MIMA May Newsletter

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May 2019

Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young

On May 2, 2019, Bernard C. “Jack” Young was sworn in as Baltimore’s 51st mayor. Mayor Young served as President of the Baltimore City Council from 2010 to 2019 and for 14 years prior to that as a District Councilman. Mayor Young has spent his time as a public servant aggressively representing the interests of the citizens of Baltimore. He made his mark in city government with a reputation for highly effective constituent services and for a dedication to youth, seniors, education and public safety. He was the force behind the establishment of the Children and Youth Fund, a $12 million non-lapsing fund dedicated to supporting Baltimore’s children, youth, and young adults.

A native East Baltimorean, Mayor Young has championed efforts to increase government transparency, fight for equitable housing opportunities, and bolster funding for education. The Mayor believes neighborhood development is the key to increasing Baltimore’s population, decreasing vacant homes, and improving its local economy. In all, Mayor Young has driven the development of more than 80 affordable housing projects in neighborhoods throughout the city.

MIMA's Strategic Plan: Tell us What YOU Think!

MIMA Strategic Plan

Don't forget to provide feedback to MIMA’s 2019-2020 Strategic Plan. The public comment period ends on June 2, 2019.

We want to hear from you!

Important Information about City Services During Cyberattack

On May 7, the City of Baltimore experienced a cyberattack. The attack caused City employees to lose access to email and many other computer systems used on a daily basis to serve the residents of Baltimore. In the meantime, MIMA has developed information in multiple languages regarding critical city services. Please click here

MIMA en Español

Información Importante sobre los servicios de la Ciudad de Baltimore durante el ataque cibernético

Grant Opportunities

South Baltimore Gateway Partnership - Summer 2019 Community Grants Cycle

The South Baltimore Gateway Partnership Summer 2019 Grant Applications will open on July 1, 2019 at 10:00 am and close on August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For more information please visit SBGP’s website.

Herbert Bearman Foundation - Fall Grants Cycle

The Herbert Bearman Foundation, Inc., seeks to fund programs in greater Baltimore, Maryland, and prefers funding specific projects. Grants will be awarded to only 501(c)(3) organizations. The formal granting process is biannual in the spring and fall. To apply, a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be received by by June 15 for the fall cycle and can be sent to mbearman@comcast.net.

Snapshot of Our Community: Census Focus Groups

Focus Group

During the month of April, MIMA conducted focus groups in French and Spanish to gather additional feedback and recommendations to the City’s Census 2020 Action Plan. During the sessions, constituents from countries such as Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico were able to provide valuable information that will be useful in MIMA’s outreach strategies to Limited English Proficient communities and therefore ensure that EVERYONE COUNTS in Baltimore during Census 2020.

Partner Spotlight: Planned Parenthood of Maryland

Planned Parenthood of MD

Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM) is a not-for-profit family planning agency that provides high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for women, men and teens. Many of our patients have no other health care available to them. PPM’s mission is to enable all Marylanders to have access to a wide range of high quality, affordable reproductive health care services. By providing medical services, education, training, and advocacy, PPM seeks to help individuals make informed decisions about their reproductive health, family planning options, and sexuality.

This year, PPM’s education team is launching a Community Peer Education Program that will train both teen and adult leaders in the Baltimore immigrant and refugee community on a range of sexual, reproductive and relational health topics. They will give Peer Educators the training, tools, support, and a stipend to create and implement educational sessions in their communities. To apply contact Valerie Pasquale, Education Coordinator, at valerie.pasquale@ppm.care or 443-615-7080.

National Happenings

Did you know that the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, or H.R. 6, would put 2.5 million Dreamers and immigrants eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) on a pathway to citizenship.

In Maryland, approximately 64,000 immigrants could be eligible for protection under the Dream and Promise Act. These individuals live with 129,900 family members; among those family members, 32,400 are U.S.-born citizen children.

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Dream and Promise Act last week. The Bill is advancing to the House floor for a full vote. Check the Center for American Progress for more information and iAmerica on ways to take action.

Dream and Promise

Image courtesy of iAmerica

Calendar of Events

2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
May 31st, 5pm to 9pm
Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue

St Nicholas Greek Folk Festival
June 6th - 9th, 12pm to 11pm
701 Ponca St, Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Painting and Pride: The Work of René Treviño
June 6th, 6:30pm to 7:15 pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Mera Kitchen Collective’s Refugee and Immigrant Art Feast!
June 8th, 11:30am to 3pm
2640 Space
2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218

Walk-in Tour: Love Is Love: A Pride Celebration
June 8th, 1pm to 2 pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Open Hours: Soccer Without Borders
June 8th, 2pm to 5pm
Wyman Park Dell
2929 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

2019 AIDS Walk and Music Festival
June 9th, 8am to 1pm
Power Plant LIVE!
34 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

Short Kuts Show: I’m Coming Out!
June 14th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

College Bound Foundation’s 18th Annual Rising Senior Seminar
June 15th, 8am to 1pm
University of Baltimore, The Angelos Law Center
1401 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore's 9th Annual World Refugee Day 2019 Family Festival
June 15th, 12pm to 3:30pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore 21224

Greater Baybrook Alliance Annual Celebration 2019
June 21st, 6pm to 9pm
Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225

Baltimore Corps Elevation Awards Annual Showcase
June 24th, 6:30pm to 8pm
Studio 4
235 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202