ACT was born out of grief caused by gun violence in our communities and anger that there wasn’t a path forward for addressing the systemic causes that created perennial gun violence and inequality.
Deep and abiding love for our communities lead an inter-faith group of clergy and lay leaders to realize we were being called to build something bigger than ourselves: an inter-faith, multi-racial, cross-class organization with the power to heal our communities and repair broken systems.
In the summer of 2016, ACT’s founding group of clergy and leaders from 16 different faith communities made a collaborative decision to ACT together. By 2018, hundreds of newly trained leaders across the County were breaking down the silos and in October, ACT launched its Founding Assembly with over 1,100 in attendance.
ACT has been building relationships in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis that allow us to act together in power. These relationships drive our ability to create systemic change through broad-based solutions to issues in our communities that we can solve together and make this world better for our children. In the past five years, ACT has won campaigns on issues related to fair and safe housing, gun safety, and educational equity.