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Mon Jan 19, 2015
COPS Metro: March for JOBS and Freedom Still Relevant -San Antonio Express News

On the heels of a succeeding campaign to raise the wages of San Antonio’s lowest paid public workers, COPS / Metro leaders Fr. Steven Gamez and Sr. Consuelo Tovar assert that the March on Washington for JOBS and Freedom is still relevant today.

Sat Jan 17, 2015
Kristoff References 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign in Oped -New York Times

David Hemenway, a public health expert at Harvard, says that the way forward is for police departments or the military to buy smart guns, creating a market and proving they work.

An interfaith group of religious leaders is also appealing to gun industry leaders, ahead of the huge annual trade show in Las Vegas with 65,000 attendees, to drop opposition to smart guns....

Tue Jan 13, 2015
Faith-Based Coalition Launches Meetings to Address Cleveland Police Department -Idea Stream

Last fall, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presented a report that found lapses in training and instances of excessive force among Cleveland Police.  The report touched on cases where protocols were not followed or alternate resolutions to tense confrontations were not used. 

Now the Greater Cleveland Congregations is holding meetings that will let citizens chime in on what they think needs to happen to create a more efficient police force, and improve trust and relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Wed Jan 7, 2015
AMOS' Top Ten 2014 Achievements -AMOS

Fri Jan 2, 2015
Citizens UK Calls on (Payday) Lenders to 'Respect the Cap' -Daily Mail

Campaigners will today mark a new cap on payday loans by calling on the Government to set up a community finance fund.  New rules from the Financial Conduct Authority will require lenders to cap their interest rates at 0.8% a day, charge no more than £15 for a default, and never charge a customer more than twice the amount they originally borrowed.  Wonga, the UK's biggest payday lender, has responded by imposing a cap on the cost of its short-term loans."

Fri Jan 2, 2015
Nevada Faith Leaders Search for Encouragement, Too -Las Vegas Review Journal

When the Rev. Albert Felice-Pace was a campus pastor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in the 1990s, he would email parishioners his “thought of the day,” short passages mainly culled from Scripture that contained words of inspiration and solace.

He didn’t expect much, just to be a small whisper in their busy lives if they had a moment, even a few seconds, to click and contemplate.  But as time went on, students started forwarding the uplifting verses to parents and friends and, for many, the bite-size doses of reflection became part of their daily lives.

Eventually, he had more than 1,200 recipients, and this was before the days of Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Sat Dec 27, 2014
Metro IAF Leaders Grade Bill De Blasio's Work -NY Daily News

"There is no way to give the mayor a grade other than incomplete after this first year.

His commitment to address the problems plaguing NYCHA remains largely unfulfilled. His administration has not aggressively responded to the federal court settlement to remove life-threatening mold from tenants’ apartments...."

Wed Dec 17, 2014
COPS Metro Raises Wages of Lowest Paid Workers in San Antonio -San Antonio Express News

In a win that COPS / Metro is calling “a beginning,” the Board of the Alamo (Community) Colleges approved wage raises for its lowest paid workers including an $11.50 minimum for full-time employees.  This represents a $1.38 / hour raise  for approximately 49 long-time housekeeping staff now making the lowest wage...

Sun Dec 14, 2014
Mold Still a Growing Problem for Hundreds of NYCHA Tenants -The Daily News

Officials at Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a group of churches and nonprofits also involved in the suit, say that since the consent decree was signed, NYCHA has begun to attack the problem. But the crisis is far from over. Of the 84 apartments on the group’s initial fix-it list, NYCHA has done nothing in 57 apartments. And the agency has made nominal repairs in 10 more that were so inadequate the mold came back. Seventeen apartments got effective repairs.

Thu Dec 11, 2014
TMO Church Leaders, Police Officials Forge Relationship to Combat Crime -Pasadena Citizen

Leaders of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Metropolitan Organization and members of the community and law enforcement officials attended a public meeting Sunday morning to address crime in north Pasadena and to request more police presence in their neighborhoods.

The meeting was organized by TMO...

Mon Dec 8, 2014
Huffington Post Cites 'Cold Anger' as Key to Social Justice Gains -Huffington Post

"This wave of activism reflects the difference between what community organizer Ernie Cortes calls hot anger and cold anger. With hot anger we act irrationally and misdirect it toward the wrong people. With cold anger we focus on what we can do to change oppression, exploitation and injustice….”

Sun Dec 7, 2014
At 40, COPS Still Standing Up for Residents -San Antonio Express News

"COPS was founded by taxpaying citizens angry at the intentional neglect of our communities. We realized the answer to the power of money was the organized power of people. Our agenda focused on quality-of-life issues such as: health, education, jobs, wages and benefits, and neighborhood improvements..."

Mon Nov 24, 2014
Odd Couple? US Catholic Bishops & the IAF -Huffington Post

Alinsky protégé and "genius grant" recipient Ernesto Cortés, Jr. cites Catholic social teaching as influential in the development of community organizing, and when the nation's largest denomination holds that Thanksgiving-week special collection of mostly small donations, it will be supporting one element in a broad-based coalition aimed at empowering ordinary folks. As Ernie Cortés notes, "The only answer to organized money is organized people." For all the efforts that are furthering that vision, we can truly give thanks.

Sun Nov 23, 2014
NYCHA Screwed Up Application: Missed Out on Federal Funds -New York Daily News

(De Blasio) blamed previous delays on ‘unacceptable bureaucracy,’ ” said the Rev. David Brawley, pastor at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn.

