Pedestrian Safety

Thousands of low-income families, singles, seniors and disabled persons without cars must walk along dangerous roads in order to access buses, schools, grocery stores and pharmacies in Montgomery County. AIM leaders, clergy and congregation members demanded greater pedestrian safety measures such as constructing sidewalks and crosswalks, in order to protect all people.

Some of these victories included:

  • putting in a bench and bus shelter at New Hampshire and Colesville near the Willow Manor Senior Center on Randolph Road,
  • creating a flashing light and crosswalk at Scotland, increasing crossing time for pedestrians at New Hampshire Avenue,
  • creating a “No Outlet” sign on White Ground Road in Boyds, and creating a sign warning of a pedestrian crossing in downtown Silver Spring.

AIM leaders, clergy and congregation members also held a 50 person Action to demand better pedestrian safety conditions in Silver Spring and worked with the Department of Transportation to ensure they were put into place. Additionally, after over 10 years of resistance over building a sidewalk on Cape May Road in the historic African American Good Hope Community, Jackie Jones Smith, the Pastor at Good Hope Church, Colesville United Methodist Church leaders, and other AIM members testified at the Park and Planning Board. The board took action and built the sidewalk along Cape May Road using environmentally friendly materials.

In the News

Justice for Historic African-American Communities

The ribbon cutting to open the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center took place on Oct. 6 in the Good Hope neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md. Local officials, residents and community members all gathered to witness the opening of the last of the four centers located in historic African-American neighborhoods to undergo renovations in Montgomery County.

Good Hope along with Ross Boddy, Scotland and Plum Gar recreation centers were overlooked and neglected for many years and dating back to the 1990s, neighborhood leaders weren’t even able to get basic repairs done in the community centers. Centers were dealing with issues such as flooding and broken windows, according to social advocacy group, Action In Montgomery (AIM).

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1200 People at GOTV and Candidate Assembly

Strong Commitments on Housing, Education and Immigration from Executive Candidates

May 30, 2018 at The People’s Community Baptist Church

It was standing room only when AIM leaders gathered to clarify the commitments of the County Executive Candidates to AIM’s bold proposals for the future of Montgomery County. The AIM demands were developed over a year of listening sessions with 3000 people throughout the county and the focus was on specific community solutions.

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Montgomery County Faith Leaders Assert Political Agenda–Afro American

Montgomery County’s clergy of color are working together across race and faith perspective to represent the needs of their congregations and ensure all voices are heard as the 2018 election season approaches.

Pastor Haywood Robinson Jr., president of the Montgomery County Black Ministers Conference and pastor of the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., joined with 20 multiethnic churches and community organizations under the Action in Montgomery (AIM) banner to host the county’s largest candidate forum, packing more than 1,200 people in the Norwood Road sanctuary to hear from six of the seven candidates for Montgomery County executive last week.

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Maryland IAF Marches on Homeland Security’s Baltimore Office

Chanting “Clarity! Compassion! No Confusion!” a group of about 50 Maryland immigration advocates marched from Baltimore City Hall to the local office of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to demand a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The group of community advocates and local clergy called on the agency to clarify its policies on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. They also asked for information on where those who are arrested are held and requested that immigration officers remove the word ‘POLICE’ from their uniforms, to better distinguish them from Baltimore Police.

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