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.

AIM has won over $350,000 in improvements including: 

  • 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 the Scotland community in Potomac and 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.
  • Winning a sidewalk to provide citizens in wheelchairs and with strollers safe passage along Cape May Rd, so resident of low-income housing could access bus transportation on New Hampshire Avenue.

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

AIM Plays Key Role in Fight to Get Smith and Wesson to Adopt Commonsense Gun Safety at Shareholders Meeting

AIM worked with Chief Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, to support our national efforts in getting Smith and Wesson shareholders to vote for significant measures to improve safety and accountability for their firearms products. Click here to find out how AIM and the Industrial Areas Foundation won with Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger.

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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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Silver Spring apartment complex explosion survivors demand better treatment from Montgomery County

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– Nearly two years after the August 10, 2016 blast that killed seven people at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, survivors are demanding better support from the Montgomery County government.

Through advocacy organization Action in Montgomery (AIM), the group of survivors met to address their concerns Tuesday night at JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School.

Survivors told their stories about how they lost their possessions along with how they were physically and mentally scarred by the natural gas explosion. They said since the accident, they have been forced to pay higher rents, haven’t received adequate mental health treatment related to the trauma and that their opinions were left out of the 2016 county report that detailed the response to the tragedy.

Gustavo Zuniga spoke to the crowd, recounting how the roof fell inside his apartment, knocking him unconscious. He said the only reason that he is alive is because his wife was able to pull him from the rubble.

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Strong Commitments for Flower Branch Survivors

By Michelle Basch | @MBaschWTOP

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Nearly two years after a deadly explosion blew through the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, survivors have asked for more help as they continue trying to put their shattered lives back together.

The explosion and fire on Aug. 10, 2016, left 7 dead, dozens injured and dozens more displaced.

At a meeting organized by a group called Action in Montgomery and held at JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres Tuesday, several survivors described what they went through on the day of the tragedy, and what they’ve been dealing with since.

Maria Victoria Reyes said she was in her apartment with her daughter that night drinking coffee  when they heard a “rumble.”The ceiling fell down on them, covering them with burned debris and glass.

“My daughter and I could only see each other’s faces and the sky even though we were in the basement. We were covered up to our necks. We could not move,” she said in Spanish.

Victoria Reyes said the injuries she suffered left her unable to work even though she wants to provide for her family, and that it has affected her mental health.

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