Sun Oct 19, 2014
Common Ground Draws Line In The Sand Over Arena Spending vs. Parks -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Members of the community group Common Ground on Sunday formally drew a line in the sand in opposition to the use of public money to finance a new, multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee.

And in a message to community leaders and Milwaukee Bucks owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, the group made it clear it will fight to improve recreational facilities for children....

Mon Oct 13, 2014
800 MVA Leaders Advance Agenda with Vancouver Mayoral Candidates -Vancouver Courier & 1130 News

800 Metropolitan Vancouver Alliance (MVA) delegates assembled to challenge Mayoral candidates for Vancouver with a multi-pronged agenda.  All four candidates, including the incumbent, endorsed the proposals on social isolation, transit, poverty, and protections for apartment renters...

Tue Oct 7, 2014
NCLI Gets (R) Congressman to Admit Louisiana Needs Medicaid Expansion -Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith

Over 150 leaders from Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith assembled with three candidates for US Congressional District 5 including Republican incumbent Vance McAllister, Dr. Ralph Abraham and Mayor Jamie Mayo.  Leaders succeeded in leveraging bipartisan agreement to work with the organization to....

Tue Oct 7, 2014
TMO Leaders Address Feral Dogs Roaming Houston Neighborhood -FOX News & More

Hundreds of TMO leaders gathered to hound their public officials on why children of De Zavala Elementary School don't get the protection they need from packs of stray dogs roaming their campus....

Thu Oct 2, 2014
MACG Packs Hall to Support Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants -Catholic Sentinel

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good leaders packed an assembly to hear stories from people impacted by Oregon’s driver’s license laws shared their stories and to advocate for Measure 88 on Oregon’s November ballot, which would allow undocumented immigrants to drive after fulfilling all other requirements.

Mon Sep 29, 2014
AMOS Conference Targets Causes of Neurological Damage to Children -Des Moines Register

Building on a public conversation about juvenile criminal justice, initiated last year by AMOS, almost 800 people gathered at Iowa Events Center to hear the latest findings on the developing brains of children and youth.  Dr. Dipesh Navsaria explained that...

Thu Sep 25, 2014
Sydney Alliance Tackles Transport and Affordability in 350-person Assembly -Syndey Alliance

About 350 Sydney Alliance leaders packed an assembly hall in Sutherland-St George to challenge NSW Minister of Transport Gladys Berejiklian, local MPs and candidates for state office...

Thu Sep 18, 2014
Austin Interfaith Challenges Mayoral Candidates to Address Child Poverty -Austin Monitor & Austin Chronicle

Decrying a municipal child poverty rate of 30% that overshadows even Texas' overall poverty rate, 300 Austin Interfaith leaders confronted candidates with the challenge of investing more in early education and supports for families, in addition to affordability in the City.  More below.

Tue Sep 16, 2014
Greater Cleveland Congregations Combats Gun Violence Locally -WKYC - Channel 3

Fri Sep 5, 2014
Common Ground's CEO Recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal -Milwaukee Business Journal

Cathy Mahaffey grew up in small town in southwestern Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, where she learned to fish — a passion she still shares with her two sons and husband, Tim.

Away from the water, the Mahaffeys form a health insurance power couple as both Cathy and Tim lead separate Wisconsin-based health insurance organizations. She looks and sounds like a businesswoman in her professional attire and expertise in referencing insurance industry lingo.

Wed Sep 3, 2014
Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal Bishops Urge Tucson Clergy to Work for Good -The New Vision Online

Congregations of faith can work together for the common good of the greater community, said several bishops to a crowd of 60 new and recently transferred clergy in Tucson....

Thu Aug 28, 2014
Chase Bank Applauds Capital IDEA-Houston & Invests $100K -Carolyn Watson

Carolyn Watson, Chase Bank VP of Corporate Responsibility, announced the award of $100K to Capital IDEA-Houston at a meeting of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. Capital IDEA-Houston, established by leaders of TMO as a labor market intermediary...

Wed Aug 27, 2014
COPS / Metro Leaders Protest City Gag Rule Against NonProfits -San Antonio Express News

COPS / Metro Alliance leaders demonstrated the implications of a new City rule by gagging one of their own leaders on the steps of City Hall.  Rosa Araujo-Iracheta of St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church detailed what the new rules would entail, exclaiming “For some agencies, this blackout period has been in effect since March…That’s over five months of being shut out!”

Tue Aug 26, 2014
Border Interfaith & EPISO Set Sights on Texas Payday Lending Reform -Texas Tribune

With the victory of limiting the profitability of payday lending in El Paso, congregational leaders of Border Interfaith and El Paso are turning their attention to statewide payday lending reform...

Fri Aug 15, 2014
COPA Leaders Break Ground for Basketball Court in Salinas, CA -The Californian

The story, according to Bibiana Alcala, involves an important first phone call.  ”Once our residents said they wanted a basketball court….we contacted COPA.”

COPA leaders and their young children celebrated the breaking of ground at Acosta Plaza with shovels, stories and speeches....

Fri Aug 15, 2014
VIP Wins AZ Candidates' Promises on Schools, Healthcare & Training -The Arizona Republic

Two hundred fifty leaders from Valley Interfaith Project piled into a church hall to challenge Republican and Democrat legislative candidates for Districts 23 and 28 to commit to supporting Medicaid expansion, school funding increases, and workforce development.  Most of the candidates committed to supporting VIP’s three-point agenda, but...

Tue Aug 12, 2014
EQUAL Beats Back Queens Floodwaters -City Limits

E. Thomas Oliver, a deacon at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church and a leader of EQUAL, says that when he purchased his home on 141st Avenue in Laurelton in 1971, little did he know he was “buying waterfront property.”
But after storm waters destroyed two of his cars and he spent $4,000 to install a sump pump in his basement—he recalls once seeing a neighbor paddle down the street in a canoe—he was convinced the coastline had somehow encroached upon Laurelton.

Fri Aug 8, 2014
OTOC Religious Leaders Admonish White House Over Deportations -Omaha World-Herald

Less than a week after Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders began circulating a statement in support of unaccompanied children at the border, 140 leaders signed on — including Nebraska Episcopal Bishop Scott Barker and NE Lutheran Bishop Brian Maas.

The campaign was precipitated by OTOC immigration action leader Sr. Kathleen Erickson....

Wed Aug 6, 2014
Metro IAF Leaders Push Issue of Gun Safety in US -Washington Post

“The idea of a smart-gun maker who has lots of experience making guns is intriguing because he’s not just some fly-by-night guy trying to do this,” said Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, a member of the group [Metro IAF] that met with Mauch. “Law enforcement officials have been quietly saying that if he comes over, they’d be willing to meet with him.”

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.”