The Baltimore Fishbowl
April 8, 2019
BUILD Calls on Corporate and Civic Sectors for a Radical Vision and Collective Leadership
The current scandals plaguing City Hall only highlight a more urgent truth: Baltimore has operated for too many years without a clear vision or strategy, one that is independent of changes in our political leadership.
As Baltimoreans, we simply cannot wait around for, or depend upon, any one single politician to cast a strategic vision. It is the job of a broader sector of leadership to create, support, and champion that vision.
The last time we had a vision for our city that transcended a single political leader was the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor. Unlike that vision, the new vision we dream of today must include all of Baltimore. BUILD has begun this work by listening to thousands of people across our city. Based on what we have heard, our new vision must prioritize the youth of our city, the safety of our families, and the employment of our citizens; it must also make access to affordable housing and efficient public transportation possible for all Baltimoreans. In short, our new vision must prioritize our common dignity.
“We express our support for Ex-officio Mayor Young as he takes on the awesome responsibility of leading our city. His responsibility is not only to stabilize Baltimore but also to begin to act with urgency on the issues our city faces NOW,” says Bishop Douglas Miles, BUILD Clergy Co-Chair. Our youth continue to be murdered on our streets. The opioid epidemic only grows worse. Potential new businesses and corporations seek greener pasture elsewhere. What little trust that remains in our city’s leadership and governance structure is fast waning. These issues simply cannot wait another year until our next election to be addressed.
What is BUILD?
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) is a broad-based community power organization, rooted in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and congregations. BUILD is non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial, and dedicated to making Baltimore a better place for all to live and thrive. For over 40 years, BUILD has worked to make safe communities, improve housing, increase job opportunities, and rebuild schools. BUILD is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the oldest and largest network of community organizations in the United States. For more information, visit buildiaf.org.