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Thu Jul 31, 2014
COPS / Metro Calls for Hospitable Treatment of Migrant Children -San Antonio Express-News & Univision
Clergy and leadership from Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Catholic and Muslim congregations of COPS / Metro delivered a joint statement calling on the President and Congress to demonstrate hospitality to children arriving on the border from Central America.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
TMO, Houston Clergy Call for Protection of Unaccompanied Children from Central America -Houston Chronicle
At a press conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization of Houston (TMO), religious leaders from Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, COGIC and Baptist denominations called on the President and Congress to “welcome” unaccompanied children from Central America and guarantee protections afforded to them in the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
DAI Calls on President to Protect Unaccompanied Children of Central America -Dallas Morning News
In defiance of legislative efforts to denude the Trafficking Victims Act of 2008 of legal protections for unaccompanied minors, Dallas Area Interfaith congregations and bishops called on the White House and Congress to do the opposite: to ensure legal protections for children arriving on our border and stop speed processing of children through immigration courts.
Tue Jul 29, 2014
Austin Interfaith Leverages County Vote for Public Defenders Office -Austin American Statesman
Ofelia Zapata of San Jose Catholic Church and Austin Interfaith reported to the Austin American Statesman that she teamed up with judges to build a hybrid model that would improve indigent defense once she learned of their similar interest. Leaders lobbied County Commissioners to support the establishment of a defender’s office that would assign lawyers to the cases of poor defendants. The first year, Travis County would receive about $700 thousand from the state to establish the new office....
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Marin Organizing Committee Fights for Emergency Shelter -Marin Independent Journal
Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) leaders are fighting to expand a seasonal Rotating Emergency Shelter program to a year-long program benefiting people that need emergency shelter. Leaders propose that the initiative be funded and supported not just by Marin County but by municipalities within county lines. More than 40 congregations participated in the program last year, taking turns sheltering and feeding homeless families overnight at their facilities; about 360 men and women benefited from the collaboration...
Fri Jul 25, 2014
DAI Leads Charge on Water Breaks for Construction Workers -FOX 7 News
DAI leaders are supporting the rights of immigrants already in Dallas through a proposed City ordinance that would mandate water breaks for workers every four hours, bilingual signs explaining the ordinance posted at work and a fine levied on employers for every day there is a violation. Said Fr. Joshua Whitfield with Sta. Rita Catholic, “a city ordinance would be creating a culture of safety and health in the Texas heat.”
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Valley Interfaith Organizes Colonias Residents to Get Voices Heard -The Monitor
Valley Interfaith leader Eddie Anaya, first organized a forum in Las Milpas to identify the concerns of colonia residents of Pharr and then brought 20 local residents to a city-sponsored forum later that week to relay their priorities: a satellite library on the Southside of Pharr, public transportation, improved police response, and identifying an alternative water supply.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas -Austin American Statesman & More
Austin Interfaith is calling for an organized, coordinated effort to receive a large number of unaccompanied minors. This, they say, shouldn’t be political. For Ofelia Zapata, a strategy team member of the organization, the future of migrant children hits close to home. She sees the face of her own grandchild when she looks at the children.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Valley Interfaith Investigates Benzene Plume Near Congregation -Valley Interfaith
Valley Interfaith, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is drawing a connection between stories of cancer-related deaths, three gas stations and a benzene plume moving through a neighborhood blocks from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen...
Fri Jun 27, 2014
Austin Interfaith & Allies Win Vote Against 'Secure Communities' -The Horn & Telemundo
Austin Interfaith and immigration rights allies celebrated a unanimous vote by Austin City Council condemning Travis County's cooperation with Secure Communities and ordering the City Manager to explore alternatives to booking with the County jail.
Fri Jun 27, 2014
Works of IAF Nuns & West / Southwest IAF Credentialed -National Catholic Reporter
The works of Sr. Christine Stephens, Sr. Pearl Ceasar and Sr. Gabriella Lohan of the West / Southwest IAF are documented and celebrated in this special National Catholic Reporter report.
Wed Jun 25, 2014
OK State Supt. Overthrown; Voters Back VOICE Friendly Candidates -Various
State Superintendent candidates that skipped VOICE-OKC's assembly earlier this month are probably regretting that move. Tuesday election results showed that the two candidates that blew off VOICE's 1,500 leader assembly lost their primaries by huge margins.
