Racial Discrimination Complaint Filed against Prince George’s County Dept. of Environment

Dec 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Business, Community, Diversity, News & Features

Prince George’s County is one of the biggest majority-Black jurisdictions in the nation, but a local group alleges those same people didn’t receive fair consideration regarding grant money for a stormwater management program.

The People for Change Coalition, a nonprofit organization that assists minority-owned businesses in the D.C. area, filed a complaint with the county’s Human Relations Commission after an application it submitted along with several others was denied this fiscal year.

Sandra Pruitt, executive director of the coalition, said Thursday that one Black nonprofit, the Riverdale-based Global Health and Education Projects, was awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct an adopt-a-tree program for homeowners.

“We are looking for equity on how the grants are awarded,” Pruitt said. “We say inclusion is [African-Americans] get the project done in our neighborhood and we got paid to do the work. Inclusion is not [Whites] coming in to do the work into Black communities. Our point is we want to do the work.”

She along with other community leaders will hold 10 a.m. press conference Friday in Largo to argue that more Black-led organizations should participate in the county’s Stormwater Stewardship grant program.

Read more at The Washington Informer

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