A squeegee worker cleans the windshield of a car at a red light in Baltimore City. Photo by Latrice Hill.

As part of a renewed effort to address interactions between squeegee workers and other Baltimore residents, the city is calling for community input.

Mayor Brandon Scott is inviting residents to a community input session to discuss solutions regarding the city’s squeegee workers from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at New Shiloh Baptist Church.

The Squeegee Collaborative leadership team includes Faith Leach, deputy mayor of equity, health and human services; T. Rowe Price Foundation President John Brothers; and Center for Urban Families President and CEO Joseph Johns.

Over the past months, the team has met with business owners, community leaders, government officials, and local youth to discuss “services needed to support squeegee workers, resources needed to sustain the services, accountability for squeegee workers and motorists, communication and implementation,” city officials said.

The conversation around squeegee workers — a subject of discussion for decades in Baltimore — came to a head in July, after a teenage squeegee worker shot and killed 48-year-old Timothy Reynolds, who had approached a group squeegee workers at the intersection of Light and Conway while wielding a bat.

“This is an issue that has been kicked down the road for more than 40 plus years and I refuse to kick it any more. The buck stops here,” Scott said in a statement. “The Baltimore I am moving us toward is one where no one needs to stand on a corner asking for money. The Baltimore I envision is one where all of our children understand that we are committed to putting in the work to show them that their lives matter and we want nothing but the best for them.”

The public can stay updated on the works of the Squeegee Collaborative by visiting a new website. There, residents can download a toolkit to host their own community conversations, give feedback to the Squeegee Collaborative, and offer volunteer services.

“From the beginning, our work has been rooted in equity and with a strong desire to tackle the broken systems that contribute to the challenges faced by squeegee workers,” Leach said in a statement. “It’s been truly fulfilling to see such a diverse group of people really give their time to help us figure out what can be done to develop and implement recommendations that address challenges that far too many of our young people and their families face on a daily basis.”

Registration is required to attend the Sept. 13 community session and can be done by clicking here.

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Latrice Hill

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...

One reply on “Baltimore leaders invite community input on squeegee workers strategy during meeting Tuesday”

  1. Baltimore is the only city too weak to deal with squeegee brats. It should be illegal and strongly enforced. Wake up Baltimore and stop babying the problem!

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