Juneteenth | CSU Alum BCPD Deputy Commissioner | HBCU Legislation Impact

 from the desk of
President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
April 5, 2021
Dear Eagle Nation:

Juneteenth is the American holiday marking June 19, 1865, the day Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation that had abolished slavery, more than two years before. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Some believe the historic time marks this country’s second Independence Day. 

But the story is more complex than that. Over the last year, as Americans continued to protest police brutality, institutional racism, and structural disadvantage in cities and towns across the country, Juneteenth has taken on more significance, as people become more aware that true liberation of African-Americans is not yet complete.  This is confirmed by the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, which fueled a revolution that amplified the very reasons why #BlackLivesMatter. These resounding tragedies have forced people around the world to open their eyes to the plight of Black people, in this country, and beyond.

Clearly, there’s still much work to do, which is exactly why it is important to celebrate Juneteenth as a bodacious expression of hope and resolve to bring about reform.  Traditionally observed on June 19, Juneteenth falls on a Saturday, this year. To this end, I am pleased to share news that Coppin State University will observe Juneteenth as a holiday, on Friday, June 18, granting administrative leave to employees. University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman has announced Juneteenth will be a holiday, across the USM. To view Chancellor Perman’s letter, visit:

COVID-19 Updates

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Fanny Jackson Coppin Statue Campaign

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University Highlights

Coppin State University students, faculty, and staff continue to make differences in an array of areas, and I am pleased to share some campus highlights and things to look forward to:
Coppin grad Sheree Briscoe promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner.
Coppin graduate Sheree Briscoe was promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner.
Coppin Grad Sheree Briscoe Promoted to BPD Deputy Commissioner
I am delighted to share news that Coppin State University graduate Sheree Briscoe has been promoted to the Baltimore Police Department Deputy Commissioner of the Operations Bureau. In the appointment, Briscoe becomes the city’s first African American woman to be deputy commissioner and the first to oversee the department’s day-to-day operations. At Coppin, Briscoe, who was a highly regarded non-traditional student in our Criminal Justice program, graduated with a bachelor’s degree, in 2020. Dr. Jacqueline M. Rhoden-Trader, CSU Chair and Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice and Applied Social and Political Science, describes her as a hardworking woman of high integrity.

Colonel Briscoe rose through the ranks of the police department working in various capacities, most notably as the Commander of the Western District, three weeks following the civil unrest of 2015. As the Western District Commander, she was responsible for implementing community outreach and engagement initiative to build relationships and set the foundation for community policing. Named one of Baltimore’s Change Makers in 2016, by NBC News, she is known for her direct, compassionate, no-nonsense leadership and a belief in improving communities and relationships, one encounter at a time. Briscoe is also an FBI National Academy graduate of session #276.

Congratulations, Deputy Commissioner Briscoe!
President Jenkins Speaks with CBS Baltimore To Discuss HBCU Legislation
Last week, I sat down with WJZ-TV (CBS Baltimore) to discuss how Coppin will use funds received through the recently passed HBCU legislation to invest in students and promote and grow our academic programs.

To view the full story, click here.
Click here to watch CSU on WJZ13.
Click to watch the WJZ13 segment.

Legislative Updates

The Maryland Legislature continues its 2021 session, and I will include updates in this newsletter, highlighting a number of bills that are of interest to the Coppin State University community. I would like to express my gratitude to all of the Maryland Delegates and Senators working hard to help ensure that Coppin can continue its distinguished and important mission.
Percy Julian Construction Project for the College of Business

Governor’s Amended Supplemental Budget, submitted on March 31, seeks to fully fund the final phase of the Percy Julian Construction Project by way of Pay go Cash funds originating from the Governor’s Office. Funding shifts to the Governor’s Office instead of using General Obligation Bonds for funding.

Entire Capital Budget is still under debate, but this amendment is likely to remain in the final Capital.

Budget as amended and structured.

Funding for New Dormitory and Student Union Building 
(House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones)

Amendments to Capital Budget Bill (HB590) provide an aggregate of $12 million for the design and construction of a new dormitory and student union building at CSU. 

On March 30 HB590 passed the Senate’s second reading with Amendments. The bill now moves on to third reading.

West North Avenue Development Authority
 (Sen. Antonio Hayes/Del. Marlon Amprey)

To establish the West North Avenue Development Authority in Baltimore City to coordinate and facilitate the development of a master plan for the economic development of the West North Avenue corridor.

The bill passed the House Environment and Transportation Committee, favorable with amendment on April 1. The bill is now set for review in the Senate.

Legislative Representatives of Maryland’s District 40 which includes Coppin State University

Sen. Antonio L. Hayes (D), District 40
James Senate Office Building, Room 222
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3656
[email protected]

Del. Marlon D. Amprey (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 205
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3520
[email protected]

Del. Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 314
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3189
[email protected]

Del. Melissa R. Wells (D), District 40
House Office Building, Room 315
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3545
[email protected]

Lastly, thank you for continuing your commitment to keeping our campus safe during these challenging times. 

Take care, be well, and Go Eagles!


Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Coppin State University
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MCAAHC Annual Public Teleconference Mtg., Mon. April 12, 2021 at 11 AM

Larry Hogan
Lt. Governor
Boyd K. Rutherford
Maryland Commission on
African American History & Culture
Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson
Vice Chair
Herbert Russell Frisby, Jr.
Director of the MCAAHC
Chanel Compton
Notice of Public Meeting
Theme: Matthew Henson, "The Explorer"
Monday, April 12, 2021
11:00 a.m.
To join this public meeting please click this Zoom link below:
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) is committed to discovering, documenting, preserving, collecting, and promoting Maryland's African American heritage. The Commission also provides technical assistance to institutions and groups with similar objectives. Through the accomplishment of this mission, the MCAAHC seeks to educate Maryland citizens and its visitors about the significant and impact of the African American Experience in Maryland. The MCAAHC is a unit of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.

2021 Equity and Civil Rights Intervention Requested


'Lest We Forget'


FEMA Funeral Reimbursement for COVID Deaths


The FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program will launch in a week or two. Please share: FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000.00 for COVID-19 funerals

PLEASE PASS ON FOR WIDEST DISSEMINATION TO OUR BLACK COMMUNITIES.... to any family member who paid for a funeral. Please keep funeral documentation.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Please share!

Master Plan Kickoff Meeting


Mark Your Calendar!
Please join us at 6pm on Monday, April 12th for the kickoff of the Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park Community Master Plan process. You are invited to help create a common vision for our neighborhoods’ thriving future.
Many of us are aware of the ways that historic disinvestment has harmed our communities for decades. The Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park neighborhoods are working together to create a master plan for development and community reinvestment that will reimagine West Baltimore as a thriving environment to live, work, play and worship.
Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your neighbors. Visit the website for more information.
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"Rev. Annie Chambers speaks out in support of BAmazon Workers










We are so excited that you are going to join us!
Whether this is your first or fourth event with us, you and your child(ren) are in for a day filled with interactive Black History lessons, fascinating math concepts, and West African dance.
And don’t forget about the opportunity to hear from Freddie Taylor and his panel of guests who will bring that FIRE!!! You and your children will leave excited and armed with powerful information and tools that will help propel them to greater success in life.
They will experience what African-Centered Education feels like and guess what?

It feels like HOME!

Before we kick off this exciting event:-
  • CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL: Please take a moment to white list our email address by adding [email protected] to your email contacts and/or clicking here  Click Here To Confirm to ensure you don’t miss any important information we provide.
  • SPREAD THE WORD: Would you also do me a favor and share this link with as many of your friends and family that you can? That way, you can experience the excitement of this event with the people you know and love!

  • STAY IN THE LOOP: Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, please make sure to join our BRAND NEW Raising Proud Black Children Social network to ensure that you are in the know about our latest challenges and promotionals!

  • KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR EMAIL: In the next few hours we'll be sending more info about prepping for the rally (including costume ideas) and you'll also be receiving further communication leading up to the event!
Be on the lookout for my next email where you will hear about our incredible World Changers (that’s what we call our teachers) and guest panel. But in the meantime, remember it only takes 5 Minutes A Day To Keep The MisEducation Away!
RPBC and Sankofa Club Community Leader



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Message from Rev. Chambers and Support Protect MD Workers

Message from Rev. Chambers

and Support Protect MD Workers on Thursday
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Baltimore Supports Bessemer Alabama Workers
Come out, this Saturday, March 20, 2 pm
Gather @ City Hall, 100 Holliday Street
March to Whole Foods
REMINDER - Join  Peoples Power Assembly on Thursday
to support 
Protect MD Workers
Because of rain on Thursday, this event will be on Zoom.  
Please sign up at
Our mailing address is:
2011 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-218-4835
[email protected]

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott asks for public input on draft crime plan

March 20 Support Amazon Workers Day - Sat. 2 pm City Hall Rally & March

-----Original Message-----
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To: Dr. Marvin "Doc <[email protected]>
Sent: Mon, Mar 15, 2021 5:48 pm
Subject: March 20 Support Amazon Workers Day - Sat. 2 pm City Hall Rally & March

March 20 is the next national day of action in solidarity with Alabama Amazon workers.
Gather at City Hall, 2 pm

100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 
March to Whole Foods

We will be making it possible to use cars also for those who would like added social distancing
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March 20 is the next national day of action in solidarity with Alabama Amazon workers.
Gather at City Hall, 100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 2 pm
March to Whole Foods

