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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:
- Eliminating the practice of encouraging juviniles to waive their right to counsel.
- Reforming the County's data system to track and abolish the practice of overcharging.
- Reducing racial disparities in prosecution.
- 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
Rev. Andrew Foster-Connors, Melissa Kelley, Rob English, Baltimore, Police, Jobs
BUILD Addresses Baltimore Eruption: 'Unrest is Generations in the Making'
NY Daily News
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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
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
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
ABC News Net 5
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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
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
New York Times
Saturday, January 17, 2015
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....
TMO, The Metropolitan Organization, Public Safety, Pasadena Police, Crime
TMO Church Leaders, Police Officials Forge Relationship to Combat Crime
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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
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', Metro IAF, Rev. James Manship
CONECT Brings 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign to New Haven
New Haven Register
Monday, November 10, 2014
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
North Jersey Media Group
Sunday, November 9, 2014
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
Port Chester Patch
Friday, November 7, 2014
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
FOX News & More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Metro IAF, Do Not Stand Idly By
Metro IAF Leaders Push Issue of Gun Safety in US
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
“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
New Haven Register & Others
Monday, June 2, 2014
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
Gun Reform, Gun Safety, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Ronne Friedman, Dan Smith
GBIO Leaders Respond to Boston & Kansas Shootings
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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
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.
Gun Violence, Neighborhood Safety, Metro IAF, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Gun Sanity In Our Lifetime
NY Daily News
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher starts his Oped with the following:
"On the one-year anniversary of Newtown, and approaching the fifteenth year after my father was murdered with a handgun in Chicago, I felt something I hadn’t felt for a long time regarding gun violence in America: optimism...."
Gun Violence, Neighborhood Safety, Metro-IAF, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
NY & NJ Clergy Lobby European Gun Makers for Stricter Standards
Daily News & Huffington Post
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Frustrated by the failure of Congress to act against gun violence, a group of clergy from New York and New Jersey is trying a new lobbying tactic — in Europe. In a novel approach, the religious leaders fly across the Atlantic on Sunday to push European gun manufacturers, who have a roughly 25% share of the U.S. market, to apply some of the more stringent standards they already follow in their own countries to the weapons they sell in the U.S....
Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newton, Huffington Post
Opinion: On stop-and-frisk, both sides are wrong
New York Daily News
Friday, May 3, 2013
New York City’s unprecedented crime reduction has been remarkable for its scale and persistence. But our city has the bad habit of either taking its successes for granted or losing sight of why and how progress was made. Both supporters and critics of recent police practices — stop-and-frisk in particular — have repeated these mistakes. Supporters incorrectly hold the tactic responsible for building a safer city; critics would have us sacrifice the effective response of the NYPD at the altar of reform.
Public Safety, Community Building
At Dorchester church, faith leaders, political candidates call for peace, unity in wake of marathon bombings
The Boston Globe
Monday, April 22, 2013
Area spiritual leaders from several religions and local political candidates gathered at Saint Mark Parish in Dorchester on Sunday evening to show support and unity after a sequence of brutal violence over the past week.
More than 500 people – a blend of Christians, Jews and Muslims – packed the basement of the century-old Catholic church to pray, reflect, sing and rally together.
Led by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the event also drew candidates running for the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry and others eyeing the First Suffolk District State Senate seat vacated by John A. Hart Jr.
Planning for the event began several weeks ago. Organizers said they originally intended to ask the candidates to explain their positions on key issues, including gun violence, youth programming, immigration and health care.
But after two deadly bombings on Marathon Monday followed by a manhunt Thursday and Friday that left one police officer dead and another wounded, the forum’s agenda changed.