Tue Apr 22, 2014
VIP & AIN Celebrate Signing of Anti-Trafficking Bill in Arizona -Valley Interfaith Project & Arizona Interfaith Network

This year, leaders from Valley Interfaith Project and the Arizona Interfaith Network formed an action team to explore ways to protect youth from sex trafficking in Arizona.  After organizing research actions with the Governor's staff and others, they...

Mon Apr 21, 2014
Austin Interfaith Clergy Defends Section 8 Voucher Users -KVUE-ABC & Austin American Statesman

At a press conference held at City Hall, clergy and lay leaders called on the Austin City Council to support a Holy Day resolution designed to protect Secion 8 voucher users from outright discrimination by landlords...

Sun Apr 20, 2014
'Together Louisiana' Continues Push for Payday Lending Legislation -Shreveport Times & The Advocate

‘We are not asking that the payday industry be outlawed,’ Interfaith members stated in a news release. ‘Banks and credit unions have a cap on the number of loans one person can receive. We do not think it unreasonable that the payday industry should adhere to the same rules.’

Wed Apr 16, 2014
JobPath's Design as 'Bridge Out of Poverty' is Durable -Arizona Daily Star

After PCIC leaders heard the stories of families during a massive listening campaign, they researched ways to address the need for good-paying jobs and created JobPath to provide financially-assisted education, hands-on guidance during the academic career and assistance with job placement upon graduation...

Tue Apr 15, 2014
GBIO Leaders Respond to Boston & Kansas Shootings -CNN Opinion

One of us is a pastor and the other a rabbi of congregations in and near Boston. We both had identical reactions when we first learned of the Boston Marathon bombings last year... 

Thu Apr 10, 2014
Jackson Leaders Secure Pledge for 'Clean Fight' in Mayoral Runoff -Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press

Flanked by leaders of Working Together Jackson and a giant (signed) letter of commitment, Mayoral runoff candidates Chowe Lumumba and Tony Yarber pledged to run clean elections on the steps of City Hall. 

Wed Apr 9, 2014
Sydney Alliance Launches Electoral Agenda -Sydney Alliance

Between 1,300 and 1,500 delegates from the Sydney Alliance convened to the sound of drums beaten by the Korean Tillers...

Tue Apr 8, 2014
BUILD Targets Mayor: Don't Arrest, Hire! -CBS Baltimore

BUILD has raised $1.2 million and has asked the city to contribute $600,000 over three years to fully fund a program which would employ people and keep them out of prison.  Rev. Calvin Keene says he and 200 other BUILD leaders from 40 congregations and schools across Baltimore City are ready to put people back to work.  "But the Mayor says no."

Wed Apr 2, 2014
'Together Louisiana' Moves Legislative Bill on Payday Lending -The Advocate

With the press calling it “the sleeper issue of the session,” leaders from ‘Together Louisiana,’ stormed the Capitol to testify in Committee hearings and weigh in on debate over payday lending in Louisiana...

Wed Apr 2, 2014
One LA Finds $11M in County Funds, Demands More Healthcare -LA Times & Jewish Journal

After identifying $11 million in otherwise sunsetting County funds, One LA-IAF leaders testified to the Board of Supervisors about their year long enrollment effort and the the gaps that remain even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act...

Wed Apr 2, 2014
Archbishop Fiorenza Cheers Church's Work with TMO for Schools -Houston Chronicle

"I want to ...congratulate parishioners of Divina Providencia Church, its pastor, Father Chris Plant, the parents of the children, and Neighbors in Action for working with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) to keep Port Houston open.

They have demonstrated Pope Francis’ exhortation for parishes to get involved in the community."

Mon Mar 31, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio Meets with Metro IAF -News 12 Brooklyn

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with hundreds of faith and political leaders from across the tri-state area over the weekend to talk about a number of issues facing New Yorkers. 

Speaking at the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation assembly meeting, de Blasio touched upon ways to address stop-and-frisk, NYCHA repairs, universal pre-kindergarten and reducing gun violence.

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Tue Mar 25, 2014
Legislators Join 100 'Together Louisiana' Leaders on Capitol Steps -Times Picayune Plus Others

Louisiana state legislators joined 100 'Together Louisiana' leaders on the front steps of the Capitol in a rally against predatory payday lending practices and a cry for regulations that would curb the worst habits of the industry....  

