Another BDC is Possible

August 14, 2012
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Tax Dodgers lend support for more tax breaks at BDC’s Harbor Point hearing

On August 8th, the BDC held an open hearing for John Paterakis’ Harbor East Development Group to present their application for extending the city’s Enterprise Zone to once again cover their property at Harbor Point.  (The Enterprise Zone, which offers significant breaks on property taxes and token tax credits for hiring the economically marginalized, is intended to spur redevelopment in distressed areas, and was recently redrawn to exclude the high-value real estate east of the Inner Harbor.)

A crowd of concerned Baltimore residents packed the hearing to question the wisdom of handing out a multimillion tax break on one of the city’s toniest development properties—indeed, on a property which Exelon has already committed to anchor—while the city shutters rec centers and firehouses in less affluent neighborhoods.  The Paterakis group’s representative faced tough questions about local hiring and fair development, and the crowd seemed unwilling to go along with the trickle-down vision of economic development on the table.

Luckily for the developers, the Tax Dodgers were present to go to bat for the 1%, and make sure that lucrative tax breaks go to the people who deserve them—the wealthy and well-connected!

Go team 1%!

Full photo set

Councilman Kraft, supporter of the Paterakis tax cuts, explains why we need to build luxury homes to help the poor (VIDEO, see especially after 2′ mark)

Coverage in The Daily Record

Background from the Baltimore Brew: “Paterakis Group Seeks to Restore Lucrative Tax Break for Harbor Point”

 

March 13, 2012
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Spring Development Forum!

Saturday, May 5th *  3PM * 36 S. Charles St.

Open Forum on Community Alternatives to Baltimore’s Broken Model for Economic Development

During our open meeting with the Baltimore Development Corporation this past fall, we were assured that the BDC really cared about what Baltimore’s communities had to say about development in Baltimore.  We were promised that we’d be getting a followup meeting with president Jay Brodie to talk over how better to bring the voices of Baltimore’s workers and neighborhoods to the table.

We never heard back from Mr. Brodie—and in the meantime the BDC and the Mayor  have doubled-down on a failed Grand Prix, and plowed over the City Council’s objections to extending even more tax breaks for downtown developers.   Since it’s obvious that we’re not going to have a space to make our voices heard unless we make it for ourselves, we’re calling for a community forum on the steps of the BDC offices at 36 S. Charles, on Saturday, May 5th at 3PM.

Bring your ideas for the kinds of economic development you think your community needs!

Also: we want your help thinking through the issues around development, and how best to organize for the May 5th Forum.  We’re holding two open organizing meetings leading up to the Forum to learn more from each other about alternatives to the development status quo, and put our heads together on effective outreach—please join us!

Open organizing meetings and collaborative development workshops:

Thursday, April 12th at 7pm, and Sunday April 22nd at 2pm at the Baltimore Free School, 514 W. Franklin St.

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2012
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Participate in the Mayor’s Budget Workshop

This Saturday (2/4), at 10AM at Cylburn Arboretum (4915 Greenspring Ave.), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is hosting a budget workshop, designed to wrap a thin veneer of democratic legitimacy around the coming city budget; in essence, we’re being asked to provide a focus group to help decide which austerity measures and cuts will be the least politically costly.  At the same time, the Mayor and the BDC are defying the recommendations of the City Council calling for a moratorium on tax breaks to developers to fast track approval for a $41 million subsidy for a proposed new downtown headquarters for Exelon; all while the plan to close and privatize rec centers continues.

We are calling for all people concerned about the lack of real democracy in the budget process, and worried that we have little to look forward to from our city government besides ill-conceived austerity measures and continuing subsidies for the 1%, to attend the Mayor’s budget workshop this Saturday.  Our intent is not to disrupt the event; we have been invited to participate and intend to do just that, although the terms we choose to do so on may not be the ones the Mayor had in mind.

Resources:
(Please do your homework, there’s nothing easier to dismiss than uninformed dissent!)

Balance the City Budget App  (this is what Saturday’s exercise will look like)
Citizen’s Guide to the 2012 Budget (a good guide to get up to speed on the budget process in general, and what the budget currently looks like)
Three year financial projections (this shows that this year’s proposed cuts are just the tip of the iceberg)

Recommendations:
(Distilled from results of meetings with the “Another BDC Is Possible” and “Schools Not Jails” working groups, but not formally consensed on by either.)

