Baltimore Sun

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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Organizing in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Maryland IAF

BUILD's Call for Resignation Leads to Dismissal of Police Commissioner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Baltimore Sun

At 12:37am Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, a group with 40 member congregations, schedules a Thursday news conference where they said they would call on Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts to resign. Read more about BUILD's Call for Resignation Leads to Dismissal of Police Commissioner

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Community Organizing in Baltimore, Unrest, Police, Mayor, Rob English

BUILD Pushes City Leaders for Meeting with Sandtown-Winchester Residents

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Baltimore Sun

On Wednesday, BUILD led a group of neighborhood leaders and others into City Hall for the weekly Board of Estimates meeting. They stood up during the meeting and asked Council President Bernard C. Read more about BUILD Pushes City Leaders for Meeting with Sandtown-Winchester Residents

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Development, school funding, Community Organizing in Baltimore, Maryland IAF

Developing Baltimore at the Expense of its Children

Friday, February 13, 2015
Baltimore Sun

Concerning the funding of Baltimore City schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's statement to Dan Rodricks last week on WYPR that "any TIFs and PILOTs have no impact on the wealth calculator" that helps determine state school funding is simply wrong. It defies most of the studies that have been done on this topic and the Baltimore Sun's recent investigative report. Read more about Developing Baltimore at the Expense of its Children

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