THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SECTOR IS THE ONLY MEANS FOR CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT AND HOLD POWER ACCOUNTABLE---IF YOU CONTINUE TO ALLOW THESE REPUBLICANS AND CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS TO DISMANTLE IT -----WE WILL BE UNDER GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE. THEY ARE NOW COMING AFTER OUR SOCIAL STRUCTURE WITH THESE PRIVATIZATIONS.
Below you see yet another example of WHACK A MOLE POLITICS IN MARYLAND. THIS IS A VERY REPUBLICAN TACTIC FOR SOCIAL POLICY. Almost all of Baltimore's public community centers and recreation centers have been closed and/or privatized mirroring the closing of public schools and fire stations. The media make light of this-----THEY HAVE NOTHING----referring to the citizens living in these communities completely starved of revenue. Hundreds of thousands of citizens many who worked for decades before losing their jobs----paying taxes and buying homes---now watching their communities and their wealth sucked away by global corporate fraud and their corrupt politicians.
Churches are the lead in this patronage society where the rich and corporations pay nothing in taxes but 'donate' to the causes they choose and these donations all come with the intent of silencing dissent. The national corporate chain YWCA/YMCA ----no longer simply a religious organization----is taking ALL of our public centers centralizing where people go for recreation---charging for what used to be provided with your taxes----and not conducive to gatherings for conversation and public policy discussions.
THESE ARE THE VENUES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS USED TO CONGREGATE FOLKS----AND THIS IS WHY THEY ARE BEING CLOSED AND CAPTURED BY ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT ALLOW THIS.
Mission Playground is Not For Sale
Published on Sep 25, 2014UPDATE:
After public uproar, SF Rec & Park removed the policy that allowed this encounter to happen. The City - without posting the availability of the park rental on their public website - had been marketing the Tuesday and Thursday slots initially only through an app so that the demographic portrayed in the video - a tech league - was taking the space from neighborhood kids twice a week.
Gentrification in the Mission enabled by the SF Parks & Rec in collusion with the private City Fields Foundation. Without community approval, the private foundation decided to issue costly permits to a small traditional pick-up soccer field. The AirBnb vs. Dropbox players show up and try to kick the neighborhood kids off of the field at prime time without even showing their "permit." They don't want to wait their turn and play with everyone else. They finally agree to play all together but then the guy with the permit arrives late. "Don't you understand? You have to leave ..... we're part of the community, this is awkward and weird, disastrously weird" Off camera, the other guy remarks "Who cares about the neighborhood?"
Yet another privatization of public community centers when those 'donating' should simply pay taxes.....churches in Baltimore do not allow free speech and/or discussion of public policy issues----we could fund all public community and rec centers through our Baltimore City revenue-----'Ownership of the rec center facility was transferred to the Greater Harvest Baptist Church from the city, according to the governor's office. Donors to the center include State Farm, Kaiser Permanente, Bell Nursery, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Rocksprings Foundation and the Center for Social Change'.
We are now seeing church chains------and you can bet they are led by people being paid to do what they are told-----not to protect the interests of their members!----- these businesses with get the 'donations' and make sure no one knows public policy but tell the community for whom to vote each election.
Baltimore citizens are told for whom to vote by a group of 15 black ministers all working with these global corporate Wall Street criminal class. This is what US NGOs do overseas in developing nations with no governments and now they are installing themselves in America dismantling our government structures to take control. Most citizens in Baltimore are so disgusted they do not participate in elections---which is the goal of this capture.
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In West Baltimore, private funds bring new life to rec center Gov. Larry Hogan talks about his announcement regarding funding for a West Baltimore recreation center, summer jobs for Baltimore youth and rebuilding Baltimore businesses.
(Luke Broadwater/Baltimore Sun)
By Luke Broadwater The Baltimore Sun
Governor's office helps West Baltimore rec center raise money for a new start In Franklin Square, private money brings new life to rec center Mayor has sharp response after Hogan announces city funding Baltimore fire dispatcher Arthur "Squeaky" Kirk wanted to see West Baltimore's Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center revitalized — so he put $30,000 of his own money into the project.
Then he reached out to Gov. Larry Hogan's office to see if businesses could help, too. Soon, the center had a new community garden, 20 computers, 15 iPads, a pingpong table, furniture and a renovated basketball court and playground, largely from private contributions. Donors also contributed $10,000 for a festival in honor of Kirk's mother, the late Del. Ruth M. Kirk.
