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Mayor Brandon Scott Among New Co-Chairs Of ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’
By CBS Baltimore StaffFebruary 8, 2022 at 8:50 pm
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott is one of 10 new co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a gun violence prevention organization started by then-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2006. In 2013, the group partnered with Moms Demand Action to form Everytown for Gun Safety.Top VideosBob Turk Has Your TuesdayNight Weather
The new co-chairs are the first since the coalition’s founding in 2006. The co-chairs announced include Tampa, Florida Mayor Jane Castor; New York, New York Mayor Eric Adams; Chattanooga, Tennessee Mayor Tim Kelly and St. Louis, Missouri Mayor Tishaura Jones.
“Cities across the country are experiencing the harsh impacts of gun violence, and my city of Baltimore is no exception,” Scott said in a statement. “I am so honored to serve as a co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and join with other mayors across the country to advocate for meaningful change.”READ MORE:Maryland Weather: Mild, Dry Days Heading Our Way
“City leaders like Mayor Scott are on the frontlines of America’s gun violence epidemic, but they can’t win this fight without help from leaders at all levels of government,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Every corner of America has been touched by gun violence, which means that every elected official needs to put ensuring public safety ahead of scoring political points.”MORE NEWS:Bowie State University Student’s Artwork Featured On Products In Target Stores Nationwide
The newly announced co-chairs of the coalition will serve two-year terms. During their tenure, the co-chairs will provide leadership for the coalition and advise on priorities and policies.
Baltimore mayor signs order protecting immigrants as city renews funding for lawyers for potential deportees
By IAN DUNCAN
BALTIMORE SUN |
AUG 07, 2019 AT 11:15 AM
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an executive order Wednesday directing city agencies to protect immigrants and approved new funding for lawyers to represent residents facing deportation.
The Democratic mayor took the steps after immigrant communities have faced the prospect in recent weeks of federal raids promised by Republican President Donald Trump.
“As a Welcoming City, we firmly believe in respecting the rights and dignity of New Americans,” Young said in a statement. “As such, we would like to ensure that the newest members of our community are extended the same rights and protections the rest of our residents and visitors enjoy.”
The mayor’s office said the order is designed to encourage immigrants who are the victims of crime or witnesses to feel comfortable dealing with the police. It builds on a policy Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison set out last month, prohibiting city officers from telling immigration agents where people they’re looking for are.
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Harrison said in a statement that he supported Young’s order and that it would remain the police department’s policy not to inquire about people’s immigration status.
“Public safety demands that all members of the community trust law enforcement officers and feel comfortable and safe when they report crimes,” Harrison said.
City Solicitor Andre Davis said the order affirms and clarifies existing policies.
He said officials are also working on a second order that would ensure people can deal with the city government in a language they know.
Also Wednesday, the mayor and the rest of the city’s spending board approved $150,000 for lawyers to represent city residents facing deportation. The city launched the program last year in a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based nonprofit organization, and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, a legal services group.
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The total funding for the coming year for the Baltimore program represents a cut of $50,000. Last year, Vera provided $100,000 to match a $100,000 contribution by the city; that money is no longer available. Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, the director of the mayor’s immigrant relations office, said the new figure was developed based on an assessment of last year’s caseload.
When Baltimore was said to be among 10 cities U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted last month for roundups, the immigrant relations office reminded people who could be taken into custody of the ability to get a lawyer through the city fund.
Prince George’s County is also part of the Vera program, along with 10 other jurisdictions across the country. The Prince George’s County Council voted in May to increase its funding for the program from $200,000 to $300,000.
The Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition said in its annual report for 2018 that it represented 20 detained people from Prince George’s and 19 from the city of Baltimore that year. The organization says its ultimate goal is to provide a lawyer for every detained immigrants who could not otherwise afford an attorney.
Gustavo Torres, the executive director of CASA de Maryland, an immigrants’ rights group, said the policies enacted in Baltimore ought to be a model for other parts of the state.
“As our communities continue to face attacks at the national level, Mayor Young has once again stepped up to ensure that immigrants are welcome in our city,” Torres said in a statement.
Ian Duncan is a former City Hall reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He started out in 2012 writing about the courts, and previously covered the military and the intelligence community. He covered the case against the Black Guerrilla Family gang at the Baltimore jail, the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death and the resignation of Mayor Catherine Pugh.
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