New York Times

Disaster Recovery, Hurricane Harvey, Texas IAF, organizing in Texas

For Renters, Harvey was the First Blow, Followed by Orders to Move

Friday, September 8, 2017
New York Times
"Members of The Metropolitan Organization, a group of Houston religious congregations, urged Houston’s City Council on Wednesday to establish a grace period for late September rent payments. The poor and undocumented were especially vulnerable, clergy members said.
 
“Many of them have not worked nine or 10 days now because their businesses have been blown away,” said the Rev. Edward Gomez, an Episcopal priest...."
TMO

Carmelia Goffe, Nehemiah Housing, EBC Leader

Remembering Carmelia Goffe

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
New York Times

The Metro IAF sadly reports the death of Carmelia Goffe, East Brooklyn Congregations leader.  Ms. Goffe helped lead the resurrection of East New York through EBC's fights for Nehemiah housing, community policing and improved schools.  We ask that you continue to keep Ms. Goffe and her family in your prayers. Read more about Remembering Carmelia Goffe

EBC

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

Matthew McDermott, Insurance Rates

Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
New York Times

Matthew McDermott, the leader of an interfaith advocacy group, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, said: “We’re concerned that the proposed rate increases will drive many employers and many individuals to drop coverage altogether. And we worry that that heads us toward a market failure here in Connecticut.” Read more about Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them

CONECT

Alton Sterling, police shooting, Louisiana IAF, Community Policing

Together Baton Rouge Leaders "Refuse to be Divided"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
New York Times

In a press conference covered by the New York TimesNational Public Radio Read more about Together Baton Rouge Leaders "Refuse to be Divided"

Together Baton Rouge

Bucks, Scott Walker, Wisconsin IAF, Community Organizing in Milwaukee

Bucks’ Owners Win, at Wisconsin’s Expense

Friday, August 14, 2015
New York Times

Not all Milwaukeeans gave the new owners a hug. Last year, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground — a fine coalition of churches, synagogues, mosques and community groups — surveyed the city’s pitted fields and dilapidated recreation centers and proposed that an arena bond issue should include money for Milwaukee’s playing fields. The group also pushed for a public referendum. Read more about Bucks’ Owners Win, at Wisconsin’s Expense

Common Ground

Gun Safety, safe guns, Gun Control, Policing

Metro IAF: Here's a Way to Control Guns

Friday, July 17, 2015
New York Times

For more than a year, we and fellow religious leaders across the nation have worked to persuade President Obama to use what we believe is the most powerful tool government has in this area: its purchasing power. The federal government is the nation’s top gun buyer. It purchases more than a quarter of the guns and ammunition sold legally in the United States. State and local law enforcement agencies also purchase a large share. Read more about Metro IAF: Here's a Way to Control Guns

Metro IAF

Ed Chambers, Death, Obituary

Ed Chambers, Early Leader of IAF, Dies at 85

Saturday, May 2, 2015
New York Times

Edward T. Chambers, a lapsed seminarian who succeeded Saul Alinsky as leader of Mr. Alinsky’s social justice foundation, advancing his radical agenda of community organizing and grounding its progressive objectives in the Gospels, died on April 26 at a nursing home near his home in Drimoleague, Ireland. He was 85. Read more about Ed Chambers, Early Leader of IAF, Dies at 85


Do Not Stand Idly By, Gun Safety, Las Vegas, safe guns, Kristoff

Kristoff References 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign in Oped

Saturday, January 17, 2015
New York Times

David Hemenway, a public health expert at Harvard, says that the way forward is for police departments or the military to buy smart guns, creating a market and proving they work.

An interfaith group of religious leaders is also appealing to gun industry leaders, ahead of the huge annual trade show in Las Vegas with 65,000 attendees, to drop opposition to smart guns.... Read more about Kristoff References 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign in Oped

Metro IAF

Racial Profiling, Organizing in Durham, Police Searches Without Warrants

Durham CAN Wields Search Data to Challenge Police & Change Policy

Thursday, November 20, 2014
New York Times

Rather than relying on demonstrations to force change, a coalition of ministers, lawyers and community and political activists turned instead to numbers. They used an analysis of state data from 2002 to 2013 that showed that the Durham police searched black male motorists at more than twice the rate of white males during stops. Drugs and other illicit materials were found no more often on blacks.... Read more about Durham CAN Wields Search Data to Challenge Police & Change Policy

Durham CAN

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