Happy MLK Day & Weekly Updates

Happy MLK Day & Weekly Updates

 
Dear Doc,

A day to honor. A day to reflect. A day to celebrate. Today brings an important reminder of the fight for a just, equitable, and prosperous society. I remain focused on addressing systemic racism, alleviating poverty, and providing more meaningful economic opportunities for all our residents. The driving force behind my career in public service has always been about empowering others, and ensuring everyone's voice is heard. Dr. King's legacy lives on, and the work to realize his ideals of justice and a poor people’s campaign must be achieved. Let’s recognize the humanity in our most vulnerable neighbors and ask ourselves daily: ‘What are you doing for others?’
 
A special thank you to the Y in Central Maryland for honoring my service at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. As a former 'Y Kid' it was humbling to accept their Social Responsibility award. Orlett and I know well, too much is given much is expected. Our public service is paying forward the sacrifices of everyone who paved the way for us. 

Thank you to my extended Y family: Kacy Conley, Bob Brosmer, Butch Noles, Shantay McKinily, Toya Blue Shelby, John Hoey, Heidi Paremske, Michelle Becote-Jackson, Christine Ader Soto, and so many others for their support.
 
Updates
Remember, recycling will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th!
 
If you are behind on your energy bills, remember to take advantage of flexible payment options and energy assistance funds from BGE. You may go online here or call 1.800.685.0123 to speak with a BGE customer care representative. To learn more about Baltimore City's energy assistance program please visit: https://www.bmorechildren.com/energy
 
BPD District Community Meetings
Western District: Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 899406

Southwest District: Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm 
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 634451

Southern District: Thursday, January 14th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 475637
 
Our vaccine listening session with the University Maryland Medical Center is this Wednesday, January 20th, 6-7 P.M.

Here is the ZOOM link and Passcode: 043639.
 
 
Join the Parent and Community Advisory Board on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm as we welcome Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Santelises to discuss school reopening and answer questions from #BaltimoreCity families. 

Have any questions you'd like to ask anonymously? You can send them here.
 
Utility Bills Discussion 

On Monday, January 25th at noon, the Pro Bono Resource Center will be holding their inaugural Impact Speaker Series on the topic of utility bills. The clinic will discuss ways in which its staff along with partners at the Office of People's Counsel and the Maryland Consumers Rights Collection can assist. Details and registration can be found here.
 
On Saturday, January 30th at 10am, my office is partnering with the Arch Social Community Network along with Senator Antonio Hayes and Delegate Marlon Amprey for a Community Clean Up at the Arch Social Club. Please be sure to wear a mask and maintain social distance. We hope you can join us in this effort!
 
 
As always please do not hesitate to contact me or reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
James Torrence
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