Community Building

Community Building

Sun Apr 22, 2012

On November 16, 2011, over 250 community leaders from throughout Westchester County joined together to launch Westchester United – a new power base for positive social change. This is the culmination of two years of organizing with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, an organizing network which helps build independent organizations that have initiated far-reaching strategies on housing, health care, education and other concerns.

Drawing on the proven power of person-to-person organizing, these communities have engaged hundreds of Westchester residents as part of a process that is uncovering public concerns.

Reporting on what was learned, speakers told stories of families unable to afford outrageous mortgage payments, of barriers to educational opportunities, and of a series of specific concerns surrounding safety and mobility – for seniors and others. The next steps for this new organization is to do in depth research about the dynamics surrounding these struggles so as to prepare for effective and meaningful responses.  Learn more at Westchester-United.org.


Thu Aug 11, 2011

Over 2000 people from 40 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular congregations and organizations packed out the Masonic Auditorium in downtown Cleveland for the founding assembly of Greater Cleveland Congregations, the newest afiliate of Metro IAF.  GCC priority issues are Education, Jobs, Health Care, Criminal Justice, and Sustainable Foods.


In the News


Founding Acsembly, Community Organizing in Canada, Community Organizing in Vancouver, Canada IAF

New IAF Organization Launches in Vancouver, Canada!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Anglican Church of Canada

Over 650 people from 40 institutions gathered in Vancouver to launch Metro Vancouver Alliance in Canada. For a distinctly Anglican take on the assembly...   


Community Organizing in California, Organizing in Napa & Solano, Social Justice, Faith in Action

1,500 Delegates Launch 'Common Ground' in Vallejo, California

Monday, June 24, 2013
Times Herald & Daily Republic

Cheering Delegates of St. Basil Catholic Church (photo)“An enthusiastic crowd of about 1,500 people filled a Vallejo high school gym Sunday afternoon to welcome a new multi-county organization to the community.

Common Ground was introduced at the convention, which was attended by members of its 15 member institutions, and Napa and Solano counties and state elected officials...."


Community Organizing in Texas, organizing in El Paso, Border Organizing, Social Justice, Faith in Action, Saul Alinsky, Texas IAF, organizing for urban school reform

EPISO & Border Interfaith Join to Challenge School Board and Council Candidates

Sunday, April 28, 2013
El Paso Times

“More than 600 people turned out on Sunday to hear more than 30 city and school board candidates speak at a joint forum put on by the El Paso Inter-religious Sponsoring Organization and Border Interfaith.”
 

City Council candidates were challenged to invest in workforce development program Project ARRIBA, and complete quality of life and neighborhood infrastructure projects within the already established 7-year time frame.  Because El Paso public schools mandate standardized testing at least once (and sometimes twice) per week, school board candidates were challenged to reduce the number of standardized tests by 50%.  Candidates were also asked to commit to a more equitable way of funding the arts than simply asking parents of participating students to shoulder the cost.  

[Photo Credit: Mark Lambie/El Paso Times]