October 2019 Newsletter

Justice Delayed in Maryland Higher Education

We are a little more than a month out from the beginning of the academic year at many of our two-year and four-year public institutions throughout Maryland. What should be an exciting time for students, parents, and alumni has turned into a parade of headlines showcasing a history of maltreatment and illegal discrimination against our state’s four historically black institutions.

Last week, I shared my thoughts on the ongoing Maryland HBCU lawsuit mediation in a column published exclusively by Maryland Matters. After my letter appeared, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan publicly released a $200 million counterproposal plan, billed as his “final offer.” The proposal has created a world of controversy for an issue that should have been settled long ago.

The Baltimore Sun called the proposal “inadequate” and “insulting.” Given our nation’s current sociopolitical climate, the last thing Maryland citizens want is a state government which fails to acknowledge a past of mistreating a group of universities and the people they serve and compounding the failure with a present-day opposition to doing the right thing for all citizens of all races. 

All of us should be strong supporters of Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. These schools have powered our political processes and governance, our economies and the rich culture that sets Maryland uniquely apart from the rest of the United States as one of the country’s great places to work and live. A primer on this case can also be viewed here on Roland Martin’s. 

I call on neighbors throughout District 44B to support our great universities by contacting Governor Hogan’s office at 410-974-3901 and expressing your support for a fair resolution to a lawsuit that should have been settled years ago. 


SCHOOL SYSTEM UPDATES

Career Opportunities with BCPS

Baltimore County Teacher Career Fair

Baltimore County Public Schools, the 25th largest school system in the nation, is hosting a Teacher Job Fair for talented, highly qualified educators interested in joining Team BCPS. The school system is seeking all teachers including science, math, technology education, English, social studies, special education, and elementary education teachers. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement plans, and paid leave. Any questions should be directed to acasio@bcps.org.

When: Monday, Oct. 28, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286

Meet BCPS Superintendent Darryl L. Williams

Dr. Williams will be meeting with parents and residents this month to discuss system initiatives and to take questions. Check this monthly calendar to coordinate your conversation with the system’s CEO. 


IN THE COMMUNITY


Addressing Law Students and Legacy Leaders on the 2019 Legislative Session 

Last month I had the opportunity to speak, via Google Hangouts, with a criminal law class at the University of California Davis School of Law about law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy in their investigations and my bill, House Bill 30, and why I introduced it.

Additionally, I had the opportunity to speak with students in the University of Maryland School of Public Health's Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy on being a legislator.  The Legacy Leadership Institute is designed to provide residents aged 50+ with new careers as Legacy Service Leaders during retirement. Participants receive training and work with legislative leaders to help address the challenges facing the state of Maryland. 


Keeping Up With TradePoint’s Development of Sparrow’s Point

Last week, members of Baltimore County’s  House Delegation and I joined state and county officials for a tour of TradePoint Atlantic’s Sparrows Point campus.  

We learned about its massive effort to develop and construct 3.4 million square feet of new state of the art industrial buildings over 345 acres.  This includes Floor & Décor which will open up a distribution center later this year, promising to create approximately 150 jobs. Additionally Home Depot is set to open two buildings in 2020, totaling more than 1.5 million square feet and creating roughly 450 jobs. 

After the tour, we also met with representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Baltimore County to discuss the accessibility of employment opportunities at TradePoint for the residents throughout Baltimore County.

This meeting coincides with a recent transportation survey issued by the County Executive’s office. Click here to read more about some of Baltimore County’s pressing transportation challenges, and ways to solve them.


COMMUNITY LEADER Q&A

This month we profile Bryen Glass, a leader, and advocate from the Lochearn community. 

Q: Why did you want to be a community liaison?

I wanted to be a community liaison because I like seeing things happen.   I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility. Being a catalyst for action or change and making things happen is probably the most direct way  

Q: How long have you lived in your community?

For fifteen years, I have lived in the Lochearn community.  

Q: What do you enjoy most about working with the community?

I enjoy being able to help people solve problems and realize greater things.  Sometimes people just need to see that have the power to affect change for the better.  

Q: What goals do you want to accomplish in this role?

I want to empower the people; show them they can make a difference, be accountable and not really so heavily on the government.

Q: What are some of the challenges you encounter as a community liaison?

The biggest challenge is getting people involved and changing the mindset of relying on the government or elected officials to solve their problems.  


calendar.png Upcoming Events | Click here to see upcoming events

Delegate Charles E. Sydnor III and Maryland Legal Aid Bureau - 5th Annual Expungement Clinic
Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 09:00 AM
Morning Star Family Life Center
Baltimore, MD

Catonsville Rails to Trails 3rd Annual Trolley Festivus
Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 10:00 AM
1613 Edmondson Avenue at Dutton Avenue

Baltimore County West Democrats Club Political Empowerment Workshop
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Randallstown Public Library
Randallstown, MD

Children’s Home Annual Gala
Friday, November 01, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Grand Lodge Hall of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum Yard Sale
Saturday, November 02, 2019 at 09:00 AM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Catonsville, MD

Spring Grove Arboretum Tree-mendous Dance Party
Saturday, November 02, 2019 at 07:00 PM
American Legion
Halethorpe, MD

Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Legislative Weekend
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 09:00 AM through November 16, 2019
Multiple Locations


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