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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 – May 7, 2020

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May 7, 2020

 

Our Newest Campaign Ad

We’re so excited to release our newest campaign ad today! You can watch Focusing on the Fundamentals by clicking the video above. Please help us spread the word by liking, commenting, and sharing it on Facebook.

Be Ready To Vote

The election is less than 4 weeks away, and we expect ballots to arrive in mailboxes as early as Monday, May 11th. Here are 3 steps I’m asking you to take in preparation for the election:

1. Make sure you are able to vote. By clicking this link, you can confirm or update your mailing address with the Board of Elections so that you will receive your ballot in the mail. Even if you think your registration is up-to-date, please take 30 seconds to be sure.

2. Pledge to vote for me. COVID-19 has made it more difficult for our team to connect with voters and ask them about the upcoming election. If you live in the First District and you are planning to vote, please let me know by pledging to vote.

3. Spread the word. Help us to let folks know about voting in the upcoming election by sharing this information on Facebook:

This race is going to be close, and we need every single vote. If you live in the First District or own a business or property here, please request a railing or window sign.

You can find everything else you need to know about voting on our Voting Resources Page. If you have any questions, feel free to call our team at 410-340-0870.

Volunteers Needed

This Saturday, May 9th, we will be having a Virtual Day of Action to contact as many voters as possible before ballots start arriving in mailboxes early next week.

Can you help us? Even if you have never volunteered for a campaign before, we need you! We will have a special Zoom training at 11am and tell you everything you need to do. Then, volunteers will reach out to voters from the comfort and safety of your own homes.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Please let us know if you plan on helping and we will send you the Zoom invitation. For questions, reach out to Miguel at campaign@parisbienert.com or call 410-340-0870.

You’ve Got Mail

Over the past few weeks, we’ve sent out 5 mail pieces to voters in the First District. Below you can see the mailer that arrived in mailboxes earlier today. Our next and final piece should arrive next week, just as ballots are dropping in mailboxes! 

See a bigger image here, or wait to get it in the mail!

2020 Women’s Ballot

You can see our full list of endorsements on the mailer above. I’m honored to have earned each and every one of them. The wide assortment of organizations supporting me – from social workers to police to national advocacy groups – shows the strength and diversity of our movement.

My endorsement from Baltimore Women United means that I am included on the 2020 Women’s Ballot. I’m honored to be alongside a diverse group of strong candidates who are committed to Baltimore’s women and families. The Women’s Ballot – distributed by BWU volunteers – has been extremely effective in past elections in helping to elect progressive candidates in Baltimore City and County who support women’s issues. Here’s hoping that it works again this year! 

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 – March 26, 2020

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March 26, 2020

 

Election Postponed

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Governor Hogan has moved the Primary Election to June 2, 2020. If in-person voting remains an option for the election, then early voting will take place from Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Thursday, May 28, 2020. However, yesterday the State Board of Elections recommended that the election move to mail-in only ballots. Governor Hogan has not announced whether he will heed these recommendations or not.

As of now, we are encouraging everyone to vote by mail 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.

Did you see that Paris was quoted in the Baltimore Brew about the difficulty candidates are facing with the change in election date? Now that the election has been pushed back, our race has become much more expensive. We can no longer interact one-on-one with voters, which means we need to spend more on mailers and digital ads. Plus, we now have an additional 35 days of campaign costs like staff wages, office rent, etc.

Can you help us make it to Election Day by making a contribution today? We know times are tough with the economy right now, but even $5 or $10 would be incredibly helpful. 

Our team headquarters is closed, but rest assured that we are still working hard. The health and safety of our community is our top concern right now. If you need any resources, have questions, or simply need someone to talk to – please call us at 410-340-0870. You can also check out Paris’ COVID-19 Resource Page here.

Helping Out Neighbors

There are round-the-clock volunteer efforts going on in Baltimore City. Earlier this week, Team Paris volunteers helped with supply manufacturing by making personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. See more here.

Earlier today, Paris also donated blood with the Red Cross because there is an extreme blood shortage due to the number of recent blood drive cancellations. Sign up to donate blood.

Our Team Paris volunteers have been helping the community by giving their time to safe, approved volunteer opportunities. If you are healthy and able, please consider helping out during this time of crisis. Volunteer now.

 

In The News

Paris was recently interviewed on the Larry Young Morning Show on WOLB 1010AM Baltimore. Did you miss the live interview? Listen to it now.

For other recent news coverage of Paris’ candidacy, click here.

Please continue to practice social distancing and follow the advice of public health officials so that we can #FlattenTheCurve of Coronavirus. Stay well!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – COVID-19 Special Edition – March 14, 2020

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March 14, 2020

 

COVID-19 Information

Resource Page

In an effort to provide as much information to the public as possible regarding COVID-19, Paris has created a resource page on her website. We will be keeping this page current with helpful information as it becomes available.

That said, please continue to check Paris’ Facebook Page and Twitter Page for the most up-to-date information.

Voting Information

Voting Information

As of now, we do not have any updates about how or if voting for the April 28th Democratic Primary will change. For now, everyone is able to request an absentee ballot for any reason. Click here to request an absentee ballot online.

Campaign Updates

Volunteering

While we are still focused on winning our upcoming election for Baltimore City Council, we are adapting all our campaign efforts in light of COVID-19. We want to minimize any risk to our volunteers, supporters, voters, and the community at large.

For this reason, we have discontinued all door-knocking and transitioned all our field operations to remote work. We will be ramping up our phone-banking and letter-writing activities. 

If you have time to volunteer remotely to help our campaign, please sign up here or respond to this email. 

