The Paris Post – November 7, 2019

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November 7, 2019

Paris is a “Ballot Breaker”

Paris recently gave an interview and was honored to be named a “Ballot Breaker.” She joins a nationwide group of young people who are breaking tradition and transforming what it means to be a candidate.

In the interview, she spoke about the importance of gender representation, her experience running as a young person, and her thoughts on why local government matters. Read the whole interview here.

 

Monthly Budget

We have officially passed the 6-month mark, meaning that we have less than 6 months until Primary Election Day on April 28th! We are asking supporters to help us stay strong through these remaining months by committing to a small monthly contribution.

The amount you would spend on a tank of gas ($35), a case of White Claw ($15), a Netflix subscription ($10), or a Starbucks latte ($5) will go a LONG way in our grassroots-funded campaign. Can you add us to your monthly budget?

#ParisHasAPlan for Returning Citizens

Paris recently spoke with a group of men and women participating in Living Classrooms’ Project SERVE Re-Entry Initiative. Read more here.

They shared about their personal experiences re-entering society after prison. Many returning citizens simply do not have access to adequate supports. Despite the various programs offered in Baltimore by nonprofits and City agencies, there is no clear roadmap to help them navigate and access the services that are available. That’s why #ParisHasAPlan to create an Office of Returning Citizens Affairs in Baltimore. Read more here.

Puppies for Paris!

Paris meets new voters and supporters every day when she’s out knocking on doors, but more excitingly…. she meets puppies! Recently, she had the pleasure of meeting Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons and Bennie (his cat companions “The Jets” did not make the photo).

 

Our Next Fundraiser

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Please join us for our next campaign fundraiser on Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm! You can expect delicious Greek food, warm company, and the camaraderie of people truly concerned about the future of Southeast Baltimore.

You can reserve your ticket online here, 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

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

The Paris Post – October 24, 2019

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October 24, 2019

In Memoriam

Last week, Baltimore lost one of our brightest guiding lights. Representative Elijah Cummings exemplified the definition of public servant. He will be missed more than any words could convey, but his legacy and his impact will live on for generations. See Paris’ statement.

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A unique tribute spotted in Fells Point ^

In The Community

As the campaign progresses, Paris is continuing to spend time talking with folks – not just on the doors, but also at community events. Some highlights:

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Speaking to families before the Greektown Neighborhood Association’s movie night. Most of the children in this neighborhood attend John Ruhrah and are very excited for their new 21st century school to re-open in January. See more here.

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Participating in the Canton Community Association’s “Citizens On Patrol (COP)” walk. Paris spoke with residents about her plans to take a hands-on and practical approach to public safety and to push for public health solutions that will have an immediate impact on crime. See more here.

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Presenting to the O’Donnell Heights Tenants Council. Paris has spent many days knocking on doors in this community recently, so she has heard a lot about their main concerns: inconsistent police presence, drug activity, and opportunities for youth. As you know, #ParisHasAPlan to address all of these issues. See more here.

Make Your Voice Heard

Tomorrow, October 25th, is the last day to share your input on how to improve our parks and recreation services through Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks’ five-year strategic planning process. You can take their survey here.

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Our District 1 Priorities Survey is still available for residents to share their most pressing concerns about our community with Paris. Make sure you take the survey if you haven’t already, or send it to your neighbors so they can share their insights.

Upcoming Events

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Please join us for our next campaign fundraiser on Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm! You can expect delicious Greek food, warm company, and the camaraderie of people truly concerned about the future of Southeast Baltimore.

You can reserve your ticket online here, or send a check payable to Friends of Paris Bienert, c/o Rice Consulting, 17 W Courtland St, Suite 210, Bel Air MD 21014.

10-26-19 Canvass

Calling all volunteers! We have a big Day of Action coming up this Saturday, October 26th! Help us keep up our momentum on the doors by coming out with us. Click here to volunteer on Saturday or any day you have available.

See you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – October 10, 2019

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October 10, 2019

Doing The Work

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Too frequently, our local government leaders and City agencies fail to deliver efficient and comprehensive services. As Councilwoman, Paris will work diligently to deliver more responsive and effective constituent services to Southeast Baltimoreans. Recently, Paris resolved a major constituent issue when a speed bump was incorrectly installed. Read more here.

In The Community

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On Tuesday, Paris spoke to the Brewers Hill Community Association about her plans to deliver responsive and effective constituent service. Brewers Hill residents told Paris the same thing that residents of every neighborhood say: they want a Councilperson who is focused on the district and accessible at all times. As you know, Paris will be that Councilperson.

At the meeting, many residents expressed support for Paris’ campaign and requested yard signs. If you live in the First District and don’t have a sign up yet, request a sign right now.

