Black Politicians Stand Up: EDO says, “Shut down EBDI”
Eastside Democratic Organization reports few jobs, contracts to community from East Baltimore Development, Inc.
By Doni Morton Glover, www.bmorenews.com
(BALTIMORE – May 30, 2012) – Baltimore City Council President Bernard Young told 75 attendees or so to the East Baltimore press conference that this is a sad day in East Baltimore. He and his Eastside Democratic Organization colleagues convened on East Chase Street at the headquarters to East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI) today to oppose any further ties with EBDI until community people get the jobs and business contracts that were promised.
They suggest a billion dollars have come through East Baltimore since 2002.
State Senator Nathaniel McFadden called for the “suspension of all prior agreements … until our goals are met.”
In short, this loyal Democratic body is stating that after 11 years, EBDI has grossly failed to hire community residents and distribute contracts to community businesses – including contractor Glen Cooper.
Today, the group of all-African American elected officials – including City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Warren Branch - called out Gov. Martin O’Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the EBDI Development Board.
“For years now, we have been in negotiations – trying to work out an amicable solution to our problems,” said Sen. McFadden.
He believes the aforementioned parties had already been decided years ago not to honor their inclusionary agreement with the residents of East Baltimore – made under then-Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley.
Sen. McFadden, a former public school principal, likened EBDI’s performance to the public school’s grading system. “Their AYP - average yearly progress? They have failed AYP!”
Clearly, the group wants EBDI “to live by the inclusion agreement.” He added, “We want that adhered to – to the letter of the law.”
The East Baltimore community made an agreement with the city and EBDI in 2002. Supporters, including State Sen. Verna Jones and Delegate Talmadge Branch, adamantly support EDO’s claim that the community is being robbed of opportunities after all of their loyal political support.