We will be making it possible to use cars also for those who would like added social distancing for more information call: 410-218-4835
Please join us on Saturday, March 20, to send a clear message to Jeff Bezos and Amazon that we support the Bessemer Alabama workers who are standing up for a union. We say stop union-busting!  
Workers everywhere inspired by the majority, Black workers in Bessemer fighting to win the first U.S. union at Amazon, are prepared to continue building the solidarity movement that's arisen around this historic struggle!
The weekend of March 20 is also the U.N. Anti-Racism Day, with actions worldwide. March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. These two calls for action are connected, as we know that the fight against racism and building worker power are inextricably linked.
A few weeks are left until voting in Bessemer ends on March 29. As Amazon and their union busters, Morgan Lewis, continue to roll out dirty trick after dirty trick, our demonstration will come at a consequential time. 
Baltimore activists and community leaders have urged City Council members to pass a resolution. We haven't heard back yet.
So we will plan a protest at City Hall and then March to Whole Foods.
Join March 20 in solidarity with Alabama Amazon workers & against racism and union-busting!
Nationally initiated by Southern Workers Assembly and Support Amazon Workers Union
The local protest is sponsored and endorsed by (partial list):
Baltimore and Maryland Amazon Workers for Justice; Peoples Power Assembly; Reverend Annie Chambers; Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, President, Matthew Henson Neighborhood Association (West Baltimore); Reverend CD Witherspoon; Prisoners Solidarity Committee; Struggle La Lucha; Youth Against War & Racism; Women in Struggle; Dr. Kenneth Morgan, Coalition Black Trade Unionist * for ID only; Baltimore Peace Action; Popular Resistance; Bill Goodin, writer, The National Black Unity News,  and community activist; Kermit Leibensperger, Shop steward, UFCW Local 1994; Cleve Andrew Pulley, Fired Walmart worker and Coordinator, Mass Action Coalition to Jail Killer Cops; Courtney Jenkins, President Coalition Black Trade Unionist,Baltimore; Malaya, Baltimore  (partial list)
Our mailing address is:
2011 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-218-4835
[email protected]

Please Join the CSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in honoring Great Blacks In Wax Co-Founder & Director-Dr. Joanne Martin



We are asking for the Federal, State and Baltimore City elected officials, 52 in number, to address the deplorable distributions - 3rd worse in the U.S. as a state and 3rd worse in Maryland as a city/county with a record low of ONLY 5%.
Four major and significant errors were outwardly evident by the state by including all Marylanders in Baltimore City's PHASE 1C January 25;  not taking into account the 11 hospitals requiring the largest number of vaccinations for medical workers;  the high percentage of COVID vulnerable African Americans; and inadequate strategy to fully enable accessibility to applying and getting to acquire the vaccinations.

Dr. Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr.
Civil Rights and Election Law Consultant
443/255-6056 -
Notary Public SINCE 1971


SIT IN 1955 - Morgan Students

I once had the NAACP correct their historically wrong information, which they did, now it is MSNBC.
Initial Sits in by college students was neither in Greensboro in 1960 nor 1958 in Kansas, but 1955 by Morgan College students of which Dr. Helena Hicks, my Mentor was a participant.
Dr. Hicks alerted them to misinforming readers 3 weeks ago and they shrugged her off.  Velsi Ali was credited with the article which was wrong.

Dr. Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr.
Civil Rights and Election Law Consultant
443/255-6056 -
Notary Public SINCE 1971


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INTERNSHIPS-From the Office Of US Senator Chris Van Hollen


Internships in Senator Chris Van Hollen's Capitol Hill, Rockville and Baltimore offices provide unique educational and professional development opportunities for students. In addition to general office responsibilities, primary responsibilities of interns include:

Capitol Hill: supporting constituent correspondence by mail and  phone, attending hearings and briefings, researching legislation and policy initiatives, composing press releases, compiling media clips, and drafting memos for staff and the Senator. 

Rockville/Baltimore: assisting with phone calls, supporting constituent casework, drafting correspondence to constituents and federal agencies and memoranda for staff and the Senator, and attending community events, meetings, and briefings. 

This position provides an opportunity to be part of a hard-working cohesive team, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to increase one’s understanding of the operations of government agencies and the U.S. Congress.  Interns will be paid.

Priority is given to applicants who reside in Maryland. 


Senator Van Hollen’s internships are currently being conducted virtually.  Whether the upcoming sessions will be conducted in person or remotely will be determined before the beginning of each session.

Summer Internships

To be eligible for a summer internship, you must be a rising college sophomore or older and available to work full-time for the duration of one of the two scheduled summer sessions. Please note that while being located close to Capitol Hill offers many advantages, it also greatly increases the demand for internship positions. While we endeavor to offer as many positions as we can, please understand that the process is very competitive. Our application process seeks interns who represent the diversity of the State of Maryland and who may not have had previous opportunities to obtain Congressional internship experience. Priority is given to Maryland residents who are rising juniors and seniors.

 Session I: May 24 - July 2, 2021

Session II: July 12 - August 20, 2021

Summer 2021 Application  Deadline: March 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 


Academic Year Internships (Spring and Fall Sessions)

To be eligible for an internship during for the spring or fall sessions, you must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours/week for the Rockville or Baltimore office or 24 hours/week for the Capitol Hill office and be a high school junior or above.

