Maryland State Senator Honored For Defending The Homeless | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Maryland State Senator Honored For Defending The Homeless

Play associated audio
At the 20th Annual National Homeless Persons' Memorial, one banner features a handwritten list of names of people who died while homeless, in and around D.C., in 2009.
Rebecca Sheir
At the 20th Annual National Homeless Persons' Memorial, one banner features a handwritten list of names of people who died while homeless, in and around D.C., in 2009.

By Rebecca Sheir

In 2009, Maryland became the first state to extend hate-crimes protection to homeless people. An advocacy group has named the state senator who sponsored the legislation the National Homeless Advocate of the Year.

At last night's candlelight vigil commemorating the dozens of homeless people who died in the National Capital Region this year, Maryland State Sen. Alex M. Mooney received the award from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

"My view is we're all created in the image and likeness of God," Senator Mooney said to the crowd outside Union Station. "That applies to everybody, homeless or not. And I thought it only makes sense to do that for Maryland, to include them in the hate crimes statute," said Mooney. "I hope it sends a message that homeless people should be treated with respect and dignity and supported."

Maryland's U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently sponsored a federal bill to extend hate-crimes protection to the homeless, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider that bill on Christmas Eve.

NPR

Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
NPR

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.
NPR

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Sen. Menendez of New Jersey has been indicted on corruption charges. These are the first criminal charges brought against a sitting U.S. Senator in seven years.
NPR

U.S. Creates First Sanctions Program Against Cybercriminals

President Obama signed a new executive order that will allow the administration to freeze the assets of any individual or group involved in "malicious" cyberattacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.