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Op-ed: Why the CDC’s eviction moratorium isn’t enough to prevent…

Tisha Guthrie of Baltimore Renters United and the Bolton House Tenants' Association and PJC attorney Charisse Lue call on the state of Maryland to enact a broad eviction moratorium...

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Op-ed from former Ravens player: To make schools safe, support…

Former Raven Adalius Thomas calls for replacing school police with trauma-informed practices, social emotional learning and restorative approaches to make school safer for kids.

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Demanding justice for Jacob Blake and Trayford Pellerin

It has been mere months since people across the country condemned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, and here we are again.

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Watch this week’s Justice for Breakfast: Evictions, due process, and…

Watch the recording of our virtual Justice for Breakfast on evictions, due process, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unpaid travel time is wage theft, amicus briefs argue, and…

If your employer forced you to wait for up to two hours to ride a bus to and from a parking lot, but didn’t pay you for your travel...

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Remembering Levern Blackmon

With deep sadness, we share that our colleague Levern Blackmon passed away on August 8. Levern assisted thousands of tenants fighting eviction and demanding safe housing conditions in his...

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Court ruling pauses regional implementation of Trump administration rule that…

On August 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit soundly rejected the White House’s recent attempt to expand the “public charge” rule to subject a broad...

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Coalition calls on MSDE to incorporate equity principles as schools…

This month, the PJC and fellow members of the Maryland Education Coalition sent a letter to State Superintendent Karen Salmon urging the Maryland State Department of Education to incorporate...

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Remembering great advocates for racial justice

In recent days, we have lost many great Black advocates for racial justice. In Baltimore, we mourn the passing of Avis Ransom, a leader of Baltimore Racial Justice Action,...

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Workers’ lawsuit against home remodeling company featured in Bloomberg article…

American workers have steadily become more productive over the past 50 years - generating ever increasing profits for their companies - only to be rewarded with an equally steady...

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Op-ed: Maryland’s pretrial bail system still needs reform

Maryland has failed to live up to the promise of the 2017 bail reforms, with nearly the same number of people held in jail pretrial today as were before...

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People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland to take on laws that…

We’re proud to be part of the new People’s Commission to Decriminalize Maryland. The Commission was created to reduce the disparate impact of the justice system on youth and...

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Help win impactful police reforms in Maryland

Now is the time for us to commit to winning five impactful police reforms that will make a real difference statewide. Will you take a few seconds to show...

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52 organizations and over 500 residents demand Maryland rent relief…

Only 23 days remain until evictions start in Maryland — in the middle of a pandemic!

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Over 60 organizations across state call on Maryland legislators to…

The Public Justice Center joined over 60 organizations from across the state in calling for Maryland legislators to pass impactful police reforms

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Juneteenth: A Day for Celebration, Reflection, and Learning

The Public Justice Center will be closed on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020) for a day of celebration, reflection, and learning. We have compiled this list of Juneteenth events and...

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The PJC stands in solidarity with protests for race equity

George Floyd. Manuel Ellis. Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Nina Pop. We say their names and the names of so many other Black people murdered because of the...

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Victories from the 2020 Maryland General Assembly

While the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still achieved victories that will benefit tenants, workers, and women of color...

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Landlords are liable for tenant-on-tenant harassment, amicus brief asserts

Our homes are our castles -- the spaces where we can unwind, be ourselves, and have safety and comfort. But because of our country's long history of oppression, the...

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Advocacy seeks to address coming wave of pandemic-related evictions

Even before COVID-19, Baltimore’s eviction rate was high – nearly 2.5 times the national average. The pandemic is expected to multiply these numbers, as lost jobs and medical expenses...

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Court should intervene to mitigate COVID-19 health risks in Baltimore…

There is a narrow and rapidly closing window of time to protect the health, safety, and lives of hundreds of persons detained at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center....

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Reports show the effectiveness of providing a right to counsel…

A pair of newly published reports find drastic racial and gender disparities in Baltimore evictions and show that an annual investment of $5.7 million in a right to counsel...

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Vote NO on harmful amendment to Renter Relief Act

No landlord needs to charge late fees and increase the rent in the middle of a pandemic. Yet, we know that they are – even when renters have told...

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Advocates urge Governor to allocate relief funds for rental assistance…

The PJC, ACLU-MD, and HPRP called on Governor Larry Hogan to immediately allocate $153 million in Maryland’s share of federal relief funds to rental assistance and eviction prevention and...

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Address the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, advocates…

Once inside a detention facility, COVID-19 can move fast, infecting prisoners, correctional officers, and others who work there. Social distancing is nearly impossible in such confined spaces...