"The help that we're getting is a blessing," Kirk said.
Hogan joined Kirk and other community residents Monday for the grand opening of the rec center, located near Lexington and Mount streets in the Franklin Square neighborhood. The Republican governor used the occasion to announce state funding for two programs designed to help Baltimore in the aftermath of April's rioting.
The governor announced $3.3 million in state funding — a $1 million increase — to provide Baltimore youths with summer job opportunities and work experience through the YouthWorks and Hire One Youth programs.
Hogan also announced $4.15 million for business recovery loans, homeownership assistance programs and targeted assistance for facade improvements for affected Baltimore businesses. The funding for both initiatives will go before the state Board of Public Works Wednesday for final approval.
"The entire country was witness to the events that shook Baltimore," Hogan told a small crowd gathered at the rec center. "The city was on fire. Homes and businesses were being burned, looted and ransacked. But in the face of that, we responded quickly and we brought calm and order to the city. ... The national media shifted its focus to other places, but our work isn't done."
Those attending the event included several Baltimore Democrats, among them state Sen. Bill Ferguson, Del. Keith Haynes, City Councilman Carl Stokes and former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who is considering a run for mayor.
Steve McAdams, Hogan's director of community initiatives, who helped organize the fundraising for the rec center, praised Dixon from the podium as an "outstanding leader."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did not appear at the event. Her spokesman released a statement afterward criticizing Hogan's budget decisions.
"We applaud the governor for supporting youth summer jobs, but we encourage him to remember that these young people will also need jobs when they become adults and a good education during the school year," said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the mayor.
"Hopefully, more announcements will follow with the governor's support for the Red Line, which would create thousands of new jobs for future generations, as well as a decision to reverse devastating cuts to education that will leave Baltimore youth ill-prepared for the jobs of the future. The governor's support in those areas alone would have a positive impact several million dollars beyond what was announced today."
Hogan has questioned the Red Line's affordability and said his administration is reviewing plans to build the 14-mile line between Woodlawn and East Baltimore, in part through a tunnel beneath downtown. He said Monday he plans to make a decision on funding the Red Line by the end of the month.
Ownership of the rec center facility was transferred to the Greater Harvest Baptist Church from the city, according to the governor's office. Donors to the center include State Farm, Kaiser Permanente, Bell Nursery, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Rocksprings Foundation and the Center for Social Change.
"My team and I are extremely proud of this combined effort between the community and the private sector," McAdams said. He praised the "financial commitment and personal sacrifice of Arthur Kirk for leading this incredible community initiative in West Baltimore."
The funding for YouthWorks comes after five Democrats sent a letter to Hogan asking the state to chip in $1 million more for the city's summer jobs program. The letter asked Hogan to use $1 million from a $20 million pot transferred from the state's rainy-day fund into a contingency fund. One purpose of the fund is to "aid in the recovery of Baltimore City."
YouthWorks, the city's five-week summer program for 14- to- 21-year olds, and its private-sector component, Hire One Youth, had about 1,000 more applicants than jobs this summer. The state money will allow the program to reach its goal of helping 8,000 young people to get summer jobs, Hogan said.
Ferguson, one of the Democrats who signed the letter, praised Hogan's decision.
"I am incredibly thrilled the governor decided to make this important investment in Baltimore's youth," he said. "The governor showed his willingness to be a partner in this work."
According to the governor's office, the funds for business recovery include $1.5 million for loans, $500,000 for facade grants, which could help an estimated 50 businesses, and $2 million for settlement expense grants and down payment assistance loans for new homeowners.
Folks, these national non-profits are now going global and there is nothing that distinguishes them from a corporation other than they do not pay taxes. All of these corporations taking the public sector are calling themselves non-profits while corporate and corporate foundations fund and staff them all while expanding the brand all over the world. The YWCA operates just as any business----it has rules and guidelines set by their donors----and they often do not allow political discussion or debate because they remain 'neutral'.
What used to be public employees from communities paid to operate and maintain local centers that would allow folks from the community to congregate and plan events are now controlled by a corporate board and a few paid staff centralized with very little feel of community.
City closes about 20 rec centers, private groups...articles.baltimoresun.com
Calgary, Alberta – Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011...
