WASHINGTON â€“ In light of recent comments President Donald Trump made about Baltimore in an attack on U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Project 21 black leadership network sent Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the entire Baltimore City Council copies of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.”
Project 21’s Blueprint contains 57 policy recommendations over 10 key areas that are designed to remove barriers that keep black communities from reaching their full potential and to ensure that access to the American Dream is attainable for everyone, the group said in a statement.
Many of the ideas proposed in the Blueprint can be implemented at a local level. In their letter to Young, the co-chairs of Project 21 said the Blueprint’s policies “are just what Baltimore needs to become a world-class city and shining example of reform done right.”
“After President Trump said no one wanted to live in certain areas of Baltimore, Mayor Young couldn’t push back that hard. He admitted there are tough challenges and he is looking for resources. Project 21’s ‘Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America’ is a resource providing innovative means to make the streets safer and the schools better and to get people back to work,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington.
“Instead of complaining about the President’s tweets, Mayor Young and the Baltimore City Council should see them as a reason to reassess the status quo and embrace policies that improve black opportunity and upward mobility,” Washington continued.
A copy of the Blueprint was also sent to the Baltimore district office of Cummings. Project 21 said it has previously discussed the recommendations in the Blueprint with White House staff, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Department of Labor staff, Department of Health and Human Services staff, Environmental Protection Agency staff and congressional staff.