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Court rules Baltimore Police Dept. responsible for Gun Trace Task…

In an important victory for police accountability, the Court of Appeals of Maryland unanimously ruled that Baltimore City and the Baltimore City Police Department are liable for the misconduct...

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Advocates call on Governor to address racial disparities in COVID-19…

This week, the Public Justice Center and allies sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, calling on him to take urgent action to address racial disparities in Maryland’s COVID-19...

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PJC advocacy pivots to address COVID-19 crisis

With the spread of COVID-19, people face growing barriers to supporting their families and staying healthy: layoffs as businesses close, landlords who are threatening tenants with eviction and...

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Tenant scores Court of Appeals victory over negligent landlord

Court of Appeals rules that tenants have the right to seek a reduction in the rent and withhold rent if the landlord fails to fix unsafe conditions and that...

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PJC letter calls on Governor to protect workers, tenants, and…

This week, the Public Justice Center sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, calling on him to better protect workers, tenants, and people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19...

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Protect vulnerable people in Maryland prisons and jails from COVID-19

Sign this letter to Governor Hogan and urge him to take action to protect vulnerable people in Maryland’s prisons and jails from the coronavirus and the effects of the...

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Appellate briefs challenge unjust conviction of Black police chief

When Kelvin Sewell was the police chief of Pocomoke City, Maryland, he asked the Office of the State Prosecutor (OSP) to look into threats and harassment against Black police...

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Court of Appeals ruling upholds Consumer Protection Division’s authority to…

Have you ever seen signs around Baltimore urging recipients of settlement payments for lead poisoning to “GET CASH NOW”? Behind the signs was an industry that targeted Baltimore residents...

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Wage theft and race discrimination case against Homefix moves forward

A federal district judge in Baltimore, Maryland, today issued an opinion regarding two motions in Baylor et al. v. Homefix Remodeling Corp. et al. The Court conditionally certified a...

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Expand doula care access, eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes

Urge your legislators to pass SB 914/HB 1067 so that Maryland can expand access to doula care and eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes!

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MD HOME Act House floor vote as early as tomorrow!

Call your Delegates now! The Maryland HOME Act, HB 231, passed the House Environment and Transportation Committee last Thursday in a bipartisan vote. The bill is now headed to...

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PJC briefs challenge Trump administration rule excluding immigrants who use…

Public benefits provide important support that help people achieve self-sufficiency. But the Trump administration chooses to base its policies on myths about people who use public benefits.

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MD HOME Act floor vote this week!

The Maryland HOME Act, SB 530, passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last Friday and is headed to the Senate floor! SB 530, which would ban housing discrimination based...

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Maryland HOME Act: SB 530 committee vote this Friday, 2/14!

SB 530, which would ban housing discrimination statewide based on source of income, is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee this Friday, February 14!

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Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission approves funding for community land…

On January 28, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission approved the plan of the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development to designate $4 million for community land...

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Homeowners associations can no longer use confessed judgments to collect…

Imagine that a creditor told the court that you owed them a debt, and the court went ahead and allowed the creditor to start taking your money before giving...

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Victory! Court of Appeals rules that debt collector laws apply…

In a significant victory for consumers, the Court of Appeals of Maryland ruled this month that lawyers and law firms that collect debts on behalf of their clients are...

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Override the Ban the Box veto

Tell your legislators to urge them to vote green in support of #SecondChances. This morning, the Maryland General Assembly will vote to override Governor Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill...

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PJC advocacy in the Maryland General Assembly

The 2020 Maryland legislative session is in full swing, and you're invited to join us in raising our voices for justice! Our communities are strongest when all people have...

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Baltimore Police Dept. is responsible for Gun Trace Task Force…

Who polices the police? This is the question facing the Maryland Court of Appeals as it considers who is responsible for the crimes of the Baltimore City Police Department’s...

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Consumer Health First’s legacy lives on with gift to PJC

This fall we were sad to learn that fellow advocacy organization Consumer Health First (CHF) would be closing its doors. CHF has long been an ally of the Public...

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Googled, then fired, for being Black

When Robel Bing applied for a job as a customer care representative at Brivo Systems, things looked promising. His application passed the initial screening, the interview went well, and...

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Giving Tuesday

Can we count on your support for #GivingTuesday on December 3? Put your commitment to justice to work and give back this #GivingTuesday!

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Baltimore City Council passes the Water Affordability and Equity Act

On Monday, November 18, the Baltimore City Council passed the Water Affordability and Equity Act. This is a big win for Baltimore City homeowners and renters alike. As water...

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The Public Justice Center has a new look!

