August 30th, 2015

SNAP Benefit Change Alert

As of September 1st of this year, Maryland Food Supplement Program (or SNAP/EBT) is transitioning from a 10-day distribution period to a 23-day period. There are many positives involved with this change (store stocks will be more consistent, for example!) but during the 5-month transition. some program participants may find that they have to wait an additional 1-5 days for their benefits to become available on their card. It is very important that we help raise awareness about this transition period and help program participants understand how this transition will affect them and their households. Our Mobile Farmers Market team will be equipped with flyers to share with all of our EBT customers for the next few weeks; please help us spread the word within your communities as well. Additionally, if you know of any emergency food distributors in your communities, please share with me so my team can help direct folks who might need a little help during those extra days without EBT funds during this transition.

Shelley Brosius, Community Market & Outreach Coordinator, rffcommunity@civicworks.com, (443) 531-8346

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August 23rd, 2015

Connecting police and community

Article by BUILD clergy co-chair Rev Andrew Foster Connors: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-08/building-baltimore.

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August 23rd, 2015

July 23 Strategy Session

 

Nearly 100 people attended BUILD’s strategy session on July 23 at St Matthew’s Church, to learn how to get people at their organizations/institutions involved in the BUILD OneBaltimore Campaign. BUILD OneBaltimore will hold 2016 candidates for Mayor and municipal elections and elected officials accountable to: organize employers to create high quality job opportunities for all citizens, create equitable & adequate policing in all neighborhoods across the city, and to Work with elected officials and corporate leaders to increase youth opportunities by expanding after school, community school and recreation programs.

Attendees also got voter registration training and are certified to register residents to vote!

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July 19th, 2015

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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July 10th, 2015

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 work with Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner

BUILD issues call to new police commissioner

 

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July 10th, 2015

BUILD calls for resignation of Police Commissioner Batts

The BUILD strategy team voted unanimously to call for Commissioner Batts’ resignation, an action not taken lightly.  Following the uprising, BUILD met with and made requests a number of times of the police commissioner.  Our biggest request was for a public plan to address the spike in violence (42% increase in murders, shootings almost doubled).  Some arrests did take place at hot spots in a few neighborhoods, but a plan was never announced and the violence continues.   The knowledge that officers were not following their commander is what brought us to the conclusion that waiting to act would be aiding and abetting a dangerous situation.

Read more here.

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July 4th, 2015

Hundreds fill St. Peter Claver for June 22 action

BUILD One Baltimore – making two cities one – is the theme of BUILD’s latest campaign to craft an agenda for the 2016 Mayoral and Municipal elections and to increase employment among city residents in distressed neighborhoods.

Read all about the action  here.

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July 1st, 2015

BUILD Responds to Unrest Following Death of Freddie Gray

“Baltimore [is] a tale of two cities: A downtown that has been completely redeveloped and uptown communities that have been neglected for years. That’s what you’re seeing right now, a spillover of really 40 years of benign neglect; of young people who feel they no longer have a stake in the city’s future.” Bishop Douglas Miles, pastor at Koinonia Baptist Church and BUILD Clergy Co-Chair Emeritus

Following the death of Freddie Gray, BUILD stepped up its presence in Sandtown-Winchester by going door to door with the No Boundaries Coalition to hear the concerns of residents. In the days of unrest and the weeks following, BUILD listened to over 200 residents over one weekend, led clean-up efforts, and organized community leaders to demand action from Council President Jack Young and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Batts.

More jobs, and constructive opportunities for youth lead residents’ concerns in the wake of the unrest.

“The crime problem is a jobs problem.” Melvin Wilson, Turnaround Tuesday leader and volunteer

Click on the links to the right to read more.

 

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June 18th, 2015

BUILD One Baltimore Action Date CHANGED to Monday June 22nd 6:30 pm St. Peter Claver

Please join us on the new date for the BUILD One Baltimore Action:

Date: Monday June 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm Gathering Time

Place: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church

1526 N. Fremont Avenue

Stand with us to aim the city towards action that will BUILD One Baltimore.

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March 4th, 2015

Education Tool: Understanding the Threat of Proposed Education Cuts

Get the details of the proposed $35 million state funding cut to Baltimore City Schools with the BUILD 2015 Education Cuts Presentation, by Rev. Andrew Foster Connors.

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