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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
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...

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....

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.”

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
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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