For many Muslim women, swimming with their children and women friends can be difficult because they must remain fully covered in front of men. So when asked our Muslim leaders if we could help them get a place to swim without men present, PATH was there. It turned out to be an issue for other women who were not comfortable swimming with men. PATH worked with the Columbia Association to negotiate a women’s only swim time at the Columbia Indoor Swim Center. The story went viral and Columbia Association received hate calls and emails locally and from across the country. More than 60 PATH leaders came out on a cold rainy night, two days before Thanksgiving, to make sure the Columbia Association Board kept the swimming time despite the backlash.
In the News
Council agrees to PATH ask – Orders independent analysis of TIF proposal
As the Howard County Council reviews a historic public financing deal tied to the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, Council Chairman Calvin Ball called for an independent analysis of a $90 million public financing tool that warrants what he calls a “thorough, independent and critical review.”…
People Acting Together in Howard, a large community organization in the county, called for the independent analysis at a hearing on Thursday.
Great write up of PATH Solidarity Campaign in the Jewish Times
In direct response to last December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., which left 14 dead and 21 injured, Howard County faith leaders and People Acting Together in Howard, a broad-based community action group, held several interfaith dialogues as a way to fight against anti-Muslim sentiment.
“After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, PATH began having conversations with members of the [local Muslim community] who were feeling uncomfortable and like they were being watched and targeted,” said Jake Cohen, lead organizer at PATH…
Take Action: Sign the Petition to Keep the Stormwater Fee and Join PATH on Tuesday, Jan 19, 6:45pm at the Council Hearing
County Executive Kittleman and County Councilman Fox have proposed to eliminate the Stormwater Fee, which generates roughly $10 million annually to keep pollutants out of the Chesapeake Bay, and instead to take that funding from the General Fund. The current fee helps provide funding for programs like the READY Program (created by PATH, the Alliance for the Chesapeake, and the county), which employ local youth to do stormwater remediation and develop job skills. If the funding were forced to come from the general fund, it could take away from funding for other important PATH initiatives, such as increasing transportation for seniors, increasing affordable housing in Howard County, and improving educational opportunities for young people. Long term, it could also harm the READY program if Howard County experiences a fiscal downturn and the general fund decreases.
The County Council needs to see that County residents support the Stormwater Fee as it exists today. Please sign the petition below to Keep The Fee and join PATH on Tuesday, January 19, 6:45 pm, at the County Council Hearing (George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, MD) where they will vote on this important bill!