CASA Applauds Decision on Purple Line and Calls on Counties and State to Return to Table to Sign Equity Compact

Posted June 25, 2015 /

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CASA Applauds Decision on Purple Line and Calls on Counties and State to Return to Table to Sign Equity Compact

(Langley Park, MD) – CASA applauds the decision by Governor Hogan today to move forward planning and negotiations on the Purple Line, calling the decision “a win for everyday Marylanders.”

While details remain to be finalized, the Governor’s announcement provides ample basis for the State of Maryland, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the University of Maryland, non-profits, labor unions, faith-based organization, businesses, and neighborhood associations, to return to the table and sign the Purple Line Community Compact – a series of commitments to policies to preserve and strengthen local communities that were negotiated at the end of last year.

“We support a future where today’s visionaries have used Purple Line construction to reduce sky-rocketing rents, create a well-trained and well-compensated labor force, and preserve small businesses in our local struggling communities,” said Father Jacek Orzechowski, Parochial Vicar at St. Camillus Church.

Negotiating community benefits for the surrounding neighborhoods has been the focus of the Fair Development Coalition, formed by CASA in 2010 to address the possible social and economic inequities in transportation and infrastructure development. The Coalition has grown to nearly 40 partners including Action Langley Park, BRIDGE Maryland, CASA, Centronia, Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corp., Centro de la Comunidad Catolica of Langley Park, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Coalition of Prince George’s County Leaders and Organizations, Equity Matters, Grupo de Ipaltecos Ausentes de Guatemala, Hyattsville, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, Housing Initiative Partnership, Iglesia Luterana La Sagrada Familia, Langley Park, Iglesia Episcopal San Miguel Arcangel of Adephi, Iglesia Evangélica Mahanaim of Bladesburg, Iglesia Católica McCormick of Langley Park, Jews United for Justice, Job Opportunities Task Force, Langley Park’s Boys and Girls Club, Langley Park Small Business Owners’ Association, Langley Park Residents Coalition, Latino Economic Development Corporation, LAYC/Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, Langley Park Football League, LIUNA, Long Branch Business League, Long Branch Residents Coalition, Maryland Center on Economic Policy, Maryland Black Mayors, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Montgomery Housing Partnership, Montgomery County Renters Alliance, National Center for Smarter Growth of University Maryland, Prince George’s NAACP, Safe Silver Spring, St. Camillus Catholic Church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and the Small Business Development Center at the University ofMaryland.