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On Tuesday, protesters in Baltimore shut down I-395 in protest against Maryland’s plan to cut education spending in lieu of funding a $30 million detention center for juveniles charged as adults.

Local area pastor Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple, a participant in the I-395 protest, posted a number of updates on Twitter regarding the protest:

Roland Martin, A. Scott Bolden, ESQ, principal at Reed Smith, LLC, Leadership Stategist, Avis Jones DeWeever, contributor, D0shon Farad and Political and Lifesyle Blogger Dru Ealons discussed the I-395 #BaltimoreUprising protest on NewsOne Now.

Bolden told Martin, host of NewsOne Now, “This issue is not going away and to keep it on the consciousness of America, Black, White, Yellow or Brown — these protests are quite necessary and you have local leaders who are more than prepared and with a group of people who have energy that they’re not going to take it anymore.”

He added the protesters have “taken a notebook from the 80’s and early 90’s from Rev. Al Sharpton” when he used to shutdown the Brooklyn Bridge and other bridges in New York City.

Once the traffic has stopped, as is the case in the highway protest, it is the perfect time to express to government officials what the community expects, NewsOne Now panelist Dru Ealons said.

“I hope that in Baltimore they also have other than saying we don’t want this money spent here ($30 million juvenile detention center) — here is where we think you should spend the money, here is how we want to see our government respond to our community and here is the way you can do things,” he said.

Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk Panel discuss the I-395 #BaltimoreUprising protest in the video clip above.

Be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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