I want to talk about an important effort I am launching to “Take Pride in Our Community." The objective of this initiative is to promote safer and cleaner neighborhoods in Prince George’s County. This endeavor was motivated by what Council Member Taveras found to be a common challenge in addressing local concerns and conditions in district 2. We need to strengthen our commitment to each other to take greater pride and better care of our County.
Ghandi (1947) claimed, “Sanitation is more important than political independence.” Like him, I believe this is a fundamental policy issue. Where there is trash, there is disorder. Where there is disorder, our children, families, and businesses cannot thrive. In my office, whenever we work on the issue of trash in a neighborhood, reports of crime and a lack of safety soon follow. Despite the challenges, I am confident in our ability to work together to do better for all our residents.
For this effort, we are reaching out to partner with our residents, non-profits organizations, churches, senior homes, civic associations, and schools as well as working across county agencies and across jurisdictions. This is a call to increase our expectations about the quality of life we deserve in Prince George’s County. It is a call for us to collectively take steps toward safer and cleaner communities.
Join me, take the pledge: let’s Take Pride in our community and Prince George’s County. Sign-up with my office online or by calling (301) 952-4436. Get involved with our community outreach and education efforts and sign-up to participate in our local litter free events. Or organize your own special activity to, Take Pride in Our Community.