Fall 2021 Internship Session: August 23, 2021 – January 14, 2022

Fall 2021 Application – Deadline: July 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Peer program

Pennies for the Homeless

Student Sit Ins Began 1955 - Morgan


Maryland Poor People's Campaign Weekly Update

Until further notice all MD PPC meetings are virtual & open to everyone.
Please continue to save the date for regional meeting times (see website). 
Regional meeting notices will be included when applicable.
NOT yet on our mailing list? TEXT moral to 90975.
MD PPC regions now have groups on Facebook, see links below
Hello DR,
Please continue to listen to science, COVID-19 is real, stay safe!!!  
Moving into this next chapter with our new administration let's give some thought to:
Words That Win! - It’s #OurTimeNow to make America a place of liberty and justice for all. We're just getting this party started. Join us! #JusticeForUS
Rev Theoharis noted we must work together building the beloved community with Love tied to Justice, Light grounded in Truth, Leadership rooted in a Moral Agenda for the Nation.
Rev Al Sharpton noted Dr MLK would forgive us for our set backs but he would not forgive us for our surrender!
Dr. MLK noted  "The Greatness of America is the Right to Protest for Rights"
Rev Barber noted Dr. MLK told us We have to give ourselves to this struggle until the end.  Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point.  We have to see it through.  We have to be concerned about our brothers and sisters.  Either we go UP together or we go DOWN together.
We must continue to use the tools we have to gain knowledge and help educate others working to build permanent educated communities that know and understand the importance of the census and voting. 
Please make sure you are familiar with and able to share Our PrinciplesOur DemandsOur Jubilee Platform, and are tracking the new administration in terms of their progress with Our 14 Policy Priorities for the First 100 Days (also see Things to Keep on Your Radar below).
We must be on the forefront and working to ensure policy changes are implemented that permanently improve the lives of impacted people.  It must always stay at the top of the agenda. 
If you have not done so already please complete the Volunteer Sign-Up form using the link below to provide insight on how you want to be engaged with us in Actions, Communication, Fundraising, Outreach, and/or Political Education going forward. 
PPC Actions/Events
Ongoing - We need your support!!!  Please review the details below, learn how to organize and participate in our letter writing efforts:  
Join our Resign Now Delegate Cox Letter Writing Campaign if you live in MD House of Delegates District 4 - See Details
Not sure of your district check this Delegate Cox - District 4 Map 
Join our Resign Now Representative Harris Letter Writing Campaign if you live in MD Congressional District 1 - See Details
Not sure of your district check this Representative Harris - District 1 Map 
Do You Know How To Organize Your Building? See Details
Ongoing Moral Mondays are coming back!!! - Please mark your calendars and plan to join us - Details will follow ...
Wed Jan 27 7PM - MD PPC - Western Region Meeting -Join us on for our first study to view and discuss the film "Poverty Outlaw."  A film focusing on Philadelphia women, who struggle to overcome the pitfalls of the welfare system, reveals the human drama of women ready to do anything--and everything--to keep their children and avoid the special penalties of being poor. - RSVP
Thu Jan 28 7PM - MD PPC - Montgomery Region Meeting -Join us on for our regional organizing meeting - Register
Mon Feb 15 7PM MD Monthly Monday Meeting  - Please save the date. - Details will follow ...
Community Actions/Events
Sun Jan 24 2PM (TODAY) - Takoma Park Mobilization - Let's join Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition in support of Takoma Park Mobilization demanding justice for Kwamena Ocran at Gaithersburg City Hall today protesting a Gaithersburg police killing. - See Details
Mon Jan 25 10AM-3PM - Are you asking how you can get involved here's an opportunity - The Maryland Trust Act would prohibit police from interrogating people about their immigration status, and from detaining immigrants for ICE or transferring them to ICE custody. The bill will be heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee on Wednesday at 11am, and the window to submit testimony is Mon Jan 25 10AM-3PM.
Step 1) Sign up for an account Here
Step 2) Mon Jan 25 10AM-3PM, sign in Here choose "Judicial Proceedings" from the drop-down list of committees, and find SB0088. Under "Position", click "Favorable", and under "Testimony", click "Oral", "Written", or "Both".
Tips: Written testimony must be submitted as a PDF. Don't forget to hit "Save" at the top after you upload your document. Guidance for writing strong testimony see slides 26 & 27 in this powerpoint (Read the bill text | Learn more about the bill#BmoreJusticeBills2021
Wed Jan 27 7PM - The People's Tribunal: Debt in D.C - Organizers from the DC Debt Collective and the DC Poor People's Campaign invite you to a tribunal on our student, medical, housing and legal debts. We are hosting a listening session to share our experiences with going into debt paying for necessities that could and should be public goods. We will discuss what debt looks like for DC residents right now and how debtors are organizing to challenge their moral obligations to pay unjust debts.- Register
Ongoing MD United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition - Join us in supporting MD United for COVID Relief NOW Coalition "Tell Gov. Hogan: Release the Rainy Day Funds." MD needs COVID relief NOW!!! The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have made it clear just how essential local government is in helping support and uplift families and communities in this difficult time. - Sign Petition
Ongoing 32BJ SEIU - Please support transportation hub essential workers by sharing this flyer and signing the petition below urging members of our state legislature to pass the Secure Maryland Wage Act bill as soon as possible to show appreciation for those on the front line by raising wages for workers at BWI, Penn Station, and the Port of Baltimore - Sign Petition 
Ongoing - Please protect MD farm, poultry, & seafood workers from COVID.   Hundreds of workers are arriving daily since July 4th from high-risk COVID states and there is NO state mandatory plan to test, trace, protect, or care for these essential workers—most are people of color. - View the video and sign the petition
Forward Together,
Maryland Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Join Our Movement Text Moral to 90975. We are now social, check us out!!!
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1637 &1639 N Appleton 1/7/2021 Fire