Mon Jun 23, 2014
AIM Tells Candidates, "No Stump Speeches" -Washington Post
The candidates for Montgomery County executive did most of the listening, rather than the talking, in their final joint appearance before next week’s primary.“No stump speeches” was the directive from Action In Montgomery (AIM), the faith-based advocacy group that packed Silver Spring United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening with more than 500 people from its member congregations.
Sat Jun 21, 2014
Nevadans for the Common Good Credited with Improving Future -Las Vegas Review Journal
There’s an army in town, gathering momentum since the recession.
Its mission: the training of leaders for participation in public life. And, while this army may not be fighting a holy war, it has been turning heads with victories that promise a better future for the valley.
Thu Jun 19, 2014
TMO Leverages Additional Half Million for Job Training in Houston -The Houston Chronicle
Less than a month after Capital IDEA Houston won a Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) grant, TMO leaders asked the City of Houston to invest local dollars. The Council responded, with an additional $500K for Capital IDEA-Houston.
Thu Jun 19, 2014
500 Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders Launch Immigration Campaign -Dallas Morning News & FOX News
Pouring into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, DAI leaders gathered to hear stories of family separation, wage theft, lack of water breaks and undignified apartment conditions.
Tue Jun 17, 2014
Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Vote on School Construction -Austin American Statesman
Close to midnight, Austin Interfaith leaders prevailed upon AISD school board member to support a resolution pegging construction worker wages to federal Davis Bacon prevailing wage standards.
Mon Jun 16, 2014
Kindergarten Rally Draws 300 to New Rochelle -Lohud Journal News
Last week, supporters of a grass-roots effort to require kindergarten in New York rallied at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle to call on the state legislators to support a bill that would d just that. The group, Westchester United, drew nearly 300 people to the church to thank state Sen. Jeff Klein for his support for Assembly bill 5786 and Senate bill S5056 and to ask other legislators to follow suit.
Mon Jun 16, 2014
VOICE in Virgina Challenges Big Banks to Clean Up Their Mess -The Hill
Hannah Senft, Candy Savannah and Ron Taylor, together with "VOICE, a broad-based citizens’ organization, are fighting absentee investors to clean up their yards, exterminate the rats, fix housing code violations and stop abusing immigrant tenants." They are also challenging banks like JP Morgan Chase to clean up their mess.
Fri Jun 13, 2014
Together Louisiana Takes Payday Fight to Consumer Finance Protection Bureau -Times-Picayune
After the Louisiana legislature failed to pass payday lending reform this year, leaders of Together Louisiana took their policy recommendations to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Leaders proposed legislation that would:
- Prohibit payday lending to those who have been in debt for more than 90 days out of the previous year;
- Require that payday lenders refrain from lending more than borrowers can afford to repay;
- Require reporting on payday loan transactions for greater transparency...
Tue Jun 10, 2014
GBIO Scrutinizes Deal Between AG Coakley & Partners Healthcare -Boston Globe
Saying it’s worried that mounting medical costs are squeezing family and government budgets, a group that is representing dozens of Boston-area religious congregations wants the state Health Policy Commission to determine whether a pending deal between Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare System will make health care more affordable.
Mon Jun 9, 2014
1,500 VOICE-OKC Leaders Challenge OK State Candidates on Schools -Fox News
After six months of community meetings on high-stakes testing and its many direct and indirect effects on students, parents, and teachers across Oklahoma, 1,500 leaders assembled to share what they learned with candidates for OK State Superintendent.
Mon Jun 9, 2014
OTOC & Allies End Coal Burning in North Omaha -Omaha World Herald
The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board...
Tue Jun 3, 2014
Austin Interfaith Fights for School-Construction Wage Standard -Telemundo Austin
Asserting that adoption of the federal Davis-Bacon wage standard will raise the negotiating power of construction workers, Austin Interfaith leaders testified at an AISD school board meeting that the current 200-based wages are inadequate for families to affords to live in Austin.
Mon Jun 2, 2014
CONECT Action Advances Gun Control Agenda with Governor -New Haven Register & Others
150 CONECT leaders assembled in Connecticut, with Governor Malloy, to advance the 'Do Not Stand Idly By' initiativefor gun safety and industry changes. Pastor Bernadette and Fr. Jim co-chaired the action.
Connecticut Leaders Seek Changes From Gun Makers, New Haven Register
Malloy to Request More Information From Gun Companies, WFSB Channel 3 News
Malloy Joins Interfaith Effort to Pressure Gunmakers, The Connecticut Mirror
Malloy Demands Info From Gun Manufacturers, CT News Junkie