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Thu May 22, 2014
Sydney Alliance celebrated the news delivered by the Minister of Transport that Arcliffe would get the elevator for the commuter station that elderly, wheelchair bound and stroller-pushing residents had fought for as part of a larger campaign for public transportation system improvements. More here.
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Thu Nov 29, 2012
Leaders “celebrated the completion of the new water distribution system by El Paso Water Utilities. The celebration took place at San Patricio Catholic Church in Canutillo. More than 240 homes in the Mayfair and NuWay communities are now connected to the water system, and 60 more residences in the Schuman Estates will have running water in the next few days.
The community fought for years to get reliable water service, said the Rev. Pablo Mata, a member of the community group Border Interfaith….’At the end, the people got it done,’ Mata said.”
[Photo Credit: Aileen Flores, El Paso Times]
Hundreds in Far West El Paso Receive Water Service, El Paso Times
Sat Oct 20, 2012
“The roar of a bulldozer will prompt a celebration in an Alief neighborhood whose residents have waged a four-year battle to get rid of an abandoned, burned-out condominium complex….The Metropolitan Organization of Houston, along with determined neighbors, thought the disintegrating structure was so dangerous that the city of Houston should spend money to bulldoze the darn thing, but legal and budgetary impediments precluded quick action….. The machinery, which will demolish the public nuisance known as the Winfield I, represents a triumph…”
Civic Activists Win Fight Over Eyesore Condos, Houston Chronicle
Tue Aug 16, 2011
WIN created a $450 million Community Benefits Fund and a $100 Neighborhood Investment Fund to ensure that the investment in downtown development is matched by an equivalent investment in DC’s neighborhoods. Revenue from the funds is dedicated to affordable housing, neighborhood retail, libraries, other public facilities, infrastructure repairs and upgrades in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, including the The new Washington Highlands Library.
Thu Sep 2, 2010
In response to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposal to close half of the recreation centers, BUILD led the fight at City Hall to keep them open. After turning out hundreds of youth, parents, and residents throughout the City budget hearings, BUILD joined the Mayor and City Council members to support passing a 2 cent bottle tax to fund the recreation centers and keep them open.
Mon Aug 16, 2010
In 2009 WIN launched a youth organizing initiative named DC Youth Power Network (YPN). YPN’s youth leaders successfully won significant upgrades to Parkview Recreation Center and creation of the new $2 million Bruce-Monroe Community Park. Additionally, WIN led the fight for public investment in new recreation centers at Benning Terrace, Watts Branch, and Fort Stanton, the new library in Washington Highlands, and $21.5 million invested in for renovation of athletic facilities at six DC public high schools. WIN leader Ebenezer Osanyingbemi leads a tour of the renovated Parkview Recreation Center.
Tue Mar 17, 2009
AIM congregations organized for $30 million in county funds to renovate four neglected community centers in historically African-American neighborhoods. This will impact the 3,500 families who are within walking distance of these community centers, particularly the seniors and low-income, at-risk youth who mostly utilize these centers.
In the News
Bucks stadium, Foreclosure Prevention, Parks, Nationstar-Mortgage
Common Ground Calls Bucks Owner 'Billionaire Bully'
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
About 100 members of Common Ground met in the City Hall lobby Wednesday, calling the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks "billionaire bullies" who neither need nor deserve public money to build a new downtown sports arena.
"I will call on all my neighbors, friends, church members and ask them to urge their elected officials to vote 'no,' " Common Ground member Jennifer O'Hare said.
Texas IAF, Community Organizing in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro Perales
Valley Interfaith Shakes Up Pharr Election; Parks & Libraries at Stake
Rio Grande Guardian & Brownsville Herald
Monday, May 18, 2015
"In the recent Pharr City Commission election, Valley Interfaith leaders knew the races were likely to be close. They calculated that if they turned out their supporters and members, particularly in south Pharr, they could impact the election and thus have leverage on which policies get implemented.”
Nationstar CEO, Parks, Playgrounds, Stadiums
Nationstar Mortgage CEO to Meet with Common Ground
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Nationstar Mortgage CEO Jay Bray agreed on Thursday to come to Milwaukee and meet with representatives of Common Ground, a community group pressing the company to address blighted housing here.
