Politics

By allocating money to focus on where help is needed, we revitalize Baltimore. By helping oppressed communities instead of ignoring them, we raise up Baltimore and return our city to where it should rightly be.

Dante’s Platform is Ever-Evolving, Informed by Activists and Community Members. Below is a summary of his bold ideas!

EDUCATION

$8 Million Baltimore City Teachers Fund
–Used for books, notebooks, pens/pencils, digital devices, and classroom adornments
–Acquired out of former funding for property tax credit
Hire more health educators
Enhance sexual education curriculum in City Schools to underscore healthy relationships and consent, as well as LGBTQ rights
Mandate that all middle schools and high schools provide contraception options
–City will contract with a local hospital to offer IUDs at no charge
Establish Mental Health Month in schools
Establish uniform start/stop times for Baltimore City Schools, and adjust to hours more suitable for a given age (Ex: Later start times for high school students, but earlier for elementary children):
Elementary: 8-2:40
Middle: 8:45-3:25
High: 9:30-4:10

LAND

Mandate all vacant buildings be deconstructed over demolished, which minimizes the risk of harmful pollutants being released into the environment
Remove capability of recovering Adopt-A-Lot for city purposes

WASTE

Moving toward zero waste is the PRIORITY
$40 million in capital funding to build city-owned material recovery facility
Move to 64-gallon recycling bin, 32-gallon composting bin, 16-gallon trash bin system
Hire residents for recycling bin-checking
$15 million in RFPs to build 15-acre municipal composting facility
$10 million in RFPs toward electronics recycling businesses, which will be required to locate in economically-challenged communities
Sell diesel collection trucks and replace them with smaller, more agile, electric collection vehicles
Place large recycling cans on city corners w/ instructions
Mandate commercial recycling and composting
Plastic bag ban after provision of polyethylene grocery bags
Provision of polyethylene grocery bags
Implement Charm City SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) – City offers acceptable bags for waste disposal at three sizes, charging for them – residents already pay per bag – just to the grocery store!
All workers to be unionized
Implement a displaced workers policy from the closure of Wheelabrator Baltimore
Deconstruction of closed Baltimore City Jail site
Deconstruction mandate for all sites, creating more jobs
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for firms that produce non-reusable products

HEALTHCARE

Establish Charm City Care by 2025 (under assumption federal Medicare-for-All is not established) – Residents within 150% of the poverty line to receive $300-$500 per month for healthcare costs, *including* dental

GOVERNMENT

Amending City Charter to provide more, joint-power to city council 
Dissolve the Board of Estimates, replacing it with city council- and mayor-led budget/contract meetings, which will include the comptroller
Participatory Budgeting
– Residents will be shown proposed budget in January each year, and can use an online app to suggest edits (like Virginia Beach)
– Residents can vote every April on proposed budget; if the budget fails, Mayor, City Council, and Comptroller convene to alter budget and City Council will vote on the alternate by end of May or start of June
Move City Council meetings/hearings to 7pm
Adjust business hours to begin at 9:30am and 10am, and end at 5:30pm and 6pm
Eliminate unnecessary positions in the mayor’s office, and assess positions created under the last two mayoral terms
Identify a new leader for the Department of Public Works
Identify a new leader for the Department of Transportation

LAND

Rezone and redefine zones for neighborhoods to be more sustainable – that is, having to travel less for having needs met, such as work, food, et cetera

HOMELESSNESS

Engaging homeless population and allocating funding for housing, similar to PEACE Zones allocation
Collaborate with nonprofits to assist homeless residents with needs (jobs, mental health, education, et cetera)