DON’T BALANCE THE BUDGET

ON THE BACKS OF THE

PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE!

WE DEMAND:

NO CUTS

We say NO to cuts to education
We say NO to cuts to benefits for city workers
We say NO to cuts to libraries and recreation
We say NO to cuts to fire departments

We elected you to provide city services, not to cut and privatize them.
Where are the proposed cuts to subsidies for rich developers?

Austerity is suicide—and we won’t pay for your crisis

REAL PARTICIPATION

The city may be broke, but the budget process is definitely broken.

Too much power is in too few hands.

Surveying a few hundred people and holding a few focus groups to decide which cuts are most politically palatable is not participatory budgeting.

Real participatory budgeting means giving the people real power over how their money is spent.

REAL SOLUTIONS

The economy isn’t coming back—we can’t just batten down the hatches and wait for property values to climb back up and put the city in the black.  If we cut 50 million this year, the city’s own projections show that we’ll still need to cut another 70 million by 2015.

This is a crisis of the system—brought on by deindustrialization, globalization, and the crash of an economy driven by speculation—and we need solutions that address this new situation.

We need:

* An end to corruption, bureaucratic incompetence, and pipe dream “solutions” like the Grand Prix.
* A Baltimore City government that spends its money in Baltimore City.
* Support for a local economy instead of multinational corporations.
* Real strategies for attracting new residents and rebuilding our neighborhoods.
* A future for our youth based in education and empowerment, not incarceration.

November 19, 2011
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Public Event: Carl Davidson on Mondragon and the Solidarity Economy

To help reimagine the development process here in Baltimore City, we’re organizing a series of public events exploring real alternatives to business as usual development, ones that help build a more equitable, more democratic, and more sustainable economy. What kinds of possibilities are foreclosed by the lack of imagination central to the Baltimore development machine?

Our first event, co-sponsored by Red Emma’s, will feature Carl Davidson, former SDS organizer, currently working with SolidarityEconomy.net and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. He will present the story of the Mondragon cooperatives in the Basque country: started by a Catholic priest looking for a way to build economic power in a poor community with few other options in Franco’s Spain, the Mondragon cooperatives are now the largest interlinked network of cooperatively run businesses in the world, with over 80,000 worker owners, and an extensive system of research, education, development, and financial assistance that works for the benefit of the cooperatives.  Mondragon is Spain’s fourth largest industrial and seventh largest financial group, and, although not perfect by any stretch of the progressive imagination, it is a powerful testimony to the fact that alternatives are not only possible but real: this is a major coroporation which is owned by its workers and run democratically. The presentation will explore the genesis and trajectory of the Mondragon experiment, with an eye towards understanding how this model might be deployed to build a green economy in Baltimore.

 

When: Thursday Dec 1, 7PM

Where: Red Emma’s (800 St. Paul St.)

FREE!

November 15, 2011
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November 7th, 2011 MEETING NOTES

Public Meeting with the Baltimore Development Corporation
Monday, November 7th, 2011
5:00pm
36 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD
5:00 PM
Welcome and Introduction

  • Reading of “Open Letter to BDC” that was delivered to the Baltimore Development Corporation on October 31, 2011
  • Introductory remarks
    • Addressing three areas of concern and why we’re here today:
    • Transparency – The BDC has fought in court for right to keep information about its activities from the public.  The BDC is under contract of the city to carry out a public mission.  The 2006 ruling in BDC vs Carmel Realty Associates requires BDC comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act.  The New York Economic Development Corporation (which serves the same function as the BDC), posts detailed minutes of their board and executive committee meetings online, including details about negotiations with private developers.
    • Ethics – If the BDC is supported by public money, it needs to serve the good of the public, not just the developers.  We need economic development, but we also need a sustainable economy and living wages, binding community benefits agreements. Representatives here today, working to create a better Baltimore, that will talk about this point further.
    • Participation – Is it necessary to meet behind closed doors? If we have to use public money to subsidize private development, the public should ahve a say in what that development is.  The case of TIFs and PILOTs is an example of the lack of participation in the development process.  Chicago and New York are finding inspiration in models of participatory budgeting and planning, successful in places like Porto Alegre in Brazil.

