The Paris Post – May 21, 2020

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May 21, 2020

 

Important Election Update

I have been outraged by the continued failure of the Maryland State Board of Elections to conduct a safe, fair, and trustworthy vote-by-mail election process. It is absolutely unacceptable. We have many issues facing our community right now; voter confusion and possible disenfranchisement should not be added to the list. 

Many people have reached out to me asking why their ballots have not arrived. Our team has been working as much as we can to get accurate information out about the election. All Baltimore City residents should receive their ballot in the mail no later than Saturday, May 23rd. If you do not receive your ballot by then, please call the Baltimore City Board of Elections at 410-396-5550.

Please check out our Voting Resources Page which has been updated with the 6 in-person voting locations and 15 in-person drop-off locations. If you have any questions or concerns about voting in the June 2nd election, please do not hesitate to call me at 410-340-0870 or respond to this email. Nobody should have to choose between their health and their right to vote, and I am personally committed to helping as many people as possible exercise their right to vote.

Volunteers Needed

We are making calls to First District voters to make sure they are informed about this confusing voting process. We’re calling every day from 10am to 8pm. This is the final push.

Can you help us? Even if you have never volunteered for a campaign before, we need you! This is a great opportunity to make a difference from the comfort and safety of your own home. If you can volunteer an hour or two, please reply to this email or call/text 410-340-0870.

Baltimore Strong

We’ve released our final campaign ad! It’s called Baltimore Strong. Even a global pandemic cannot shake Baltimore’s resiliency and strength. As Councilwoman, I will harness that strength to build a City Council that works for everyone. I have the experience, commitment, and passion to do the job. Help us spread the word by liking, commenting, and sharing it on Facebook.

Upcoming Interview

Next Tuesday, I’ll be doing an interview with Baltimore Women United for Action PAC, an organization that has endorsed my candidacy. The interview will be streamed live on Facebook. I hope you’ll check it out to hear about my positions and plans to serve Baltimore. See more here.

Stay healthy and safe! 


Paris Bienert

Candidate, First District
Baltimore City Council

The Paris Post – April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020

Are the days starting to blur together for you, too? This is a difficult time for all of us, and each of us is experiencing this global pandemic differently. To the frontline healthcare workers, to those who have sick loved ones, to those who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19: please know that we are all thinking of you. Together, we will get through this public health crisis.

If you are interested in joining volunteer efforts or if you are in need of resources, feel free to use our COVID-19 Resource Page. As always, if you or a neighbor needs help getting connected to the right resources, please don’t hesitate to call me at 410-340-0870. My team and I are ready to assist you.

Endorsement News

I’m proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the National Organization for Women’s Maryland chapter! NOW has been fighting for equal rights for decades and I’m humbled that this important and historic organization has endorsed my candidacy.

I will bring my years of experience advocating for women and families to my position on the City Council and will work to implement my plan to close the gender wage gap, improve women’s public transportation experiences, and decriminalize sex work. Click here to see my full my full 7-Point Plan and 100-Day Legislative Agenda.

If you believe in my plans to better support women and families while improving the lives of all Baltimoreans, please help our campaign today by making a small financial contribution, if you are able. Let’s build on the momentum of our growing list of endorsements.

If you prefer to donate with a check, please mail a check payable to Friends of Paris Bienert to PO Box 763, Baltimore MD 21203.

Election & Voting Updates

Earlier this week, I sent out an email with important information about our upcoming election. You can see everything you need to know about voting on our Voting Resources Page.

Here are some resources to make sure you are prepared to vote:
  • Register to vote here.
  • Check your mailing address here.
  • Learn about the candidates on your ballot here.
  • See the answers to FAQs on our Voting Resource Page.
  • For questions about voting, call the Baltimore City Board of Elections at 410-396-5550.
  • For issues, reach out to the Maryland Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Hotline at 443-221-4779 or voterprotection@mddems.org.

Please note – there has been an update since my last email. The 5 in-person voting locations in Baltimore City have now been announced: Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries, Edmonson High School, the UMB Community Engagement Center, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary, and the Board of Elections. See more here.

Get a Sign

Because we are so limited in our ability to connect with voters these days, visibility is more important than ever. I’m grateful to every single supporter who has offered to put up a yard sign, railing sign, or window sign. Every sign helps us spread our message. Request a sign today and we will drop it off for you.

2020 Census Update

Have you filled out the Census yet? For every person counted in Baltimore City, our community will benefit from an additional $18,000 over the next ten years. It’s critical that every single person is counted so that we receive funding for important things like healthcare, education, transit, and affordable housing…which means you need to fill it out!

