September 26, 2019
National Voter Registration Day
This past Tuesday, September 24th was National Voter Registration Day. We always carry registration forms when we knock on doors because inevitably you will run into people who aren’t registered, but it was fun to have a big day where everyone was trying to register new voters!
In Maryland, you can register at age 16 and can vote in the Primary as long as you will be 18 by the General Election on November 3, 2020. Paris is already talking with 17-year-olds who are registered and will hopefully be voting for the first time next year. Everyone is very aware that there’s a presidential election next year, so it’s important that we also get out the message that elections for every level of government – local, state, and federal – matter!
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, make sure your registration is up-to-date! You can do so quickly and easily online here.
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
September is National Recovery Month. The opioid epidemic is ravaging our communities in Baltimore, and far too many of our loved ones are struggling with addiction. We have more than 20,000 heroin users in Baltimore City and we’ve lost literally thousands of lives to overdose in the past three years. We need a leader who will take bold action to address the crisis head-on. Paris will be that leader.
Paris recently met Karolina, a lifelong Bayview resident who has struggled with addiction and who asked Paris to share her story. Karolina shared that it was incredibly difficult for her to access the medication she required for her heroin addiction and to find the rehabilitation treatment she needed. When she lost her baby to SIDS and her husband to overdose, she did not have adequate mental health services available to help her. Despite all the challenges she has endured, Karolina now has three years of clean time under her belt.
Luckily, #ParisHasAPlan to address the opioid epidemic. As Councilwoman, Paris will create a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Task Force charged with developing ways to destigmatize evidenced-based practices to control opioid addiction; foster positive relationships between facilities and their host communities; and cut mortality rates. The group will study successful strategies used worldwide to eliminate stigma, expand treatment access, and eliminate any potential negative impacts.
The MAT Task Force is just one of Paris’ plans when it comes to tackling the opioid epidemic. Check out all her ideas to address this issue, like increasing the number of addiction treatment providers and creating public health access sites in Baltimore by reading her platform here.
Tonight is the night! Please join us for a Wine Tasting event at Chesapeake Wine Company. For just $25, you can support Paris’ campaign efforts while enjoying unlimited wine tastings from local vendors. Tickets are available online and will be available at the door.
- September 28th – 7 Months Out Canvass
- October 12th – Day of Action
- October 26th – Halloweekend Canvass with Team Paris
- October 29th – Our next fundraising event (details coming soon!)
- November 9th – House Party in Harford County
See you soon!