Common Ground associate organizer Kathleen Patron said Bray made the commitment at the company's shareholders' meeting in Irving, Texas. A Nationstar Mortgage spokesman confirmed Bray would come to Milwaukee, but said details needed to be worked out.
Baltimore, Rebellion, Jobs, Public Safety, Training, Pastors
Baltimore Unrest Highlights City's Deprivation
Friday, May 1, 2015
After the global financial crisis hit in 2007, the small business that Mr Bey set up after his final jail stint ran into trouble. “I found myself falling backwards very quickly [and] drugs came back into my life.”
His situation remained bleak until he came across BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development), a group that helps people improve their housing, economic and schools environment. He started attending “Turnaround Tuesdays” meetings where Build taught him the skills and confidence to get a job.
Arena, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, stadium, Economic Development
Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee
Monday, April 13, 2015
....Then there is Common Ground, a community group that is opposed to the use of public money for the new arena. The group wants public money for improved playgrounds and recreational spaces in Milwaukee County.
Recently, Edens has been singled out. His Fortress Investment Group in New York largely owns Nationstar Mortgage, a mortgage-servicing company, and Common Ground said the firm is responsible for an undetermined number of blighted properties in the city. The group has demanded that Nationstar donate $25 million to the city to help rehabilitate foreclosed properties.
"We're taking the Nationstar issue very seriously," Curley said. "We hope to keep making progress with Nationstar."
Valley Interfaith, Organizing in the RGV, Texas IAF, Streets, Infrastructure, Fr. Atangana
Valley Interfaith Celebrates Their (Newly Paved) Streets
Rio Grande Guardian & El Manana
Sunday, March 29, 2015
When Valley Interfaith leader Monse Martinez first moved into Las Milpas he noticed the roads were in very bad conditions. Says Martinez: “The potholes were destroying our vehicles. But we started to get organized…talking about it in church, holding house meetings and demanding these roads get fixed.”
Wisconsin IAF, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, stadium, Foreclosures, mortgage serving Bucks stadium
Momentum for Bucks Arena Slows as Common Ground Steps Up
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
"The owners of the Bucks have never proven to anyone that they need public money. Nor do they deserve public money," said a statement by Jennifer O'Hear and Lloyd Johnson, who co-chair Common Ground's Fair Play campaign.
The nonpartisan community organization has been especially critical of Edens, whose Fortress Investment Group largely owns Nationstar, a nationwide mortgage-servicing company that the Common Ground says is responsible for hundreds of troubled and blighted properties in Milwaukee.
"We are morally outraged at the condition of Mr. Edens' properties," O'Hear and Johnson said. "Nationstar should be contributing money to the City of Milwaukee for the rehabilitation of deteriorating foreclosed properties."
TMO, Texas IAF, organizing in Houston, Public Transport, Metro Bus
TMO Leaders Push for Metro Bus System Overhaul
Friday, February 27, 2015
Julia Ramirez, a regular Metro Bus system user, thinks there are four things that would make public transport more rider-friendly. She teamed up with TMO leaders Franklin Olson and Rev. Kevin Collins to break it down.
Food Desert, Kroger Grocery Closing, South Jackson, Mississippi IAF
Senators, Sheriff Join Working Together Jackson Re: Kroger Closing
Monday, February 16, 2015
People from across the City of Jackson, including State Senators John Hohrn, David Blount and Solly Norwood, and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, joined Working Together Jackson‘s “We Care for South Jackson” Saturday morning rally...
Development, school funding, Community Organizing in Baltimore, Maryland IAF
Developing Baltimore at the Expense of its Children
Friday, February 13, 2015
Concerning the funding of Baltimore City schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's statement to Dan Rodricks last week on WYPR that "any TIFs and PILOTs have no impact on the wealth calculator" that helps determine state school funding is simply wrong. It defies most of the studies that have been done on this topic and the Baltimore Sun's recent investigative report.
Bucks, Tax Giveaway, Fair Play, Governor Walker, Common Ground, Milwaukee
Common Ground Calls Bucks Co-Owner Edens a "Slumlord"
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Calling Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens a slumlord, leaders of the community organization Common Ground on Thursday demanded a meeting with him to discuss what to do about crumbling and deteriorating properties the group says he controls through a company largely owned by his investment firm.