Three years ago, the YWCA of Calgary did not even have a Human Resources department, let alone an employee engagement program. Today it is one of Alberta’s Top 50 Employers for 2011. This award comes on the heels of two others ─ the City of Calgary Award for Community Organization (Advocate) and the Enbridge Volunteer Calgary Leadership Award ─ the organization has earned during its centennial year.
And it’s all because of the YWCA’s dedicated staff who has adopted an innovative philosophy.
Although the YWCA is a not-for-profit, it operates as any other business, except with a different bottom line. “We consider ourselves a business. The difference is our bottom line is creating a healthy community by building strength in women. But we are definitely, like any corporation, accountable to our stakeholders, starting with our donors and government funders,” says Virginia Trawick, Director of Organizational Effectiveness.
When we allow every detail of our communities to be handled by people in power that have no sense of social good----that only see people as human capital -----we will not have development that is in the public interest. If middle-class citizens in a city do not respect these same needs for low-income neighborhoods-----injustice for one will become injustice for all. A community cannot be healthy or stable if all of its public structures are taken as has happened in Baltimore. This sense-----NOW THEY HAVE NOTHING----is short-sighted and dooms Baltimore to decades of social unrest and incivility.
STOP ALLOWING THE RICH TO SUCK THE CITY'S REVENUE DRY AND BE SILENT WHILE OTHERS LOSE THEIR RIGHTS TO QUALITY OF LIFE. THESE PUBLIC STRUCTURES ARE WHAT ALLOW PEOPLE A SENSE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND PRIDE.
This is what people paying taxes expect from that duty. These public centers create good jobs-----PUBLIC JOBS. I spoke months ago while attending Maryland Assembly meetings that Annapolis has absolutely NO PUBLIC SPACES other than the government buildings and those spaces are highly regulated to limit access. Republican voters had better see how this complete privatization will hurt their communities as well. If you shout for Constitutional rights----it begins with a public sector.
THIS IS REPUBLICAN POLICY AND MORE SO NEO-CONSERVATIVE AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY LEADING MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE.
Wednesday 14, April 2010
We need more gathering places in our urban neighborhoods
The modern Northgate Library sits next to a community center. Credit: Nic Lehoux/Courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership
In 1998, Seattle set itself on a path to develop 22 new branch libraries. In the wake of the unprecedented program, library use is way up — reinvigorating our desire to actually go to a library and bringing communities together. Can lessons from this success be applied to new programs, such as for neighborhood community centers or other facilities?
With the arrival of light rail and the associated transit-oriented neighborhoods, the city is actively altering neighborhood zoning strategies to draw more people into these “urban centers,” “residential urban villages,â€ and â€œhubs.â€ As neighborhoods densify, we will need common spaces for people to gather and come together; we need community centers.
As we consider how to apply these lessons to other services that are needed in our neighborhoods, it’s helpful to understand the context of the library projects and how they became so successful.
Twelve years ago, a small group of impassioned individuals recognized the need to do something about Seattle’s crumbling stock of branch libraries and developed an ambitious plan of change. Fortunately, they were successful in passing a levy that changed the landscape of our library system and has had an enormous impact on our neighborhoods.
Sadly underused and heavily worn back then, most of our city’s libraries desperately needed help. The needs could have been addressed piecemeal but instead a well-organized campaign, which drew an overwhelming 69 percent approval for the $196.4 million levy, ushered in a vision unmatched in modern American cities. This high approval confirmed what many people already suspected: Seattleâ€™s strong attachment to books and reading had deep roots throughout our community.
Thus, the library project became an important opportunity for Seattle’s emerging mid-sized firms to display their design skills. While this process of selecting a different architect for each structure was definitely the right way to do it, it was also the most challenging. Adding to the mix was a public review process where each neighborhood was invited to participate and provide input allowing the architects to layer in particular needs. Additionally, even though there was a commonality of programmatic requirements, each architecture firm hoped to distinguish itself with their own particular vision.
It was apparent that these facilities are being heavily used and filling an important need for Seattleâ€™s neighborhoods, providing memorable places for local residents to gather, mingle, do homework, and read.
The results from this initiative are very impressive. Library use is up 150 percent, according to information on the library website. Last Saturday, I visited a number of branches. Lines were forming before opening time and each subsequent library that I visited seemed busier than the last. It was apparent that these facilities are being heavily used and filling an important need for Seattleâ€™s neighborhoods, providing memorable places for local residents to gather, mingle, do homework, and read.
The neighborhoods have other needs, including community centers that serve denser populations better. There are 27 community centers citywide, mostly outdated withof limited functionality — a similar state to our library system in the early 1990s.