Pre-Session Briefing on 1/9/21

Health Commissioner Declares Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City Overnight Friday through Saturday Morning

Media Contacts: Adam Abadir: 301-221-1908; [email protected]
BALTIMORE, MD (December 24, 2020)— With temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill overnight, Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa has issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration for Baltimore City beginning Friday evening, December 25th through Saturday morning, December 26th.
“With dangerously cold temperatures expected in Baltimore, I am issuing a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration beginning Friday evening through Saturday morning. I encourage residents to stay indoors, especially those most vulnerable to cold,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.  “Extreme cold temperatures can permanently injure, or even kill. Please be sure to check on neighbors who you think may be at risk to ensure that they have heat and power, and take care to shelter pets appropriately.”
The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert when temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13˚F or below or when other conditions are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore citizens.
The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has reported three cold-related deaths in Baltimore City so far this Code Blue Extreme Cold season.
Code Blue Extreme Cold indicates an increased risk for cold injuries or even death for those exposed to low temperatures. Once a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration is made, public messaging activities are undertaken to encourage safety when outdoors and response partners work to ensure those in need find shelter. During the Code Blue Extreme Cold season, which began November 15, 2020, and lasts until March 15, 2021, City agencies work together to:
  • Distribute meals to at-risk senior citizens
  • Provide home weatherization services
  • Help individuals apply for energy assistance
  • Provide additional cold weather education and outreach efforts
Throughout the Code Blue Extreme Cold season, the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services also works with city homeless shelter providers to extend shelter hours and to provide expanded bed capacity as part of their Winter Shelter Plan.
Cold Weather Tips for Staying Healthy:
  • Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Always wear a head covering, like a hat and/or scarf, when outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Protect yourself against falls in icy or snowy conditions by walking slowly and avoiding steps or curbs with ice on them.
  • Check on those who are most vulnerable including children, the elderly, and/or chronically ill.
  • Provide appropriate shelter for domestic animals.
Other Tips for Keeping Safe in Cold Weather:
  • Keep space heaters and candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture, and loose clothing.
  • Check your carbon monoxide detector and make sure it’s working.
  • Do not use prohibited heat or power sources inside your home, such as stoves or generators.  They may cause fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Do not leave your car running in a closed space such as a garage.
During the winter season, there are several services available to eligible residents to assist with energy expenses.  For more information on energy assistance, residents can call 410-545-0900 or visit the Energy Assistance Program website.  Older residents or caregivers can call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE for assistance completing and mailing energy assistance applications.   The Weatherization Assistance Program helps reduce energy expenses by installing energy conservative materials and products in a resident’s home.  To check if you are eligible for this free service, visit the Weatherization Assistance Program’s website.
For more information about Baltimore City’s Code Blue Extreme Cold Plan, visit the Health Department’s website.
For other cold-related inquiries and service requests, or to find a nearby homeless shelter, residents can call 311 or 211.

District 40 Delegate Vacancy

Press Release
December 10, 2020

The Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee is presently accepting resumes to fill the position of Delegate for the 40th Legislative District due to the resignation of Delegate Nick Mosby from the House of Delegates effective December 10, 2020. 
To apply for the position of Delegate, the following qualifications must be met:
  • A registered Democratic voter in the State of Maryland;
  • A resident of the State of Maryland for one (1) year;
  • A resident of the 40th Legislative District for six (6) months; and
  • Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older. 
Applicants should send a resume (attached as a PDF) to [email protected].  Resumes must be received via email by no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 24, 2020 for consideration.   
Interviews will be on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 and conducted virtually on Zoom beginning at 6:00 PM.  Applicants will be notified of their specific interview times.  Interviews are open to the public to view and will be livestreamed on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee Facebook page (    
The seven (7) voting members of the 40th Legislative District will vote publicly after all interviews have concluded to fill the vacancy.   
If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected]

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Council Members | Baltimore City Council

Council Members

Council President
Nick J. Mosby


100 Holliday Street
Suite 400
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202


[email protected]
District 1
Zeke Cohen


410-347-0547 fax
100 Holliday Street
Suite 500
​Baltimore, Maryland 21202


[email protected]
District 2
Danielle McCray


410-396-4414 (fax)
100 Holliday Street
Suite 500
​Baltimore, Maryland 21202


[email protected]
District 3
Ryan Dorsey


410-396-8621 (fax)
100 Holliday Street
Suite 500
​Baltimore, Maryland 21202


[email protected]
District 4
Mark Conway


410-659-1792 (fax)
100 Holliday Street
Suite 500
​Baltimore, Maryland 21202


[email protected]
District 5
Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer


410-396-6800 (fax)
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With Biden’s win, America, thankfully, ‘ain’t what we was’ | COMMENTARY

NOV 26, 2020 AT 6:00 AM
Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden celebrate his victory on Nov. 7, 2020, in Atlanta. Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times)

Martin Luther King Jr. used to tell the story of the slave preacher who in 1865, upon hearing the Emancipation Proclamation read for the first time, responded: “Lord, we ain’t what we ought to be; we ain’t what we want to be; we ain’t what we gonna be, but thank God, we ain’t what we was.”

