Hundreds to Gather for a PURPLE LINE that Strengthens Affordable Housing, Creates Good Jobs and Supports Local, Independent BusinessesPosted October 7, 2014 /
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Hundreds to Gather for a PURPLE LINE that Strengthens Affordable Housing, Creates Good Jobs and Supports Local, Independent Businesses
What: Purple Line Community COMPACT Kickoff Rally
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD
Who: Fair Development Coalition
This Thursday, Purple Line communities will rally in celebration of a state and local commitment to create the Purple Line Community COMPACT. At the rally, small business owners, local residents, and workers will describe their goals for stronger Purple Line neighborhoods where communities can strive to achieve great futures for their families.
Thursday’s rally launches two months of negotiations between 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 make commitments to policies to preserve and strengthen local communities. Officials hope to sign final agreements before January.
“We support a future where today’s visionaries have used Purple Line construction to stabilize sky-rocketing rents, create a well-trained and well-compensated labor force, and burnish into brilliance our extraordinary local businesses,” said Father Jacek Orzechowski, Parochial Vicar at St. Camillus Church.
At Thursday’s event, community members will also have their first opportunity to provide input on the results they seek through the compact. The rally will be followed by a workshop on October 25 in Montgomery County and on November 17 in Prince George’s Counties at which community members will have an opportunity to articulate their vision for actionable items to be included in the Compact.
The Fair Development Coalition was formed by CASA de Maryland 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 of Maryland.