5:10 PM
Testimonies

  • Rev. Heber Brown III, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
    • Critique of the BDC is that it does not fit  with the majority of the people in the city, the Black Community. “Just trust me, we know what’s best for you” mentality that the BDC has.  The black community isn’t involved in the development process in Baltimore.  “You should know the tree by the fruit it bears”, and looking at the fruit of the BDC, there are abandoned buildings, schools not being built up, genetrification – that’s strange fruit.  Lack participation, lack of input, and lack of transparency and accountability of the BDC.
    • Difficult to make it out for the meeting.  So, speaking up for those who aren’t here, the women who clean the buildings down here, because maybe they couldn’t make it because they have children at home.  But their complaints should be heard.  The BDC isn’t responsible for it all, but they have a seat at the table.
    • The BDC as it has been, doesn’t need to be what it is going forward.  Perhaps it’s time for a new BDC.  We need to continue these meetings going forward, open-air meetings, and talk about what the future could be.  What would happen if we all got together, young and old, different ethnicities, different backgrounds and dream together, rather than the BDC dreaming for us.  We can do better together.
  • Benn Ray, Representative from Bmore Local
    • We are focused on smart development in Baltimore City.  We were opposed to the BDC’s 25th Street development plan in Remington.  The community needs to have a say in development.  Our experience with the BDC was one of little participation in the development process.
    • We believe in community benefit agreements, including legislation enacted by Baltimore CIty.  For the 25th Street project the community was not consulted by the BDC. The plan calls for large corporations, which is not what the community wants or needs.  The plan which calls for big box hardware and grocery stores does not seem to be addressing community needs, as the community already has local hardware and grocery stores.  People said it was a done deal, don’t fight it.  But we weren’t going to do this.
    • As Bmore Local, we seek to take the promises that developers were making to community organizations and use it as some form of legislation, so when they make promises, they are held to those promises.  We felt the BDC was actively petitioning against us to the City Council when we were making these demands in relation to the 25th Street project.
    • BDC should be more representative of the community.  The BDC should be more like a government and less like a corporation.
  • Juan Paredes, Representative from the United Workers
    • As a former worker of the Inner Harbor and member of the leadership council of the United Workers, Paredes expressed support and solidarity to the Occupy movement, underscoring the importance of the movement in relation to workers rights.
    • On October 25th, 2008, hundreds of low-wage workers and their allies marched from Camden Yards to the Inner Harbor to declare the Inner Harbor an Economic Humans Rights Zone. Currently the Harbor is a Poverty Zone. Workers receive poverty wages, there is systematic wage theft, there is sexual harassment, and constant harassment of workers there. The majority of the workers do not have access to good health care or opportunities to advance with education. All of this is documented in a report called: ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’.
    • The workers of the Inner Harbor demand work with dignity, including living wages, the right to health care and the right to education. They have decided to take their demands to the highest point of the chain of profits, the developers: Cordish and GGP. They control the Inner Harbor. They have asked a meeting with the workers to outline a commitment to human rights through fair development, that guarantees human rights in the harbor.
    • In July, Cordish met with the BDC for a $3 million rent reduction. This reduction was requested so Cordish could improve the appearance of their building in the Inner Harbor. This billion dollar company asked for a rent reduction while workers in the Inner Harbor have difficulties paying rent with the poverty wages they are receiving.
    • They have marched on the BDC to underscore the need to use public money for public benefit rather than private benefit. Jobs that are created should not maintain workers in a cycle of poverty.
    • To resolve the abuses at the harbor and to advance the goal of fair development, the United Workers have presented a resolution to the City Council, being sponsored by council members: Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Greene Middleton, and Warren Branch. The resolution recognizes the human rights abuses in the Inner Harbor and demands a formal consultation of six months between the City, the United Workers, Developers, the BDC and other investors.
    • We ask all present to support the resolution and to be in solidarity with the United Workers in their struggle for Just development in Baltimore.

