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Thu Jun 18, 2015
Memorial Service for Ed Chambers Announced -Industrial Areas Foundation

A memorial service for Edward (Ed) Chambers has been scheduled for:  

8:30am, Wednesday, July 1st 
American Jewish University 
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90077

The service will be open to IAF organizers and others, and will precede the IAF International meeting scheduled that same day. 



Reflections on Chamber's life and legacy below:



Recognizing Ed Chambers by Dick Harmon

Ed Chambers, Leader of Community Organising in the US Inspired Creation of Citizens UK by Neil Jameson

Edward Chambers, Community Organizing’s Unforgiving HeroNew Yorker

Lessons From a Great Community Organizer,Council of Philanthropy

Mon Jun 29, 2015
Metro Vancouver Alliance Builds Bridges and Makes Things Happen -Vancouver Sun

The new Metro Vancouver Alliance is devoted to bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together for the sake of the “common good.”

And it recently marked a significant success when Alliance-affiliated churches and synagogues played a role in helping the mostly Filipino staff at Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver get through a contentious contract dispute.

Thu Jun 25, 2015
Austin Interfaith Launches Jobs Training Program for Teens -Austin American Statesman & Community Impact

Austin Interfaith and Austin Independent School District (AISD) jointly announced the launch of a high school job training program targeted at students from three local high schools: Travis, Crockett and Lanier.

 

Modeled off the Summer Youth Employment program, created by Austin Interfaith 20 years ago in partnership with the City and County, this program will teach high schoolers leadership and soft skills like timeliness, and professional conduct;

Thu Jun 25, 2015
CONECT Organizes Forum to Address Public Safety -FOX & More

"In response to clergy and neighborhood concerns about public safety Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a multi-faith concern, hosted the forum facilitated by Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME and Pastor Anthony Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church.

Topics addressed included police response, neighborhood interaction and community policing, as well as the horrific shooting of nine people that left a man dead last week at Trumbull Gardens housing project."

Fox:  http://foxct.com/2015/06/18/bridgeport-city-and-police-leaders-hold-forum-with-community-to-improve-relationship/

 

CT Post:  http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Church-audience-looks-for-answers-on-policing-6334045.php

 

Only in Bridgeport:  http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/the-challenge-of-police-and-community-relationships-aired-at-forum/#more-73401

Thu Jun 25, 2015
Metro IAF / EBC Demand that De Blasio Act on Housing Horror -City Limits

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population.

Wed Jun 24, 2015
'Better Together' Beats Back Separatists in Baton Rouge -The Advocate & Better Together

Leaders of ‘Better Together’ successfully undermined a suburban incorporation effort (in the St. George area) by convincing voters who had signed onto the original petition to withdraw their signatures.

A small minority of St. George residents needed 17,859 signatures to call a vote for incorporation, an essential first step in separating the suburb 

Wed Jun 24, 2015
COPS / Metro Fights for Higher City Worker Wages at Budget Session -San Antonio Express-News & KSAT 12

The tone at most of San Antonio's big City Council budget goal-setting sessions historically may have been positive, but that tone shifted notably at a most recent session.

COPS / Metro leader Robert Cruz, pointedly asked the city’s budget director what the city intends to do with the $24 million in revenue it received in excess of forecasts when the 2015 budget was adopted last year.

Wed Jun 24, 2015
Catholic Sisters Combat Poverty, Impact Thousands in San Antonio -Global Sisters Report

The speakers offered words of eloquence and encouragement. Moments later came handshakes, hugs and tears as students crossed the stage. But this was not a typical graduation ceremony. There were no diplomas, no gowns and no hats tossed into the air.

Instead, this ceremony celebrated completion, not from a high school or university, but from job-training programs that varied from associate degrees in nursing to technology certifications. For Erica Espinoza, who went from being a cashier at Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q to a registered nurse, it opened up a new path, one that leads away from a life of unpaid utility bills, late rent checks, couch surfing and at times, hunger.

“When I crossed the stage, I was really happy. I was smiling; I was shaking every hand,” Espinoza said. “I couldn’t believe I had gotten through everything. It was just pure joy.”

