ACT: Anne Arundel Connecting Together
 

ACT!

Anne Arundel Connecting Together

an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation
 

WE WON!

 

 

ACT compels Superintendent to take action to test lead in AACPS consumable water by December!

  • PRIORITY: Priority testing for older elementary schools to protect our youngest children
  • ACCELERATE TESTING: Additional company hired so that water testing completed by December 2018 (not July 2019!)
  • TRANSPARENCY: Testing schedule has been published online!

Great news. The demands that ACT made of the superintendent to accelerate our testing schedule, prioritize our oldest elementary schools, and publish a transparent testing schedule have all been met!

 

This is our first victory in a direct action. Our children will be safer from the risk of lead exposure in their water fountains and kitchen sinks at school.

 

This happened because we have been building RELATIONAL POWER. 120 of us stood together at a school board meeting on Oct. 24 to make our demands and request a meeting with the superintendent. Keep building that power! Take time to meet one-to-one with each other (training opportunity below). Organize a listening session!

 

We got that meeting. Our Education Research Action Team leaders - Erin Snell (Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis), Yevola Peters (St. Philip's Episcopal Church), and Karen Neale (St. Philip's Episcopal Church), along with co-chairs Rev. Tim Stern (Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church) and Toni Strong Pratt (First Christian Community Church), repeated our demands, and stressed that we would work with the superintendent to make these a reality. He worked with us. And now: we have accelerated testing, transparency, and prioritization for lead testing. That is a win!

 

Cancelling our Nov. 14 ACTion on the School Board. At the County-Wide Steering Meeting, ACT did not have this agreement. ACT was going to launch a 200-person action at the next School Board meeting to emphasize the power behind our demands. However, as this agreement has been reached, we no longer needed to hold that action. 

 

But we are going to keep building relational power. If you'd like to build power with us, here are some upcoming opportunities:

 

Training: One-to-One Meetings!

Not sure how to do a relational meeting? Don't know why we do them? Here's a chance to learn!

Thurs., Nov. 29, 7pm, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1601 Pleasant Plains Rd., Annapolis

ACT Research Action Teams

MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS

Leads:           Toni Pratt, First Christian Community Church

                        Rev. Sara Yotter, Joy Reigns Lutheran Church

Contact:         sarayotter@gmail.com // (608) 630-7942

Next Meeting: Mon., Nov. 26, 7pm

                       First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall-Brown Rd., Annapolis

 

SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Leads:           Rev. Dr. Karen Johnson, First Christian Community Church

                        Jo Ann Mattson, Light House, Annapolis

Contact:         jmattson@annapolislighthouse.org // (443) 569-4207

Next Meeting: Thurs., Nov. 15, 7pm

                        UCC Annapolis, 8 Carvel Cir., Edgewater

 

FAIR AND JUST IMMIGRATION

Leads:           Cynamon Butler, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church

                        Rev. Dr. Heather Shortlidge, First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis

Contact:         cbutler@woodschurch.org 

Next Meeting: Make contact!

 

EFFECTIVE AND ENGAGED EDUCATION

Leads:           Karen Neale, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

                        Yevola Peters, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

                        Erin Snell, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

Contact:         yevola.peters@gmail.com // (410) 224-3820

Meeting: Make contact!

 

CONNECTED AND USEFUL TRANSPORTATION

Lead:             Rev. Ryan Sirmons, The United Church of Christ of Annapolis

Contact:         pastor@uccannapolis.org // (443) 569-8899

Next Meeting: Tues., Nov. 137pm

                        UCC Annapolis, 8 Carvel Cir., Edgewater

 

GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION AND SAFETY

Leads:           Rev. Steve Tillett, Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church

                        Linda Mundy, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

Contact:         ltmundy@yahoo.com // (443) 995-4769

Next meeting: Tues., Nov. 13, 7pm, Asbury Broadneck UMC, 657 Broadneck Rd., Annapolis

 

This meeting is open to members and friends and anyone who might want to learn more about what ACT is doing. It is also where member organizations vote and ratify our next steps together.

 

***ANNE ARUNDEL CONNECTING TOGETHER***

an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation