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Community Meeting, December Minutes

Hey Neighbors,

Thanks for making time for the December 9 PPNA Community Meeting, at the start of your holiday season! Here's a recap of what we covered:


  • Memberships: PPNA is membership-oriented organization. Become a member or renew your membership today! This is a great time to renew your memebership; members in good standing who have attended two or more Community Meetings can vote in the PPNA Board Elections, forthcoming in January 2020. Contact Daniel with any questions/concerns:

  • Communications Revamp: Check us out online! PPNA has a new website. Know of a great neighbor, project, opportunity, or news feature? Get in touch with Taylor at so that we can spread the word.

  • PPNA Elections: PPNA Board Elections for 2020 are upcoming at our January 13 meeting. Seeking candidates who want to be involved with PPNA leadership and support our community. Reach out to to start the conversation.

  • New domestic violence hotline for Baltimore City provided by Baltimore Turnaround

  • Support a neighbor and local author: Arlene Grant recently released a new single, 'Choose Love,' and is the author of a children's book, Ballerina in a Box, featuring encouraging messages about sustainability and hope. Order now.

Committee Happenings

  • Safety Committee: PPNA hosted the SE Baltimore Juvenile Justice Forum on December 17, 2019. Missed it? Check out the recap here. Contact Arch for follow up:

  • Economic Development Committee: PPNA released the First Annual Hyper-Local Holiday Gift Guide in 2019. 'Tis the season to shop local! Know of another entreprenurial neighbor who should be featured in 2020? Contact Megan for follow up:


Duane Williams, Candidate for Baltimore City Council, 13th District

  • Our neighbors in Patterson Place, a sector of PPNA, are residents of the 13th District in Baltimore City.

  • Duane will prioritize sociopsychological and socioemotional support for law enforcement officers in doing their jobs, with regard for building trust throughout the community.

  • Duane is a passionate advocate and mobilizer for youth in Baltimore City. Duane will prioritize community-school collaborations and reinforcing community-school relationships.

  • Duane will focus on bringing job readiness and employment opportunities to Baltimore City.

  • Duane will concentrate on building relationships, engaging residents, and working together to tackle city-wide challenges.

  • Learn more:

  • Contact Duane:

Dante Swinton, Mayoral Candidate

  • Dante is a Masters degree holder in non-profit management, and has a background in community organizing.

  • Dante will focus on a zero-waste economy, which will help with creating jobs and having a more sustainable economy.

  • Dante will invest resources into high-crime areas, with the intent of reducing crime and improving infrastructure.

  • Dante will work to keep local money local, with regard for supporting local developers, small business owners, community centers, community-owned agencies, and local jobs.

  • Dante will tackle domestic violence and sexual assault by bringing visibility and support at the community level for resources and education.

  • Dante will continue to revamp public transit and improve infrastructure.

  • Learn more:

  • Contact Dante:

Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilman, 1st District

  • Zeke is committed to the Kirwin Foundation initiative, fighting for equitable funding for Baltimore City schools, and investing in early childhood education and teacher pay/teacher accountability.

  • PPNA was selected as one of five Baltimore City neighborhoods to participate as a pilot for the micro-community policing initiative, and a recipient of the Open Society Institute grant. This collaboration will allow neighbors to have a stake in what community-policing will look like, according to the unique needs of the area.

  • Zeke proposed the Trauma Responsive Care Act, aiming to pass in to legislation in February 2020. How do we support victims of trauma, and their families? What resources are available to them? 56.3% of children in Baltimore City have experienced one or more major traumatic events, including violence, homelessness, food insecurity, parent that is addicted, parent that is incarcerated, etc. The Trauma Responsive Care Act will create a citizen-lead task force to create metrics on measuring trauma in children across Baltimore, train all of our city agencies on understanding the brain science and social mechanisms of trauma’s effects and trauma response, and review city policies and procedures with an eye towards reducing instances of repeat trauma.

  • Contact Zeke:


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