Senator Catherine Pugh presence at the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, led by Pastor Alvyn Gwynn of the Friendship Baptist Church, endorsement of Mayor SRB that excluded all others candidates for mayor exposed the Black Church in Baltimore disconnect from the black community. And now Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake absence reveals that Black Leaders and organizations are disconnected from the community and do not represent the communities interest.
There are more revealing reasons why Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has only attended the Maryland Disabilities Forum, and does not plan on attending the August 9, 2011 or few others. Mayor Rawlings-Blake, like so many other folk know the black church and black community leaders in Baltimore have no real credibility. Catherine Pugh exposed that the Black Church in Baltimore is totally disengaged from the black community and does not advocate on the behalf of the community. Mayor Rawlings-Blake, like everyone else know after years of rallies, press conferences, and meetings with no follow up or bench mark results. The black community has have totally dismissed community leaders who organized them. So what would be her purpose of attending forums planked with campaign workers and unproductive leadership that exploits every opportunity to inflate their ego’s.
Let’s be honest the press is harping on the Empowerment Temple forum. The majority of the people who attended that forum were members of Empowerment Temple and more than likely don’t live in Baltimore. The forum was planned on National Night Out, a night when elected officials are out in the community assessing the needs and getting to know community members. The Mayor superseded the opportunity for critics to take pot shots at leadership. Mayor SRB was in the community like any sitting mayor would have been. The organizers of that forum prioritized a forum over engaging the community. What would have been a step in the right the direction for the candidates vying for the mayor’s seat was to out in the community. not at a campaign forum attended by nonresidents and their campaign teams.
The August 9, 2011 touts 32 organizations. Only Casa de Maryland and AFSCME , who are going to support Mayor SRB, represent the interest of a strong voting bloc. What is the purpose of Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance being included in the group they already endorsed Mayor SRB? The debates are about garnering votes not chewing the fat and attacking for Mayor SRB for recognizing the forum satisfies the egos of some the organizers who have NOT produce anything for the community the propagated any significant change. A few months ago Mayor SRB asked a question where are the solutions all we hear are criticism. While candidates pontificate with some our cities master pontificators Mayor SRB is doing some real work.
If all these organization as active they should be our communities would be in much better shape, every school would have volunteers, every child would have mentor, and foster child would have a place to call home. Every community would have been able to adopt a recreation center, and organization that need black men to volunteer would have no shortage of volunteers.
The mayor knows all this, and can you blame her for touching folks that actually vote and people that matter. Serious business though I only speak for myself, I think most citizens are tired of playing these games while our children perish and communities crumble.
Remember children matter.