Public Safety

Gun Safety, Gun Sales, Rev. Francis Skelly, Immaculate Conception

South Bronx Churches' Rev. Skelly Takes on Dirty Gun Sales

Saturday, February 6, 2016
NY Daily News

"Rev. Francis Skelly, whose parish includes many residents of the Melrose Houses, seemed unsurprised that the gun used in the [police] shooting came from the south — or that the seller once hailed from the north.

SBC

New Jersey Together, Do Not Stand Idly By, Gov. Christie, safe guns

New Jersey Smart Gun Advocates Press On

Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Trace

It’s been a week since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pocket vetoed a bill that would have updated a controversial 2002 smart gun law widely seen as a detriment to the technology. Asked why the bill was left to die, Christie’s office noted that the smart gun reform was among 100 bills passed “in such a hasty and scrambled way” at the end of the legislative calendar, and sponsors of last-minute measures shouldn’t be “praying for them to be rubber stamped.” In other words, he wasn’t given enough time to read or evaluate the proposal.

NJT

Tamir Rice Shooting, Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, Black Lives Matter, Police

GCC Rabbi Speaks on Dialogue Re: Tamir Rice Grand Jury Ruling

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Cleveland Jewish News

Given the Cuyahoga County grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, things in our community are tense. Elevating the dialogue about law enforcement could help release some of that tension.

GCC

safe guns, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Do Not Stand Idly By

Obama Embraces Smart Guns at Urging of Metro IAF

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Washington Post

Late last year, a group connected to the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, made up of citizens and faith leaders, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to raise $20 million for developing smart guns before he raises money for his presidential library and foundation.



The foundation’s leaders were thrilled with Obama’s announcement.

Metro IAF

Tamir Rice, police shooting, Rabbi Caruso, Very Rev. Lind, Pastor Gibson

Failed Justice in Tamir Rice Death Galvanizes Faith Community

Friday, January 1, 2016
Cleveland.com

Western religions generally counsel against pure anger. In scripture, God is lifted up as one who is "slow to anger." Indeed, being slow to anger is aspired to as a virtue for every living being. Yet there are times when anger serves us well – when it is harnessed to confront society's systemic ills and catalyze change.

GCC

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.

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

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."

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.

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

Metro IAF

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