County Council Endorses Fight for $15

The Prince George's County Council voted to pass CR-005-2018, a Resolution supporting statewide legislation to increase Maryland's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. In 2013, the Council worked with local legislators in neighboring Montgomery County and the District of Columbia to enact legislation establishing a 'regional minimum wage' and gradually increasing the minimum wage in Prince George's County to $11.50 by 2017. In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to increase the state minimum wage rate to $10.10 by this year. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and has not increased since 2009. With increases in the cost of living in our region, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would help alleviate the pay inequality gap and improve the quality of life for County residents. To learn more , click here.
 
African Diapora Forum and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

On January 13, 2018, residents and scholars came together to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and learn about the African Diaspora. Residents enjoyed cultural performances from the Taratibu Youth Association, community building activities with the Neighborhood Design Center and the Human Relations Commission, and heard from dynamic panelists and the keynote speaker, Dr. Rashawn Ray. Residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns, work towards solutions, and network. 

Want to keep learning more about the African Diaspora? Check out the Prince George's County Public Memorial Library Black Studies Center. All you need is your library card number and you'll have access to scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspapers articles, reference books and more! To learn more, click here. 

Missed the inspirational words from Dr. Rashawn Ray? Check out the video, and let's keep working together for our communities: 
Celebrating Black History Month in Prince George's County 

Black Panther Screening + AfroFuturism Party
Regal Hyattsville Royale - 6505 American Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782 
Ticket: $35 per person 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 
Event starts at 5:25 PM 

GMAL WAKANDA/AfroFuturism Party 
Gateway Media Arts Lab 
3311 Rhode Island Avenue, 
Mount Rainier, MD 20712 
Ticket: $25 per person 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 
Event starts at 9:00 PM 
Join the Gateway Media Arts Lab and the Prince George's Film Office in celebrating Afro-Futurism Sci-Fi, Film and Digital artists in our community. 
Youth Poetry Showcase
Busboys and Poets Brookland - 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017 
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM 
Join Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center and City Arts & Prep Public Charter School for Youth Poetry Showcase. 

Portraits of Who We Are. The Elements that Define Us
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center -  4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD 20722
February 2 - May 26, 2018
Enjoy a selection of Black contemporary portraiture exhibition / presented in conjunction with the University of Maryland David C. Driskell Center's exhibition. 

Prince George's County Public Schools FY18-19 Operating Budget 

Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) has published its proposed FY 19 Operating Budget for the next school year. You can review the document here: http://www1.pgcps.org/budget/index.aspx?id=255693

Parents and residents are strongly encouraged to share your input and shared priorities. You can submit your comments at testimony@pgcps.org or by calling (301) 952-6115. 

Council FY 2019 Budget Town Hall Meeting

Join us and presenters for a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Prince George's County Council's process and schedule for reviewing and approving the County's proposed FY 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets. Event will be held on February 20 at 7:00 PM in the Council Hearing Room, First Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  

Presenters include: 
  • David Van Dyke, County Auditor Office of Audits and Investigations, 
  • Turkessa Green, Deputy County Auditor Office of Audits and Investigations, 
  • Stanley Earley, Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Amber Hendricks Deputy DirectorOffice of Management and Budget
Have any questions? Contact the County Council's Clerk's Office at (301) 952-3600. 
Resource Corner 

Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council Grant 

The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) awards grant funding to individual artists, arts organizations, filmmakers and schools in Prince George's County. PGAHC's grants are awarded in three categories: County Arts Program, Artist Fellowship and Arts in Education. All applications were made available on January 31, 2018. Please review the Request for Proposal for submission. For more information, please visit their website www.pgahc.org

Parks & Recreation Spring 2018 Classes, Program and Events 
March 1 - May 31 
Looking for a new hobby for the kiddos or yourself? Check out Parks & Recreation Spring guide for an array of classes. Register now:  https://tinyurl.com/y8ku9oyr

Call-to-Action 
Do you want to get more involved in 2018? Stay connected and participate in working sessions to discuss community priorities in the Northern Gateway and the Gateway Arts District! Bi-monthly Friday meetings with county agencies and non-profit organizations scheduled. We are seeking community hosts to partner with our working group in the evenings and weekends. If you want to learn more, check out updates  here . Or sign-up to host a working session at your next community group meeting. Let's continue to better our community, together!
 
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