Honoring Dr. King by continuing his work

Dr. King on the National MallToday 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.

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National Public Health Week

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.

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Arlington, Grove Park, Gwynn Oak, and Woodmere Agree: Healthcare Costs Too Much

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.

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Mount Washington agrees: healthcare costs too much

This week, we were out in Mount Washington asking people if their healthcare costs too much. Not surprisingly, plenty of people thought so.

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Paying it forward to our young people

Doctor Bruno talking to AMSA students

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.

Does YOUR Healthcare Cost Too Much?

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. 

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Cleaning up after the storm

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.

 

 

 

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At last, school funding to be tied to need

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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Dr. Bruno in the Baltimore Sun: It's Time Opioid Makers Pay

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: 

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Community members react to Baltimore's frozen schools

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.

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