#ParisHasAPlan: End Human Trafficking

Earlier this week, authorities made arrests in response to an alleged human trafficking ring and brothel in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore. The brothel has been targeting some of our community’s most vulnerable people – undocumented, Hispanic women.

We know that human trafficking occurs everyday in our City, right under our noses. Paris has a plan to pursue full decriminalization of sex work because we know that criminalization makes workers more vulnerable to violence, trafficking, and exploitation. Read more here.

#ParisHasAPlan: Close the Gender Gap

In Baltimore City, the average woman still makes $0.80 compared to the average man’s $1.00. As Councilwoman, Paris will work to close this gender pay gay by introducing legislation to ban salary history inquiries. Many employers ask how much a worker made in their previous job and then base their new pay off of the worker’s wage history, rather than off of the market value of their labor.

This practice – which is currently completely legal – perpetuates the gender wage gap and helps to explain why women get caught in the cycle of wage discrimination because it can prevent women from ever earning equal pay for equal work. Read more here.

Our Next Fundraiser

Our Ikaros event has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm! Please join us for delicious Greek food, warm company and the fellowship of people truly concerned about the future of Southeast Baltimore.
 
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You can reserve your ticket online here, or send a check payable to Friends of Paris Bienert, c/o Rice Consulting, 17 W Courtland St, Suite 210, Bel Air MD 21014.

New State Laws

On October 1, new laws passed by the Maryland state legislature went into effect. There are many new laws that will improve the lives of people around Maryland, like same day voter registration, opioid treatment in correctional facilities, and a bump stock ban. Read more here.

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10-26-19 Canvass

The weather is getting chillier, but our momentum on the doors is heating up! With the shorter daylight hours, it’s more important than ever that we have big groups out knocking to maximize the time we spend talking to voters. We need your help! Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Other events:

Keep in touch!

Team Pari

The Paris Post – Setpember 26, 2019

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

Upcoming Events

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.

Other events:

 

See you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

#ParisHasAPlan

Earlier this week, Paris released a detailed platform and legislative agenda entitled Baltimore Is Worth Fighting For: Paris’ Plan to Restore Faith in Local Government and Deliver Bold Solutions With Immediate Impact. The plan calls for modernization and civilianization of the Baltimore Police Department, bold public health approaches for crime reduction, and ideas to support our young people with the resources they need to succeed. She also lays out a strategy to alleviate economic hardships by focusing on public transportation, affordable housing, and increased job opportunities. 

 

As you know, Paris is the first candidate in this race to release any substantive plans or policy proposals. We need a leader who has a clear vision and concrete plan to move our City forward. Paris is that leader because #ParisHasAPlan.

Welcoming Sydney

We’re excited to introduce our team’s newest member Sydney Moore, who is our new Field Director. Paris and Sydney met in 2018 when Sydney was interning for Delegate Robbyn Lewis’ campaign and Paris was running for the Central Committee with Team46. Since joining our team, Sydney has been working hard to recruit volunteers, set up meetings with community members, and make sure we’re reaching our daily field goals. Please help make Sydney’s new job a little easier by signing up to volunteer today!

 

Supporting Democrats

As Chair of the Democratic State Central Committee in the 46th District, Paris works hard to make sure that our local Democratic party is active and engaged. Earlier this month, the 46th District hosted a Mix & Mingle fundraiser in Fells Point to support the citywide committee. At the event, Paris spoke about the progress local Democrats have made and the work that her committee has done to better engage voters. Under her leadership, voter turnout increased last year by 95% in the First District!  

 

Upcoming Events

We hope you will join Team Paris for our next campaign fundraiser at Ikaros on September 30th. We are currently building our host committee and would love if you could step up to support Paris’ vision for a stronger Baltimore. Your support will keep us in a competitive position to continue our aggressive communications and field operations. Click here to get your ticket!

 

 

Other events:

 

See you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – August 29, 2019

AUGUST 29, 2019

Women's Equality Day

We launched a mini fundraising campaign in honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th. We aimed to raise $1,920 over 4 days to represent the year women were granted the right to vote. Many supporters stepped up by making a donation, but we fell $268 short of our ambitious goal. In recognition that we deserve true equality, can you contribute $19.20, $99, or any amount right now to help make this fundraiser a success? Your contribution will go straight towards our voter engagement efforts. 

 

Our first national endorsement

ICYMI: Our campaign was recently endorsed by Run For Something, an organization that supports young, diverse candidates running for local offices around the United States. Their two main endorsement criteria are: heart and hustle. I’m proud of this endorsement because it proves that we are the hardest-working campaign in the First District.

 

Click the image above to share our good news! 

