BUILD – Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development – is a broad-based community power organization, rooted in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and congregations. We are non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial, and dedicated to making our city a better place for all Baltimoreans to live and thrive. For more than 35 years, BUILD has worked to improve housing, increase job opportunities, and rebuild schools, among other issues. We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States.

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Next event, Strategy Session July 23, 6:30pm.  Click here for more details, and check back often for actions and meetings!


In March of 2014, BUILD completed the largest listening campaign in our history. Through individual and small group conversations with over 5,240 people who live, work, and worship in Baltimore, BUILD identified four top issues that will guide our work in the coming years:

1. Jobs and Employment

2. Crime and Safety

3. Youth Opportunities

4. Schools and Education

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Latest News & Updates

Measures for safer guns, more responsible distribution

Metro IAF members David K. Brawley, Otis Moss III, David Benke and Joel Mosbacher urge President Obama and federal agencies to use their purchasing power to influence gun manufacturers.  Read their Op Ed here: http://nyti.ms/1J6dy4U.

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BUILD issues call to new police commissioner

“Don’t look back – this is a new day – where do we go from here?” –Bishop Douglas Miles, Clergy Co-Chair Emeritus On Wednesday, July 8, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake replaced Commissioner Batts by appointing Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis as Interim Commissioner of Baltimore City Police Department. See the following for more detail: BUILD hopes to [...]

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