After hearing the announcement of Joe Biden’s electoral victory over President Trump, I understand exactly how the preacher felt. The Emancipation Proclamation did not solve the issue of slavery, and Mr. Biden’s victory will not end systemic racism, but both developments represented long-awaited public rejections of prior racial oppression and presented opportunities to address widespread racial inequities.

Issuance of The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 led to drastic legal changes including abolishing slavery and providing for equality. Mr. Biden’s victory presents a similar opportunity.

As the first Republican president, Lincoln’s election in 1860 suggested that slavery would, for the first time, face strong presidential resistance. Nonetheless, it would take several years before a public pronouncement initiating federal abolition efforts. Likewise, since the overwhelming but indirect repudiation of Mr. Trump’s racist rhetoric and policies in the 2018 congressional elections, many were counting the days before early voting started in 2020 and the opportunity to vote against the most racist president since Woodrow Wilson in the early 1900s.

Few Trump opponents can forget that he began his first presidential campaign with the slogan “make America great again.” For those familiar with America’s violent racial history, this caused flashbacks to earlier periods when racial minorities were separated in housing, discriminated against in employment, and lynched with impunity.

As Mr. Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017, most wondered what the slogan’s modern implementation would entail. For many Americans, watching George Floyd call for his mother and utter his last words, “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck on May 25, 2020, vividly reminded us of the most frightening portrayals of racial violence from our country’s past.

Since the start of Mr. Trump’s 2016 candidacy, Americans have witnessed this political leader characterizing Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals,” restricting Muslim immigration, dividing Latino families and incarcerating children seeking asylum at the Southern border, referencing COVID-19 as “the China virus,” retweeting videos of armed protesters and a supporter chanting “white power,” alerting white supremacist groups to “stand down and standby,” banning racial diversity and inclusion training for federal employees, and explaining that there are “good people on both sides” of the Confederate monument’s protests, including Neo Nazis. Candidly, many questioned whether Mr. Trump’s definition of greatness included equality of treatment for non-whites.

For Democrats, Trumpism represents a racial ugliness from our Jim Crow era past that seems to have reemerged over the last few years. With Mr. Trump’s electoral defeat, it is unclear whether his brand of politics with its racist overtones will continue to thrive within the Republican Party. What is clear though is both political parties must do a better job of addressing racial inequality’s stubborn persistence.

The attention on police/community relations brought about by George Floyd’s death is only one aspect of a much broader problem. In so many categories from housing and education to employment and health care, American society is separate and unequal.

There is much to be done to improve race relations, and passing legislation to address the health, wealth, education and housing disparities would be a good place to start. Yet, Mr. Trump’s many attempts to stoke racial division indicate an overall indifference, at best, and, in some cases, an outright hostility, to notions of equity embraced by both political parties prior to his leadership ascendancy. Moreover, the current strength of Mr. Trump’s support suggests that many of his supporters now know his views on race and fully embrace them.

Although Mr. Biden won the popular vote by more than 6 million votes (he received 79 million votes, the most votes ever cast for any presidential candidate) and won the Electoral College with 306 votes to Mr. Trump’s 232, the election results are not the mandate Democrats had hoped for. Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives and control of the Senate is dependent upon two Georgia senatorial races to be decided on Jan. 5. Yet Mr. Biden’s potential to make an impact should not be underestimated.

While a deeply divided electorate may not foreshadow drastic changes in the Republican Party’s approach to key racial issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights protection and minority economic empowerment, I, like many Americans today, am thankful that the Trump presidency is over so that, as a nation, “we ain’t what we was.”

Michael Higginbotham ([email protected]) is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore and the author of “Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America.”

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2011 Code of Virginia
Title 52 POLICE (STATE).
Chapter 1 Department of State Police (52-1 thru 52-11.5)
52-7 Bonds of police officers; liability insurance policies



52-7. Bonds of police officers; liability insurance policies.

All police officers appointed by the Superintendent of State Police, and engaged in the enforcement of criminal laws and the laws relating to the operation of motor vehicles upon the roads and highways of this Commonwealth, shall, before entering upon or continuing in their duties, enter into bond, with some solvent guaranty company authorized to do business in this Commonwealth, as surety, in the penalty of $75,000 and with condition for the faithful and lawful performance of their duties. Such bonds shall be filed in the office of the Department of State Police, and the premiums thereon shall be paid out of the funds appropriated for the maintenance and operation of the Department of State Police. All persons injured or damaged in any manner by the unlawful, negligent or improper conduct of any such officer while on duty may maintain an action upon such bond.

