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Author: Raine    Date: 07/13/2020 13:44:15

In Septemeber of 2018, Bob and I moved to College Park, Maryland. We hadn't planned to move to this specific city much less the specific neighborhood we finally hung our hats. The property and the neighborhood matched pretty much everything on a homebuying wish list. I did most of the research on this very useful website in case you want to know more about where you live.

Fast forward to the hellscape that is 2020. This is College Park.
[large]RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE PARK RENOUNCING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND DECLARING SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES [/large]

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council acknowledge that certain public policies have created wide disparities of well-being and opportunity among Black people in College Park and throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, many of these policies and actions have led to systemic racism in our community and country; and

WHEREAS, the enormous consequence of systemic racism in our community and across the country is that opportunities for employment, housing, safety, wealth, education, health, and other conditions of life quality have been denied or diminished for Black people; and

WHEREAS, Black people are rightly outraged by this country’s devaluation of Black life and humanity; and

WHEREAS, Black people have been targeted, profiled, injured and murdered by law enforcement throughout this country at inexplicable rates; and

WHEREAS, the City of College Parks is comprised of 15% Black residents; and

WHEREAS, past practice and policy of the City of College Park have systemically disadvantaged black residents and the historically black community of Lakeland; and

WHEREAS, these residents deserve justice, fair treatment, and recognition of their valuable contributions to our community without fear.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of College Park must explicitly, directly, consciously, and painstakingly seek out and confront systemic racism; and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Council acknowledge and apologize for our city’s past history of oppression, particularly with regards to the Lakeland community, and actively seek opportunities for accountability and truth-telling about past injustice, and aggressively seek opportunities for restorative justice; and it is further

RESOLVED, that the City of College Park will examine our history and all current policies and programs for evidence of disparate impact based on race and ethnicity; and it is further

RESOLVED, that we will determine if any of our actions, deliberate or unintended, create barriers to equal participation and opportunity for Black people in our community; and it is further

RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council will actively involve and learn from Black people so that we can collectively create policies and practices eliminating barriers to participation, equality, and opportunity; it is further

RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council believe that Black Lives Matter.

ADOPTED by the Mayor and City Council of the City of College Park, Maryland, at a regular meeting on June 9, 2020, and effective immediately.
Our neighborhood has a large recreation field. These are now hung up facing to road.

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I am proud to call College Park Home.

Have a good day and stay safe.

and
Raine
 

11 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2020 15:34:15 by Raine)
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Comment by wickedpam on 07/13/2020 13:29:18
Morning

Look for it where the socks are

Comment by livingonli on 07/13/2020 13:50:51
Sounds like a Monday thing. Raine in search of the lost blog.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/13/2020 14:09:58
Mornin...

Mom told me to take time every day to indulge myself. So here I am.

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Comment by Raine on 07/13/2020 14:36:39
Refresh -- the blog has been updates!

Comment by wickedpam on 07/13/2020 14:39:22
Did anyone get freaking out by Rachel on Friday night? I'm now expecting them to try to arrest Joe Biden in October, probably about a week before then election.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/13/2020 14:41:37
Good morning, bloggers!!!

I am annoyed but not surprised that Trump's acolytes are attacking Dr. Fauci. I expect that Trump will continue to focus attention away from himself.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/13/2020 14:42:34
In some good news, the heat wave is off here for a few days.


Comment by Raine on 07/13/2020 14:46:52
How bout that Washington Team!!??!!

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/13/2020 15:08:32
Quote by Raine:
How bout that Washington Team!!??!!


I saw there is a proposal for the Washington Airmen, to honor the Tuskegee Airmen. It would be a fitting name and bring some brave men into the spotlight again.

The sad thing is it took a lot of pressure from advertisers before the team decided to drop the old name.


Comment by TriSec on 07/13/2020 15:31:41
Morning, comrades.

I'm not driving today, but there are trolley tours being given in the City of Boston. Most of the museums are still closed, though. (Most opening back up on Wednesday with appropriate guidelines.)

We'll see how this goes - so far, this Commonwealth is holding steady.

College Park also has a lovely little airport (Oldest in the US, if I'm not mistaken) and a tidy little air museum on the grounds as well.

Comment by Raine on 07/13/2020 15:34:15
Any stimulus should be directed at the root cause of our recession: dealing with Covid. I know it isn’t popular to talk about in some Republican circles, but we still have a testing problem in this country. My son was tested recently; we had to wait 5 to 7 days for results. My daughter wanted to get tested before visiting her grandparents, but was told she didn’t qualify. That is simply inexcusable at this point in the pandemic.

We could also direct more money for research. Or more temporary hospital beds or therapeutics. If we are going to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars, let’s do it to treat the cause of our economic illness, not just the symptoms.

That said, if politics dictate that traditional fiscal stimulus has to be part of the package, then a payroll tax cut, and tying capital gains to inflation, are likely a politically viable package. The former is one of the rare federal steps that can get money to the middle class quickly; the latter could unlock trillions in free-market economic activity that has been sidelined because of unrealized gains.

Op-ed ___ Look at who authored it.