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Mayor signs Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, helps those dealing with trauma

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 00:23:04-05

BALTIMORE — Local lawmakers want to break the cycle of trauma and violence in Baltimore.

There was a solidarity march from Coppin State University to Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore on Sunday. That's where Mayor Jack Young signed the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act into law.

The Baltimore City Council unanimously passed the measure nearly two weeks ago.

Councilman Zeke Cohen introduced the bill after students demanded action following a shooting at Frederick Douglass High School last February.

"I was so normalized to trauma that I became numb to it. And so, I moved through life with the idea that I was fine. But all along, I wasn't. And so many other people in our city are not okay." Bryonna Harris, a senior at Frederick Douglass High school.

The act creates a city-wide task force of doctors, students, parents and city agencies to help victims of trauma.