Baltimore Sun

Police Contract, Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, Community Organizing in Baltimore

Baltimore Brings in New Lawyers to Restart Police Contract Talks

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Baltimore Sun

....The Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, a leader with the community group Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, said the city and the union urgently need to reach a deal.

“With everything that the city is facing in terms of violent crime, it’s essential that the mayor and police union leadership get on the same page with each other,” said Connors, whose group has pushed city leaders to fight violence.... Read more about Baltimore Brings in New Lawyers to Restart Police Contract Talks

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Gov. Hogan, Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Metro IAF, DNSIB

BUILD: Gov. Hogan, What is Your Plan to Stop Violence in Baltimore?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Baltimore Sun

Dear Governor Hogan,

I am writing in my capacity as pastor of the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. For the past year, our congregation has set aside part of our weekly worship to remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence. Each week, we have held up purple ribbons as we prayed, each ribbon representing a life lost to gun violence in Baltimore. We have prayed. We have grieved. And now we are moving those prayers out of the sanctuary, into the street and finally to our elected officials. Read more about BUILD: Gov. Hogan, What is Your Plan to Stop Violence in Baltimore?

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Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, Community Organizing in Baltimore

Pugh Defends Approach to Baltimore Crime, BUILD Responds

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Baltimore Sun

....The Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, co-chairman of the advocacy group Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, said Pugh should make her crime plan available for the public to review. Read more about Pugh Defends Approach to Baltimore Crime, BUILD Responds

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Arnie Graf, democracy, Civic Engagement, IAF

Politicians Should Trust in the People They Hope to Represent

Monday, November 7, 2016
Baltimore Sun

In the summer of 1971, I went to Chicago to train as an organizer at the Industrial Areas Foundation (I.A.F.), which was founded in 1940 by the late Saul Alinsky, a colorful personality who is widely regarded as the father of community organizing.



Of the many things he talked about during that training, he made two points that have stayed with me over the course of my 45-year career spent organizing in Baltimore and across the country.... Read more about Politicians Should Trust in the People They Hope to Represent

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Baltimore, Neighborhood Revitalization, Oliver, East Broadway

BUILD Revitalizes Oliver & Broadway East Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Friday, December 2, 2016
Baltimore Sun

....In the aftermath of the killings, local residents and churches, as well as the organization Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development, called for action.

The result was a $10 million agreement with the Reinvestment Fund, a community development organization. A little more than a decade ago, Oliver had 623 abandoned houses.

There are now 188 rebuilt units, mostly two- and three-story rowhouses. There's a whole block of North Broadway that has been restored to splendid Victorian appearance.... Read more about BUILD Revitalizes Oliver & Broadway East Neighborhoods in Baltimore

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Youth Programming, City Budget, Rob English

BUILD Preserves $4.2 Million in Investments in Families and Youth

Friday, June 17, 2016
Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council leaders reached a budget deal Friday, likely averting a threatened government shutdown and preserving $4.2 million in funding for children and teens....BUILD rallied hundreds to protest the mayor's proposed spending plan that would have cut $4.2 million from youth programs. English commended Young and Councilwoman Helen Holton, the budget committee chairwoman, for taking a stand against it. Read more about BUILD Preserves $4.2 Million in Investments in Families and Youth

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Jobs, after-school programs, accountability assembly, mayoral candidates

BUILD Secures Commitments from Baltimore Mayoral Candidates

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Baltimore Sun

Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, asked the leading mayoral candidates to commit to creating more jobs and expanding after-school programs for children before about 700 people at Coppin State University. At BUILD's urging, the candidates agreed to create the jobs over four years and to spend an additional $8 million annually on afterschool programs by their final year in office.

"We look forward to holding them accountable," said Rob English, the lead organizer of BUILD. Read more about BUILD Secures Commitments from Baltimore Mayoral Candidates

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Urban revitalization, East Baltimore, Calvin Keene, Memorial Baptist

BUILD Re-Shapes Market Dynamics For Baltimore Redevelopment

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Baltimore Sun

"Within days following the 2002 murders of the Dawson family, who were killed in retaliation for one member's testimony against area drug dealers, 400 people from Baltimoreans United in Leadership (BUILD) and the city's Oliver community stood in front of the Dawsons' firebombed home and vowed to not let those seven deaths be in vain. The group organized and made a strong commitment to changing the neighborhood. Read more about BUILD Re-Shapes Market Dynamics For Baltimore Redevelopment

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Andrew Conners, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Jobs for Prison Returnees

Hospitals to Create Up To 375 Jobs for Disadvantaged City Residents

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Baltimore Sun

"We really see systemic challenges in Baltimore, and someone just saw the ability to address it," said Andrew Foster Connors, senior pastor at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. "It's less than the number of jobs we wanted, but it's a great start."

The pastor is also co-chair of the interfaith community organization Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, or BUILD, which had rallied for the jobs and brought supporters to meetings of the state Health Services Cost Review Commission, which sets hospital rates and approved the jobs plan Wednesday. Read more about Hospitals to Create Up To 375 Jobs for Disadvantaged City Residents

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Baltimore, New Police Commissioner, Community Trust

BUILD Hopeful About New Commissioner

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Baltimore Sun

"Leaders of a community coalition that called for the resignation of Anthony Batts say the city has an opportunity for a fresh start after the police commissioner's firing. Read more about BUILD Hopeful About New Commissioner

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