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April 2021: What's up at PPNA? And Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Dear Neighbors,

Thanks for tuning in to hear more from our friends at Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ-Baltimore), and to learn about what’s going on at PPNA during the Virtual Community Meeting on April 12, 2021.

Here’s the recap of what you missed. We’ve also provided contact information and hyperlinks to recommended resources for you to get more information.

Full meeting recording is available, below!


  • Postcard drop: PPNA is seeking volunteers to walk the neighborhood for a postcard drop. We’re dropping a postcard in the mailbox of every home in our neighborhood! Click here to express interest.

  • Safety: PPNA Safety Committee is continuing to collect names and contact information for any homeowners or renters with a security camera. The PPNA security camera database has been instrumental in helping to reduce crime and secure convictions at the Baltimore Police Department. Contact to add your name to the database.

  • COVID vaccine: Effective on April 12, 2021, everybody in Maryland ages 16+ is eligible to receive the covid vaccine. Pre-register for an appointment at or

  • Trash and illegal dumping: To report bulk trash and illegal dumping: Submit a ticket through the 311 app. Then, send your SR number via email so that we can follow up with dispatching an alley clean up crew. We’re here to help! Larry Nunley, Community Liaison for Department of Public Works (, Zeke Cohen, Councilperson for Baltimore City District 1 (, Dave Werkmeister, President of the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association (

  • Matt Achhammer is the Community Liaison for the Baltimore City Liquor Board. Contact Matt at or 410-241-6525. Click here to view the current guidance (March 25, 2021) from BLLC to establishments on reopening policies.

  • Shaakira Gill is the Community Liaison for City Council President Nick Moseby. City Council Meetings and Board of Estimates meetings are held virtually and open to the public. Contact Shaakira: 443-692-7356 or


  • April 12, 2021: Effective today, everybody in Maryland ages 16+ is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. Pre-register online at or

  • April 15, 2021 at 5:00p: Taxes 101 on Briefings with Brooke Lierman. In this webinar, Brooke will be joined by representatives of the Maryland CASH Campaign to discuss personal income taxes, recent changes to the law, and where to find support and resources. RSVP here.

  • April 16, 2021 at 1:00p: Virtual Presentation on Patterson Park--The Jewel of Baltimore's East Side. Register here.

  • April 17, 2021 at 9:00a: Join the Baltimore City Department of Public Works for an Earth Day Celebration, with free paper shredding, trees and mulch, and reusable bags. Located at 201 North Bend Road Baltimore, MD 21229.

  • April 20, 2021 at 12:00n: Marijuana in Maryland on Briefings with Brooke Lierman. In this webinar, join Brooke in discussing different aspects of marijuana policy with Delegate Jazz Lewis and representatives from the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition. RSVP here.

  • April 24, 2021 at 10:00a: Join the Friends of Library Square for Library Square day! Free mulch, composted soil, and plants for your block or your garden. Free and family-friendly. Located at 158 N Linwood Ave.

  • May 8, 2021 at 2p: Join Benevolent Bubbles for Bubbles in the Park, a socially-distant, family-friendly bicycle bubble cruise in Patterson Park. Contact:


What’s up at PPNA? With Board Members and Neighbors

  • We learned our Sector bounds and met our sector Vice Presidents. Our sector Vice Presidents can be your first point of contact for raising issues that affect your area.

  • The PPNA strategic priorities of 2021 are

    • (1) outreach and engagement

    • (2) diversity and equity with an anti-racist lens.

  • The PPNA Board + Committee Chairs met in March 2021 for a Retreat to plan out upcoming directions and opportunities for neighbors to get involved.

  • Here are some things we’re working on this year. How do YOU want to get involved? | Raising awareness | Door-knocking and walking | Sharing resources | What are our boundaries? | Who are my neighbors? | Welcoming others | Composting | Sustainability | Block and alley clean-ups | Social media presence | Collecting data | Community projects | Learning from each other | Reducing barriers | Organizing dumpsters | Partner organizations | Food distribution | Advocacy | Membership | Fundraising | String lights | Camera network | Safety | Transportation | Walkability and Bikeability |

  • Contact:

Liz Simon-Higgs and Lilly Chapa, SURJ-Baltimore

  • SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

  • Learn more about SURJ-Baltimore or connect on Facebook. Learn more about the national SURJ organization.

  • SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. The main values of SURJ are accountability, taking risks, calling people in (not calling people out), and education around personal learning and growth.

  • Liz and Lilly are volunteers in the Baltimore Chapter. SURJ works closely with leaders of District 46, throughout East Baltimore and Southeast Baltimore. In District 46, SURJ focuses on education and political advocacy.

  • Contact Liz:

  • Contact Lilly:



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