Today marks fifty years since our nation was robbed of its greatest moral leader in an unwarranted and unforgivable act of violence. On this day in Memphis in 1968, one gunshot cut short a life dedicated to justice and a love of others.Read more
Today marks the start of National Public Health Week. NPHW is an annual effort to promote the idea that everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. Unsurprisingly, the first day of this year's NPHW focuses on behavioral health, mental health and opioid addiction. It's no surprise that everywhere in our city - and in our country - people are struggling with addiction, loneliness, and declining mental health.Read more
Our neighbors in northwest Baltimore agree. Healthcare costs too much. Every single year, premiums are going up. People with insurance can't afford their coverage, while millions more can't even buy private health insurance with today's costs.Read more
This week, we were out in Mount Washington asking people if their healthcare costs too much. Not surprisingly, plenty of people thought so.Read more
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.Read more
This week, I published a piece in the Baltimore Sun that addresses our city and our nation's drug crisis. What's clear is that opioid makers and distributors created this crisis and they need to pay to clean up their own mess. With money from settlements and court awards, we then need to implement a plan to treat, heal, and prevent opioid dependency. We have such a plan. From the article:Read more
Tonight's BCPS Board Meeting saw a massive turnout by concerned parents and community members from across Baltimore. Citizens shared their stories through testimony to the Board, speaking to the decrepit and unacceptable conditions of our city's schools.
Outside the meeting, Team Bruno had the chance to speak with one of the event's promoters, PTO member and community activist, Joseph Kane.Read more