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


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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:


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!


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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February 20th, 2016

BUILD Signing Up Thousands to Vote in 2016 Mayoral Election

Only 11% of the city’s eligible voters exercised their right to vote in our last Mayoral primary in 2011.  We will make Baltimore a city that votes in this year’s April 26 Mayoral/City Council primary. Join faith institutions, community associations, schools and individuals working together to register new voters and sign people on to the BUILD One Baltimore Election Agenda.

Click here for schedule

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February 6th, 2016

TRF/DP and BUILD revitalize neighborhoods

Sean Closkey, President of TRF Development Partners (BUILD and TRF’s development entity), and Pastor Calvin Keene, BUILD Strategy Team describe our successful efforts in continuing to rebuild East Baltimore.  Click here to read the article.

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December 16th, 2015

BUILD wins 375 jobs for the City

One quarter to BUILD One Baltimore from kindall rende on Vimeo.

After calling on CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell to meet, after marching to CareFirst to demand a meeting, after attending three Health Services Cost Review Commission meetings and testifying with personal stories and professional expertise, the HSCRC worked together to negotiate a small rate increase & hospital contribution to add 375 community health care workers to – and from – distressed ZIP codes across the state, primarily in Baltimore City. Read more here.

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November 30th, 2015

BUILD’s Outrage & Hope at Blessed Sacrament Prayer Service

Along with congregants from St. Matthew Catholic Church and other faith institutions around the city, BUILD leaders expressed outrage and grief at the 311 murders so far this year, along with other acts of violence.  Calling out businesses, council members, and other faith leaders for their lack of action, and asking individuals to stop and think instead of acting out of revenge or retaliation, BUILD pastors and community leaders also expressed hope.  Read more here from the Baltimore Sun, and ABC2 news overage here.

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November 30th, 2015

BUILD Supports 1000 Jobs Proposal

BUILD attended the Health Services Cost Review Commission meeting on November 18 to show its support for the 1000 Jobs Proposal created by seven area hospitals.  One-quarter of one percent in a hospital reimbursement rate would fund these 1000 primarily health care outreach worker jobs in distressed areas across Maryland, mostly in Baltimore City.  The HSCRC staff recommended against the rate increase (click here for more info), but BUILD testified to the importance of the jobs to both improve city residents’ health and to address the entrenched poverty at the root of April’s unrest.

Read more here: Funding in jeopardy for 1,000 new jobs



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November 3rd, 2015

BUILD takes 58 people to CareFirst HQ

BUILD attempted today, November 3, 2015, to get a meeting scheduled with CareFirst CEO Mr. Chet Burrell to discuss the 1000 Jobs plan put forth by seven area hospitals.  Security at the building refused entrance to a group of five people and to deliver the request for a meeting to Mr. Burrell.  Click here for more details and Q&A about the specifics of the plan, as well as why we want to meet with the CEO of CareFirst.  News coverage from the Sun here and the Baltimore Business Journal here.


Turnaround Tuesday participant shows what 1/4 of 1% looks like.


After being refused entrance to the building, we show our CareFirst membership cards.

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