Bill 17-0117, with co-sponsors Ryan Dorsey, Kristerfer Burnett, Bill Henry, Zeke Cohen, Shannon Sneed and Mary Pat Clarke, is scheduled to come before the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee for a hearing at 10 a.m. on February 6.
"It is absolutely essential that we get to the bottom of all of what's being alleged in this case," Councilman Zeke Cohen told ABC2.
Cohen goes on to call the crimes and allegations involving Suiter and the department horrendous and upsetting.
"I'm frustrated by what we're seeing coming from this trial, coming from that DOJ report. We have got to make sure this police department is clean that it is accountable."
"You can't be afraid of conflict," Cohen said Wednesday. "Nothing is going to get better if we remain 'two Baltimores.' I think where our city has struggled is we often have conversations in silos and we have a hard time talking to each other across lines of difference. We saw some of that last night.
"People are hungry for civic engagement. Yes, it’s messy. But they want to be engaged they want to see better. As painful and as wrenching it was, it’s good for our city."
"What I'm seeing in a resolution I'm introducing today in the City Council is that this is a crisis of enduring injustice. That when I was a teacher, and this was a several years ago, we didn't have heat, we didn't have air conditioning, we didn't have drinkable running water because there was lead in the pipes and those conditions in our schools persist until today.
Baltimore City Council's education committee chair, Zeke Cohen, called conditions in some city public schools a "crisis of enduring injustice." He's calling for immediate and ongoing collaboration among city, state and federal officials to improve learning environments.
Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen proposed an emergency resolution Monday in support of Baltimore City Public School students.
Councilman Zeke Cohen, who represents the southeast part of Baltimore, explained on social media that "the inhumane conditions facing students in Baltimore constitutes a crisis of enduring injustice. Today, I introduced a Resolution calling for immediate collaboration between City, State, and Federal officials. Education is a right, not a luxury."
"These problems have been going on for years and years and years, and now is the time for all of us to work together across partisan lines, across city, state and the federal government, to fix what we know is broken in our school system," Cohen said.
Calling the conditions "unacceptable," Councilman Zeke Cohen said he would "fight until my last breath for our schools to get the funding they deserve."
"So, if we had a Willie Don Bull-by-the-Horns Award, I’d give it to Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen for taking on Sheriff DeWees, inviting him to Fells Point for breakfast and a talk. A week later, Carroll’s schools superintendent announced the lifting of the ban on field trips. Props to Cohen. That’s leadership."
Last week, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen met with Sheriff DeWees for a bi-partisan meeting to work towards a solution. DeWees changed his recommendation, and on Friday, CCPS said it would restore field trips to the city.
The relaxing of the ban came a week after Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, a Democrat, invited DeWees, a Republican, to his Southeast Baltimore district for breakfast at the Modern Cook Shop in Fells Point.
Last week, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen met with DeWees for a bi-partisan meeting to work toward a solution.
"We will do everything in our power to keep his (Sheriff Dewees/Carroll County) children and our (Baltimore) children safe, because despite its challenges, Baltimore is beautiful. Our city is a cultural gem," Cohen said.
Our guests this afternoon are two of the newest members of the Baltimore City Council. They join us on Midday to reflect on their service and the urgent affairs of the city, as they complete their first year in office.
"This is why I love Baltimore so much. We have young people who may have had their own challenges and struggles, but are out here giving because they believe in this city," said Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen.
At a time of record violence, the proposal would award millions annually to community-led organizations working to uplift Baltimore youth and address the root causes of violence
“Young people are reclaiming their narrative,” he said. “We know the vast majority of children in our city are compassionate, resilient and care deeply about Baltimore. That’s why this march and the youth fund is so important.”
“At minimum, our citizens deserve for their calls to be picked up,” said City Councilman Zeke Cohen, who read aloud complaints from residents during a Public Safety Committee hearing on the city’s 911 operation. “I think we on the council are feeling that there is a systemic problem happening.”
Education is the key for developing functioning societies, and is appropriately, and necessarily, at the center of political discussion and decision-making at all times. Zeke Cohen, former teacher and education activist, now councilman for the first district of the city of Baltimore, United States, believes current education systems have failed underprivileged children across the U.S. Speaking at the fourth Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, Cohen says, “Education should help youths see themselves in a different light, as leaders, rather than systematically separate them based on their social status. All kids should be taught that by being disciplined, hardworking, and courageous, they can become leaders, thus helping them stay out of trouble.”
The Project Baltimore Town Hall featured Marietta English, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union; Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen; and Carl Stokes, founder of Benjamin Banneker Eubie Blake Academy for Arts & Sciences.
August Baker was walking to school last month when she spotted an abandoned $10 bill sticking out of the grass. Ordinarily, such a lucky find would warrant a trip to the store for new nail polish or some Tastykakes, she said. But not on that September day.
That got them a visit from their councilman Zeke Cohen.
“I gave even though I’m not in the best predicament myself, it feels good giving and blessings will come. That’s what my mom tell me,” eighth grader Chantelle Thomas said.
The students got a chance to share their story with Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, who visited the east Baltimore charter school.
"What do you think it says about Baltimore that you guys were willing to step up?" Cohen asked the kids.
"It is from good people in Baltimore, ones that are not all about killings, and not about everything they say it is," another student said.
April 2017, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) requested school officials perform a safety audit to ensure students are being transported according to state regulations. But as of this week, the Maryland State Department of Education had not finalized a contract to conduct the investigation.
The criticism comes after six people were killed in a crash involving a school bus last year. Councilman Zeke Cohen led a news conference calling for urgency Monday afternoon.
The bus driver worked for a private company contracted by city schools. Five months ago, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the state make safety changes, including an audit of the driver screening process.
"We don't know, and what so damaging is that these young people, when they get up in the morning, they deserve to get safely to and from school. And right now, we don't know because there's no audit," said Councilman Zeke Cohen, Chairman of the Education and Youth Committee.
“This audit should’ve commenced before the last school year finished or at the very latest, over the summer,” City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. “Now we’re back into the school year and they still haven’t selected a firm to complete the audit.”
Councilman Zeke Cohen says its taking too long for the Maryland State Department of Education to implement changes recommended by the NTSB. Chappell was found to have had past crashes on his safety record that City Schools did not know about.
"It makes me wonder, are there other drivers out there who should not be behind the wheel?" he said at the scene of the crash Monday.
Cohen says he inquired about the safety audit in July, and was told that a contract would be finalized with a third party by September 4th.
"It's September 25th," Cohen said. "We're heading into October. It still has not started, and that's what were asking for today."
“The council is standing unanimously behind this resolution calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act,” said City Councilman Zeke Cohen. “This legislation has bipartisan support. Now is the time to act.”
It never hit me until helping to form this organization that no one in my community had bothered to ask me what I thought. No one invested in me until that moment. Later that year, I joined the Baltimore Intersection, a program that taught teenagers civic leadership skills. At the time, the organization was led by Zeke Cohen, whom I am now proud to call my city councilman and mentor.