May 16th, 2014

MD IAF turns out over 1000 leaders for Accountability Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates

IAF activists to Md. gov. candidates: We want a public relationship, not a ‘booty call’.

Check out the Washington Post coverage of our recent action as leaders from BUILD (Baltimore City & County) and sister Industrial Areas Foundation organizations PATH (Howard Co.) and AIM (Montgomery Co.) demand a response from gubernatorial candidates to their 5000 person listening campaign.  Click here for the post.

 

 

 

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April 17th, 2014

MD IAF Gubernatorial Accountability Forum: Wednesday, May 14th, 7-9 PM, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church

Our Listening Campaign Requires a Response from our Gubernatorial Candidates!

BUILD has listened to over 5,000 residents throughout Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. Please join us as the Gubernatorial Candidates respond to the top issues we heard.

Leaders from BUILD (Baltimore City and County) and sister Industrial Areas Foundation organizations PATH (Howard County) and AIM (Montgomery County) will come together:

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM

at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Baltimore, 21239

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April 17th, 2014

BUILD in the News: “The Mayor, the Money and the Meeting”

Check out WYPR’s recent coverage of BUILD’s work on jobs: “The Mayor, the Money and the Meeting”

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April 17th, 2014

BUILD in the News: “Angry BUILD leaders blast Mayor for not supporting jobs program”

Check out the Baltimore Brew’s recent coverage of BUILD’s work on jobs: “Angry BUILD leaders blast Mayor for not supporting jobs program”

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April 16th, 2014

BUILD in the news: “Mayor says she won’t fund job-training program, sparking debate”

Read more about the Baltimore Sun’s coverage of BUILD’s recent efforts to get Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to come to the table on a jobs strategy for Oliver and Baltimore: “Mayor says she won’t fund…”

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April 8th, 2014

Press Statement: Don’t Arrest Me, Hire Me

PRESS STATEMENT

DON’T ARREST ME, HIRE ME:

BUILD Gets “NO” From Mayor on Jobs Proposal for Oliver, BUILD leaders gather to strategize response

Baltimore’s residents are crying out for living wage work. Over the last three months, BUILD leaders from over 40 congregations and schools across Baltimore City conducted a massive listening campaign to ask more than 5,240 Baltimoreans about the top challenges facing their families. The number one response was jobs.

BUILD has a proposal that would put Baltimoreans to work immediately. Since July of 2013, BUILD leaders had been working with the Mayor’s office to develop a proposal to put 50 residents of the Oliver community to work in a pilot transitional jobs program that could be replicated across the city. BUILD has committed $1.2 million dollars to fund the majority of the program, and asked the Mayor to invest $594,000 over three years to get the program fully funded. BUILD has been waiting for over five weeks for the Mayor to respond with a date to meet about this proposal. “She can’t find $200,000 to invest in unemployed Baltimoreans that would come back to the City in income taxes? That’s sad,” says Mr. Melvin Wilson, leader on BUILD Citywide Jobs Team. “It’s a public-private partnership designed by the neighborhood that pays for itself. What more does she want than people taking responsibility for their own neighborhood?”

On April 8th, BUILD leaders will gather with our unemployed brothers and sisters seeking work to demand a meeting from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on the number one issue for Baltimore’s citizens. “We are angry with this Mayor. We are tired of what this Mayor is not doing,” says Rev. Marshall Prentice, Pastor of Oliver-based Zion Baptist Church. “So we will do what we have to do until we get a response. If she doesn’t like our plan, then what’s her plan? We’ve got to get Baltimore working and we want a meeting about it.”

No Way Forward Without Jobs

Local pastors and residents see the consequences of unemployment in Oliver – and other communities in Baltimore – everyday: crime, drug dealing, and violence. “I was recently incarcerated, and I saw people come back into prison because they couldn’t support themselves when they got out,” says Dominic Rabey, a member of Oliver-based Zion Baptist Church who is working with BUILD to make this jobs program work. “I need a job, bad. I have to work.”

Rev. Calvin Keene, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Oliver who has fought with BUILD to redevelop the community for years, agrees: “If you try to separate public safety from jobs, you’re going to fail. All these programs they’re looking at now are the same things we’ve done before, just with a different name. It’s time to do the hard work of looking at the big issue: jobs.”

Baltimore incarcerates the largest percentage of residents of any major American city. It costs $36,500 to imprison someone at the Baltimore City Detention Center. Through BUILD’s proposal, the City could help adults enter sustainable career paths for $11,887 per trainee. Wages paid to trainees would reinforce the local economy.

A Proposal Rooted in A Record of Success

The proposed program is based on years of successful “development unusual” by BUILD in East Baltimore. For more than a decade, BUILD has worked with The Reinvestment Fund to redevelop the Oliver neighborhood, attracting over $40 million dollars of public housing funds, decreasing the abandonment rate by 67% and raising the median income by 54%. 82% of workers employed in Oliver by TRF are Baltimore residents, and 55% are African Americans.

BUILD’s jobs proposal is different from other employment programs because it is tied to an actual job. The pilot program would serve 50 adults from Oliver and local neighborhoods over 3 years. After a brief orientation, participants would get trained on job sites, receiving tools, uniforms, a living wage paycheck at $10.69 an hour and a variety of social supports to help workers succeed. The one-year training program leads directly to apprenticeships with the International Painter’s Union. BUILD has already lined up $1.2 million to fund the almost $1.8 million program.