5:30 PM Response from the BDC (President “Jay” Brodie)

  • Likes dialogue, better than non-negotiable demands. Hopes its a first, and not the last, conversation.
  • Gives an introduction to himself and personal background.  Wife’s family from Spain, son of immigrants from Poland.  Been an architect in different places, and at the BDC since 1996.  “We are not perfect, we can do better, I agree with that”.
  • Ancestors of the BDC are groups like Charles Center Inner Harbor, Market Center, BEDCO.  Kurt Schmoke, as Mayor, created BDC and put all those groups together.  When Brodie came to BDC, his interest was to make it into a neighborhood-oriented organization and making sure it dealt in the main with small and medium-sized businesses, not with great corporations. Schmoke said he would support that.
  • Facts of BDC are in the Annual Report which should be up on the website.  Talks about how the website is inadequate, they need to make it better, and more transparent, and that should be possible.  Happy to learn lessons from New York.
  • Talks about percentages of money that go to downtown vs. neighborhoods (ten Main St commercial areas), says majority goes to neighborhoods.  Would like to do more Main Sts, but that’s about the limit.  BDC runs two business incubators, with 73 start-companies in them, not corporations.
  • Acknowledges Rev. Brown’s reference to “Strange Fruit”, Billie Holliday.  Was a planner in youth, and worked on revitalization plans with East Baltimore, has a sense of what Baltimore neighborhoods are like and what they need.  The BDC provides a part of that, but they are not the Housing Dept, not Planning Dept, or other city departments, and they do not control wage rates in the Inner Harbor.
  • Commits to reading the United Workers study, “Hidden in Plain Sight”, and will have a chance to talk about it, and see if there is a common ground.
  • 47 staff at BDC, 9 recently laid off due to budget cuts.
  • “Transparency’s a good thing”
  • Before 2006, they were told by the City Law Dept that they were not under the Maryland Open Meetings Act.  They were wrong, the court ruled the other way.  They have a Board of Directors of private people appointed by the Mayor and people from City Administration.  They run the meetings, the meetings are open unless the board votes to close the meetings.  “If you don’t like their decisions, write to them.”  They close meetings because they are dealing with people’s private, financial meetings, and the state Open Meetings Act has exemptions for that.  Not sure how to get around that.  Open to suggestions of better ways to do it.
  • “Can we do better? Yes.  Do we control everything? No.  We have nothing to do with EBDI in East Baltimore, we have nothing to do with all sorts of things.  We have to do with economic development which is commercial and industrial, so that’s what we try to do.”
  • BDC does not get the final say, everything has to go by the Board, and then is recommended to the mayor, the city council, the board of estimates, the board of finance.
  • The 25th Street project was not the BDC’s idea, but they do support it because they feel Baltimore neighborhoods are underserved by “decent retail”, and Baltimore neighborhoods are full of “Mom and Pop” stores with unhealthy foods and marked up prices, and not what Baltimoreans deserve.
  • Would like to enter into further conversations.  Would like to meet with a delegation of people.

5:40 PM
Alternative Development Strategies
-skipped due to time constraints-

5:45 PM
Selected public questions and/ or comments
Q: Daniel Sparks – The BDC represents a lack of transparency, lack of representation , and a tendency to subsidize private sector enterprises with public money – with little regards to medium to long term impacts on local neighborhoods, the workers at those enterprises, and the physical environment. The BDC also seems to have ignored or given little recognition for decades of the concerns mentioned. We need “structural adjusting” to the BDC, not sweet talk, but rather results. This may be done in several ways:

1. The executive board of the BDC should be expanded to include representatives of neighborhoods and labor organizations.
2. Make all meetings, on all topics, at all times, fully open to the public and to allow space and time for input and comments from the public.
3. Having all of the minutes of these meetings available online.

A: None

Q: Erin Boles – The BDC needs to save small businesses and stop large corporations from pushing small businesses out. Small businesses cannot compete with large corporations, thus they need to be protected.

A: None

Q: Audience member – Is the BDC willing to meet regularly with a delegation of citizens who have signed this letter, to discuss the actions of the BDC and the impact those actions have on the Baltimore community?

A: Jay Brodie – Previously agreed to this request in the meeting. The group would need to be representative of the diverse communities of Baltimore – African Americas, Latinos, Women.

Comment: Veronica Dorsey – People within the community understand what they need, if they were involved in BDC meetings they could address and fulfill their needs.

