Dr. Kevin Daniels, Special to the Afro

In light of the recent comments made about our great city, the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (MCBV) will continue to coalition build with its communities, faith-based institutions, developers, investors, as well as local and state elected officials, to make improvement in such areas as economic, education, public safety, in particular police and community engagement.  

While others have chosen to speak ill of our city, for the past year MCBV has engaged the above mentioned stakeholders in a city and statewide process to develop a holistic approach and grassroots strategic action plan and movement to address Baltimore’s issues. 

Given that these issues did not develop overnight, we understand neither will its resolve and we intend to remain focused on building a better Baltimore, while understanding such criticism is par for the course. MCBV celebrates all citizenry and stakeholders of our great city and state that have participated in this process and would like to continue to extend an open invitation to those who would like to join us.  

Dr. James L. Carter, and Dr. Kevin Daniels (Courtesy Photos)

In this hour of our city’s social need and redevelopment, we are clear on the importance of the church leading and fully intend to continue leading this effort until we achieve our goals of making Baltimore a greater place to live, work, worship, and raise strong families in safe communities. To that end, MCBV looks forward to sharing more about this initiative in the near future. 

Dr. James L. Carter, President of Minister’s Conference (Baltimore & Vicinity), Pastor of The Ark Church.

Dr. Kevin Daniels, Chair of the Civic Action Committee (Minister’s Conference Baltimore/Vicinity).

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“Baltimore is a great city with a rich history. Many Baltimoreans, such as Rep. Cummings, have devoted their lives to making Baltimore the greatest city that it can be. Instead of casting aspersions and using our city as a scapegoat, the president could leverage his authority to help Baltimore improve infrastructure, education, and public health. Instead we, Baltimoreans, will continue to work together, will continue to fight, and will continue to rise.”

Danielle McCray, Baltimore City Councilwoman. (Courtesy Photo)

Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray – District 2

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“Once again, Mr. Trump reminds us of the embarrassment that he continues to be to the citizens of this proud nation. While challenged, Baltimore is a great American City whose contributions to our country both past and present are noteworthy and well documented. 

The challenges that Baltimore faces are consistent with those being confronted daily by major cities across the nation. These are real national concerns like unemployment, affordable housing, public education and the opioid crisis, all of which warrant the sober and committed attention of the nation’s Chief Executive. 

Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III, District 7

I wonder how far we could go to address those issues if we had leadership in the White House that was more invested in building up the infrastructure of our cities rather than hanging a “curtain” across our southern border. I wonder how better off our families would be if there was leadership in the Oval Office that saw black and brown people as significant contributors to the vibrancy of our country rather than just potential employees at Mar-a-Lago.

Congressman Elijah Cumming’s record of public service is beyond reproach and not even worth comparing to the undistinguished career of private frivolity exhibited by Mr. Trump. 

It’s worth noting that since the America that Mr. Trump wants to make great again doesn’t include the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens that call Rep. Cumming’s district home, we’ll do fine making Baltimore great again without this president’s help.”

Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III – District 7

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“President Trump’s comments and tweets reinforce what we already knew—his administration has no concern for urban cities like Baltimore. As one of the six State Senators for Baltimore City, I recognize that the real work to rebuild our cities will fall to State and Local governments. Those of us in these roles must resist the temptation to become distracted by the negative and offensive rhetoric of the Trump administration. 

“I am proud of the work we have already done to raise the minimum wage, restore voting rights to those who are disenfranchised, and to direct capital dollars to neglected neighborhoods. But our work is far from finished. 

Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City.(Courtesy Photo)

“Our next priority is to focus on the $245 million in the state budget that Governor Hogan has refused to release. This money will provide an immediate impact to eliminate food deserts, increase green space in Baltimore, and provide more jobs for our city’s young people. 

“If we channel this energy and remain focused on moving our city forward, we can build on the great work that is happening in Baltimore and change the trajectory for our youth, seniors, and struggling neighborhoods.”

Sen. Cory McCray – District 45

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You are evidently Clueless about Baltimore!

It is a miserable day in history when you can daily depend on the President to divide the States of America instead of Uniting the “State” of America.

How can we articulate to our kids to dream big, when they wake up every morning to a nightmare produced by ego and political gamesmanship, one who cares more about Political points than Progress for the people?

Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League

As a leader, I rise to add my voice to those who are proud to live in and honor Baltimore, those from Baltimore and those who credit Baltimore for assisting them to be who they are today. Mr. Trump, if you’d like to make a statement, let’s talk about strengthening the middle-class in Baltimore, merely acknowledging the lower-class in Baltimore, let’s talk about supporting those who work tirelessly on the frontlines to make our city great, let’s talk about ways the federal government can better incentivize minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and open businesses in Baltimore. If we are going to talk about Baltimore, let’s do more than just TALK. Let’s ensure that the children have increased opportunities, mere equity in opportunities to become productive citizens, as other Baltimoreans who have changed the globe utilizing what they have cultured in “Charm City.” Charm City has ultimately made America a better and more inclusive place. 

Make PEOPLE the POINT not politics!

Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League

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“I have never been more shocked or disappointed that a president representing these United

House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-45), (Courtesy photo)

States would say such horrible things about a District and area that he is supposed to be representing. His comments are unacceptable as a president and a citizen on this country I am devastated.”

Del. Talmadge Branch – District 45