January 25, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to introduce two new members of the District 3 team, Alesha Wilson and Owen Kahn. Thank you in advance for giving them a warm welcome when you see or talk with them.

Alesha Wilson graduated from Bowie High School and has deep connections to the Lincoln Vista neighborhood of District 3. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Florida A&M University and an event management certificate from George Washington University. Alesha joins our District 3 team as the Community Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator.

Owen Kahn is a student at the University of Maryland College Park where he is majoring in History, Government and Politics. Owen joins my office this semester as an intern.

As some of you may know, Thomas Mayah is currently out of the office on extended medical leave. Thomas was diagnosed with a heart condition several years ago and has truly surprised and impressed his doctors with his resiliency over many years. Recently, however, Thomas had additional medical challenges requiring him to be moved up on the heart transplant list. I ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he waits to be matched with a donor heart. I know that Thomas has assisted hundreds of District 3 residents with issues small and large over his many years working for former Council Member Eric Olson and over the past three years working for me, and I deeply appreciate the care and concern so many of you have expressed for him. If you would like reach out to Thomas, please write to CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us and I will make sure he receives your message. We look forward to welcoming him back to the office when he is ready.

Thomas's health is such a strong reminder of the importance of organ donation, and what a life-saving gift donation is to the recipient. If you are not already marked as an organ donor on your driver's license, I urge you to consider doing so. Learn more at Donate Life Maryland

It's hard to believe the 2018 Council year just began a few weeks ago. January has been extremely busy so far. I was proud to sign a letter on behalf of my Council colleagues to Senator Miller and Speaker Busch urging the Maryland legislature to overturn Governor Hogan's veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which requires employers to offer paid sick and safe leave. Congratulations and thank you to the General Assembly for successfully overriding the veto! The County Council is also urging the Maryland General Assembly to pass a statewide $15 minimum wage. You can read more about the Council's legislative priorities in the letter we submitted to the General Assembly  here.

Council Member Taveras and I joined with  69 county officials from 37 jurisdictions across the US to submit a letter to Congress calling on national leaders to swiftly and comprehensively address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  Together our fellow signatories represent a combined population of 37.6 million Americans. 

This Council has passed several pieces of legislation that reflect our position as a body on the issues around immigration. CR-90-2017, conveys Council support for extending temporary protected status and DACA for all affected groups.  In CR-02-2017, this Council denounced anti-immigrant activity, racial bias and discrimination, hate speech, hate crimes and harassment in Prince George's County.  And CB-62-2017 provides enhanced language access services to County residents who cannot speak or have limited capacity to speak, read or write English.  The Council also denounced a recent federal decision to end immigration protections, impacting hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans and other immigrants who may be forced to leave the U.S.
The deep care and concern our residents have for each other was evident on January 15 when I joined Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland;  Kaiser Permanente; the Maryland Multi-Cultural Youth Center; and Riverdale Heights, Riverdale Hills and Crestwood residents to commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King with "A Day On; Not a Day Off" service project.  During the day's events, volunteers painted the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department and various rooms at the Center for Education Partnership; delivered informational packets and resources to residents; built structures for use on upcoming Habitat for Humanity projects; and much more.

Please Save the Date!  My annual District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair will take place at William Wirt Middle School on Wednesday, April 11. Watch for an invitation soon.

Thank you for engaging with the important work of the Prince George's County Council. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to a member of my staff or me if we can assist you in any way.

Together Strengthening our Community,
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Upcoming Events

DHCD Annual
Action Plan Forum
January 30
Make your voice heard in the Annual Action Plan (AAP) for Housing and Community
 Development.  The AAP is a comprehensive strategy that describes actions, activities, and programs that will take place during FY 2019 to address priority needs and specific objectives  identified in the FY 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan.

Tuesday, January 30 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover

The Town of Riverdale Park   is celebrating the installation of the new sculpture, "Great Blue Herons" by late Gateway artist,  Joanna Campbell Blake.
February 7th at 10:30am
Riverdale Park Town Hall. 
RSVP  here  or contact
jfair@hyattsvillecdc.org or 301-683-8267

Save the Date!
Thursday, April 11

Annual District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair
at William Wirt
Middle School

Contact your D3 Team

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.