Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Delegate Knotts Holds Annapolis Day for Youth With Local Organizations

Annapolis, Maryland, November 18, 2016
 Thirty students participated in the 2nd Annual Annapolis Day for Youth sponsored by Maryland State Delegate Tony Knotts on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., The National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. and Henry's Soul Café co-sponsored the event.  Students from Friendly High School, Oxon Hill High School, Crossland High School and Elizabeth Seton High School elected their leadership, discussed bills, and voted on an "Alternatives to Suspension" Pilot Program bill and an "Extension of Child Support" bill.

MD State Delgate, Erek Barron, gave a rousing keynote address to the students that described his path to his present position as a state delegate.  "I grew up in a single family home.  Through the support of my mom and other mentors, I have achieved far beyond my own expectations.  I have sat in places that included our President and Vice President.  You all are receiving a tremendous opportunity to be here and to understand very early how this place works," he said.

Delegate Knotts told the students to be sure to let their 
friends know about this event for next year. "We want to give as 
many students as we can an opportunity to quickly understand 
how this process works," he said.  Students were then  treated to 
lunch prior to their departure.  Kameron Snider, a student at Friendly 
High School, told the sponsors, "Today's experience was amazing!  
I feel that it is important for us to have a hands on experience about how 
a bill becomes law  and that's what happened today.  D'Airra Clark, 
another student participant, said my experience today makes me 
want to do more to serve my community."

Dr. Valencia Campbell, President of the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. said,  "Getting students engaged is so important for our well being in the community and their growth as student learners and leaders.  This is our second year working with Delegate Knotts and the other co-sponsors.  We are thrilled to see the level of excitement and interest these students show when debating the bills before them. They demonstrated the kind of leadership skills that will put them on a path for exceptional achievement, she said."

Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
Public Relations Department
Publicist, Shawn Hay
Office: (301) 641-0814
Email: heypapipromotions@gmail.com
Website: http://pgcdpc.com/

The Photographs were provided courtesy of Maurice Fitzgerald.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Delegate Tony Knotts 2nd Annual 
Annapolis Day for Youth 

This Saturday November 12th, from 8am to 1pm, please join District 25 Delegate Tony Knotts at the 2nd Annual Annapolis Day for Youth. It will be held in conjunction with the National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of American, Inc., Henry’s Soul Café, and the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Local students from Crossland High School, Friendly High School, Oxon Hill High School, and Potomac High School will be participating in mock legislative sessions, discussing various bills and casting votes. 

You will not want to miss this very special event. It will be held at The Lowe House Office Building, located at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Invited guest speaker will be Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016


At 8am on Saturday October 1st, Friends of District 25 Delegate 

Tony Knotts, will be hosting a prayer breakfast. It will be held at 

Camelot by Martin’s, 13905 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 

20774. Special guest speaker will be Reverend Dr. Joseph W. 

Lyles, Pastor of Fort Foote Baptist Church; Fort Washington, MD. 

For more details, please call 240-772-1636

Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Breakfast--A Great Success!

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. awarded $26, 000 to area high school seniors and college students at the lovely Harborside Hotel in Oxon Hill Maryland. Students from Oxon Hill High School, Friendly High School, Bishop McNamara and St. Stephens and St Agnes High School were among the successful recipients.

Radio and Television personality, Ebony McMorris, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Valencia Campbell , Coalition President, welcomed attendees  to the event.  "We are so excited to honor these outstanding students who are actively involved in their communities.”

Councilman Obie Patterson assisted in the scholarship awards presentation. Ronald Blakeley, Former Associate Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities gave Words of Encouragement.

Special thanks to Cheryle Mines, Scholarship chair, and Coalition Committee Members, 
Duke Haggins, Shirley Allen, and Isabelle DeBurgo.  Please take a few moments to 
enjoy these pictures of the Scholarship Breakfast, courtesy of Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. "Empowering Future Leaders" Scholarship Breakfast 2016

Wednesday June 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM  at The Harborside Hotel (Formerly The Clarion Hotel)
 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (PGCDPC)
is pleased to announce the 
2016 "Empowering Future Leaders" Scholarship Breakfast.

This year, PGCDPC will award $1,000 scholarships to deserving area high school seniors and college students.

The Mistress of Ceremony will be Ms. Ebony N. McMorris, News and Community Affairs Director, Radio One.

Words of Encouragement will be provided by Mr. Ronald Blakley, Former Associate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

Seating is limited. To RSVP, please call:

Dr. Valencia Campbell, President


Ms. Cheryle Mines, Scholarship Chair

Thank you

Monday, March 14, 2016

"Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship" Application for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is pleased to announce the "Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship" for the 2016-2017 academic year.

