Fair Development Coalition:
The Fair Development Coalition (“FDC”), a grassroots advocacy coalition among community members, labor unions, faith-based organizations, non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, and neighborhood and business associations fundamentally believes in addressing social and economic inequities in transportation and infrastructure development. Since its creation in 2010, the FDC has grown to include nearly 40 diverse partners representing local, regional and national partners.
In 2011, the FDC commissioned, “The International Corridor: Portrait of the Threatened Small Business Community”, which comprehensively detailed many of the business community’s principal concerns which were primarily focused around rent increases that can be exacerbated by the Purple Line. In 2012 the FDC successfully held a Human Rights Fair Development march, including over 100 community members, with the intent to collectively voice the community’s concerns. In 2013, the FDC officially launched the Purple Line Community COMPACT campaign advocating for its creation. Since then, the FDC has hosted several meetings convening various federal stakeholders from the Partnership of Sustainable Communities bringing representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and co-hosted a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley bringing key stakeholders from the State and Counties to discuss the Purple Line and the equity concerns. Lastly, in 2014, the FDC met with numerous elected and government officials and successfully secured support for the Purple Line Community COMPACT.
SOMOS Langley Park:
SOMOS Langley Park, lead by CASA, represents a diverse group of partners—different departments in Prince George’s County, community-based organizations, schools, police department, health service providers, universities, community members, and think tanks—working together to maximize limited resources in order to address challenges facing our Langley Park community. SOMOS Langley Park convenes all of the Langley Park partners to communicate, coordinate and collaborate to transform our thriving and diverse neighborhood into a community with great schools and education programs; quality, affordable housing; jobs that pay a living wage; thriving locally-owned businesses; and affordable and accessible health and social services. For more information, please stop by our SOMOS website at: http://www.somoslangleypark.org/