You can see here that Baltimore City is lagging behind other Maryland jurisdictions and even the national average of census completion. We must change that.
You can fill out the census online here: www.my2020census.gov or respond by phone and get live assistance at 844-330-2020.

Stay healthy and safe! 


Paris Bienert

Candidate, First District
Baltimore City Council

The Paris Post – April 9, 2020

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April 9, 2020

How are you doing? I’m personally starting to feel impacts of these first few weeks of self-isolation, so I want to check in and see if you’re doing okay. I know this is a tough time for all of us, especially with Passover upon us and Easter approaching this weekend. I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay.

I also want to take a moment to thank our healthcare workers, emergency responders, and all those who are on the frontlines of fighting this global pandemic. Those who are risking their lives to keep our community safe and healthy deserve our gratitude for their courage, compassion, and service. Thank you!

Coronavirus Resources

I’m sure you are being inundated with emails, Facebook posts, radio stories, etc. about guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, so I won’t tell you more of what you already know. If you have questions about City services, resources, or public health info, you can always check out the COVID-19 Resource Page we’ve compiled for you.

If you or a neighbor needs help getting connected to the right resources, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 410-340-0870. My team and I are ready to assist you.

Volunteer Opportunities

I know many of us are going stir-crazy in isolation and are looking for safe, impactful ways that we can help during this pandemic. Of course, the most critical thing for us all to do is to practice social distancing and stay away from others to prevent further spreading of the disease. That said, our State and Local governments have shared many ways for folks to step up and help.

We have transitioned all of our campaigning activities into volunteer activities to support the community during this crisis. Join us for upcoming opportunities:

TOMORROW: The small business community in Fells Point has organized a Community Blood Drive from 1:00pm – 6:30pm on Friday, April 10th. See details here. The American Red Cross is facing an extreme blood shortage due to the number of drives that have been cancelled, so donating blood is a wonderful way to help. If you are healthy and able, please consider donating. Schedule an appointment: www.redcrossblood.org/give

MONDAY: The Johns Hopkins Health System has organized round-the-clock efforts to construct personal protective equipment (PPEs) for healthcare workers. Join Team Paris on Monday, April 13th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm as we make face shields for Hopkins. If you are able to join us then, reply to this email or call/text me at 410-340-0870 and I’ll send you the info. To volunteer any other time, sign up here.

ONGOING: For a more thorough list of volunteer opportunities, visit my website.

Election & Voting

We don’t yet have an official decision on voting in the upcoming election. The Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020 and we anticipate that it will be a mail-in only election. Until we have an official decision, I am continuing to encourage everyone to vote by mail in order to ensure a safe voting experience.

Anyone can request an absentee ballot without needing a particular reason. You can request an absentee ballot online or our team can send an application to you. Call us at 410-340-0870 and we will help you out.

Be Counted in the Census

If you have not filled out your census yet, please make sure to do so ASAP. It is incumbent upon each of us to fill it out so that our community gets all the funding and representation we deserve! Watch my explanation here.

For every person counted in Baltimore City, our community will benefit from an additional $18,000 over the next ten years. It’s critical that every single person is counted so that we receive funding for important things like healthcare, education, transit, and affordable housing.

You can fill out the census online here: www.my2020census.gov or respond by phone and get live assistance at 844-330-2020.

Hang In There

We know that these coming days are going to continue to be difficult. We have to be there for each other and for ourselves. Please know that I am there for you and for our community. If you need to talk, feel free to call me at 410-340-0870. We will get through this together.

Warmest regards,


Paris Bienert

Candidate, First District
Baltimore City Council

The Paris Post – January 30, 2020

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January 30, 2020

 

ICYMI: Under 3 months

We are now less than three months away from Election Day! We need all hands on deck to get us to the finish line. Whether you can knock on doors, make some calls, help put up signs, or donate a few dollars — we hope you will help us. Sign up here to do what you can.

Doors, Doors, and more Doors

As she’s been doing for the past 11 months, Paris continues to knock on doors every single day. Here are two recent experiences from the campaign trail:

After knocking on Julie’s door once in March 2019, once in July, and once in October, Paris finally connected with her on the fourth try and earned her support. See more here

Paris met Gloria in 2018 when she was campaigning for the State Central Committee. Two years later, she still has her trust and her vote. See more here.

