Public Safety

Public Safety

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Doña Francisca’s death by car, the 4th accident in front of the Sherwood Village senior living facility, brought clarity to members of Aging Latinos in Action. Without a stop sign, seniors were left vulnerable to rushing and inattentive drivers. ALA reached out to COPA for training, then conducted their own research actions and meetings with sitting Council members to secure a crosswalk in front of their living facility. In photo, ALA leaders process down their newly installed crosswalk.

Said leader Fermin Gonzalez, “We’re not part of history…we’re making history!”


Sat Jul 14, 2012

Greater Cleveland Congregations, alongside allies from across the state of Ohio, championed an innovative criminal justice reform bill that will reduce or eliminate many barriers to employment for ex-offenders returning to their home communities.  Governor John Kasich went to Greater Cleveland Congregations for a public bill signing ceremony and celebratory event in Cleveland on July 14, 2012.


Sun Feb 26, 2012

On Feb. 20, nearly 1000 people from 40 congregations across Cuyahoga County assembled to elicit commitments from all five candidates for County Prosector, including:

  1. Eliminating the practice of encouraging juviniles to waive their right to counsel.
  2. Reforming the County's data system to track and abolish the practice of overcharging.
  3. Reducing racial disparities in prosecution.
  4. Increasing diversion and treatment programs for you.

Tue May 3, 2011

In response to the tragic murder of 12-year old Sean Johnson, BUILD acted quickly to call on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to allocate a permanent police foot patrol to keep the neighborhood safe. BUILD is working with Major Melvin Russell, Eastern District Police Commander, and the Mayor to improve public safety and provide opportunities for neighborhood youth.


Tue Jan 4, 2011

South London Citizens' pioneering work on safety has been widely recognised and is increasingly emulated by statutory bodies (City Hall, Metropolitan Police, Liverpool MET, local authority safety partnerships). The first retail City Safe zone, Lewisham Shopping Centre, scooped recent business awards due to its success at tackling crime, increasing positive youth role‐models, raising investment and building stronger business partnerships. This led to the endorsement of City Safe by Westfield who plan to adopt the scheme in their next retail development. Research shows that theft and violent incidents have fallen since City Safe has been implemented in Lewisham, where citizens, businesses and security staff are working together.


In the News


Gun Safety, safe guns, Gun Control, Policing

Metro IAF: Here's a Way to Control Guns

Friday, July 17, 2015
New York Times

For more than a year, we and fellow religious leaders across the nation have worked to persuade President Obama to use what we believe is the most powerful tool government has in this area: its purchasing power. The federal government is the nation’s top gun buyer. It purchases more than a quarter of the guns and ammunition sold legally in the United States. State and local law enforcement agencies also purchase a large share. Major gun manufacturers depend on these taxpayer-funded purchases. For the government to keep buying guns from these companies — purchases meant to ensure public safety — without making demands for change is to squander its leverage....


Baltimore, New Police Commissioner, Community Trust

BUILD Hopeful About New Commissioner

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Baltimore Sun

"Leaders of a community coalition that called for the resignation of Anthony Batts say the city has an opportunity for a fresh start after the police commissioner's firing.

Before Wednesday, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development members had never before called for a police commissioner's resignation in the history of the 38-year-old organization. At Trinity Baptist Church on Thursday, they said they were pleased that interim Commissioner Kevin Davis says he will focus on his relationship with residents and the rank and file, but acknowledged that many don't know much about Davis yet....
 


Organizing in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Maryland IAF

BUILD's Call for Resignation Leads to Dismissal of Police Commissioner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Baltimore Sun

At 12:37am Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, a group with 40 member congregations, schedules a Thursday news conference where they said they would call on Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts to resign.

"At a time of an unprecedented level of violence in Baltimore, Commissioner Batts clearly does not have a visible plan to stop the violence," the group says in a news release. "BUILD has met with Commissioner Batts twice since the unrest in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. Both times, he committed to publicly announce his plan to address the crisis of violence plaguing Baltimore. He has failed. If he has a plan, it clearly is not working."


Community Policing, Shootings, Organizing in Connecticut

CONECT Organizes Forum to Address Public Safety

Thursday, June 25, 2015
FOX & More

"In response to clergy and neighborhood concerns about public safety Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a multi-faith concern, hosted the forum facilitated by Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME and Pastor Anthony Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church.

Topics addressed included police response, neighborhood interaction and community policing, as well as the horrific shooting of nine people that left a man dead last week at Trumbull Gardens housing project."

Fox:  http://foxct.com/2015/06/18/bridgeport-city-and-police-leaders-hold-forum-with-community-to-improve-relationship/

 

CT Post:  http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Church-audience-looks-for-answers-on-policing-6334045.php

 

Only in Bridgeport:  http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/the-challenge-of-police-and-community-relationships-aired-at-forum/#more-73401


safe guns, Mayor DiBlasio, Do Not Stand Idly By, Rev. O'Connor, Joe Morris

Time For the Mayor to Lead on Gun Safety

Monday, June 8, 2015
NY Daily News Op-Ed

"Even as New York City wrestles with an increase in shootings, Mayor de Blasio is making a habit of missing opportunities to lead on gun safety. Softballs cross the city’s plate, and the mayor doesn’t bother to swing."