       The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse. Through our scholarship program, we provide community-based support to families within the county with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a drug free life.

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is pleased to announce the "Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship" application for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more details, please go to the link below. If you know of any deserving students in Prince George's County District 8, please let them know. The application deadline is quickly approaching.

       The scholarship form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below at:

       The application forms are due Monday, May 2, 2016. All qualifying applicants will receive a notice of an award.

       The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. represents one of many local affiliates of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Our national organization consists of a coalition of 25 preeminent organizations. Through the support of our national organization, interested organizational partners, and grassroots members like you, we hope to prevent and reduce illegal drug abuse and related crimes in Prince George's County.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Md. 4th District Hopefuls Get Territorial at Forum

Nine candidates seeking to represent Maryland’s 4th Congressional District talked Social Security, community policing and other topics at a forum Saturday in Fort Washington ahead of the April primary — but things got a bit testy near the end.


As the hopefuls gave their closing remarks, one Democratic candidate, military veteran Warren Christopher, pleaded with the audience at the Harmony Hall Regional Center to pick new leadership.

“There are many people who have had the opportunity to deliver for you," said Christopher, referring to former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and state Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk (District 21), two other Democratic candidates. “They have had 16 years. They have had eight or nine years. If you can’t deliver and bring home the money here to the state, how are you going to bring it home from Congress? How can we continue to move down this path of the same results from the same career politicians?”

Brown took the high road, countering that his plan will continue to focus on the accomplishments of President Obama regarding health care and education.

Peña-Melnyk, who represents both Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties in the General Assembly, particularly took umbrage with Christopher's contention that all the candidates should live in the 4th District, which includes Bladensburg, Forest Heights, sections of Bowie and Laurel and other portions of the two counties.

“My neighbors are in the 4th [District]. The question should be the following: would I represent this district in the manner in which it deserves? Yes,” said Peña-Melnyk, who lived in the 4th District in Hyattsville until moving just outside the area in College Park in 2001. “I know the district. Would any of them get out of their bed at 10 o’clock at night if they get a call from a constituent? Hell no. Would I do it? Yes? Have I done it? Yes.”

Federal law allows candidates who live outside a district to seek election in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as long they reside in the state.

The forum, hosted by the Southern Prince George’s Business and Professional Women, Tantallon Square Area Civic Association and Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition Inc., didn’t feature a debate-style format, but those in attendance received voting information and other materials for the April 26 primary, which begins with the early-voting period from April 14-21.

In a heavily Democratic region, the winner of the primary would likely replace Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland), who’s seeking the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Voter Education and Issues Forum 12pm Noon, Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition Inc., along with the Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Women's (SPG-BPW) organization, and the Tantallon Square Area Civic Association are collaborating to emphasize the importance of voting in the upcoming 2016 primary and general elections. On Saturday February 27, 2016 from 12oon to 2:00pm candidates seeking the 4th Congressional seat will be in attendance to share their views on important community issues. Additionally, information about voter registration and election materials will be available to residents. This event will take place at Harmony Hall Regional Center (Concert Hall) located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744 from 12noon until 2:00pm. 

Linda Fihelly, President of the SPG-BPW said, “Our members and supporters are especially interested in the election of candidates who demonstrate concern for more protections against domestic abuse and violence, equal pay for women, and paid leave for those who need it”. Dr. Valencia Campbell, President of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. pointed out that, “Members want to hear more about resident and candidate views on treatment options for those suffering from substance abuse”.

Candidates who have been confirmed to be in attendance include: The Honorable Delegate Joseline Pena Melnyk (democrat), The Honorable Glenn Ivey (democrat), Rob Buck (republican),  Warren Christopher (democrat), The Honorable Anthony Brown (democrat), Robert Broadus (republican), and Terence Strait (democrat), Matthew Fogg (democrat), and Kamesha Clark (green).

For more information about the sponsoring organizations visit their websites http://www.bpwmaryland.org/, or http://www.pgcdpc.com/, or call (240) 416-0435 regarding the upcoming forum.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Stop The Violence" March and Forum January 18, 2016

 Across the U.S.A. there are daily reports of escalating violent acts in our communities. In Prince George’s County, Maryland, the home of the most affluent (per capita) African-American population, overall crime has reduced by 17%, but violent crime has spiked. In fact year to date (2015) homicides have increased by more than 25% (from 54 homicides in 2014 to 76 ytd in 2015).

In an October 1, 2015, White House briefing after a gunman killed 9 people and injured 7 more in Umpqua Community in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack H. Obama stated, "We have become numb to this." The Mayor of Seat Pleasant, MD in Prince George's County, Eugene W.Grant, and President of the 27 year old youth organization, Global Development for Youth, who called for the countywide March, responded, "Well, we have heard our President and our Stop The Violence March and Forum is intended to send a strong message that we want the violence to stop. We are pleased with the overwhelming support of our message and with those who have decided to join the march to help us take concrete actions to Stop The Violence."

