Baltimore is hurting. Together, we can heal.
I’m your neighborhood doctor. Every day, in the faces of my patients, I see Baltimore.
I see the toll that poverty wreaks on working families and their children. I see the true cost of drugs, alcohol, and chronic violence to our communities. I see what systemic injustice does to our most vulnerable citizens, and to our whole city.
But we can heal.
By guaranteeing healthcare to each of our citizens, we can prevent the illness and death that plague our streets.
When we focus on ending poverty instead of exacting revenge, we can end violence.
Together, we can heal our city.
This week, we were out in Mount Washington asking people if their healthcare costs too much. Not surprisingly, plenty of people thought so.
There's nothing quite like paying it forward.When I was a young medical student, AMSA - American Medical Student Association was my community. It was my entry into public service, showing me how to channel my medical skills and my passion for social justice into meaningful action.Since AMSA, my colleagues and I have cleared the Chesapeake of needless plastic microbead pollution, stopped the cruel practice of using animals for surgeries in one of Baltimore's most prestigious medical schools, and fought against the toxic, sugary drinks that cause high rates of obesity and diabetes in our city's lowest income children.It's thanks to AMSA that I can now treat my patients in clinic and advocate on their behalf as I run for the House of Delegates.Today, I spoke to the inspired and ambitious students of AMSA, showing them how knowledge, organizing, and perseverance can lead to positive change. From lobbying to bill drafting to direct action, we exchanged powerful ideas on how to change the world and leave it a better place for future generations.It is so inspiring and motivating to see the next cohort of young leaders rise to the occasion. In this time of unrest and unease, we can all find reassurance in the dedication of our youngest and brightest.They got this.
No one should have to choose between staying in their home and affording their healthcare. No way. Not in our country.
But we can lead the way right here in Maryland, setting the template for universal healthcare for all Americans.
So many folks without power and many dealing with fallen trees - like Ms Cynthia, whose car was crushed last night when a tree fell in front of her house.
Yesterday's storm was one of the worst this city has seen in years. It didn't bring heavy snow, ice, or floods, but the winds caused as much damage and power outages as any since 2012. Today, it's time to take care of one another, so we're out making sure people have water and food.
At times like this, we need to remember the importance of community, of friends and neighbors. Power outages, collisions, and falling limbs don't care what neighborhood we live in or what school we went to. Money can't buy us food or water if our street is cut off or the local store is closed. It takes people to see us through these times.
As we check in on neighbors today, we're seeing the strength of our neighborhoods and the quality of our friendships. The national news may tell a story of a violent and decaying Baltimore. Here in our district, we're seeing something different altogether: a city of strong neighborhoods where we care for one another. This is the city we know and the place we call home.
Today it's as clear as ever. Together, we can care for our neighbors. Together, we can heal Baltimore.
At last, Baltimore City Public Schools will begin funding schools by prioritizing the need of students over "performance", a standard that has always relied too heavily on standardized test scores. Under this new need-based funding scheme, education dollars will be spent where they are needed most, rather than where test scores are highest.
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