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elections, Civic Engagement, Building Power

Gecan: Elites Can't Keep Writing Off Americans Who Voted for Trump

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Chicago Sun Times

After the 2016 election, my view was that the voters had rejected not just Hillary Clinton, but also the modern Democratic Party – a party top-heavy with celebrity candidates and dominated by Wall Streeters, Silicon Valley stars and academic and professional elites. Read more about Gecan: Elites Can't Keep Writing Off Americans Who Voted for Trump

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School Education Data, urban school reform, New York IAF

Manhattan Together, So. Bronx Churches Fight for Better School Data

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
New York Daily News & More

On March 19th, over 400 Manhattan Together (MT) and South Bronx Churches (SBC) leaders gathered with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to push the City Government for action to improve their broken Special Education data system and to push for more repairs in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments. Read more about Manhattan Together, So. Bronx Churches Fight for Better School Data

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Lake County United, 40 unit affordable housing

Lake County United Celebrates Completion of Fairhaven Crossing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Lake County United

Lake County United identified the land, secured the site, established a development team, and built the community support for a 40-unit affordable housing complex in Mundelein, IL. Over 300 Lake County United leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of Fairhaven Crossing, which will give everyone, including residents with disabilities, the opportunity to live as independently as possible. The unit includes a community center and computer room. Read more about Lake County United Celebrates Completion of Fairhaven Crossing

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rev. Brawley, Bishop Miles, Michael Gecan

The True Toughness Jeff Sessions Must Show

Saturday, May 20, 2017
NY Daily News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a message to America: He’s going to be tough on crime. Read more about The True Toughness Jeff Sessions Must Show

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Public Transit, Metro, Capital Investments, Operations, ATU

Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Washington Post

Several faith- and community-based organizations say Metro needs $1 billion a year in dedicated funding, and they’ve come up with a proposal that includes a mix of sales, gas and property taxes that leaders say will beef up service levels and preserve jobs while addressing the system’s long-term needs. Read more about Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

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Rev. Brawley, Rabbi Mosbacher, Rev. O'Connor, Bishop Miles, Trump

Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
New York Daily News

A s faith leaders, we have long studied the biblical story of the person who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls of his beloved city. Nehemiah was both a visionary and a realist. He knew he needed a trowel to reconstruct the walls of the city. Read more about Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

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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

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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

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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?

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