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As I’m sure many of you are aware, I was on CNN earlier today. The response has been a little overwhelming, but I’m working on writing about it. If you’ve reached out to me, I promise I will respond — just give me some time. I’ve seen some backlash because I don’t talk about cops who die in the line of duty. Here’s the thing….everyone has their focus. My focus is checks and balances for the police. This encompasses police brutality, police terror, the war on drugs, etc. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for accountability of government employees. To get to the root of the problem we need to look at places like West Baltimore and see how people are living and what is making them vulnerable to abuses by those who are paid to protect and serve. If your focus is on protecting police lives, that’s okay too. Maybe your focus is your career. Maybe it’s tax reform. At the end of the day, you can’t expect people to fight every battle.  You have to pick the ones that speak to you, and I picked mine a long time ago.

I’m a strong believer in Libertarian ideals, but the only way we can get the Libertarian philosophy to work is by being active. And so I’m here, and I’ll keep fighting.

Please check out the 300 Men March — they’re Baltimore’s anti-violence group that I refer to in my interview.

6 thoughts on “CNN”

  1. Well done! You presented yourself and your thoughts concisely and with precision.

    I am one of the people that thought that picture was positive – the unassuming innocence of a little girl and a soldier seeing the humanity in each other. That’s what will ultimately cause change – our collective ability to see people as people and not the Others. So I see that image and I see a scene planting the seeds of future social change.

    But when you explain the picture, now I understand why you thought of it as a negative image.

    1. Thank you!
      That’s why I was so glad to have the opportunity to do a national interview. There was so much joy around us, it seemed like such a striking contract. I’m a firm believer in community policing and in orgs like 300 that encourage peace between all people — as a Marylander, it made me sad to see the National Guard on the streets. At no point during the week did I ever feel unsafe, and I was at Penn North almost every day, and at City Hall for a few of the days. I hate that people think we needed the guards, when I didn’t get that impression.

  2. A.) You did so well with that interview! Good, good job.❤
    B.) I totally see where you are coming from with your photo, and wish that more people had seen your perspective — rather than finding hope in this seeming connection between "people" and "government," finding the drive to demand more answers. I found the image shocking and upsetting when I first saw it, and your explanation only cements those feelings.

    Congrats, and cannot wait to read more of your thoughts! When you are ready to share them, ofc.❤

  3. Brava, Manda, brava. You are exactly right. It is very sad that a little girl has to see this kind of perceived strife in her hometown. With people like you we can make progress toward real understanding.

    You are a brave and kind soul.

    Still waiting on word from Jennifer Joyce, the prosecutor for Kajieme Powell’s case, on whether there will be charges filed.

    1. Thank you. A lot of people don’t want to hear the truth at all, and just want to criticize. I really appreciate support. Hopefully we can keep making progressive.

      Thank you for letting me know. Please keep me posted – I’m still especially interested in that case.

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