Public Safety, Police, Community Policing, Gun Safety, Protest

Credit Cleveland [and GCC] for Largely Peaceful Protests

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cleveland.com

What came through loud and clear this past week, however, is that -- rather than descend into violence and chaos -- the citizens of Cleveland chose to express their feelings of anger and dismay in a way that elevated their passionate message. Nothing got lost in a flash of fire or pile of rubble.

Maybe it was the call for peaceful protest by the Greater Cleveland Congregations...


Rev. Andrew Foster-Connors, Melissa Kelley, Rob English, Baltimore, Police, Jobs

BUILD Addresses Baltimore Eruption: 'Unrest is Generations in the Making'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
NY Daily News

Why is anyone surprised that isolated young people from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country took their anger to the streets? While we don’t condone looting and violence, our only surprise is that it hasn’t happened sooner.

For the past 20 years, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) have been meeting with successive mayors about the growing isolation and anger that has been building in many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods left out from the city’s so-called economic success. Let us review what actually happened and the circumstances that brought about this explosion.


Greater Cleveland Congregations, Public Safety, Police Reform

Momentum Building Toward Meaningful Police Reform in Cleveland

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Cleveland.com

For all the anger and mistrust swirling around the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the release of a critical U.S. Department of Justice report on the use of excessive force by Cleveland police, voices are being raised in clear expectation that meaningful change can be achieved.

These voices come from within the community and from City Hall, where Mayor Frank Jackson has become increasingly forthright about his determination to negotiate a meaningful and -- from his perspective -- fair consent decree with the Justice Department.

The public's input is equally important, and it is heartening to see the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a collection of faith communities, join the dialogue over police reform. They've made a number of recommendations they would like included in a consent decree.


Consent Decree, DOJ, Police, Tamir Rice, Racial Disparity, Use of Force

Greater Cleveland Congregations Integral Player in Police Consent Decree

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Politico Magazine

The Rev. Jawanza Colvin, who is head pastor at the storied and influential Olivet Church and co-chairs GCC with Rabbi Joshua Caruso and the Rev. Tracey Lind, says it’s important to understand the mood of the people....

“We wanted the police to hear us recognize their sacrifices, and also understand we are examining racial disparities, excessive use of force—all the issues between police and the communities they serve. Last Monday, I attended the swearing-in of an officer from our church. The next day I’m calling for police reform. That represents the range of our relationship with the police.”


Police Reform, Community Engagement, Community Organizing in Cleveland, Ohio IAF

Greater Cleveland Congregations Offer Reform Ideas to Cleveland Police

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
ABC News Net 5

The Greater Cleveland Congregations, a group of churches from all over Northeast Ohio, presented four main reform ideas to city, federal and county official Tuesday night.

More than 1,000 people packed a Cleveland church Tuesday to present these reform ideas which include: constitutional policing that focuses on treating everyone equally, community engagement, financial sustainability and reorganizing internal accountability.


Smart Guns, Gun Safety, 'Do Not Stand Idly By', Connecticut IAF

'Smart Gun' Technology is Common Sense

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
CT Post

Last week, a coalition of clergy in the state brought its effort called Do Not Stand Idly By to the steps of Edmund Town Hall in Newtown with a reasonable appeal for the sale of "smart guns"....


Do Not Stand Idly By, Gun Safety, Las Vegas, safe guns, Kristoff

Kristoff References 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign in Oped

Saturday, January 17, 2015
New York Times

David Hemenway, a public health expert at Harvard, says that the way forward is for police departments or the military to buy smart guns, creating a market and proving they work.

An interfaith group of religious leaders is also appealing to gun industry leaders, ahead of the huge annual trade show in Las Vegas with 65,000 attendees, to drop opposition to smart guns....


Community Organizing in Cleveland, Organizing in Ohio, Community Policing

Faith-Based Coalition Launches Meetings to Address Cleveland Police Department

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Idea Stream

Last fall, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presented a report that found lapses in training and instances of excessive force among Cleveland Police.  The report touched on cases where protocols were not followed or alternate resolutions to tense confrontations were not used. 

Now the Greater Cleveland Congregations is holding meetings that will let citizens chime in on what they think needs to happen to create a more efficient police force, and improve trust and relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


TMO, The Metropolitan Organization, Public Safety, Pasadena Police, Crime

TMO Church Leaders, Police Officials Forge Relationship to Combat Crime

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Pasadena Citizen

Leaders of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Metropolitan Organization and members of the community and law enforcement officials attended a public meeting Sunday morning to address crime in north Pasadena and to request more police presence in their neighborhoods.

The meeting was organized by TMO...


Gun Safety, Gun Regulation, Illegal Guns, Community Organizing in Cleveland

Time is Now to Halt the Flow of Illegal Guns: Gibson & Caruso

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cleveland.com

On the clear evening of May 29, more than 1,000 people from Greater Cleveland Congregations filled the pews at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a venerable place of worship in the heart of urban Cleveland. They came from homes in public housing and affluent suburbs, after work and dinner with their family. They came together with a shared determination to not stand idly by and silently assent to the gun violence that plagues our community.


