Voter Engagement

Arnie Graf, democracy, Civic Engagement, IAF

Politicians Should Trust in the People They Hope to Represent

Monday, November 7, 2016
Baltimore Sun

In the summer of 1971, I went to Chicago to train as an organizer at the Industrial Areas Foundation (I.A.F.), which was founded in 1940 by the late Saul Alinsky, a colorful personality who is widely regarded as the father of community organizing.



Of the many things he talked about during that training, he made two points that have stayed with me over the course of my 45-year career spent organizing in Baltimore and across the country.... Read more about Politicians Should Trust in the People They Hope to Represent

Metro IAF

Mike Gecan, Civic Engagement, Scott Walker, democracy

How Democrats Are Getting Played

Thursday, February 2, 2017
New York Daily News

Super Bowl week, and the early days of the Trump administration, are a good time to think about what works in sports and politics. Read more about How Democrats Are Getting Played

Metro IAF

Civic Engagement, Mike Gecan, Scott Walker

Who's Normalizing Donald Trump Now?

Monday, February 6, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Gecan argues that the parallel for what’s happening in Washington right now is Wisconsin in 2011. Back then, Gov. Scott Walker backed a bill stripping public-employee unions of collective-bargaining rights. The left erupted in protest, with demonstrators occupying the State Capitol and a movement pushing a recall of the governor in what became a national drama. Read more about Who's Normalizing Donald Trump Now?

Metro IAF

Mike Gecan, GOTV, party politics

Party Needs to Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards, Stars

Thursday, November 10, 2016
New York Times

...the lessons of this election is to recommit itself to the vast majority of non-rock-star Americans who still live in physical space -- blocks, neighborhoods, subdivisions, trailer parks, workplaces, fading cities and aging suburbs and towns. The core issue for these Americans is the lack of long-term living wage work, especially for those who are not college educated.... Read more about Party Needs to Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards, Stars

Metro IAF

Health District, Rio Grande Valley, Tier 1 Hospital, affordable healthcare

Valley Interfaith Gets Out The Vote for Health District

Sunday, October 23, 2016
The Monitor

Valley Interfaith is working hard to get parishioners to vote in favor of Proposition 1. Read more about Valley Interfaith Gets Out The Vote for Health District

Valley Interfaith

SAISD, San Antonio schools, Texas IAF, living wages, children

COPS / Metro Fights for $450M Bond for SAISD Children

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
San Antonio Express-News & More

Only one month after raising municipal wages for the second year in a row in San Antonio, COPS / Metro is now fighting to leverage necessary funding for school improvements…$450 Million, to be precise. Read more about COPS / Metro Fights for $450M Bond for SAISD Children

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Early Voting Locations in Cleveland, ATU, Board of Elections, march

Hundreds March to Cast Ballots, Protest Dearth of Early Voting Sites

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Cleveland.com

Several hundred voters marched to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on Sunday to cast ballots and protest the limited number of in-house early voting locations in Ohio. Read more about Hundreds March to Cast Ballots, Protest Dearth of Early Voting Sites

GCC

Mayoral Race, accountability assembly, Mississippi IAF

Working Together Jackson to Hold Monday Mayor Meeting

Friday, June 10, 2016
Jackson Free Press

Working Together Jackson, a religious and community mega-group comprised of the heads of around 40 Jackson-area organizations, will sit down with M Read more about Working Together Jackson to Hold Monday Mayor Meeting

Working Together Jackson

Hirschman, 2015 Election, Trump, Sanders, Clinton, Gecan

By M. Gecan: Exit, Loyalty and Voice - a Frame to Understand the Appeal of Trump, Sanders and Clinton

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
NY Daily News

In a turbulent time, I find a measure of calm and clarity in the words of the late economist A.O. Hirschman, whose short book, “Exit, Voice and Loyalty” was published in 1970. Hirschman was born in Germany into a life of even greater turbulence than we are now experiencing. Read more about By M. Gecan: Exit, Loyalty and Voice - a Frame to Understand the Appeal of Trump, Sanders and Clinton

Metro IAF

Organizing in the UK, Citizens UK, elections, voters

Citizens UK Makes Westminster's Politicians Face Power of the People

Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Guardian

One of a number of alternative hustings trying to boost voter registration and turnout, and expanding the frontiers of conventional campaigning in the process, is Citizens UK.  It is an alliance of 350 schools, faith communities, unions and voluntary sector organisations in areas such as London, Birmingham and Cardiff that, among a number of issues, has pressed hard for the living wage. Read more about Citizens UK Makes Westminster's Politicians Face Power of the People

Citizens UK

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