Espinoza was one of 200 students being honored at the graduate recognition ceremony for Project Quest, a labor market intermediary that partners with San Antonio community colleges and local companies offering job-training programs. Its mission: to lead participants like Espinoza out of low-paying jobs and into new, more lucrative careers.

On stage that May evening were Executive Director Pearl Ceasar, a Sister of Divine Providence, and Holy Spirit Sr. Gabriella Lohan, a board member who helped create and implement Project Quest in 1992.

Tue Jun 23, 2015
BUILD Leverages Local Hiring in Baltimore -WYPR

Johns Hopkins University plans to hire more city residents and do more business with local companies.

University President Ronald Daniels announced the beginning of the Hopkins Local Initiative Monday during Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development's One Baltimore Assembly at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sandtown.

Daniels said the initiative is an expansion of the university's economic inclusion program and pledged "firm and measurable commitments" to increase local hiring, local purchasing and contracting with more local minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Wed Jun 17, 2015
Ed Chambers: Leader of Community Organising in the US Inspired Creation of Citizens UK -The Tablet

Ed Chambers was born in the Midwest of the United States, the son of Thomas and Hazella Chambers, Irish Catholics who had emigrated to America from the west Cork town of Skibbereen, where Chambers was to retire in 2010.  Chambers started to train...

Thu Jun 11, 2015
COPS Metro & County Officials Announce Wage Hike & Urge Vote -Rivard Report & More

Days before the San Antonio mayoral election runoff, church and state united to urge voters to the polls and while there, to remember that San Antonians need a living wage.  COPS / Metro leaders and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, with Commissioners Tommy Calvert and Paul Elizondo, held a joint press conference announcing that the County would do their part to increase wages, and that the City should as well.

Wed Jun 10, 2015
Common Ground Calls Bucks Owner 'Billionaire Bully' -Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal

About 100 members of Common Ground met in the City Hall lobby Wednesday, calling the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks "billionaire bullies" who neither need nor deserve public money to build a new downtown sports arena.

"I will call on all my neighbors, friends, church members and ask them to urge their elected officials to vote 'no,' " Common Ground member Jennifer O'Hare said.

Mon Jun 8, 2015
Time For the Mayor to Lead on Gun Safety -NY Daily News Op-Ed

"Even as New York City wrestles with an increase in shootings, Mayor de Blasio is making a habit of missing opportunities to lead on gun safety. Softballs cross the city’s plate, and the mayor doesn’t bother to swing."

Sun Jun 7, 2015
Ed Chamber's Memorial -Memorial Service for Ed Chambers

A memorial service for Edward Chambers, successor to Saul Alinsky, was held at St. Gertrude's in Chicago on June 7, 2015. Former Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation was remembered by friends and colleagues as a key figure in the development of worldwide network of grassroots citizens organizations.

Memorial notice here.

 

 

Sat Jun 6, 2015
NCG Fights Off Push for Privatization of Medicaid Services in Nevada -Las Vegas Review Journal

Leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good cried 'foul' when a dead bill proposing to privatize the provision of Medicaid services was kept alive through unnatural means.  Though voted down, it remained in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee through an exemption sparing it from normal deadlines.  That same language was then grafted onto a separate bill (SB 514) and approved by the legislature the day before it adjourned.

Tue Jun 2, 2015
COPA Advances Health Services for Uninsured Undocumented Kids -Monterey Herald

No money was actually handed out, but a proposed pilot program aimed at providing health services to Monterey County’s undocumented immigrants may have been the biggest winner during Tuesday’s county budget hearing....

Fri May 29, 2015
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina Takes Questions From Parents, Educators at Packed Bronx Forum -NY Daily News

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.

They traveled from as near as Mott Hall Science and Technology in the South Bronx and from as far away as Bushwick, Brooklyn, to drill Chancellor Carmen Fariña on hot-topic issues like the expansion of the city’s gifted and talented programs, teacher evaluations and school performance.

Chalkbeat story here.

Daily News Editorial here.