You’ve come to the right place…the Public Justice Center has a new look that reflects our commitment to building a just society.

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Baltimore County HOME Act passes!

The Baltimore County Council passed the HOME Act, which will stop landlords from discriminating based on a tenant’s “source of income.”

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Promises to GET CASH NOW swindle compensation from victims of…

PJC brief argues courts should consider plaintiffs’ vulnerabilities when approving settlement agreements.

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PJC congressional testimony calls for strengthening protections for workers

PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher testified before a U.S. House subcommittee to educate lawmakers about the continued importance of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s crucial protections, and the need to...

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Murnaghan Fellow argues before Court of Appeals, challenging company’s attempt…

Earlier this month, 2018-2019 PJC Murnaghan Fellow Ejaz Baluch, Jr., presented oral argument before the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of David and Tammy Mills, homeowners who found...

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PJC advocacy prompts reform of Baltimore County school discipline policy

A little over a year ago, we received a call from a Baltimore County parent concerned that the school district had forced her daughter to transfer to an alternative...

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Court grants temporary restraining order to home care workers fired…

Back in March, home care workers Pamela Holden and April Wright sued their employer, Bwell Healthcare, Inc. for failing to pay overtime or travel time between clients’ homes. When...

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Paratransit and medical transportation drivers sue Transdev for unpaid wages

This Friday, six paratransit and medical transportation drivers and a dispatcher filed suit for unpaid wages in federal court against Transdev Services, Inc. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that they...

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Gag orders on survivors of police violence are unconstitutional, Fourth…

Using terms like “hush money” and “the government’s purchase of a potential critic’s silence,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit condemned as unconstitutional Baltimore City’s practice*...

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Police should not be shielded from responsibility for using excessive…

When Deputy Nicholas Kehagias showed up at John Livingston’s door, Mr. Livingston asked if he had a warrant. The deputy didn’t, and Mr. Livingston refused to let him in....

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2019 Legislative Highlights

Thank you! Maryland’s 2019 legislative session came to a close on April 8. Your support allowed us to advocate for the right to healthcare, restorative approaches to discipline to...

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Workers sue one of the nation’s largest home remodeling companies…

BALTIMORE – Four former employees of Homefix filed a collective- and class-action lawsuit on Wednesday, April 24, against the home remodeling company, the 18th largest in the nation, for...

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Acting Mayor Jack Young signs law furthering equal treatment for…

We’re excited to announce that Baltimore Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today signed legislation that prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income (SOI)....

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Workers secure $1 million settlement for wage claims against Mo’s…

Last week, former employees of several restaurants owned and operated under the name of “Mo’s” or “Mo’s Seafood” settled a lawsuit for unpaid wages against the seafood chain and...

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Baltimore Bloc and Baltimore City Police settle case over unlawful…

A lawsuit filed in July 2017 seeking to hold the Baltimore City Police Department accountable for unlawfully arresting and detaining 65 people at a peaceful protest held during the...

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Historic agreement will increase funding for development without displacement in…

This month, the Public Justice Center and allies in the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, United Workers, and Housing for All Coalition reached an agreement with Baltimore City leaders to significantly...

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Landlords cannot evict tenants without fair warning, Court of Appeals…

When landlords believe that tenants have violated their lease and want to evict them before the end of a lease term, Maryland law has rules they must follow. These...

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Attorney General can sue nursing homes for patient dumping, Court…

It was a hot summer day when the nursing home staffer loaded a woman with severe dementia into a car. But this was no community outing to the beach....

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Maryland General Assembly overrides Governor’s veto of earned sick leave…

More Marylanders will now be able to earn sick leave, thanks to this week’s veto override of the Healthy Working Families Act. Today the Maryland Senate voted 30-17 to...

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Court decision will make it harder for debt buyers to…

Imagine this: you’re reviewing your paystub and something doesn’t look quite right. With a little digging, you discover that a debt buyer is garnishing your wages. Unbeknownst to you,...

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Drywall workers’ victory sets standard for holding joint employers responsible…

Employers will no longer be able to skirt their responsibilities to employees through layers of subcontracting, thanks to a recent ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Fourth...

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Major Settlement Approved to Improve Baltimore Jail’s Medical Care, Facilities

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today approved the settlement agreement in Duvall v. Hogan, the class-action suit on behalf of detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The...

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Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of…

Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the NAACP of Baltimore Co., three residents of Baltimore Co. and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development have signed an agreement with Baltimore Co....

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Baltimore tenants succeed in their fight against management company’s collection…

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City tenants have settled a class-action lawsuit against rental management company Sage Management, LLC, fourteen months after asserting that the landlord engaged in the anti-consumer...

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