Wilmington City Council Newsletter November 10, 2022

Upcoming Open-Door Session with President Congo


Wilmington City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, II, is inviting members of the public to speak with him during his next Open-Door Session scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, from 4pm to 6pm.

The Open Door Session will be held at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 19801 on the 9th floor in President Congo’s office.

This will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions directly to President Congo, address issues, and discuss topics of concern to establish strong communication channels between constituents and President Congo. If residents are not able to make it to council meetings, or a committee meeting, and want to talk about how the City Council can work together with residents to make our City better, please attend the next Open-Door Session to have your voice heard.

President Congo’s upcoming Open-Door Sessions are as follows:

Nov. 16, 2022 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 800 N. French Street, 9th floor President’s office, Wilmington, DE 19801
December 15, 2022 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 800 N. French Street, 9th floor President’s office, Wilmington, DE 19801

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact President Congo at 302-576-2140 or econgo@wilmingtonde.gov.


Upcoming Public Safety Committee Meeting

Join us in-person or online for our upcoming Public Safety Committee Meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022. You can visit https://www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com/event/ps-committee-meeting-24/ for the full agenda.

Citizens wishing to be heard on agenda items are encouraged to voice their concerns by attending the meeting in person at the Committee Room, located on the first floor of the Louis L. Redding City County Building at 800 North French Street, or by accessing the meeting via Zoom by visiting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83189372672 with Webinar ID: 831 8937 2672. Or by Telephone by dialing: (929) 205-6099 or (301) 715-8592. You will be asked for the Webinar ID. Please enter 831 8937 2672 and then #. You can press # again when prompted to immediately enter the meeting.

For a guide on how you can join via Zoom, visit https://www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/111422-Public-Safety-Committee-Meeting-ZOOM-Instructions.pdf


Upcoming City Council Meeting

Join us for our upcoming City Council meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 6:30pm. We urge you to participate by visiting Wilmington City Council’s award-winning website here, on our Facebook page here, on WITN22 YouTube page here, online at WITN22.org, on TV by tuning in to Comcast Channel 22, or via Zoom by visiting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82344639541.


FREE Expungement Clinic event to be held on Tuesday, November 15

The Delaware Office of Defense Services (ODS) is partnering with McCarter & English, city of Wilmington officials, and community organizations to host an expungement clinic at the William “Hicks” Anderson Center in West Center City on November 15th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Individuals can meet one-on-one with attorneys from the ODS, pro-bono attorneys from McCarter & English, and staff from the Delaware Department of Labor’s APEX program to learn about the process to clear one’s criminal record. Financial assistance is available to help individuals pay for their certified criminal history and for the necessary court filing fees.

People can visit ods.delaware.gov/expungements to learn more about expungements. To register for the clinic, individuals should follow the link here, or scan the QR code on the flyer above. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged.

The event is free and open to the public.


Community Members are Recognized during Wilmington City Council’s Regular Meeting on November 3rd

Members of the community are recognized by the Wilmington City Council in the Council Chambers during their regular meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Louis L. Redding City County Building in Wilmington, DE. Photos by Yesenia Taveras, Director of Communications for Wilmington City Council.

Wilmington City Council held its Regular City Council Meeting in the Council Chambers and online on Thursday, November 3, 2022. City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, II, extended special recognition to Kristina Kelly and Keandra McDole.

Left: Kristina Kelly and Right: Keandra McDole receive recognition by City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo, II, on Thursday, November 3, 2022, during the Wilmington City Council’s Regular City Council Meeting. Photo by Yesenia Taveras, Director of Communications for Wilmington City Council.
Ms. Kelly is a community organizer, mother, and small business owner, who has been a voice for greater fairness and equity in law enforcement practices for all Delawareans. She began her activism in 2015, following the tragic death of Jeremy McDoleand the resulting findings from the Attorney General’s office regarding the case and she is a Smart Justice Ambassador with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware, who uses her passion for police reform and her experiences to impact legislative change. Ms. Kelly also uses her skills as a researcher and data analyst to assist groups and organizations that advocate for systematic changes in policing.

Ms. McDole is a Wilmington, Delaware native. She is a wife, mother, community leader, and police reform activist who is committed to equity and fair treatment for all Wilmingtonians. In 2017, Ms. McDole received a full scholarship to attend Wilmington University and has been a driving force behind reforming Delaware’s use-of-force statute which had been in place for more than 70 years. Ms. McDole was named a Smart Justice Ambassador by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which she uses as a platform to advocate for issues related to policing, prison, reentry, probation, and expungements. She has stood alongside the Citizens for Judicial Fairness, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Pastor Blaine Hackett to support diversity on the Delaware Chancery Court.

Members of Sisters on a Mission (SOAM) receive recognition by 3rd District Council Member Zanthia Oliver during the Wilmington City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Louis L. Redding City County Building in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Yesenia Taveras, Director of Communications for Wilmington City Council.
Zanthia Oliver, the 3rd District Council Member of the Wilmington City Council, also extended special recognition to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Sisters on a Mission for their outstanding efforts to provide resources and support to those affected by breast cancer.

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has served 1,204 breast cancer survivors, has lobbied for legislative changes regarding breast cancer benefits, supported cancer research, coordinated 849 mammograms and 16 cervical screenings through its Women’s Health Screening program, provided $63,000 in financial assistance to residents diagnosed with breast cancer through the Breast Care Fund, and, through their Annual Breast Cancer Updates, attracted over 400 medical professionals, survivors, and members of the general public to discuss breast cancer in Delaware and beyond.

Sisters on a Mission (SOAM), was founded in 1991 by Ms. Cynthia Church, who is a 31-year, two-time breast cancer survivor. The organization’s co-founders are Chevala Oliver, who was a caretaker during her late mother’s battle with breast cancer, and Geraldine McIntosh, also a breast cancer survivor. At its start, SOAM was the only African American breast cancer organization in the State of Delaware. Through their educational awareness, support group meetings, and one-on-one conversations, this organization has provided a safe place for hundreds of women to give and receive support as they face the challenge of breast cancer.

To view the recognitions and the city council meeting in its entirety, visit the link here.

Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served

In observance of Veterans Day, Wilmington City government offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022. The Wilmington City Council thanks and salutes all those who embraced their duty to protect and serve our country.
Media Contact: 
Yesenia TaverasDirector of Communications
302-576-2585 | Cell: 302-757-5748
Email: ytaveras@wilmingtonde.gov
City Council Website: www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com
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