September 17, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined me on Tuesday for my Virtual Connections forum with Prince George's County Board of Elections Administrator Alisha Alexander who shared tons of great information about voting in the General Election. If you missed it, or if you want to share the information with your neighbors, you can watch the recording here.
Please plan to join me this coming Wednesday, September 23, from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm for Virtual Connections with Prince George's County Acting Police Chief Hector Velez and the Community Oriented Police officer who cover Council District 3.
Register today and we'll send you the Zoom link and phone number.
Police Reform Work Group
I encourage all residents to engage with the work of the Police Reform work Group. Their next meeting is TONIGHT, September 17, at 5:00 pm.
The Police Reform Work Group is charged with studying and reviewing police department policies covering the full spectrum of operations, including hiring, training and use of force policies. Work Group meetings are streamed live and can be viewed by members of the community.
Additional COVID-19 Openings
Yesterday County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced additional openings while reminding residents COVID-19 is still present in our community. Social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing are still incredibly important.
Limited, restricted openings include banquet halls, tanning salons, indoor pools, some youth sports, and more. Learn more about the details and limits in place for all of these openings here.
View the Coronavirus dashboard, including testing locations and more here.
Welcoming Week and Welcoming Refugees
Prince George's County joined Welcoming America, a national network of cities and counties committed to building communities that are inclusive toward immigrants and all residents last year. This week is Welcoming Week.
I was proud to join over 500 bipartisan elected officials from all 50 states & DC to ask the President to Welcome Refugees as the refugee welcome goal is set for 2021. There are 26 million refugees in need of resettlement, yet less than 1% will be resettled. Read the letter and learn more here.
It is an incredible honor to represent the diversity of Council District 3, which includes immigrants, refugees and asylees from more than 100 countries across the entire world.
Hispanic Heritage Month
This month is Hispanic Heritage Month. While celebrations will be quite different this year, the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a kick-off celebration this Saturday.
Over 17% of our County's population has roots in Mexico, Spain, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, or one of the many other nations in the Spanish-speaking world. As Prince George's County grows and changes, we want to celebrate the amazing diversity of art and culture that people of Hispanic or Latin descent have added to the rich tapestry of our neighborhoods. Learn more.
We only have 13 days to get everyone counted in the 2020 Census--counting stops on September 30.
The 2020 Census is ending four weeks early in the middle of an already-challenging year. Our count in Prince George's County is currently BELOW where we were in 2010 and we all know we have more people than we did 10 years ago. A massive under count like this will affect our community for the next decade with fewer resources spread among more people.
Can you help my team and me talk with residents and urge them to fill out the Census? Other than voting in the General Election, there's no better way to truly have an impact on the future of our community than getting your neighbors to fill out the census. Every person who completes the census brings more than $18,000 back to Prince George's County!
We're provide you with everything you need including masks and gloves. Reply to this email with any questions.
Meals for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to distribute free meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities again on Wednesday, September 30 through a partnership between my office and the Prince George's County Department of Family Services.
Reserve your box of meals for September 30 here.
Special thanks to all our volunteers who delivered boxes of meals to nearly 200 seniors yesterday!
Are you able to help deliver meals to those unable to pick up? Please sign up here to volunteer between approximately 9:00 am and 11:00 am on September 30 to provide no contact delivery to 8-10 District 3 residents.
As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. I am sharing updates regularly on social media, especially my Facebook page
Together Strengthening Our Community,
P.S. Complete the 2020 Census TODAY! Call 844-330-2020, no code needed. Your community is counting on you to complete the Census 2020! #pgcensus #proudtobecounted #onlytogether