 

Wishing farewell to our Field Director

The start of the school year means it’s time for us to say goodbye to our Field Director Emily Hudson. Emily spent her summer running our field operations on the ground in Southeast, where she has lived her whole life. She helped build up our volunteer base, put up signs, and most importantly knock doors and make phone calls to First District voters. In her own words:

 

“I got involved with Paris’ campaign when she knocked on my door a few months ago and explained to me why she is running. I realized that Paris’ vision for Baltimore is my vision for Baltimore: a city where each and every neighborhood is healthy, safe, and thriving. We deserve a Councilperson who knows our neighborhoods, understands our issues, and works to solve our problems swiftly and efficiently. I have loved working for Paris’ campaign this past summer and look forward to watching her efforts ramp up and come to fruition next April.”

Emily has been an incredible help and asset to our campaign, and we will miss her dearly. We will be sharing some new hires soon, but in the meantime, please give Emily a proper send-off by signing up to knock on doors, make phone calls, or put up a campaign sign! 

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Our next host-driven event will be a wine tasting at Chesapeake Wine Company hosted by Dana Karangelen and Kiel Quinn. Chesapeake Wine Company is a local, women-owned wine store in Canton that is graciously hosting us and bringing in wine vendors to our event. Join us on Thursday, September 26th!

 

 First District Priorities Survey 

A few weeks ago, we launched our survey for residents to share with me their most pressing concerns about our community. We’ve received many responses so far, but we want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to make their voice heard. Make sure you take the survey if you haven’t already, or send it to your neighbors so they can share their insights.

 

Upcoming Events

Save the dates for our events coming up in September:

 

 

See you soon!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – August 15, 2019

AUGUST 15, 2019

Welcome to the first edition of The Paris Post, our campaign’s new bi-weekly newsletter. Now that our campaign is in full swing, our team decided that a newsletter would be a great way to keep our constituents and supporters updated on everything we’re doing. I hope you enjoy! 

I’m grateful to the many volunteers — only some of whom are pictured above — who have come out to help us knock doors. The progress we have made so far truly would not be possible without them. I hope you’ll consider joining us on the doors or helping us make phone calls. You can sign up for volunteer activities here or reach out to our Field Director Emily at campaign@parisbienert.com

Connecting with Voters

Since launching this campaign back in January, our team has knocked on more than 13,000 doors! We have walked through every neighborhood once and are halfway through our second pass of the district.

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In the Community

Connecting with voters is my absolute favorite part about running for City Council. I get to meet lots of passionate people who have interesting ideas about how we can work together to improve our community. But I also meet folks who are struggling to get by and who need a Councilperson who will listen to them, communicate with them, and fight for them. 

I’ve met with mothers who feel that they need to move in order for their children to have access to the resources they need to succeed and thrive. They’ve explained to me that their children do not have adequate youth programming or social supports to assist them, which is why I’m planning to strengthen social programs for our young people. 

I’ve spoken with families who have experienced disrespect and discrimination when requesting accommodations for disabilities and enforcement of safety and sanitation laws. I firmly believe that every person deserves to live in a healthy, safe, and decent home no matter what neighborhood they live in. I will be an advocate for every resident and every neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore. 

#WeAreBaltimore

#WeAreBaltimore

Last month President Trump attacked Baltimore by spewing hate, telling lies, and saying that no human being would want to live here. As someone who was born here and chose to continue living here, I was just as outraged and offended about the President’s tweets as I’m sure you were. Congressman Elijah Cummings has spent his career tirelessly fighting for justice and for the people of Baltimore, and now he is working to protect our democracy in his role as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. We are lucky to have him and he deserves nothing but our thanks and support.

House Party in DC

I’m proud to be from Baltimore, which is why I was grateful to have the opportunity to tell folks in DC about the real Baltimore. I told them that despite what they hear from the media (and the President), Baltimore’s strengths are greater than our challenges. Thank you to my friends James and Patrick for hosting a house party for my campaign at their home in DC.

Hosting a house party is a fun way to support the campaign by connecting us with donors and volunteers, all while getting the campaign’s message out. We are actively looking for folks to host fundraising house parties to support our campaign. If you or any of your friends might be able to host a house party, please reach out to Tare at fundraiser@parisbienert.com

If hosting a house party isn’t your thing, making even a small contribution is a big help to our campaign. We put every dollar to work purchasing literature and other supplies for volunteers so that we can keep directly engaging voters in the First District. 

First District Priorities Survey

I believe that elected officials should make it a priority to listen to their constituents and develop solutions that address their concerns. This is why we launched a survey for First District residents to share with me their most pressing concerns about our community. If you live in the District, please add your voice by filling out our survey.