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Wed Jan 15, 2014
At a press conference less than three months before a critical city-wide vote, leaders ofWorking Together Jackson publicly endorsed the proposed 1% sales tax earmarked for infrastructure repairs across Jackson. The weekend before the vote, leaders reached as many as 1,200 voters by phone. Of those, about 1,000 pledged their support. And on election day, some 90% of voters supported the new tax, far surpassing the most hopeful of predictions. The Clarion Ledger credited Working Together Jackson with doing the “heavy lifting” of educating and turning out voters to pass this important initiative.
Jackson Residents Approve 1-Cent Sales Tax, Clarion-Ledger
1 Percent Sales Tax on Ballot Today, Clarion Ledger
Tue Nov 4, 2008
In the 2008 Presidential Election, Ohio IAF projects in Columbus, Dayton, and Lorain ran the largest volunteer-based non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign in Ohio. Independent analysis found that unlikely voters contacted by our over 1400 local volunteers were 80% more likely to vote than those not contacted -- a tremendous result that has made our face-to-face civic participation work a national model.
In the News
Mike Gecan, GOTV, party politics
Party Needs to Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards, Stars
New York Times
Thursday, November 10, 2016
...the lessons of this election is to recommit itself to the vast majority of non-rock-star Americans who still live in physical space -- blocks, neighborhoods, subdivisions, trailer parks, workplaces, fading cities and aging suburbs and towns. The core issue for these Americans is the lack of long-term living wage work, especially for those who are not college educated....
SAISD, San Antonio schools, Texas IAF, living wages, children
COPS / Metro Fights for $450M Bond for SAISD Children
San Antonio Express-News & More
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Only one month after raising municipal wages for the second year in a row in San Antonio, COPS / Metro is now fighting to leverage necessary funding for school improvements…$450 Million, to be precise. Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News reported that two weekends before Election Day, dozens of COPS / Metro leaders block walked – asking voters to scroll to the end of the ballot to the last two measures. Leader Maria Tijerina explained that TRE funds would support after-school, summer and enrichment programs, freeing up money to help the district reach the $15 / hour wage they are fighting for....
Early Voting Locations in Cleveland, ATU, Board of Elections, march
Hundreds March to Cast Ballots, Protest Dearth of Early Voting Sites
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Several hundred voters marched to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on Sunday to cast ballots and protest the limited number of in-house early voting locations in Ohio.
The marchers departed at 2:30 p.m. from the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and traveled a half-mile to the Board of Elections headquarters on Euclid Avenue.
Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Amalgamated Transit Union organized the event to encourage Cuyahoga County residents to vote early before the general election on Nov. 8...
Organizing in the UK, Citizens UK, elections, voters
Citizens UK Makes Westminster's Politicians Face Power of the People
Saturday, April 18, 2015
One of a number of alternative hustings trying to boost voter registration and turnout, and expanding the frontiers of conventional campaigning in the process, is Citizens UK. It is an alliance of 350 schools, faith communities, unions and voluntary sector organisations in areas such as London, Birmingham and Cardiff that, among a number of issues, has pressed hard for the living wage. Its aim is to recruit, train, encourage and involve citizens of all ages in “actions” so they come to believe that what they do counts, not just at the ballot box but in shaping the kind of society in which they wish to live.
Karyn Storey, 18, has been a member since September. She is taking four A-levels at a local college and joined because “my parents are very community-minded and I want to build character”. Annalisa Mensah, 18, who is going to York to study law in October, says: “I’m young, black, female, so out of self-interest why wouldn’t I be passionate about active citizenship? I know it makes a difference. Citizens UK grows every day and I grow with it,” she smiles broadly.
Valley Interfaith Project, VIP, community organizing in Arizona, organizing in Phoenix, Arizona IAF, Joe Rubio
VIP Wins AZ Candidates' Promises on Schools, Healthcare & Training
The Arizona Republic
Friday, August 15, 2014
Two hundred fifty leaders from Valley Interfaith Project piled into a church hall to challenge Republican and Democrat legislative candidates for Districts 23 and 28 to commit to supporting Medicaid expansion, school funding increases, and workforce development. Most of the candidates committed to supporting VIP’s three-point agenda, but...
Clean Elections, Community Organizing in Jackson, Organizing in Mississippi
Jackson Leaders Secure Pledge for 'Clean Fight' in Mayoral Runoff
Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Flanked by leaders of Working Together Jackson and a giant (signed) letter of commitment, Mayoral runoff candidates Chowe Lumumba and Tony Yarber pledged to run clean elections on the steps of City Hall.
Payday Lending, Public Education, GOTV, El Paso, County Judge
EPISO & Border Interfaith Team Up to Challenge County Candidates
El Paso Times & Univision
Monday, February 24, 2014
In advance of the early March election for County judge and Commissioner positions, leaders of EPISO and Border Interfaith organized an accountability session to challenge them on issues that emerged hundreds of conversations with their constituents. The El Paso Times reports the following:
Neighborhood Cleanup, Blight, Streetlights, Animal Control, Ramon Duran
TBO Confronts Commissioner Court Candidates in Del Rio, Texas
Del Rio News
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Leaders of the Border Organization confronted Democratic Party candidates for two seats on the Val Verde County Commissioners Court, Precinct 2, asking them whether they would work with the organization to address the clearing of dirty lots, demolition of abandoned homes, lighting on dark streets and roundup of stray animals...
Payday Lending, higher education, mass incarceration, environmental protection, Together Baton Rouge, Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith, Jeremiah Group
300 Leaders Make Plans to Disrupt Louisiana Legislative Session
American Press & Times Picayune
Monday, February 17, 2014
Leaders from IAF organizations across Louisiana gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday, February 15 for a conference that aims to disrupt the status quo at the legislature this year...
Voter Engagement, Poverty
Barack and Mitt, as I knew them (By Arnie Graf)
New York Daily News
Sunday, September 30, 2012
In one of the more famous put-downs in modern political history, during a 1988 debate, vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, who had just compared himself to JFK, “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.”