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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
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....”
Sun Oct 26, 2014
United Power for Justice & Action Reports In From Chicago... -United Power for Justice & Action
Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014, hundreds of United Power leaders gathered with Governor Quinn. It was expertly led by co-chairs Betty Gutierrez of Southwest Organizing Project and DiAne Boese of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park. In 36 minutes, outdoors on a beautiful October afternoon the group got a lot accomplished. The assembly was a follow-up to our larger gathering with Governor Quinn in January 2014 to assess progress on the commitments he made on: housing – supportive housing for people with disabilities and Re-Claim Southwest Chicago and gun violence...
Sun Oct 26, 2014
Metro IAF Weighs In on NYC's Senior Housing Crisis -NY Daily News
With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted.
Wed Oct 22, 2014
PATH Asks BOE to Improve Head Start Transportation -Baltimore Sun
"My boss told me I need to choose between my children and my job," Martinez said Tuesday during a forum People Acting Together in Howard, or PATH, held to urge board of education and county executive candidates to support PATH initiatives. Among those initiatives are bringing Head Start transportation under the auspices of the Howard County Public School System transportation department.
PATH is a countywide...
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....
Thu Oct 16, 2014
Project Quest Wins $6M DOL Award -San Antonio Express News & More
Workforce development programProject QUESTwon an award of $6 Million from the US Department of Labor to train 475 adults in the San Antonio area for living wage IT careers. Project Quest’s “Homegrown IT” program is backed by local employers including Rackspace, Zachry Holdings and WP Engine.
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...
Mon Oct 13, 2014
With Fairfax Win Under Belt, MOC Steps Up Fight For Shelter -Marin Independent Journal
Fairfax became the first municipality in Marin to commit to providing funding for the expansion of the REST winter homeless shelter program into a year-round project, thanks to intervention from the Marin Organizing Committee. The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a request for...