“Now we learn how little has changed for NYCHA residents over the past year under the mayor’s watch. The status quo has remained: ineptitude, distraction and neglect.”

Sat Nov 22, 2014
Time is Now to Halt the Flow of Illegal Guns: Gibson & Caruso -Cleveland.com

On the clear evening of May 29, more than 1,000 people from Greater Cleveland Congregations filled the pews at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a venerable place of worship in the heart of urban Cleveland. They came from homes in public housing and affluent suburbs, after work and dinner with their family. They came together with a shared determination to not stand idly by and silently assent to the gun violence that plagues our community.

Thu Nov 20, 2014
Durham CAN Wields Search Data to Challenge Police & Change Policy -New York Times

Rather than relying on demonstrations to force change, a coalition of ministers, lawyers and community and political activists turned instead to numbers. They used an analysis of state data from 2002 to 2013 that showed that the Durham police searched black male motorists at more than twice the rate of white males during stops. Drugs and other illicit materials were found no more often on blacks....

Wed Nov 19, 2014
COPS / Metro Leverages County Support for Living Wages in San Antonio -San Antonio Express News

300 COPS / Metro Alliance leaders gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to announce a campaign to boost the wage floor for city and county employees from $11.47  per hour to almost $15 / hour over the next three years.  Elvira Adame shared how it angers her to see her daughter earning only $8.50 per hour at a public community college, leaving her “stressed and tired all the time from working so hard...."  

Mon Nov 17, 2014
VOICE-OKC Awards Former Republican Speaker of House 'Lifetime' Award -Capitol Beat OK

Steele, a conservative Republian, was honored for his leadership of the 'Justice Reinvestment Initiative,' intended as a "step back from the Sooner State's unenviable position as first in femal incarceration and third in male incarceration among the 50 states....."

Fri Nov 14, 2014
Common Ground Led Obamacare Enrollments in 2014: Report -Milwaukee Business Journal

With open enrollment starting Saturday for the second year of the online Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, a recent report shows that Common Ground Health Care Cooperative added the most enrollees of Wisconsin insurers in the first year....

Fri Nov 14, 2014
Homeless, Sound Alliance, Urge City to Develop Day Shelter in Federal Way -Federal Way Mirror

"Our goal was to encourage Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to commit to work with the Alliance and its allies to find an appropriate site, secure capital funding and secure operation funding to develop a day shelter in Federal Way that provides showers, laundry, public space and a connection point with service providers," said Peter Hasegawa. "I believe a strong community showing at our event demonstrated support for this project."

Thu Nov 13, 2014
Can God Beat the NRA?? -Daily Beast

 Do Not Stand Idly By (“DNSIB”) is different for two big reasons.

First, it’s a faith-based initiative spearheaded by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders (although it welcomes people of other or no faiths.) Framing the argument of the need to reduce gun violence in religious terms will undoubtedly move many—possibly even some on the right.

Second, the focus of DNSIB is going to the source. No, I’m not talking the Book of Genesis. I mean the actual gun manufacturers. DNSIB’s mission is to convince gun makers to voluntarily (or by way of some friendly economic pressure) impose changes in its business practices that will hopefully save lives.

Mon Nov 10, 2014
CONECT Brings 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign to New Haven -New Haven Register

Several dozen [CONECT] faith leaders and public officials came together in Bridgeport’s Margaret Morton Center Monday to ask gun manufacturers to take some responsibility for the number of deaths by firearms every year, particularly in the nation’s cities.

....police chiefs, sheriffs, mayors and governors who signed on estimate that taxpayer-funded purchases of firearms make up 40 percent of sales by firearms’ companies. The bigger part of that number, about 25 percent, are the armed forces and the rest are local and state purchases.

Sun Nov 9, 2014
'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign Reaches North Jersey -North Jersey Media Group

Battles over gun control in America are not always loud and filled with angry back-and-forth rhetoric. Some of the skirmishes are quiet — and perhaps not skirmishes at all.

That is the goal of a North Jersey rabbi and a group of public officials, including some mayors from Bergen County, who plan to show up at the offices of gunmakers in several states and at least one investment firm in Manhattan that has deep ties to gunmakers to discuss controls on weapons.

Fri Nov 7, 2014
Westchester United Gets Support of New Rochelle Mayor in 'Do Not Stand Idly By' Campaign -Port Chester Patch

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll will join dozens of Westchester United faith and community leaders at New Rochelle’s Lincoln Park. 

Together they will publicly announce the Do No Stand Idly By Campaign: a national effort of community organizations building a bloc of gun buyers in the public sector – which buys 40 percent of the guns in America using tax dollars – to seek change in the gun industry. The bloc includes New Rochelle & Rye Brook, governors, mayors, county executives and police chiefs from 59 jurisdictions in 13 states, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Thu Oct 30, 2014
Durham CAN Celebrates Progress -The Triangle Tribune

Kingdom Harvest Ministries Pastor Herbert R. Davis said CAN is here so that Durham can have a safer community, affordable places to call home, equal access to the transit system, and access to jobs and a livable wage.

“We are here because we recognize the power of collective people working for a united purpose,” he said. “So what you are about to see today is the process and the effort of a mediating institution that has negotiated with government and businesses in order to ensure that Durham becomes a better place, not just for those who are already at the table, but for those who don’t even know a table exists....”

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