6:00 PM
Presentation of initial policy suggestions and next steps

  • First: meeting minutes should be posted on the BDC website, as a token indication of a desire to act in good faith and according to the spirit of the Open Meetings Act.
  • Next: “clawbacks.”  If a private project gets public subsidies because it’s supposed to deliver a public benefit, this needs to be made explicit, with “clawback” mechanisms to take back the subsidy if the promised benefits don’t materialize.
  • Next: Living Wages.  If a development project is supported with public funds, the workers employed in the completed finished project need to be paid a living wage.  Period.
  • Next: More clear advocates for workers and communities on the BDC board, either through new appointments or even direct election.
  • Next: Opening up participation and bringing back democracy: 20% of all tax revenue normally diverted from a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, and 20% of all incremental taxes ordinarily foregone under a PILOT agreement, to be collected and earmarked for direct, community-level participatory budgeting initiatives.
  • Finally: the creation and funding of an independently appointed Office of Community Participation and Advocacy within the BDC, to empower Baltimore residents to understand and participate in the decisions both about specific development projects and about the city’s overall economic priorities.

November 14, 2011
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Full Audio of November 7th Meeting

Audio of 11/7 open-air, public meeting with BDC’s president Jay Brodie, in front of the BDC offices:

Reading of the letter:

Explication of major concerns:

Invited Speakers and Testimonies: Reverend Heber Brown III of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Benn Ray of Bmore Local, Juan Peredes of the United Workers:

Response and comments from BDC’s president Jay Brodie, Concerns from the Public, development alternatives and closing comments:

November 11, 2011
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November 7th “Another BDC is Possible” Action: Results and Next Steps

With over 400 people backing the open letter posted on anotherbdcispossible.org, and 150 people physically present on the front steps of the BDC’s offices, our first action clearly demonstrated the desire for a change in Baltimore’s urban development status quo.  BDC President Jay Brodie himself did in fact attend the open public meeting we had called, and joined us at the table for a discussion of our concerns and the concerns of the community leaders who joined us.

In a victory for real democracy, we were able to set the agenda for the meeting and hold BDC President Brodie to it (maybe the potted plants, whiteboard, and other office-like accoutrements we had decorated the plaza outside his offices with helped put him at ease!) Continue Reading →

November 11, 2011
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The Open Letter to the BDC that started this off….

We, the undersigned authors and endorsers of this letter, feel that it is time to have a little talk.

The Baltimore Development Corporation should, as a publicly-funded organization entrusted with the public mission of promoting local economic development, be accountable to this city’s residents. Instead, we find that the BDC uses technicalities and legal loopholes to hide from democratic control and accountability behind its technical status as a private non-profit, making deals ostensibly in the name of Baltimore—and more often than not involving Baltimore’s tax dollars—without Baltimore getting any real, effective say in what those deals are. This is an unacceptable and untenable situation.

The Baltimore Development Corporation should, as a publicly-funded organization entrusted with the public mission of promoting local economic development, be accountable to this city’s residents. Instead, we find that the BDC uses technicalities and legal loopholes to hide from democratic control and accountability behind its technical status as a private non-profit, making deals ostensibly in the name of Baltimore—and more often than not involving Baltimore’s tax dollars—without Baltimore getting any real, effective say in what those deals are. This is an unacceptable and untenable situation.

More specifically, there are three core problems in the operations of the BDC that must be urgently addressed:

1) The BDC’s lack of transparency

Despite a landmark 2006 ruling which established that the BDC is legally obligated to comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act, no real transparency in the BDC’s operations has been established. Exemptions and omissions have kept the BDC’s operations squarely hidden from public scrutiny. If you are going to be funded with public money, and use public money to advance a development agenda, the public has a right to know what it is you are doing and how.

2) The BDC’s lack of commitment to economic human rights

For decades, the Baltimore Development Corporation and its predecessors have focused on redeveloping Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and central business district, on the assumption that economic well-being and prosperity would trickle down to the city’s residents through the jobs new projects in these areas would create. What we’ve seen, increasingly, is a Downtown where labor standards are next to nonexistent, and where developers and employers are never held to account on failing to live up to their promises. The BDC needs to insure that all city-supported development results in good jobs with living wages and dignity, through binding agreements with “clawback” provisions that take back subsidies when these benefits don’t materialize.

