This week, Candace and Tom interview Maryland NAACP Youth President, and Reservoir High School student, Isaac Allen about how the youth are responding to and participating in the Black Lives Matter movement. He discusses what inspired him to become more involved and how we should talk about race. We were excited to have another inspiring young leader on the show and are sure you’ll enjoy this one!

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Elevated Voices, June 28, 2020

Cartoonists Are Sheepdogs” with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher

Join Candace and Tom for this fun, engaging, and illuminating conversation with award-winning cartoonist and political satirist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.  Kal’s cartoons have been featured in over 100 publications, but has been a prominent fixture in The Economist and The Baltimore Sun for years. He discusses “the line” that cartoonists walk, and sometimes cross, when engaging their audience via the medium of political cartoons. Kal also addresses the means by which political satire can bring us together in an age of political division. Read More

Elevated Voices, June 21, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

#ShareTheMic with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Delegate Stephanie Smith

We turned our platform over to two powerful leaders in Annapolis – Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary & Stephanie Smith – who share their experiences being women leaders of color. This is part of the #ShareTheMic initiative that is focused on empowering the voices of black women.  Read More

Elevated Voices, June 14, 2020

Elevated Voices, June 14, 2020
A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentaryIn this special edition of the show, Candace and Tom interview six student activists, including some of the organizers of the HoCo for Justice protest in Downtown Columbia. They share their view on current events, thoughts on what it means to act as an “ally”, and where they want to see change in Howard County schools and government. This will be the show everyone is talking about for months, if not years, to come. Read More

Elevated Voices, June 7, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

***SPECIAL EDITION OF ELEVATE MARYLAND WITH THE STUDENT ORGANIZERS OF HOCO4JUSTICE TODAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH, @ 2 PM. CHECK FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LIVE RECORDING*** Read More

Elevated Voices, May 31, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

Elevate Maryland Podcast @PodcastElevate
We stand against racism and hate. And against the horrific killing of black men and women that continues to permeate our society & seems to be a part of the culture of our country. We must do better. Thank you to all who continue to speak up in solidarity. It’s time to act.

May 29th 2020

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 24, 2020

*** ELEVATE ACTION ALERT***

Howard County Citizens – Please email your representative on the County Council ask ask them to “Fund the New Cultural Center”. This project in Downtown Columbia includes over 80 units of affordable housing and has already been awarded federal funding, which would be lost if the Council decided to cut funding out of the FY2021 Capital Budget.

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 17, 2020

A curated list of Maryland’s best political coverage and commentary

A Perspective: Pregnant During a Pandemic

Candace and Tom interview Sam O’Neil- Senior Advisor in the Office of the County Executive for Baltimore County, Delora Sanchez Ifekauche, Principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, and Mollie Byron, Director of Government Accountability for Prince George’s County about their experience being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Elevated Voices eNewsletter, May 10, 2020

What’s Dividing the Progressive Movement? Housing – An Interview with Randy Shaw

In this interview, Candace and Tom talk with housing activist and author Randy Shaw about how progressive jurisdictions across the country are divided over the subject of housing. They discuss his new book, Generation Priced Out, and the generational divide that is exacerbating the high cost of housing.  Mr. Shaw also touches on some of the opportunities provided by the COVID-19 crisis to help restaurants thrive and provide more people-centric cities. You can listen here. Read More

Elevated Voices eNewsletter: May 3, 2020

Elevated Voices: May 3, 2020

This week we celebrated our 100th recording by welcoming Howard County Executive Calvin Ball back to the show. We discussed the challenges facing Howard County in addressing and overcoming COVID-19, the FY2021 budget, and his reflections after a year in office. Listen here.

Next week’s shows:

Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30 PM – Randy Shaw, author of Generation Priced Out

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 PM – Dan Porterfield, CEO of The Aspen Institute Read More