The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Baltimore Harbor Splash

Jul 1, 2024

On June 23, Baltimore Mayor Scott and 150 other people jumped into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during the city’s Harbor Splash event. It was supposed to be a celebration of the cleaning up of the water in the Inner Harbor.

Instead, it was a sad joke—a P.R. event.

Immediately after the Splash, officials made it clear that the water was dangerous to public health. A year ago, water where the Splash took place didn’t meet clean water standards 40% of the time. The officials warned people not to swim in it.

It has been decades now since the local, state and federal governments said they would clean up rivers, lakes and streams. They have not done it.