Neighborhood

Neighborhood Development

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

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders applauded the decision of the Mayor and City Council to finalize $957,000 for demolition of condemned houses and $25,000 to support job training in the 2014 Budget...  More here.

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 ServiceEl 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 CondosHouston 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


Durham CAN, North Carolina IAF, Community organizing in North Carolina

Durham CAN Celebrates Progress

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Triangle Tribune

Kingdom Harvest Ministries Pastor Herbert R. Davis said CAN is here so that Durham can have a safer community, affordable places to call home, equal access to the transit system, and access to jobs and a livable wage.

“We are here because we recognize the power of collective people working for a united purpose,” he said. “So what you are about to see today is the process and the effort of a mediating institution that has negotiated with government and businesses in order to ensure that Durham becomes a better place, not just for those who are already at the table, but for those who don’t even know a table exists....”


Public Spending, Community Development, Economic Development, Parks

Common Ground Draws Line In The Sand Over Arena Spending vs. Parks

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Members of the community group Common Ground on Sunday formally drew a line in the sand in opposition to the use of public money to finance a new, multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee.

And in a message to community leaders and Milwaukee Bucks owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, the group made it clear it will fight to improve recreational facilities for children....


Sydney Alliance, Australia IAF, Community Organizing in Sydney, Transportation, Affordability

Sydney Alliance Tackles Transport and Affordability in 350-person Assembly

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Syndey Alliance

About 350 Sydney Alliance leaders packed an assembly hall in Sutherland-St George to challenge NSW Minister of Transport Gladys Berejiklian, local MPs and candidates for state office...


Queens, Community Organizing in NYC, New York IAF, Metro IAF, Flooding, Infrastructure

EQUAL Beats Back Queens Floodwaters

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
City Limits

E. Thomas Oliver, a deacon at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church and a leader of EQUAL, says that when he purchased his home on 141st Avenue in Laurelton in 1971, little did he know he was “buying waterfront property.”
But after storm waters destroyed two of his cars and he spent $4,000 to install a sump pump in his basement—he recalls once seeing a neighbor paddle down the street in a canoe—he was convinced the coastline had somehow encroached upon Laurelton.


Community Organizing in Texas, Organizing in RGV, Pharr, Las Milpas, Colonias

Valley Interfaith Organizes Colonias Residents to Get Voices Heard

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Monitor

Valley Interfaith leader Eddie Anaya, first organized a forum in Las Milpas to identify the concerns of colonia residents of Pharr and then brought 20 local residents to a city-sponsored forum later that week to relay their priorities: a satellite library on the Southside of Pharr, public transportation, improved police response, and identifying an alternative water supply.


Storm Sewers, Flooding, Empowered Queens United in Action & Leadership

EQUAL Confronts Dangers of Storm Sewers in Queens

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Queens Chronicle

Emily Lloyd, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, told a group of more than 200 people on Monday night that multiple means of combatting their chronic flooding problems have been deployed successfully, and that far more are coming.

Lloyd, appointed earlier this year by Mayor de Blasio, spoke at a meeting of the group Empowered Queens United in Action & Leadership, or EQUAL, a coalition of churches and civic organizations.


Transportation, Railway Lifts, Access, Kate Fitzgerald, Community Organizing in Australia

Sydney Alliance Fights for Railway Lifts at Neighborhood Station

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
St. George Sutherland Shire Leader

The community campaign for a lift at Arncliffe railway station has stepped up a notch, with Rockdale MP John Flowers throwing his support behind the push.

Mr Flowers joined members of Rockdale Residents Unite group and St George-Sutherland District of the Sydney Alliance outside the station recently to talk to commuters about the need for a lift.


Civic Engagement

Breaking Away

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In the past year and a half, Baton Rouge has seen efforts to create a breakaway chamber of commerce, a breakaway school district and a breakaway city. Now, a conservative nonprofit has been created, reportedly, to challenge the one organization that is trying to bring Baton Rouge together...


Organizing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Anna Eng, RGV, Brownsville, Pharr, Hidalgo County

Valley Interfaith Celebrates 30th Anniversary in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Monitor

Valley Interfaith celebrated its 30th anniversary Sunday afternoon at the Pharr Events Center, and Gurrola was among several community members who spoke to the more than 800-person audience about how the organization guided them when they needed it most.


Housing Demolition, Blight, Community Development, Training, Social Justice, Interfaith, Saul Alinsky, Joe Higgs, community organizing in the Midwest

OTOC Leverages Nearly $1M for Demolition & Training in Omaha

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
KETV

OTOC leader details why housing demolition is needed in Omaha.  Lead Organizer: Joe Higgs.Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders applauded the decision of the Mayor and City Council to finalize $957,000 for demolition of condemned houses and $25,000 to support job training in the 2014 Budget...


Blight, Neighborhood Safety, Housing, organizing in Nebraska

OTOC Fights for $1 Million in Housing Demolition in Omaha

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
KETV

Omaha Together One Community wants both candidates to commit $1 million a year to the problem.  The city has 748 houses on its demolition list. On average, it costs the city about $12,000 to knock down a house -- but neighbors say it’s worth every penny.

West / Southwest IAF


Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, organizing for better neighborhoods

Austin Interfaith Blocks Lobbyists from Rewriting Land Use Code

Friday, February 1, 2013
Austin American Statesman

After Austin Interfaith leaders took issue with a proposal that “would have allowed registered lobbyists to serve on the citizen committee that will guide the rewriting of the city’s land-development code…” the proposal was pulled.  Leaders said the proposal blurred “the lines between the duties and responsibilities of citizens in the democratic process and the role of … lobbyists who represent organized financial interests in the legislative process.”


Blight, Community Organizing in Mississippi, Community Organizing in Jackson

Working Together Jackson Fights Blight in Mississippi

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Clarion Ledger

Institutional leaders of Working Together Jackson began evaluating non-profit land trust models to help transform the Mid-City neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi.  Based on conversations with neighbors and residents, Ms. Brent, President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, and Rev. Tucker Sr., pastor of True Vine, identified a number of things they would like to address: abandoned housing, overgrown lots, crime, mentoring for its youth and services for its elderly.  But people involved in the effort know that, as Rev. Tucker puts it, “the real work of rebuilding the neighborhood isn’t cutting lawns or boarding up houses. The real work is building relationships between its residents.”

While the non-profit land trust would take control of abandoned properties for rehabilitation and renovation, leaders of Working Together Jackson plan to continue the work of building relationships between neighbors.

Working Together Jackson Touts Turnaround in Mid-City NeighborhoodClarion Ledger

Land Trust a New Strategy in Fight Against BlightClarion Ledger


Neighborhood Development, Environment

Fighting the waters in Southeast Queens

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New York Daily News

As our region continues to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have rightly said that the city and state need to update their infrastructure to deal with the increased likelihood of future flooding. Bloomberg even based his endorsement in the presidential race on President Obama’s position on climate change.