Community Building

Border Interfaith, community organizing in El Paso, Texas IAF

El Paso IAF Puts 'We the People' at the Center of Public Life

Monday, April 24, 2017
El Paso Times & More

Several hundred Border Interfaith and EPISO leaders assembled for an accountability session, one day before early voting began, to challenge candidates for Mayor, City Council and the Board of Trustees for El Paso and Ysleta School Districts around the issues most impacting residents’ daily lives. Read more about El Paso IAF Puts 'We the People' at the Center of Public Life

EPISO

stadium, Quicken Loans, Detroit, investor meeting, Cleveland

GCC Fighting to Create a Community Equity Fund

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Metro IAF

GCC loaded three busloads of leaders and held a 175-person action outside the corporate headquarters of Quicken Loans in Detroit. Read more about GCC Fighting to Create a Community Equity Fund

GCC

leadership development, Civic Engagement, Muslim

VOICE Trains 100 Muslim Leaders in Northern Virginia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Metro IAF

In the last 3 weeks, VOICE trained 325+ leaders including 125 from eight Northern VA mosques and schools. Read more about VOICE Trains 100 Muslim Leaders in Northern Virginia

VOICE

Tax Subsidies, Industrial Tax Exemption Program, 'Together Louisiana'

Together Louisiana Reins In Backdoor Corporate Subsidies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Advocate & More

Eight months after their victory in reforming the state Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP), leaders of Together Louisiana noticed that industrial tax exemptions spiked 441% in its last year (2016), with the majority of tax exem Read more about Together Louisiana Reins In Backdoor Corporate Subsidies


Stadiums, Taxpayer Dollars, Cuyahoga County, Tax Subsidies

Opponents, Some Supporters, of Q Renovation Plan Pack Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Cleveland.com

More than 200 people packed Cuyahoga County Council chambers Tuesday on both sides of a proposed plan to spend tax dollars to renovate Quicken Loans Arena...the largest crowd ever to attend a meeting since council formed six years ago, a resolution allowing the county to sell $140 million Read more about Opponents, Some Supporters, of Q Renovation Plan Pack Meeting

GCC

Michael Gecan, Chris Hedges, Building Power, community organizing

Chris Hedges Talks with Michael Gecan About Building Organizations

Monday, January 9, 2017
Truth Dig

When asked why he told poor Brooklyn communities in 1980 to raise a quarter of a million dollars without government aid, community organizer Michael Gecan responded, “Because power is organized people and organized money.” Read more about Chris Hedges Talks with Michael Gecan About Building Organizations

Metro IAF

community organizing, IAF, Institutional Organizing, Saul Alinsky

Back of the Yards: Lessons from a Community Organizer, by Mike Gecan

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Boston Review

On the Wednesday after November’s presidential election, I found myself in the Back of the Yards area of Chicago’s South Side. I was there to meet with Roman Catholic priest David Kelly. Father Kelly is executive director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, which he runs out of a converted school building on Fifty-first and Elizabeth. He and his team feed the hungry and bring together the perpetrators and victims of gang gun violence in the community.  Read more about Back of the Yards: Lessons from a Community Organizer, by Mike Gecan

Metro IAF

Community Building
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 21:45

Together Louisiana & IAF Secure $500M Flood Recovery 'Down Payment'

Just days before Congress adjourns for October recess, the word among lobbyists was that a proposal for flood recovery funding for Louisiana would not even get a vote for inclusion in the continuing resolution (short term budget).  It was the last opportunity to secure funding for flood recovery before the lame duck session. Read more about Together Louisiana & IAF Secure $500M Flood Recovery 'Down Payment'


Public Financing of Privately-Held Stadium, Adelson, Taxes, Robert Hoo

NCG Fights Funding of Adelson-Backed Stadium in Las Vegas

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Las Vegas Tribune

Naming “seven hidden risks” that public funding of a new Adelson-backed Raiders’ stadium would bring to taxpayers, leaders of  Read more about NCG Fights Funding of Adelson-Backed Stadium in Las Vegas

Nevadans for the Common Good

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