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The Paris Post – January 16, 2020

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January 16, 2020

 

From Baltimore, For Baltimore

 

Last night, we reported our fundraising numbers from the past year. Our campaign is truly a locally-funded, grassroots movement powered by a belief in Baltimore, and our numbers prove that. See more here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to every single supporter, whether you donated $1 or $1,000. Your support enables #TeamParis to keep connecting with voters in Southeast Baltimore and sharing Paris’ plans for safer neighborhoods and improved City services.

We have come a long way, but we still need your help to get us through to Election Day on April 28th. Please consider making a contribution today.

Pastries with Paris

Our Pastries with Paris events have begun, and they’ve been a huge success so far! See more here.

Every Tuesday morning, Paris holds open office hours at a different coffee shop around the First District, giving folks the opportunity to come talk with her and enjoy pastries and coffee provided by the campaign. Find out when Paris will be coming to your neighborhood coffee shop.

 

Connecting with Constituents

As you know, #ParisHasAPlan to improve constituent services in the First District. She understands that many residents feel forgotten by our City government and believes that everyone deserves a Councilperson who works tirelessly for them every single day. This is what she talks about with voters on the doors, and her message is really resonating. See more here.

 

Upcoming Events

Happy New Year!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – January 2, 2020

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January 2, 2020

 

Happy New Year

A message from Paris…

 

2020 is finally here! When I started this journey nearly a year ago, it felt like 2020 was decades away. Thanks to you and all of your support, 2019 was a fantastic year of meeting people across Southeast Baltimore and hearing all about why our community needs someone who will focus locally and fight for us on the City Council. 

Now that we are less than 4 months away from Election Day on April 28, 2020, we are in crunch time. I’m going to need your support now more than ever. I know I can count on you… just like you know you can count on me to do everything I can to serve the First District when I’m elected. 

Thank you for your continued support, and Happy New Year!

 

Pastries with Paris

Now that 2020 is here, we are excited to finally launch our Pastries with Paris program. Paris will be holding open office hours at local coffee shops around the District every Tuesday morning from 7am – 10am. This will be an opportunity for neighbors to meet and talk with Paris while enjoying free pastries and coffee provided by the campaign.

The first Pastries with Paris will be this upcoming Tuesday, January 7th at Cafe Latte’Da in Fells Point. Join Paris this Tuesday, or find out when Paris will be coming to your neighborhood coffee shop.

 

Our Next Fundraiser

Join Team Paris for our next campaign fundraiser on Tuesday, January 7th at Chilango’s in Fells Point. We will celebrate the beginning of 2020, review all the progress we’ve made so far, and start the official countdown to Election Day.

This happy hour is just one day before our first critical finance deadline of the campaign. You know Paris will be a tireless leader for our community when she is elected to the City Council, but she needs our help in order to get elected. Your ticket to the Happy Hour will directly go towards Paris’ campaign efforts.

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.

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Our team is still looking to hire Field Organizing Fellows for the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for high school or college students to gain experience in politics. If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, you can learn more about our fellowship program and apply online here.

 

Upcoming Events

Happy New Year!

Team Paris

The Paris Post – December 19, 2019

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December 19, 2019

 

ICYMI: It’s official

On December 10th – 96 years to the day since the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress – Paris officially filed to run for Baltimore City Council. See more here.

 

In The Community – holiday edition

At this time of year, there are many festive activities happening around the First District to ring in the holidays.

Paris has been busy attending as many of these events with her neighbors as possible, like the Patterson Park Pagoda Lighting ceremony and the O’Donnell Square Lamppost Lighting celebration.

 

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Our team is looking to hire Field Organizing Fellows starting in 2020. This is a great opportunity for high school or college students to gain experience as a political operative. If you or anybody you know is interested in applying, please direct them to parisbienert.com/fellowship.

 

Upcoming Events

Help Team Paris ring in the New Year with a Happy Hour fundraiser. We’ll celebrate the beginning of 2020 and all the progress we’ve made so far on our campaign for Baltimore City Council!

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.

Coffee! Carbs! Your candidate! Starting in 2020, Paris will be holding open office hours at local coffee shops around the District every Tuesday morning from 7am – 10am. This will be an opportunity for interested voters to meet and talk with Paris while enjoying free pastries and coffee provided by the campaign. Find out when Paris will be coming to your neighborhood coffee shop!

 

We hope you and yours have a very Happy Holidays. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.

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

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