District 8 Newsletter #6

District 8 Newsletter #6

A message from your District 8 City Councilmember!

Greetings District 8!

I hope all is well!

Fall is officially upon us and I wanted to share some of our highlights from this summer, check out a few of the great things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Inaugural District 8 Back-To-School Drive

Our inaugural District 8 school supply drive was truly a success! We delivered much needed supplies and backpacks for students in need every school in the 8th district and we were greeted with smiles at every stop. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations and support from my constituents, family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you on behalf of students and families from all across West Baltimore!

Hands on Constituent Service

A vacant property in my District was so overgrown with weeds that the sidewalk was completely impassable, forcing my constituents to walk into dangerous traffic. This is also on a route our youth take to school, so I decided to give them one more “back-to-school” gift and clear it out myself, so that our young people wouldn’t be placed in a harms way. If you see a property in poor condition and represents a safety hazard for your community, please call 311 to report asap and send me the 6-digit service request number! — thanks!

Local Progress Convening Conference 2017

I’m dedicated to learning and growing as an elected official, and one of the best ways to do that is to learn from others.This summer I joined over 100 progressive elected officials from across the country for the 6th Annual Local Progress conference which was convened in Austin, Texas! The purpose of the conference is to provide us with opportunities to network and learn about issues impacting our cities such as inequitable economic development, workers rights, immigrant rights, policing and mass incarceration, public health, affordable housing, and the impact of the Trump administration on our localities. My favorite moments from the convening were joining a rally at the Austin Statehouse against SB4, a dinner with other young elected officials of color, and an amazing speech from former-Congresswoman Donna Edwards!

Strategies and Solutions for Violence Reduction in Baltimore

We live in very difficult times in the City, as we have lost 258 people to violence. This has a deep impact on not only their family members, but it impacts our communities as well. I’ve been working with my colleagues on the City Council’s Public Safety Committee to put forth strategies that are comprehensive,  holistic and promotes a public health perspective to violence reduction. I recently published an op-ed in the Afro Newspaper outlining this perspective. as well we, presented the Live To BeMore Plan (Link), along with Councilmembers Cohen and Scott, at the latest Maryland State Judiciary Joint Committee meeting.

“Violence is a disease and its symptoms are the result of systemic and longtime disinvestment and inequitable policy decisions– and there is no “silver bullet” or easy fix. We must continue to look to policy solutions that are comprehensive and address the root causes of violence—poverty, mental health and education.”

District 8 Community Academy – Baltimore Civics 101

I was so inspired by the amazing turnout at the latest District 8 Community Academy workshop “Local Civics 101: How City Government Works” at the Fred B. Leidig Recreation Center in Beechfield! Having a strong political education, and a deeper understanding of how the system works is critical for local leaders to effectively advocate for the needs of their communities.

We covered several topics like the policymaking process, committee structures, roles of different elected officials and even had a spirited discussion about the proposed Mandatory Minimum Sentencing bill that was before the City Council. Folks are truly passionate about uplifting our city, so I also made sure to encourage them to take the #BaltimorePeaceChallenge and get involved in the Baltimore Ceasefire!

If you missed it, no worries–I plan to do another workshop in the near future!

Last Day of the Edmondson Village Farmers Market 9/30

On behalf of the staff and volunteers at the Edmondson Village Farmers Market, we’d like to thank all of you who made this year’s market season a success! We’d love to have you join us for the last market day on Saturday (9/30/2017) at 4501 Edmondson Avenue to help us close out the year strong.

See you there!

If there is any way I can be helpful, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can reach me by phone by calling (410) 396-4818 or via email at Kristerfer.Burnett@BaltimoreCity.gov

Be sure to have your six-digit 311 Service Request number when you call or email us so that we can track your complaint. 

Also, don’t forget to visit BmoreDistrict8.com to receive District 8 updates, view pending legislation, and get more information on community association meetings.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Be Well,

–Kristerfer Burnett
Baltimore City Councilman – District 8


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