 

Thu May 28, 2015
Credit Cleveland [and GCC] for Largely Peaceful Protests -Cleveland.com

What came through loud and clear this past week, however, is that -- rather than descend into violence and chaos -- the citizens of Cleveland chose to express their feelings of anger and dismay in a way that elevated their passionate message. Nothing got lost in a flash of fire or pile of rubble.

Maybe it was the call for peaceful protest by the Greater Cleveland Congregations...

Mon May 18, 2015
Valley Interfaith Shakes Up Pharr Election; Parks & Libraries at Stake -Rio Grande Guardian & Brownsville Herald

"In the recent Pharr City Commission election, Valley Interfaith leaders knew the races were likely to be close. They calculated that if they turned out their supporters and members, particularly in south Pharr, they could impact the election and thus have leverage on which policies get implemented.”

Fri May 15, 2015
Lessons From a Great Community Organizer -Chronicle of Philanthropy

The death last month of Edward Chambers, one of the world’s great community organizers, serves as a strong reminder of how the power of the grass-roots can be mobilized to make a huge difference in the lives of the neediest. He was a master of building groups that could last for the long haul, a skill not enough activists possess.

For 37 years, Mr. Chambers served as the national director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of community-based organizations that had been founded by his mentor Saul Alinsky, the iconic champion of "power organizing."

Fri May 15, 2015
TMO Lyons Elementary Parents Prevail Over Rezoning Plan -Houston Chronicle

Lyons Elementary parents won an 8 – 1 Houston Independent School District board vote against proposed boundary changes to their school.  The changes would have sent students from one of the top ranked schools in the state to one ranked in the lowest 18% statewide....

Thu May 14, 2015
Nationstar Mortgage CEO to Meet with Common Ground -Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Nationstar Mortgage CEO Jay Bray agreed on Thursday to come to Milwaukee and meet with representatives of Common Ground, a community group pressing the company to address blighted housing here.

Common Ground associate organizer Kathleen Patron said Bray made the commitment at the company's shareholders' meeting in Irving, Texas. A Nationstar Mortgage spokesman confirmed Bray would come to Milwaukee, but said details needed to be worked out.

Wed May 13, 2015
1,800 GBIO Leaders Secure "Pledge to Work for Social Justice" -Boston Globe

The governor and mayor were joined by Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The four made their pledges before more than 1,800 people who packed the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square for the event, hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Wed May 6, 2015
Edward Chambers, Community Organizing's Unforgiving Hero -New Yorker
On a June night in 1978, a community organizer named Edward Chambers drove through the shattered bricks and waist-high weeds of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, finding his way along streets that no longer had signs. He was expected at a nearby Lutheran church by a group of local clergy. Its members had reached out to Chambers, a disciple of Saul Alinsky, in the hope that he could help them rescue a section of New York so devastated that Boston’s mayor, on a visit, had declared it “the beginning of the end of our civilization....”

Tue May 5, 2015
Memorial Service for Ed Chambers Announced -Industrial Areas Foundation

Edward T. Chambers, long-time Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), based in Chicago, Illinois, died peacefully in April 26 in Kilcoe. Skibbereen, Ireland, where he suffered from advanced Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Chambers was named the successor to IAF founder Saul Alinsky in 1972 and led the IAF to become the premier community organizing network in the U.S. and around the world. Chambers was the lead organizer in many of the IAF organizing efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Woodlawn Organization in Chicago and FIGHT in Rochester, New York. He then mentored an entire generation of organizers and community leaders in what he called "the skills of public life." He wrote a book on his methods titled "Roots for Radicals."

Chambers retired on January 1, 2010, after the onset of Alzheimer's and moved to Ireland, where his family maintains a residence. He was born in Clarion, Iowa, on April 2, 1930, and is survived by his wife, the artist Ann Martin Chambers, and their five children Eve, Mae, Joe, Lily, and William.

An interfaith memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, 1420 W. Granville Avenue in Chicago. For further information, call his publisher at 773-271-1030.

Condolences to the family can be emailed to chambers.ed123@yahoo.co.uk.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ed’s name to an organization that helps people learn how to build grassroots power for the common good.

 

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