Perhaps more importantly the locations of our current community centers have little or no relation to our urban neighborhoods. A brief review of the listing of our community center shows that they are almost all located in public parks. Perhaps this helps parks provide more services, but it does little for the neighborhoods where people actually live.
The West Seattle Junction? No community center. Capitol Hill Pike/Pine? No. Fremont, Eastlake, or Beacon Hill? No. Ballard, MLK, Greenlake, and Queen Anne all have community centers but they are at the very edge of the urban centers, so far removed that most residents might not know they are there. Currently, there is one new community center being planned for Rainier Beach, but otherwise there is no coordinated effort aimed at building new centers in close proximity to the emerging urban villages and transit-oriented neighborhoods.
Parks are vital, but where is a community center more valuable — in the middle of the park or in the middle of your neighborhood? Where do we want go to have a community meeting, to have a caucus, to get a flu shot?
As it stands most neighborhood associations do not have convenient places to meet. Daycares, early learning, and afterschool services are inadequate. Perhaps most importantly teenagers need safe places to gather in the evening and weekends, not just during open hours at the library. And probably not at the park after dusk.
To be successful, neighborhood community centers of a similar scale to the 40,000 square foot Northgate Community Center need to be built. These centers need to be within walking distance or 1,500 feet of the neighborhood centers otherwise extensive parking will need to be provided, driving costs up and thwarting a more sustainable future.
A citywide program would go a long way towards filling the needs of these communities while further strengthening and defining Seattleâ€™s neighborhoods. An ambitious idea like this may seem unlikely in this age of cutbacks and unemployment, but as the library building project has shown, a well-organized campaign, correctly presented, might receive more support than one would suspect. If successful, it could have a positive re-energizing effect on our local economy and it is not out of the realm to believe that federal funding could be obtained to offset costs.
We have done it once. What is stopping us now?
The myth that Baltimore's youth are unemployable is put forward because there is no desire to employ ------leaving citizens impoverished and desperate allows the sociopaths at the top of the income ladder to control politics and society. This is why youth unemployment for all races is soaring-----Wall Street and global corporations are taking all your power to engage in decision-making. The middle-class college grads are being made to work as VISTAS and part-time community leaders displacing low-income youth who should be doing this. A summer job was as easy as hiring on with the city public works to take care of parks and school grounds----to upgrade public facilities -----to serve in summer programs in community centers.
IT IS THE GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPLIES THE MOST OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYMENT FOR YOUTH---IT ALWAYS HAS.
That is not the case when corporations are looking for free labor and no public sector----as is the case in Baltimore. At the Maryland Assembly I heard business people talking of hiring in Baltimore just for the free labor----no intent of creating jobs----no intent of hiring these youths into permanent positions. Research has shown that in Baltimore most of the youth going through these public subsidized YOUTHWORKS programs do not get a job afterwards. So, taxpayers are watching their taxes pay the costs of summer employment in the private sector while the city sees its entire infrastructure crumble from neglect because of lack of public employees. Rather than paying taxes, corporations are being subsidized even for summer employment. Remember, all of these Enterprise Zones have a requirement to hire low-income employees and again, research shows that none of those requirements are being met. Instead of bringing the benefit of hiring youth from Enterprise Zone districts----these same corporations are having to be given more public subsidy to get even lower cost workers. Remember as well, these Enterprise Zones are known as central to wage theft and workplace abuse-----and now we have to give subsidy to get youth employed for the summer.
It seems that corporations paying no taxes are allowed to 'donate' to YOUTHWORKS for more tax write-offs while getting low-cost labor. As you see below----this scam is happening across the country in cities like Baltimore having pols that work for global corporations and institutions like Johns Hopkins. Baltimore City has a tremendous need for public works projects with youth hired as public employees receiving a Living Wage and YOUTHWORKS is sprecifically designed to have these youth working in the private sector.
WAKE UP FOR GOODNESS SAKE-----MOVING EVERYTHING TO PRIVATE CORPORATIONS AND THEIR NON-PROFITS IS MAKING THE US A THIRD WORLD NATION.
YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program for residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Each year through YouthWorks, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) connects thousands of teens and young adults to meaningful summer work experiences throughout the city. Participants work in a wide variety of industries, including health care and social assistance, hospitality/tourism, finance, construction, the arts, and environmental/green jobs.
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