In lieu of posting bond as provided herein, any such police officer may furnish an adequate liability insurance policy as proof of his ability to respond in damages, which may be adjudged against him in favor of any person or persons injured or damaged in any manner resulting from his unlawful, negligent or improper conduct while on official duty, to the amount set forth above. The premiums on any such insurance policy or policies shall be paid out of the funds appropriated for the maintenance and operation of the Department of State Police.

All such bonds and insurance policies shall be approved by the Superintendent of State Police.

(1926, p. 941; 1940, p. 473; Michie Code 1942, 2154(51a); R. P. 1948, 52-7; 1950, p. 150; 1966, c. 213; 1968, c. 492.)

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A Guide to Recount Rules in Competitive Election 2020 States - WSJ


A Guide to Recount Rules in Competitive Election 2020 States

Several states have close vote margins between President Trump and Joe Biden, and each has its own rules for when a recount happens

Ballots were still being processed Thursday at the Clark County Election Department in North Las Vegas.


Mr. Trump’s campaign has said it will request a recount in Wisconsin, where unofficial totals show him trailing by around 20,000 votes and where the Associated Press has called the race for Mr. Biden. Mr. Biden’s margin there is around 0.6 percentage point, within the one-point margin necessary for a campaign to request a recount.

Rules for recounts vary by state. Here is a breakdown of those procedures in the most competitive contests.


Campaigns can’t request a recount, they can only be triggered automatically when there is a margin of less than or equal to 0.1 percentage point.


Razor-thin margins in this state make a recount highly likely. Candidates can request a recount if the margin is within 0.5 point. The request has to happen within two business days after the state certifies the election results. The certification deadline is Nov. 17.


A recount situation is unlikely here because state law stipulates that automatic recounts only occur if there are less than 2,000 votes separating candidates. As of Thursday afternoon, Mr. Biden led by around 150,000 vote

Joe Biden Speaks as Vote Count Continues in Presidential Race
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday ‘each ballot must be counted,’ as vote counting continued in key battleground states. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP

Campaigns can request a recount regardless of vote margin within three days of the state canvass, which must be completed within six “working days” of the election. The recount must be completed within 10 days of the request. The campaign requesting the recount must pay for it.

North Carolina

Campaigns can request a recount if a race has a margin of 0.5% or less, and it must be requested by noon of the second business day after the state canvass, which happens three weeks after the election. A recount must be completed within approximately five days of the request, though that is subject to the decision of the State Board of Elections.


There are mandatory recounts for any race that has a margin of 0.5% or less that must be completed within three weeks of an election. Campaigns can also request recounts, no matter the margin, within five days of canvass completion.


Vote margins must be within 1 percentage point for a campaign to request a recount. There are no automatic recounts in the state, and the campaign that requests it must pay for it. It must be completed within 13 days of the formal recount order. The request must be submitted within three days of the state’s official county canvass.


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AFRO Exclusive: Cheatham in ‘Good Spirits’ After Second Stroke

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Marvin “Doc” Cheatham Sr., a stalwart presence in Baltimore’s civil rights community for decades, is reportedly in “good spirits” after suffering a stroke on September 4.

“He’s doing fine. It sounds like he’s in really good spirits,” said Marvin Cheatham Jr., the community leader’s son who reports his dad is speaking and resting comfortably. “The physical therapy will probably be about two weeks and he’ll probably start somewhere between the end of this week and beginning of next week.”

 Cheatham Jr. tells the AFRO he discovered his infirmed father, the former president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, at the home, they share in West Baltimore near North Ave. and Monroe St., in the early morning hours of September 4. Cheatham Sr., 70, was transported to St. Agnes Hospital in South Baltimore where he continues to rest. The younger Cheatham said it is the second stroke his father has suffered in approximately three months. The first happened sometime in June. He also revealed to the AFRO he believes his father’s lifestyle and the stress he has undergone over the years as a community leader and some of the choices he has made in that capacity have had an adverse impact on his health.

“I explained to my father some time ago that he needs to be exercising, he needs to stop ridiculing so much, stop throwing people under the bus so much. He needs to watch his diet, he needs to take supplements,” said Cheatham Jr., 48, who currently works for the Social Security Administration, has a medical background as a veteran of the marines and the navy. 

“I kind of know what could possibly help a person to improve. So, with that said the conversation we had was before his last stroke…so my assumption, which wasn’t correct, was that he’s going to change, he’s going to change his diet, he’s going to start doing some things to improve but it didn’t happen,” added his son.

Cheatham Sr. is currently the president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, in West Baltimore.

Owen Silverman Andrews, a community activist from South Baltimore first reported the news of Cheatham, Sr.’s stroke to the AFRO and has worked closely with the veteran civil rights advocate on several recent issues. “Doc is a fighter,” he said. “He is still trying to organize from his hospital bed. What an incredible man.”

