State Funding for Education: BUILD organized with MD IAF and the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) to restore $18 million in state funding for Baltimore schools and $94 million state-wide. BUILD joined BEC to meet with legislators in Annapolis, testify at hearings, make phone calls and emails, and helped turnout 2000 parents, students, and teachers on a rainy night to call for restoring the cuts. This was the largest turnout in Annapolis from Baltimore since the Thornton rally.
MD Dream Act: BUILD joined MD IAF and Casa De Maryland to pass the historic MD Dream Act which allows immigrant students who attend Maryland schools and parents pay income taxes to attend community college for 2 years at in-state tuition and then have the opportunity to attend Maryland universities.
Child First PlaySmart Sports: BUILD helped lead Child First’s efforts to launch a new sports program starting with Rokkball, a dynamic baseball program that makes the sport fun, concentrating on learning fundamentals and working hard while playing to rock-n-roll music.
Making Darley Park Safe: In response to the tragic murder of 12-year old Sean Johnson, BUILD acted quickly to call on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to allocated a permanent police foot patrol to keep the neighborhood safe. BUILD is working with Major Melvin Russell, Eastern District Police Commander, and the Mayor to improve public safety and provide opportunities for neighborhood youth.