Mon Mar 24, 2014
Together Louisiana Takes Payday Lending Fight to the Capitol -The Advocate

First, Thelma Fleming lost one of her two jobs. Later, she had to pawn some of the gifts her children had given her. Eventually, the bank closed her account, and she had to give up her car.

Fleming’s troubles can be traced back to the $300 loan she took out from a payday lender two years ago after the detox center where she worked closed its doors.

Mon Mar 24, 2014
Nevada Leaders Big Players in Immigration Congressional Hearing -Las Vegas Review Journal &Las Vegas Sun

Representing Nevadans for the Common Good, a coalition of local faith-based groups, [Bishop Joseph] Pepe questioned whether some people are being detained simply to meet the daily bed quota for immigrants in detention.  “Immigration procedures and laws are applied unevenly and often are not filling prosecutorial priorities,” he said.

Wed Mar 19, 2014
New IAF Organization Launches in Vancouver, Canada! -Anglican Church of Canada

Over 650 people from 40 institutions gathered in Vancouver to launch Metro Vancouver Alliance in Canada. For a distinctly Anglican take on the assembly...   

Mon Mar 17, 2014
Progress Seen on NYCHA Repairs in East Brooklyn -Brooklyn Bureau

Mary Smith had one problem, and then she had several. The heating in her living room at the Fiorentino Plaza Houses in East New York conked out about three years ago. Then her hot water went. She began hauling pots of hot water from the stove to her bathroom to bathe. But then she injured her neck and back in a fall, making the water-bearing impossible....

Thu Mar 6, 2014
Hundreds of EBC Residents & Leaders Confront NYCHA Chair -News 12 Brooklyn

Hundreds of public housing residents gathered in East New York Thursday to demand help from elected officials and the new leader of NYCHA.

The meeting was held at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church and organized by the East Brooklyn Congregations. Newly appointed NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye was among the officials and elected leaders invited to the meeting to help deal with public housing concerns.

Fri Feb 28, 2014
Greater Cleveland Congregations Take Gunfight to German Gun Show

Is it possible to make a safer gun when humans remain as unpredictable and violent as ever?

That’s a question that Donna Weinberger, a psychotherapist from Cleveland, hopes to explore when she travels to the world’s second largest annual gun show in Nuremberg, Germany next week.

Wed Feb 26, 2014
Payday Lending Dominates Louisiana Black Leg Caucus Mtg -Daily Reveille

At a town hall on Saturday, February 22nd, Rev. Errol Domingue directly asked leaders from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Have you ever taken money from the payday lending industry? Will you continue to take their money in the future?

Tue Feb 25, 2014
One LA Spreads Word of Healthcare Eligibility in Los Angeles -Los Angeles Times

...Diane Vanette, a volunteer with OneLA who screens people at Obamacare enrollment events, recently informed a couple with deferred-action status that they were both eligible for Medi-Cal.  “He was shocked, she was shocked,” Vanette said....

Mon Feb 24, 2014
EPISO & Border Interfaith Team Up to Challenge County Candidates -El Paso Times & Univision

In advance of the early March election for County judge and Commissioner positions, leaders of EPISO and Border Interfaith organized an accountability session to challenge them on issues that emerged hundreds of conversations with their constituents.  The El Paso Times reports the following:

Tue Feb 18, 2014
TBO Confronts Commissioner Court Candidates in Del Rio, Texas -Del Rio News

Leaders of the Border Organization confronted Democratic Party candidates for two seats on the Val Verde County Commissioners Court, Precinct 2, asking them whether they would work with the organization to address the clearing of dirty lots, demolition of abandoned homes, lighting on dark streets and roundup of stray animals...

Mon Feb 17, 2014
300 Leaders Make Plans to Disrupt Louisiana Legislative Session -American Press & Times Picayune

Leaders from IAF organizations across Louisiana gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday, February 15 for a conference that aims to disrupt the status quo at the legislature this year...

Fri Feb 14, 2014
NCLI Schools Louisiana Public: Education = Jobs + Growth -The News-Star

Leaders from Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith hosted a forum in collaboration with several university presidents in order to build a constituency for state investments in higher education...