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Civil Rights Leaders, Labor, Clergy, Entertainers Amongst Thousands to March Alongside the Families of Police Brutality Victims

(Washington, DC) — On August 28, 2020, Reverend Al Sharpton, the National Action Network (NAN), Martin Luther King III, Attorney Benjamin Crump and families of police brutality victims, along with labor leaders, clergy, activists and civil rights advocates, will lead a Commitment March to fight for criminal justice reform in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the police. The march, under the rallying call, ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ will coincide with the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington where he delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963.

Speakers will include the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and others to address the senseless loss of Black lives at the hands of police and advocate for issues including police accountability and criminal justice reform, voter protection and more. Protesters and activists will gather at Lincoln Circle to hear the day’s programming before marching to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

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“This March on Washington shows our commitment to fighting for the oppressed, the marginalized, the neglected people of this country,” said Rev. Al Sharpton. “We are tired of the mistreatment and the violence that we, as Black Americans, have been subjected to for hundreds of years. Like those who marched before us, we are standing up and telling the police, telling lawmakers, telling the people and systems that have kept us down for years, ‘get your knee off our necks’.”

“We are in the midst of the largest civil and human rights movement in history. Now is the time and this is the generation that can realize the dream my father spoke of 57 years ago,” said Martin Luther King, III. “Black Americans are still bearing the same hardships my father worked to eradicate, and the only way we can hope to see the future he dreamt of is by continuing the peaceful and radical work he began years ago.”

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The History Behind 'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts' : NPR

The History Behind 'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts'

President Trump's Twitter page is displayed on a mobile phone. The social media company flagged one of his tweets about Minneapolis as "glorifying violence" and hid it from public view unless a user clicks on it.

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President Trump told reporters Friday evening that he didn't know the racially charged history behind the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Trump tweeted the phrase Friday morning in reference to the clashes between protesters and police in Minneapolis following George Floyd's death. It dates back to the civil rights era and is known to have been invoked by a white police chief cracking down on protests and a segregationist politician.

Twitter took an unprecedented step in limiting the public's ability to view the president's tweet threatening shooting, saying it "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence." The tweet is hidden unless a user clicks to display it, and users cannot like or reply to it.

In 1967, Miami police Chief Walter Headley used the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" during hearings about crime in the Florida city, invoking angry reactions from civil rights leaders, according to a news report at the time.

"The NAACP and other black organizations had for years complained about the treatment of the black community by Miami police. At this hearing, in discussing how he would deal with what he called crime and thugs and threats by young black people, he issued this statement that the reason Miami had not had any riots up to that point, was because of the message he had sent out that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' " Lusane said.

Headley was head of the police force for 20 years and referred to his "get tough" policy on crime during a 1967 news conference as a war on "young hoodlums, from 15 to 21, who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign. ... We don't mind being accused of police brutality."

According to Lusane, Headley may have borrowed the phrase from Eugene "Bull" Connor, who had been the notorious public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Ala. Connor was a segregationist who directed the use of police dogs and fire hoses against black demonstrators.

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Miami police Chief Walter Headley, left, watches as the Rev. Theodore Gibson tells the Miami City Commission he believed Headley had used overly strong language in announcing his war on crime in December 1967.

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The late 1960s saw major riots and uprisings in cities such as Detroit in response to police action against the black community.

Headley's use of the phrase is thought to have contributed to intensified race riots, including one of the most serious ones in Miami in 1980, when a black man, Arthur McDuffie, was beaten into a coma by up to a dozen white Dade County police officers after he ran a red light on his motorcycle. He later died from his injuries.

Segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace also used the phrase during the 1968 campaign.

Trump sought to clarify his comments Friday afternoon again on Twitter: "Looting leads to shooting, and that's why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night - or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don't want this to happen, and that's what the expression put out last night means. It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!"

The president took questions from the press Friday evening following a meeting with business leaders to discuss reopening the economy. When asked about his use of the phrase, Trump said he was unfamiliar with its history.

"I've heard that phrase for a long time. I don't know where it came from or where it originated," Trump said. "Frankly, it means when there's looting, people get shot and they die. And if you look at what happened last night and the night before, you see that it's very common. And that's the way that's meant."

Trump said he had spoken with family members of Floyd.

"He was in tremendous pain, obviously, and couldn't breathe. It was very obvious to anybody that watched it," Trump said.

"It was a very, very sad thing for me to see that. We also know that most policemen, you see the great job they do; they do a fantastic job. But this was a terrible insult to police and to policemen," the president said.

Trump had tweeted earlier this week that the FBI and Department of Justice are "well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd." The president said he asked for the investigation to be expedited.

Regardless of Trump's intended meaning in his comments about "looting" and "shooting," Lusane said the message is not one of reconciliation and healing.

"So often Trump has engaged in dog whistles," Lusane said. "But he also engages in blaring trumpets. And this is a pretty clear and very loud message that the response should not be let's try to address the justice issues that are involved here but let's be hard-line.




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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, or the Black Fourth of July, is an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865. On this day, after almost two and a half years since the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African Americans were informed of their liberation from the slavery present in the former Confederate States of America.



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