“BUILD’s program is real and it works,” says Tyesha Tucker of Zion Baptist Church, a leader on the BUILD Jobs Team. “It starts with a job at the beginning of the day, and at the end of the day are the supports and services to maintain that job.” By offering a living wage, this program will provide a strong alternative to the underground economy. BUILD developed this program as a strategy to reduce crime in the area while continuing to rebuild the neighborhood.

One step in a Larger Campaign

In 1995, BUILD led the passage of the first “Living Wage” in the country, a model that has now been replicated around the world. BUILD is committed to a long-term focus on jobs to create again the kind of transformational change on the number one issue facing Baltimore.

This campaign for local employment is one step in an ongoing campaign to increase real- opportunity employment for Baltimore residents. Baltimore residents do not need development as usual, construction projects flush with public subsidies and tax dollars with weak minority and local hire rates. We need public officials aggressively pursuing large scale training programs connected to the real construction jobs coming to Baltimore.

 

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April 4th, 2014

DON’T ARREST ME, HIRE ME: BUILD Leaders to Gather to Demand Mayor’s Response on Jobs! Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 6:30 PM

PRESS ALERT

DON’T ARREST ME, HIRE ME:

BUILD Leaders to Gather to Demand Mayor’s Response on Jobs!

    

Contact: Ojeda Hall, Lead Organizer, BUILD, 443-253-9338, omhall10@gmail.com

Contact: Rev. Calvin Keene, Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church, 410-340-1130, pastor_ck@comcast.net

Contact: Rev. Marshall Prentice, Pastor, Zion Baptist Church, 410-837-4181, pastorprentice@hotmail.com

 

Who: Over 200 BUILD leaders from over 40 congregations and schools throughout Baltimore, including 40 Baltimoreans who are looking for work

When: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Memorial Baptist Church, 1311 N. Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21213

What: BUILD has a proposal that would put Baltimoreans to work immediately. It has been on the Mayor’s desk for months. BUILD has committed to put $1.2 million of our own money from our development work in Oliver into this proposal, and has asked the Mayor to invest $594,000 over three years.  For well over a month, the Mayor has neither responded to the proposal nor set a date to meet with BUILD about the proposal. “I was recently incarcerated, and I saw people come back into prison because they couldn’t support themselves when they got out,” says Dominic Rabey, a member of Zion Baptist Church in Oliver. “I need a job, bad. I have to work.”

 

On Tuesday BUILD will bring together more than 200 leaders to talk about what we are going to do to get the Mayor to meet with us and respond to our proposal. We will teach our jobs proposal and hear stories of those who are unemployed and seeking work, and then lay out our next steps to get the Mayor to meet with us or a plan to find her if she won’t meet. “We are angry with this Mayor. We are tired of what this Mayor is not doing,” says Rev. Marshall Prentice, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church. “So we will do what we have to do until we get a response.”

 

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October 18th, 2013

BUILD U Session 3: Moving Into ACTION! Sat., Oct. 26th

BUILD U Session 3: Moving Into ACTION!

 

 

 

BUILD is continuing it’s 3 part training series through BUILD U.

“Choosing the BUILD Way:  Practicing the Habits of Thinking, Relating & ACTING!”

Place:            Cardinal Shehan School 5407 Loch Raven Blvd Baltimore MD 21239

Date:              Saturday, October 26, 2013

Time:              9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Continental Breakfast  included)

Cost:               $25.00* course fee for all 3 BUILD U training sessions;

If you are only attending session 3 – $10

* Scholarships available on request.

 

RSVP:  Sherrell Savage, ssavage0114@gmail.com

or Gwen Brown, buildiaf@verizon.net

 

Using case studies, learn how to:

  • Design an effective work plan for an issue
  • Develop a functioning action team around an issue
  • Learn how to use organizing in congregational development

Core team development:

  • Making core teams operational with work-plans and timelines
  • Running effective house meetings and moving into ACTION with BUILD

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September 27th, 2013

Session 2: BUILD 101 Make-up session Oct. 17th

 

BUILD is continuing it’s 3 part training series through BUILD U.

Session 2: BUILD 101 Make-up session Oct. 17th *

*If you were unable to make the second session of BUILD U on Sept 12, please join us for a makeup session.

 

“Taking it Deeper: Turning Local Problems into Successful Solutions”

Place:    Brown Memorial Park Ave Presbyterian Church

1316 Park Avenue  Baltimore, MD  21217

Google link:  http://goo.gl/maps/uMA8a

 

Date:   Thurs. Oct. 17th

Time:   6-8 pm

Cost:   Included in $25.00* course fee for all 3 BUILD U training sessions

* Scholarships available on request.

RSVP:  Gwen Brown, buildiaf@verizon.net

 

We will have light refreshments to take into your sessions, so that we maximize our time together.  

 

Training Breakouts with case studies will be:

  • Individual Meeting
  • Church growth
  • Power for transforming your school/neighborhood 

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September 4th, 2013

BUILD U Session 2 on Sept. 12th!

Upcoming Training:

BUILD is continuing it’s 3 part training series through BUILD U. Training is centered on understanding BUILD’s history, launching deeper listening in our institutions and communities, and moving us to action. Building power by building community!

BUILD 101 Session 2: “Taking it Deeper”
Thurs., Sept. 12th 6:00-8:30 pm
Place: St. Matthews Catholic Church (Cardinal Shehan School) 5407 Loch Raven Blvd.

BUILD 101 Session 3:  Sat.,October 26th 9am-12pm
Place: St. Matthews Catholic Church (Cardinal Shehan School) 5407 Loch Raven Blvd.

Cost: $25.00* Scholarships available

*One-time fee for participation in any or all of this 3-session training series.

Info: buildiaf@verizon.net, 410-528-0305

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