Systemic solutions for systemic issues

The model of “traditional” think tanks is one of intense number crunching, at the behest of special interests, used to produce memos more likely to remain in smoke-filled rooms rather than shed light on issues relevant to the public.

LBS’ public policy and research efforts attempt to combine the rigor and tactical vision of Washington, DC-based think tanks with a unique focus on accessible communication and the ethical framework of Malcolm X.

As such, our public policy advocacy and research efforts take many different forms and fashions. Our work both serves existing and emerging advocacy efforts while also creating an intellectual foundation for radical policy change.



Guiding Principles

Independent Liberation

We are not controlled or housed by any mainstream institution. We will never allow ourselves to become puppets for a political establishment or pawns for philanthropists. We are unapologetic in our public policy demands aimed to improve the conditions of Black people.

Building Black Power

We believe that Black people have and are the solutions to the oppressive conditions our communities face.  We have strong ties with many Black professionals and businesses.  We direct resources to many Black youth and organizers.  We support the work of many Black-led service organizations and causes that center a multitude of Black identities.

Communal & Cellular

Our deep love and desire to empower Black people prompts us to operate in a cellular and communal fashion.  We embrace all the diversity of African-descended people and reject charismatic and messianic leadership caricatures.

Results-Based Accountability

]We have a sincere commitment to achieving measurable results for marginalized communities. All of our policy efforts are purposed to transform structural arrangements that impede the quality of life of aggrieved communities.

2017 Legislative Agenda

  • Bail Reform – Join statewide advocacy coalitions that seek to address the racial and economic inequities of cash bail.
  • Police Reform – Advocate for the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety Committee to create a local ordinance mandating civilians on police trial boards.
  • Increased Funding to Youth – Influence how the Youth Fund bond bill, that was passed via the last Baltimore City election, is executed. Ensure equitable economic opportunities to Black youth and Black youth-serving organizations.

Past Legislative Victories

By Year






  • Launched targeted and public criticism of the prison and non-profit industrial complexes