Henrietta Lacks Day

Henrietta Lacks

On April 24, I introduced legislation to make October 4th Henrietta Lacks Day in honor of her death on October 4th, 1951.

Ms. Henrietta Lacks was a black woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her consent or her family’s knowledge or consent, while being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital here in Baltimore. Further, her family has not received compensation for her genetic material. Since then, her cells known as HeLA, have been used to further our understanding and have been able to produce treatments and cures for diseases such as polio, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

We must remember the debt that we owe to Ms. Henrietta Lacks, and we must remember that her cells, that have furthered medical progress, were taken without her knowledge or consent.

City Council passes minimum wage bill

Shannon speaks at City Council meeting

The Baltimore City Council gave final approval Monday to a bill which would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

The council voted 11-3 in favor of the measure which exempts small businesses with less than 50 employees from offering the higher minimum wage until 2026.

City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed says she supports a $15 minimum wage to help tens of thousands of working families who are “working are working two and three jobs and they can hardly pay for their basic needs, and so I’m fighting for those families.”

Read and watch the full story from Fox 45.