July 13th, 2016

BUILD Calls on City Council & Sagamore to Delay Port Covington TIF Approval

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BUILD held a press conference in front of UnderArmour Headquarters to call on CEO Kevin Plank to meet with BUILD to negotiate mandates that will ensure the Port Covington development will benefit the ENTIRE city.  BUILD calls on the City Council, Sagamore development, and Mr. Plank to NOT agree to any city-wide benefits agreement without the City conducting a comprehensive independent analysis of the deal.  Any agreement must treat the City of Baltimore as a ‘first in’ investor with a specified ROI on the TIF investment, including a share of all profit on the project, 51% local hiring on all jobs with clawbacks, an equal investment in affordable housing & blighted neighborhoods, and a written guarantee to hold education funding harmless for the udration of the TIF.” Full press coverage is available below, and BUILD’s press release can be read here.

Baltimore Sun – pdf version; Press Reader version

Baltimore Brew

Baltimore Business Journal Real Estate Blog

WBAL Channel 11 News

WBAL Radio C4 Show Interview with Clergy Co-Chair Rev Glenna Huber

WBFF Channel 45 Fox News

 

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June 23rd, 2016

Business notorious for drug activity shut down

Tuesday, June 21, the Mayor and the Baltimore Police Commissioner announced the padlocking of a business under the “public nuisance” statute.

“The Baltimore City Police Department, local businesses and citizens citywide took action together to close down a notorious drug corner that has plagued our community for generations,” said Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, clergy co-chair of BUILD.  Read the Baltimore Sun article here.

 

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June 23rd, 2016

BUILD & Child First Authority win restoration of funding cuts

BUILD and Child First Authority, together with the Baltimore City Council, won the restoration of $4.2 million in cuts to after school and community school programs.  These cuts would have meant that programs begun after the unrest in April would be ended – a “one time boost” as the budget director characterized them does little to create lasting supports for traumatized children and does not create lasting change.  The City Council and Mayor’s office are continuing to negotiate numbers and programs that will cover the cuts.  Read more here and here.

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June 10th, 2016

Child First Authority demands restoration of cuts

cfa protestHundreds of supporters of after school and community school programs gathered in front of City Hall to protest the $4.2 million in cuts to programs that keep children occupied and safe after school.  Read more here: Sun report.

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May 27th, 2016

TIF Hearing May 19

BUILD members attended an informational hearing about Tax Increment Financing, hosted on May 19 by Councilman Carl Stokes.  Read coverage by the Afro here http://www.afro.com/tif-funding-debated-at-baltimore-city-council-meeting/ and Baltimore Brew here: http://bit.ly/1UiHRJd.

 

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May 27th, 2016

BUILD, the GOTV Machine!

April 2016 Mayoral Primary GOTV

BUILD Volunteers – 251  Doors knocked – at least 2,609 

Calls made – 15,000

We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers.  thank-you-1400x800-c-default

 

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April 27th, 2016

BUILD connects Charlestown residents with Sandtown

Baltimore Sun article features Charlestown retirement community volunteers at the block party last weekend.  “Residents were inspired at a meeting with [Elder] Harris, founder of Intersection of Change, a nonprofit for the people of Sandtown [and BUILD member organization], as well as representatives of other agencies helping in Sandtown, including BUILD, No Boundaries Coalition, Habitat for Humanity and New Song Academy.”

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April 6th, 2016

Johns Hopkins & 25 other corporations commit to “BLocal”

Yesterday, President Daniels, Baltimore Gas and Electric CEO Calvin Butler, and 25 corporations collectively pledged to help put Baltimore back to work in coordination with BUILD and Turnaround Tuesday —see Baltimore Sun Article.

The press conference was held yesterday in East Baltimore at Zion Baptist Church, a key BUILD member institution where BUILD has organized returning citizens and residents living in distressed neighborhoods through BUILD’s Turnaround Tuesday initiative for jobs.  In partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Hospital and 23 other employers, Turnaround Tuesday has already placed 108 returning citizens and residents living in distressed neighborhoods in living wage jobs with opportunities for advancement.

BUILD has been and will continue to persistently and relentlessly organize from the ground up to BUILD ONE BALTIMORE.

As reported in the Washington Post article below, Bishop Douglas Miles, BUILD Clergy leader and Co-Chair Emeritus described the announcement as “historic”. 

Johns Hopkins leads $69 million initiative to bring jobs to Baltimore after riots

blocalbaltimore.org

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March 15th, 2016

Mayoral Candidates Pledge Action on Jobs, Safety, Youth

BUILD demonstrates power and commits to making Baltimore a City that Votes at Sundays’s Candidate Accountability Assembly action at Coppin State University.  Candidates Dixon, Embry, Mosby, Pugh, Stokes & Warnock spoke to over 700 in attendance and pledged to add 15,000 jobs or more over the 4-year term, as well as 1000 year-round jobs for youth.  Candidates also pledged support for the BUILD One Baltimore election agenda to make Baltimore a city that’s safe and a city for youth. See media coverage:

WBAL TV

Maryland Morning 3-14-16

Baltimore Sun 3-14-16

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March 1st, 2016

March 13 Candidate Accountability Assembly

If you need a ticket for this limited seating event, contact your organizer!

JOIN BUILD FOR A MAYORAL ACCOUNTABILITY ASSEMBLY

MARCH 13, 4:00PM ~ James Weldon Johnson Auditorium ~ Coppin State University

Click here for the flyer

Hear candidates respond to your demands for the four year term…

A City with Jobs

  • Create 15,000 jobs
  • Employ 1000 youth in year-round jobs
  • Implement youth summer jobs program with skills training

 

A City for Youth

  • Double after-school programs & community schools by adding $8.2 million to the budget
  • Fully fund rec plan {16 rec centers & 4 outdoor, 6 more pools}
  • Ensure safe schools for all

 

A City that’s Safe

  • Station permanent foot posts in the most violent neighborhoods
  • Train Police officers in community relationship building
  • Establish constitutional & equitable policing in all parts of the city
  • Limit gun purchases by the City of Baltimore to manufacturers developing safe-gun technology & distributing to reputable gun dealers

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