Gun Safety, Do Not Stand Idly By, safe guns, Neighborhood Safety, NRA

Can God Beat the NRA??

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Daily Beast

 Do Not Stand Idly By (“DNSIB”) is different for two big reasons.

First, it’s a faith-based initiative spearheaded by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders (although it welcomes people of other or no faiths.) Framing the argument of the need to reduce gun violence in religious terms will undoubtedly move many—possibly even some on the right.

Second, the focus of DNSIB is going to the source. No, I’m not talking the Book of Genesis. I mean the actual gun manufacturers. DNSIB’s mission is to convince gun makers to voluntarily (or by way of some friendly economic pressure) impose changes in its business practices that will hopefully save lives.


Gun Safety, 'Do Not Stand Idly By', Metro IAF, Rev. James Manship

CONECT Brings 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign to New Haven

Monday, November 10, 2014
New Haven Register

Several dozen [CONECT] faith leaders and public officials came together in Bridgeport’s Margaret Morton Center Monday to ask gun manufacturers to take some responsibility for the number of deaths by firearms every year, particularly in the nation’s cities.

....police chiefs, sheriffs, mayors and governors who signed on estimate that taxpayer-funded purchases of firearms make up 40 percent of sales by firearms’ companies. The bigger part of that number, about 25 percent, are the armed forces and the rest are local and state purchases.


Gun Safety, Do Not Stand Idly By, NRA, gun manufacturers, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher

'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign Reaches North Jersey

Sunday, November 9, 2014
North Jersey Media Group

Battles over gun control in America are not always loud and filled with angry back-and-forth rhetoric. Some of the skirmishes are quiet — and perhaps not skirmishes at all.

That is the goal of a North Jersey rabbi and a group of public officials, including some mayors from Bergen County, who plan to show up at the offices of gunmakers in several states and at least one investment firm in Manhattan that has deep ties to gunmakers to discuss controls on weapons.


Gun Safety, 'Do Not Stand Idly By, ' gun manufacturing, safe guns, Mayor Bramson

Westchester United Gets Support of New Rochelle Mayor in 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign

Friday, November 7, 2014
Port Chester Patch

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll will join dozens of Westchester United faith and community leaders at New Rochelle’s Lincoln Park. 

Together they will publicly announce the Do No Stand Idly By Campaign: a national effort of community organizations building a bloc of gun buyers in the public sector – which buys 40 percent of the guns in America using tax dollars – to seek change in the gun industry. The bloc includes New Rochelle & Rye Brook, governors, mayors, county executives and police chiefs from 59 jurisdictions in 13 states, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 


Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Houston, Feral Dogs, Neighborhood Crime

TMO Leaders Address Feral Dogs Roaming Houston Neighborhood

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
FOX News & More

Hundreds of TMO leaders gathered to hound their public officials on why children of De Zavala Elementary School don't get the protection they need from packs of stray dogs roaming their campus....


Gun Safety, Gun Violence, Neighborhood Safety, Sandy Hook, Ohio IAF, Organizing in Cleveland

Greater Cleveland Congregations Combats Gun Violence Locally

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
WKYC - Channel 3

Gun Safety, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Metro IAF, Do Not Stand Idly By

Metro IAF Leaders Push Issue of Gun Safety in US

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Washington Post

“The idea of a smart-gun maker who has lots of experience making guns is intriguing because he’s not just some fly-by-night guy trying to do this,” said Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, a member of the group [Metro IAF] that met with Mauch. “Law enforcement officials have been quietly saying that if he comes over, they’d be willing to meet with him.”


Gun Safety, Do Not Stand Idly By, Mallory, CONECT

CONECT Action Advances Gun Control Agenda with Governor

Monday, June 2, 2014
New Haven Register & Others

150 CONECT leaders assembled in Connecticut, with Governor Malloy, to advance the 'Do Not Stand Idly By' initiativefor gun safety and industry changes.  Pastor Bernadette and Fr. Jim co-chaired the action.

Connecticut Leaders Seek Changes From Gun Makers, New Haven Register

Malloy to Request More Information From Gun Companies, WFSB Channel 3 News

Malloy Joins Interfaith Effort to Pressure Gunmakers, The Connecticut Mirror

Malloy Demands Info From Gun Manufacturers, CT News Junkie

Malloy Calls On Gun Industry To Discourage Illegal Sales, CT Post


Gun Reform, Gun Safety, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Ronne Friedman, Dan Smith

GBIO Leaders Respond to Boston & Kansas Shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CNN Opinion

One of us is a pastor and the other a rabbi of congregations in and near Boston. We both had identical reactions when we first learned of the Boston Marathon bombings last year... 


Gun Violence, Arms Manufacturing, Biometric Technology

Greater Cleveland Congregations Take Gunfight to German Gun Show

Friday, February 28, 2014
Cleveland.com

Is it possible to make a safer gun when humans remain as unpredictable and violent as ever?

That’s a question that Donna Weinberger, a psychotherapist from Cleveland, hopes to explore when she travels to the world’s second largest annual gun show in Nuremberg, Germany next week.


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