In the summer of 2013, Baltimore’s homicide rate was on the rise, prompting residents to take to the streets in an effort to reduce gun violence through neighborhood engagement. Out of that violent year, positive activism was spun by groups like 300 Man March, Moms Against Gun Violence, West Wednesdays, and, ultimately, Baltimore Ceasefire—which changed its name to Baltimore Peace Movement in 2022 to “declare what it’s about, not what it’s against.”
Baltimore Peace Movement hosts Peace Promise Weekends the first weekend of February, August, November, and Mother’s Day weekend. During these dedicated days—a time for communities to host life-affirming events and celebrate the peace that naturally resides in all humanity—research has shown a 52 percent reduction in gun violence. Throughout the year, the movement serves as a hub of resources for organizations and community members working to nurture peace in Baltimore.
Award-winning photojournalist—and frequent Baltimore contributor—J.M. Giordano has documented the local peace movement since 2013, and compiled his photos into a new book, 13–23: How a Summer of Violence Led to a Decade of Activism.
Here, we share an online-exclusive preview of the pictorial history, as well as exclusive images from Giordano’s most recent coverage of Baltimore Peace Movement’s peace weekend that took place August 4–6, 2023.
From the Baltimore Peace Movement’s Peace Promise Weekend August 4-6: