Opposed to Council Bill 17-111

I cannot support the Council bill 17-111 (Weapons – Prohibiting Handguns Near Places of Public Assembly) that is being introduced on Monday that would implement a mandatory minimum for the possession of an illegal handgun.
This bill does not and will not combat crime in Baltimore City. We know the best ways to fight crime: a quality education for our children, accessible afterschool and summer programs, job training and college readiness programs for children and returning citizens, addiction counseling for those who need it, and increased funding and the expansion of SafeStreets.
As my colleague Kristerfer Burnett noted on social media, mandatory minimums do not deter crime. I am worried that this legislation will lead to the arrest of many more Black men and women. We must turn the corner from the era of Mass Incarceration and mandatory minimums to an era of seeing drugs and crime as symptoms of larger societal problems and gear policy to treat these symptoms and problems.


The NEW Hoen Building

Great news District 13, Cross Street Partners and City Life are collaborating to restore the A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph building! Located between Biddle & Chase St. and Collington & Chester St., the Hoen building has been vacant since its closing in 1981. However, that will soon change with the project set to start in 2018. The new A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph building will serve as a mixed-use facility with a workforce training and development center, nonprofit and retail space with a café and bookstore! For more information about the history and project timeline, visit:

District 13 Youth worker

Meet Ayanna Williams, a 12th-grade student at Benjamin Franklin High School. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Ayanna is very smart, outspoken and eager to learn about city politics. Her favorite quote that she likes to live by is, “Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you who you are.” I am excited to have her join our team as we work for District 13!