Our office will be closed to the public until further notice, and we have posted a sign on the door asking folks to call the campaign at 410-340-0870 if they need anything. 

EventsEvents

For the time being, we are suspending all campaign-related events. Paris is scheduled to speak at several upcoming neighborhood association meetings which will likely be cancelled. We will keep you posted if anything changes.

Fundraising

Fundraising

Despite everything that is going on, we do still have a major fundraising deadline coming up on Tuesday, March 17th. Now that we can no longer interact one-on-one with voters, we need to increase our budget to afford more mailers and digital ads. We need to raise $6,500 more than we planned to adapt to these new, unforeseen circumstances.

Paris will be spending extra time on the phone next week making fundraising calls to reach this increased goal. Can you help out by making a donation online right now? 

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail 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.

Campaign Signs

Campaign Signs

For the 100+ supporters who have been waiting to receive yard signs…the shipment has finally arrived! We will be busy over the next few days delivering signs to all those who have requested them. If you live in District 1 and would like to show your support, click here to request your sign. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text Paris at 410-340-0870 or send her an email at paris@parisbienert.com. Remember to frequently wash your hands and maintain social distancing. 

Team Paris

The Paris Post – March 12, 2020

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March 12, 2020

 

Public Health Emergency

A statement from Paris regarding COVID-19:

I have been in serious conversations with my team about how our campaign can minimize any risk to our volunteers, supporters, and our community at large in light of the coronavirus… Read the full statement here.

ICYMI: Recent Endorsements

The number of organizations that are throwing their support behind Paris’ candidacy is growing! In the past few weeks, Paris has been endorsed by the following organizations:

These endorsements show that our campaign is gaining momentum and recognition. Share our good news!

 

#TeamParis Headquarters

We recently opened our Team Paris HQ and had lots of our friends and supporters come out to see our new space. See more here.

Now that we have an office, we are able to centralize our daily volunteer operations. If you have time to help out, please sign up here. We are expanding our remote volunteering opportunities for those who are concerned about COVID-19, and will be sending out more information soon.

Fundraising Deadline

Our next fundraising deadline is Tuesday, March 17th (yes, St. Patrick’s Day!) With just under 7 weeks to Election Day, Paris needs to be spending as much time as possible talking to voters and less time on the phones asking for financial support. Please chip in right now to help us go strong to April 28th.

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail 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

Paris is running for City Council to serve the residents of Southeast Baltimore and she is taking every opportunity to be accessible to people. In the coming weeks, she will be presenting to the following neighborhood associations: the Butchers Hill Association, the Fells Prospect Community Association, the Highlandtown Community Association, the O’Donnell Heights Tenants Council, and the Upper Fells Point Improvement Association.

Additionally, we will be holding the following campaign events:

You can see a full events schedule on our website. Please note, we will send updates should any of these events be rescheduled or cancelled due to COVID-19.

46 days to go!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – February 27, 2020

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February 27, 2020

 

Campaign Headquarters Opening

Tomorrow is February 28th, which means we’re only 2 months and 1 day away from the election. As we enter this last final phase of the campaign, we’re incredibly excited to open our campaign headquarters and be able to expand our field operations.

Please join us on Saturday to see our new space, show your support for our movement, and (if you can) give a few hours to knock on doors or make phone calls to voters. RSVP online here and invite your friends on Facebook.

After food and refreshments, we’ll do a volunteer training for those who are interested. From there, we’ll all go knock on doors together to keep asking our neighbors what we can do to earn their vote. Not interested in canvassing? We’ll also have volunteers in the office making phone calls.

 

Meet & Greets

Many supporters have been opening their homes and hosting Meet & Greets for their neighbors to get to know Paris. We are actively searching for volunteers to host House Parties and Meet & Greets. The more, the better!

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 has been busy visiting with different groups around the First District. In the past few weeks, Paris has presented to many community organizations, including the Greektown Neighborhood Association, the Exchange Club of Highlandtown-Canton, the Southeast Police Community Relations Council, and the Canton Community Association.

In the coming weeks, she will be presenting to the following groups: the Fells Point Residents Association, the City On A Hill Improvement Association, the Fells Prospect Community Association, the Upper Fells Point Improvement Association, and the Butchers Hill Association.

Paris is running for City Council to serve the residents of Southeast Baltimore, and she can’t do that if she’s not accessible to people. You can see a full events schedule on our website.

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, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, 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 – February 13, 2020

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February 13, 2020

 

ICYMI: Baltimore Sun Article

Paris was featured in a Baltimore Sun article yesterday about women running for City Council in Baltimore. Paris was interviewed about her experience running as a young women and about why we need more women in public office. She shared her plans to create a Work Group on Women’s Transportation Issues and the first bill she will introduce, which will ban salary history inquiries. Read the article.

We know that women will not be truly represented until we have equal seats at the table, and our City Council is currently only 28% women. In the words of Emerge Maryland Chair Martha McKenna: “If we’re only at 28%, we sure can’t go backwards.” Can you donate $28 right now to make sure we move forward and not backwards?

Event Tonight

Tonight, join residents from around Southeast Baltimore for a Meet & Greet with Paris. Team Paris will be at Castaways from 6:30 – 8pm talking with voters about Paris’ plans for Southeast Baltimore. Hope to see you tonight.

 

5th Pass of the District

We continue to knock on doors every single day. Whether she knocks 600 doors with 10 volunteers on a weekend day, or goes out with a few volunteers on a weeknight, Paris knows that the only way to win this race is by directly connecting with voters. This is why we are already on our 5th pass of the district, meaning that we have knocked on every door at least 4 times! Sign up to volunteer.

 

Upcoming Events

Hope to see you soon!

Team Paris

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