OUR HISTORY

​​​Even before our launch in 2018, ACT has been connecting residents and institutions, conducting listening sessions and building trust with each other in order to create an organization that is strategic and long term.

 

November 14, 2019 - ACT First Annual Meeting at Ark & Dove Presbyterian

 

​July, 1, 2019 - ACT turned out at the County Council to testify and support the (now-passed) Fair Housing law

 

​June 13, 2019 - Action on Affordable Housing; Gun Violence Reduction and in support of residents at Woodside Gardens 531 people turned out at Asbury United Methodist Church 

May 5, 2019 - A Gun Violence Reduction and Safety Research Action Team educational event with over 165 ACT members and County officials in attendance to learn more about Metro IAF's campaign, Do Not Stand Idly By, with one of the organizers, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher. The County Executive, police chief, states attorney all publicly pledged support

 

March 30, 2019 - ACT conducted a door-knocking campaign with 139 members who turned out in Annapolis and Odenton. We knocked on 1,117 doors, held 354 conversations, identified 64 local leaders who want to build POWER and lead CHANGE across over 14 issues 

March 9, 2019 - ACT held a leadership training for core teams with organizers from WIN and PATH teaching over 60 local leaders how building relationships will build stronger institutions at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

October 24, 2018 - ACT Education Research Action Team turned out at Anne Arundel County School Board to demand (and subsequently won) a faster timeline for the lead testing in the schools

 

October 4, 2018 - ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) is historically launched with 1,200+ people, and 25+ faith and community organizations in attendance at First Christian Community Church. ACT is the fourth IAF affiliate in the state of Maryland, joining Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), Action In Montgomery (AIM), and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH) and 65 affiliates nationwide.

 

July, 2018 - ACT Research Action Teams (RATs) are formed around issues of Gun Violence, Safe and Affordable Housing, Transportation, Education, Mental Health and Addictions and Immigration

 

July 12, 2018 - A gathering of 560+ from faith and community organizations to hear results of county-wide listening campaign of 1,500 residents

 

June 27, 2018 - ACT Leadership Training Institute: Listening Sessions at St. Philip's with almost 200 people in attendance

 

​May 7, 2018 - ACT Leadership Training Institute: Relational Meetings at Congregation Kol Shalom with 120 members

 

Jan-Feb, 2018 - Relational mixers held at four ACT member institutions

 

September 28, 2017 - 400 attendees from 16 faith communities make a commitment to form an IAF pre-sponsoring committee at Asbury United Methodist

 

January-August, 2017 - leaders from 1 faith and community organizations form strategy and steering teams and meet monthly to build relationships and receive leadership and community organizing training

 

November, 2016 - 8 interfaith leaders attend 3-day Metro IAF leadership training

 

August, 2016 - Leaders from 10 faith communities met to investigate community organizing strategies

 

2015-2016 - Faith leaders across religions and cultures met regularly for nine months for Conversations on Race to listen on the issues caused by inequity that were affecting their members and neighbors. Eventually, a decision was made to ACT together.

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