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Washington DC

WIN Leaders Grab Headlines with Press Conference and Reactions to President's Photo Stunt


WIN Strategy Team member and pastor of Metropolitan AME Church William H. Lamar IV

In recent weeks, Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), its member institutions, and its leaders have appeared in local and national press in response to police violence, the national uprisings that have followed, and the use of force against protesters outside of the White House last week.
 
On Friday, June 5th, WIN leaders held a press conference outside the historical Metropolitan AME Church to stand in solidarity with Black families and communities that have lost loved ones to police violence, and with protesters in D.C. and around the country. WIN leaders made clear that racist policing is but one of many manifestations of systemic racism in our city and country's political and economic landscape.
FULL STORY HERE
Maryland

ACT Won School Transportation Equity of $745,100


I believe this is an equity issue. I met with ACT this week and they told me that [school transportation] has been a problem not just for one year, not just for two years, but going back twenty, thirty, forty years.”
– Councilman Nathan Volke, R-District 3

Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) won a $745,100 restoration to the school transportation budget to fund seven jobs that will address systemic racial inequities, including overcrowding and gross inefficiencies. We brokered a truly bipartisan agreement, splitting the county council among both Democrat and Republican lines while lifting up generations of stories addressing the failings of school transit.

The Capital-Gazette filed an initial article on this action, here.
You can read our co-chair’s Op-Ed in the Capital-Gazette, here.
Illinois

United Power for Action and Justice's Plan to Build 2000 Nehemiah Homes 


Rochelle Foster speaks with WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton about United Power's Reclaiming Chicago campaign

WBEZ in Chicago features United Power for Action and Justice's strategy to build 2,000 Nehemiah homes on the south and west sides of the city.  United Power continues to seek commitments from the Mayor of Chicago, Illinois' Governor and legislators and the private sector to initiate the first phase.
Maryland

BUILD Exceeds Turnout Quota of 100 to Test 111 for Soft Launch of Covid-19 Testing in Partnership with University of Maryland


BUILD leaders leveraged relationships with University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins Hospital to offer community-based testing in Baltimore City hotspots. When it became apparent that residents were unable to easily access the 3 sites and the city health department did not have the capacity to provide community-based testing, we rallied leaders in our member institutions to choose a neighborhood site. Rev Phyllis Felton of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church on the west side of the City volunteered her church, which is near a busy intersection, next to another BUILD church, and beside senior living apartments that were built by the church. Along with four other BUILD member churches, 2 BUILD affiliated schools, and other community organizations connected to BUILD members, we made a turnout commitment of 100.
FULL STORY HERE
Maryland

BUILD's Food Delivery Increases to 730 Families


As a result of BUILD’s relationship with The Johns Hopkins University and strong member organizations Koinonia Baptist Church, ReBUILD Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization, Mt Sinai Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, ReBUILD Metro, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, BUILD began delivering food to 550 families in East Baltimore on April 29 for 16 weeks. Organizing for more funding has allowed us to increase the delivery to 730 families and includes PPE.

Two local food distribution services provide fresh food each Wednesday and a local produce co-op provides fresh produce every other Thursday. Our drivers and site coordinators are paid a stipend for their time, and volunteers contact each family prior to every delivery to make sure they are still and need and will be home to receive the food.
READ MORE ABOUT BUILD'S FOOD DISTRIBUTION HERE
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