 

Pastries with Paris

Our Pastries with Paris events continue to be a success! Paris spends every Tuesday morning at different coffee shops in the district and meets with people like James who are interested in hearing more about her plans (see more here). This has been a great way to meet new people, register new voters, and share Paris’ ideas with people who are interested in improving Southeast Baltimore. Find out when Paris will be coming to your neighborhood coffee shop.

 

Our Next Fundraiser

Local elections are just as important as the presidential election. Come support Paris’ campaign for Baltimore City Council while watching the Democratic Primary results roll in from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.

You can purchase your ticket online, or send a check payable to Friends of Paris Bienert c/o Rice Consulting, 17 W Courtland St, Suite 210, Bel Air MD 21014. For questions, call our team at 410-838-6355.

Upcoming Events

Hope to see you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – December 5, 2019

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December 5, 2019

 

Meet and Greets

Our next Meet & Greet is this Sunday in the Patterson Park neighborhood! We’ll meet at the home of Heather Wade at 2614 E. Baltimore Street from 11am – 1pm. Come by to mingle with neighbors, meet Paris, and learn about our campaign for Baltimore City Council in the First District. RSVP here.

We are actively searching for volunteers to host House Parties and Meet & Greets for our campaign. Hosting an event is a fun way to support our campaign by connecting Paris with voters, donors, and volunteers. If you or any of your friends might be able to host a party, please reach out to Miguel at msbuddle@gmail.com or simply reply to this email.

 

In The Community

Paris celebrated Thanksgiving with the Southeast United Community Association and the Zion Baptist Church of Christ. See more here.

Paris continues to present to neighborhood associations around the First District. Most recently, she spoke to the Brewers Hill Neighbors monthly meeting about her plans to pursue public health approaches to public safety like tackling the opioid epidemic and establishing an Office of Returning Citizens Affairs. See more here.

 

#ParisHasAPlan for Public Safety

It is clear that First District residents want a leader who recognizes that public safety is the #1 issue facing our community. #ParisHasAPlan to take a hands-on approach to public safety which includes working closely with the police, implementing reforms for BPD, and pursuing long-term public health solutions. See more here.

Paris recently spoke to the Canton Community Association’s Public Safety Committee about how we need more women to step up to keep our communities safe. Watch her remarks here.

 

#ParisHasAPlan for Public Safety

Our campaign now has campaign magnets for clothing. These are a great way to show your #TeamParis pride without putting a hole in your clothing. This is a super helpful way to get the word out about our campaign and support our efforts. Plus, these would make great holiday gifts!

If you make a $10 donation, we’ll send you a magnet. If you give $25, we’ll send you a t-shirt.

As always, if you come out to volunteer by knocking doors or making phone calls, we will give you a shirt or magnet for free. Sign up here to join us!

 

Upcoming Events

See you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – November 21, 2019

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November 21, 2019

 

Paris in the Community

With winter comes ice hockey season! The 2019-2020 season of the Patterson Park Stars Youth Hockey Program is underway and Paris is back on the ice for the third year to coach at-risk kids from around Baltimore City. Some exciting news – there are more girls participating in the program this year than ever before! Read more here.

Paris presented her plans to members of the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association at their monthly November meeting. Patterson Park residents are looking for a Councilperson who will take a more hands-on approach to public safety. They were very interested to hear Paris’ plans to reduce crime by addressing the opioid crisis and establishing an Office of Returning Citizens’ Affairs. Read the meeting minutes here.

While Paris is stepping up to represent neighborhoods across Southeast Baltimore, she remains committed to being a leader in her own neighborhood. She was recently re-elected to serve as Vice President of the Fells Prospect Community Association for a third year. Read more here.

 

Call for Volunteers

With the shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, we now have less time to knock on doors. While we are still out knocking every weekend, we are spending some weeknights making phone calls to the thousands of voters in the First District. We need your help! Sign up here.

 

Campaign for House Parties

 

Hosting a house party is a fun way to support our campaign by connecting Paris with voters, donors, and volunteers. We are actively looking for folks to host parties to support our campaigns, whether or not you live in the First District. If you or any of your friends might be able to host a party, please reach out to Miguel at msbuddle@gmail.com or simply reply to this email.

If hosting a party isn’t your thing, we hope you’ll make a contribution. Every dollar you donate is absolutely vital to helping win this race.

Upcoming Events

And of course, we are still knocking doors and making phone calls every single day. Help us keep up our momentum by coming out with us. Click here to volunteer any day you have available.

See you soon!

Team Paris