3) The BDC’s lack of vision and popular participation

There is no meaningful participation of any Baltimore community in the operations of the BDC, except for the seat at the table reserved for the well-connected elite business community. We need an economic development agency that works for us, and with us, letting us determine the priorities to be pursued and the strategies to be followed. In an era of extraordinary financial crisis which has shattered economic assumptions and revealed the practical and moral bankruptcy of the development status quo, the need to reinvent and reconstruct the way local economic development works is of paramount importance. We need a BDC that works for a better Baltimore, and not just a better Inner Harbor; a BDC that supports green jobs and sustainable infrastructure, a BDC that operates to democratize wealth in Baltimore’s local economy rather than subsidizing the profits of the 1% and the multinational corporate sector. In order for this to happen, Baltimore’s neighborhoods, unions, and community groups need a seat at the table and a voice in the development process.

We thereby call upon the Baltimore Development Corporation to account for their conduct and their shortcomings in the areas above, and to work with the residents of the city in whose interest they claim to operate to address these pressing problems. Because so many of these problems have the BDC’s lack of transparency at their root, we we are calling upon officials of the BDC to meet with us in public, outside their offices at 36 South Charles Street, on Monday, November 7th, at 5PM, where some sunlight can hopefully be cast upon these matters. If the BDC refuses to meet, we will meet without them at the same time and place to collectively discuss what further actions their refusal merits.

 

 