The Stop The Violence March and Forum which was held on 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Day-January 18, 2016 was the 
beginning of a yearlong campaign that seeks to raise 
awareness about escalating violence in our communities, 
promotes sustainable prevention programs, and shares 
information regarding successful intervention services 
available to Prince George's County residents.

The March has a three-pronged approach: to Enlighten, Educate, and Empower. The March is designed to enlighten residents about 
the issues and impacts of violence through the March. The Forum is to educate the public on ways to identify violent tendencies 
and resources that may help them. The yearlong campaign 
will empower the people through a series of 
workshops, seminars and classes.

The marchers met at FedEx Field (Redskins Stadium) on Garrett Morgan Blvd. at 7:30am. Afterwards there was a forum 
that began at 12:00pm Noon at Jericho City of Praise. 
Coalition member, Dean Jerome Schiele, Bowie 
State University College Of Professional Studies, 
served as the moderator at the forum.

The Coalition, which was well represented, was a 
co-sponsor along with a host of elected officials, clergy, 
community groups an activists for the event. Mayor Grant's 
Global Development for Youth nonprofit was the 
lead organization. The Prince George's Suite, as well as 
various radio and television stations covered the event 
which took place at the Jericho City of Praise church 
in Landover, MD. Please take a moment to enjoy 
viewing the photographs ( Photos 1 and 2 above, 
which were taken courtesy of Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Congratulations Coalition Member Leticia Forrest, 2015 Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Woman of the Year (SPG-BPW) Woman of the Year

The Prince George’s County Drug Policy, Inc.  congratulates Coalition member Leticia Forrest on her selection as the recipient of the 2015 Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Woman of the Year Coalition (SPG-BPW). Coalition President, Valencia Campbell, nominated Leticia for the 2015 SPG-BPW award.  She was selected to receive the award based on her broad experiences mentoring young women, her commitment in supporting nonprofits in the community, her efforts to successfully operate a business for more than 15 years and her work managing the prestigious service academy nominations which allowed young women and men to gain access to these institutions. 
In addition to receiving awards from the local SPG-BPW chapter, Leticia also received a proclamation from the Prince George's  County Council, as well as citations from the Governor,  and U.S. Senator for Maryland Barbara Mikulski. Please join us in congratulating Leticia and saying thank you for her years of dedicated service to our communities. Also, please take a moment to view the pictures of the commemoration events below.

  Leticia Forrest speaking at  the County Council ceremony
in the hearing room in Upper Marlboro Maryland.


Award recipient Leticia Forrest poses for a photo with Prince George’s County Councilmembers,  Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Women and the SPG- BPW Employer of the Year Virginia Callas, who is the Executive Director of Unity Economic Development Corporation

Leticia Forrest, with Coalition President Valencia Campbell,
showing her citations and proclamations at the Maryland Business and  Professional  Woman of the Year (BPW/MD 2015) Fall Conference in Hagerstown, MD.




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Delegate Tony Knotts Hosts Annapolis Day for Students

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 Maryland District 26 Delegate Tony Knotts, former County Council Chairman and Council Member for District 8, hosted a 2015 Legislative Day for youth in in Annapolis, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m . 

The goal of the event was to encourage more students to learn how the legislative process works and become more aware and involved in the political process. Through a mock session in Annapolis, students had the opportunity to discuss selected bills, cast their votes, and understand the importance of having their voice heard on issues of critical concern to them and their community. Schools invited to participate included Crossland High School, Friendly High School, Oxon Hill High School, and Potomac High School. Delegate Knotts wanted the focus to be on high school students who may not normally be interested in government, “Our goal is to provide greater exposure for youth in the areas of policy and government.”              

The 2015 Legislative Day for youth in in Annapolis was held in conjunction with the National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Henry’s Soul Café, and The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.

Please take a few moments look at the photographs taken of the event, courtesy of Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald.
 Students on Their Way to Vote on Their Bills

Coalition Members Valencia Campbell, Cheryle Mines,
Volunteer Jennifer Shanks, and National Harbor Chapter 
of Jack and Jill Leader Colette Gresham Listening  to  Mock Teen Leader


Teen Students Gather to Listen to Delegate Tony Knotts
National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill Cosponsors

MD State Delegate Michael Jackson Advising Teen Participants 
Coalition Members with Volunteer Helper Jennifer Shanks

Teen Participants Voting on Their Leadership

Delegate Tony Knotts with wife, Mrs. Wanda Knotts
More 2015 Mock Teen Participants