Community Organizing in Texas, Organizing in RGV, McAllen, Benzene, TCEQ, Environment

Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Valley Interfaith

Valley Interfaith, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is drawing a connection between stories of cancer-related deaths, three gas stations and a benzene plume moving through a neighborhood blocks from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen...

Valley Interfaith

Groundwater Conservation, TBO, Sandra Fuentes, Ramon Duran, Texas IAF, Water

TBO Fights for Groundwater Conservation on Texas Border

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Del Rio News Herald

Sandra Fuentes, a co-chair of The Border Organization, told members of Val Verde County Commissioners Court, “The Border Organization has been working on the effort to form a groundwater conservation district for several years now, and for various reasons, this has not materialized. The Border Organization [will now] reorganize ...around this issue, to establish a groundwater district for Val Verde County.

The Border Organization

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 17:45

New Jersey Together/ICO Wins Epic Environmental Cleanup Battle vs. Chemical Giant PPG Industries

The Interfaith Community Organization (now the Jersey City chapter of New Jersey Together) launched its campaign to rid Jersey City of toxic chromium wastes more than 20 years ago.  In the spring of 2011, it won another large-scale cleanup -- much like the landmark legal victory which forced Honeywell to carry out a $400 million cleanup.  PPG Industries will remove 600,000 tons of cancer-causing industrial wastes that it left behind  in a densely populated neighborhood when it closed its local manufacturing operation a half century ago.  PPG settled a lawsuit brought by ICO and o

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 16:00

PATH links environmental protections with job creation in Howard County, MD

Thanks to the organizing of religious leaders in Howard County, the Maryland General Assembly passed a stormwater bill requiring the state's 15 largest municipalities (including Howard County) to create stormwater runoff fees.  This is a huge environmental victory as well as a potential dedicated funding source for the youth conservation corps that PATH creating with the county!  PATH worked closely with a coalition of environmental groups and the County Executive to help pass this bill in Annapolis, and turned out dozens and dozens of people to hearings, a rally, and small group

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 16:45

Washington Interfaith Network negotiates green energy deal.

Representatives of 40 religious groups from the Washington Interfaith Network met with energy officials to secure a collective buying deal featuring lower utility rates and green energy. (Photo Credit: New York Times)