 
Signed,
Casey McKeel
John Duda
Stephen Roblin
Noah Bers
Corey Reidy
Aimee Pohl
Clayton Conn
Scott Goldberg
Paul Harrell III
Spencer Compton
Cullen Nawalkowsky
Umar Farooq
Stewart Mostofsky
Maeve Royce
Annemarie Rush
Amrita K. Dang
Brennan Lester
Ashley Scurto
Kara Harris
Adam Cooke
Christopher Nelson
Brenda Austin
Alex Gilwit
Josh Seipp-Williams
Chris LaVoie
Melissa Moore
Blake Underwood
Susan Sgroi
Anica Maggard
Jenny Gaeng
Sara Tomko
Sara Tomko
Betty Robinson
Daniel Staples
Eric Allen Hatch
Timothy Fadden
Sebastian Ramirez
Jerry Raitzyk
Ryan Harvey
Tom Gregory
Don Blumberg
Ken Morgan
Owen Gardner
Harriet Smith
Stefanie Mavronis
Alana SMith
jacob oates
Mark Gunnery
Benn Ray
Cara Schrock
Chip Molter
Daniel Zinkevich
Jay Gillen
Kim Trueheart
Claire Nowak-Boyd
Jeff Dicken
Cody Dorsey
Shelley Birnbaum
Joe Leatherman
myloh jackson
Gabby Vigo
Sue Rovnak
Katherine Brennan
Scott Redding
joy davis
Rhonda Wimbish
Deborah Shaller
Megan McShea
Patrick Smith
Violet LeVoit
Krista Strothmann
Liana Dalton
Brandon Briggs
Nicholas Becker
Jenny Andrzejewski
Christopher Lyman
Mase Kambui
Mase Kambui
Donna Simone Plamondon
Joe Burchill
Caitlin Harris
Joshua Spokes
Vince Constantino
Marcia Levin
Paul Diem
Jackie Randell
Jill Harrison
Dirck Ober
Michael Downs
drew walker
Melinda Knebel
PollyReed
Andrew Kujan
Rob Bennett
David Altamuro
E.McDermott
Travis Kitchens
Natalie Smith
Jan Angevine
Joe Kosloski
Hannah Jones
Ahleah Gavin
Jennifer Lee
kathleen ramirez
Tony Earls
Christopher Rooney
Cindy Henderson
Justin Sindall
Iain Wilson
Phil Pettipiece
George Parnel
Robert D. Day
Donna nawalkowsky
David Carleton
Amanda W
Richard Anderson
Sarah Williams
Michael Teunis
Robert gillespie
Akim Reinhardt
Edward Landis
James Harper
Andrew Bernstein
Mike McGuire
Joe Levin
Nancy Gardner
Georgia Williams
kimberley randall (unite here local7)
Elliot Gage
Bill Risen build
Cayt Landis
Bill Risen (build smart)
Andrew Ford (Indypendent reader)
Lauren Rothleitner
Megan Kenny
Ian Patrick McDonald
dane nester
Peter Bleich
Taimak Jamal Holland
Pauline Horn
Molla Sarros
Natalie Avallone
Kate Ewald
Darryl Jurkiewicz
Aaron Martel
MK Asante
Aditi Bhaskar
Brendan Coyne
Stephen M Packard
Tom Kertes
Josh Griffith
David Marion
Michael Rogers
Sergio Espana – Civilian Soldier Alliance
Jonathan Rochkind
Jay Simpson
Max Obuszewski Baltimore Nonviolence Center
Nicole Davis
Tiffany Finck-Haynes
florian mosleh
Katie Lima
kathleen ramirez
Brian Vaeth
Erin Marcus
Nicholas Davenport
Sine Hwang Jensen
Gwen DuBois MD,MPH
Jodie Zisow
Brian Nicholson
Julie (Ferris) Gouldener
Adam Engle
Bill Harvey
marissa hildebrant, university of maryland medical center
Lara Law
Nina Kamooei
Kate Drabinski
Belie Teganda
Sarah Tooley
Sean Damon
Taf Thimpson
Stephen Arthur
Boson Au
Jamie M. Schott
Nicholas Tobolski
Stephen Robinson
Mandy Bartram
Timi Gerson
Erica Sperrazzo
Ameejill Whitlock
Jill Blum
Dana Murphy
Tracy Bantz
Tiffany DeFoe
Ben Glass-Siegel
Dayv Benzino
a.h.s. boy
Dennis Pradhan
Josh Sisk
Sarah Rudy
Susan McCarty
Bonnie Holmes
Joanna Gadsby
Braden Wiggins
Joshua Loucks
Stefanie Fishel
Terry Eyer
Zak Clements
Mattie Rogers
Jamie Wagner
Phillip Lovett
Jordan Haven
Christa Daring
John Fleissner
Alexis Cornell
Asa Wilder
Ryan Mitchell
Jeremy
Seth Adelsberger, Nudashank
Kelly Kicherer
Shallon Brown
Harry Rebstock
steven riddle
Blake Porter
Ian Nagoski
Christina Schoppert
Adam Bachman
Joseph M. Giordano Gutter magazine
Bret McCabe
Devin Morris
Patrick Coleman
Louis Chad Smith
Zachary Greene
Suzanna Zak
Toni Lopes
Marcie Jones Brennan
Richard W Drews Jr
Elizabeth O’Brien
Barbara Larcom
Larry Tong
Amy Annable
Maggie Sabo
Matthew Anderson
Julie A. Saylor
Stan Markowitz
Jordan Silverman
Helki Philipsen
brendan meagher
Bruce Willen
Jacquelyn Jones
Keith Webb
Keith Webb
gina nalbandian
Amelia Rambissoon
Andrew Morehart
Joyce Singer
Zach Babo
Jenny Graf Sheppard
Jerrod Sydnor
Kim Jensen, B-HEARD
Mike Redding
Olivia Robinson
Julie Lewis – Community College of Baltimore County
Max Eilbacher
Rachele Lawton
Mark McColloch
John Bylander
Valeska Maria Populoh
David Flores
David Flores
Candi hawkins
Tracy Lingo
Gabriella Garcia
Paul W Robinson
Glenn Daniels Jr
Nima Shahidi
Jacob Honaker
Andrew Crisp
Bruce Vail
jose perez
Garrett Bowman
Westport Community
Alberto J Pacheco
Nicholas A, Angelozzi
Alix Tobey Southwick
Kathleen Mazurek
josef hoeder
Jessica Briggs
Lauren Schleider
Joe Tropea
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Holly Kent-Payne
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Noah Rubeling-Kain
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Edit Barry
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Regina Tumasella
Regina Tumasella
Lisa Fritsch
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Christopher Newark
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Theron Gilliland, Jr.
Shawn Breen
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Kustanya McCray
Heather Hax
Ahuva Willner
Carol Ott
Calvin Garner
Alicia Puglionesi
Hannah Brancato
Matthew Weaver
Mike Schening private citizen/voter/tax payer
Meg Rorison
Ashley Hufnagel
Travis Whiteside
Stephen Rourke
Brittany Shannahan
Daniel York
Eugene Balbierz Baltimore Update Multimedia
Demetrious Canty
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Jed Weeks
Jackie Dandelion
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Paul Gilbert
Brian Harrington
Nicholas A. Angelozzi
Thomas E. Dodge American Postal Worker Union
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Eli Lopatin
Emily Heinlein
Stephen Thompson
Greg Rosenthal
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