Public Safety

Do Not Stand Idly By, Rabbi Mosbacher, Bishop Douglas Miles, Guns

Metro IAF Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Guns

Monday, January 4, 2016
Metro IAF

Since early 2013, the faith and citizens’ organizing group Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) – and the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign we initiated – have called on President Obama to stop waiting for Congress to act, and to use Executive Branch powers to curb gun deaths in America. In particular, we have asked the President to use the purchasing power of the U.S. government to push gun manufacturers to exercise leadership in the areas of gun safety technology and responsible distribution. Read more about Metro IAF Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Guns

Metro IAF

Gun Violence, safety, Jersey City

"We've had enough!" - Pastors Say Jersey City is in Crisis

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
NJ.com New Jersey

The pastors, part of a group called Jersey City Together, said they called Police Chief Philip Zacche's office nearly two weeks ago to request he join them for a Dec. 1 meeting to discuss the recent shootings, and followed up with a letter hand delivered on Friday. There was no response, they said today.

"We've had enough," said the Rev. Laurie Wurm, of Grace Church Van Vorst Read more about "We've had enough!" - Pastors Say Jersey City is in Crisis

NJT

Freddie Gray Trial, Peace Rally, Police, Prayer, Rev. Glenna Huber

Peace Rallies Held Ahead of First Freddie Gray Trial

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
ABC News

"We're expressing our outrage and our grief around the current crisis in our city,” said BUILD Clergy Co-Chair, Rev. Glenna Huber. “We're moving that outrage and grief into hope to that we can act on creating a safer Baltimore for all residents."

"It has to be rebuilt,” Father Joe Muth from Blessed Sacrament Church said. “And we feel that by working together we can make that rebuilding happen." Read more about Peace Rallies Held Ahead of First Freddie Gray Trial

BUILD

Policing, Corruption, Over-Policing, Police Culture, Change, NYC

Learning to Honor the Badge: Gecan Analyzes Three Policing Challenges

Monday, November 30, 2015
NY Daily News

In 1977, I was starting out as a community organizer on the west and northwest sides of Chicago, including in my old home parish, Our Lady of the Angels. Anyone of a certain age from there knows that the OLA school caught fire in 1958 and burned, killing 92 students and three nuns. The shock of that day triggered a national campaign to improve fire safety in schools. Read more about Learning to Honor the Badge: Gecan Analyzes Three Policing Challenges

Metro IAF

Do Not Stand Idly By, Gun Safety, safe guns, President Obama

Obama Considers Executive Action on Gun Control

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

“We have traveled here from across the nation to challenge you to stop whining about the power you don’t have, and start acting with the power you do have,” said Bishop Douglas Mi Read more about Obama Considers Executive Action on Gun Control

Metro IAF

Gun Safety, Do Not Stand Idly By, Bishop Miles, Violence Prevention

Mr. President, "Stop Whining" About Gun Violence

Friday, October 9, 2015
Huffington Post
With the sun-drenched White House behind him, a prominent Baptist pastor spoke at a news conference that I attended in Lafayette Park yesterday. In a deep, no-nonsense voice, he delivered a stern message to President Obama: "Mr. President, we urge you to stop whining and begin acting."
 
Metro IAF

Do Not Stand Idly By, safe guns, NRA, School Shootings

If We Can't Ban Guns, Can We Make Them Safer?

Friday, October 9, 2015
In These Times
Gun-violence prevention group Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) has come up with a plan to bypass Congress altogether. Part of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro-IAF), a nationwide multi-faith network of community organizations, DNSIB seeks to use the government’s massive purchasing power to encourage the gun industry to join the campaign against gun violence.
 
Metro IAF

Do Not Stand Idly By, Gun Control, Gun Safety, White House, Protest

Rabbi's Gun Protest is Personal

Thursday, October 8, 2015
North Jersey Media Group

Joel Mosbacher wishes he wasn’t here.

It is Thursday morning, sunny and autumn-cool, and Mosbacher, a rabbi from Oakland, is standing across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House as a protester calling for tougher gun laws. Read more about Rabbi's Gun Protest is Personal

Metro IAF

Gun Safety, Shootings, President Obama, White House, Press Conference

WashPost Covers Metro IAF White House Press Conference

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Washington Post

As is their way, the community organizers and activists at the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) are pushing the president to use the federal government’s purchasing power to promote safer guns. To do business with the government, companies would have to be willing to “remove the barriers to getting smart guns and gun safety technologies to market” and cooperate with law enforcement to “identify and isolate dealers that provide large numbers of guns used in crimes.” Read more about WashPost Covers Metro IAF White House Press Conference

Metro IAF

Sex Trafficking, Las Vegas, Pimps, Youth Prostitution, Robert Hoo

What Happened in Vegas

Friday, September 25, 2015
Commonweal

Andrea Swanson was raised in a Catholic military family in Virginia and married a military man. Her husband, Rod, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, became an FBI agent, then rose to supervision of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Las Vegas. That’s where the couple raised their four children, two girls and two boys. Andrea worked as a school nurse. Read more about What Happened in Vegas

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