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Sat Jul 25, 2015
Valley Interfaith Secures Streetlights in Olmito Colonia -Brownsville Herald

A crowd of leaders gathered near a newly installed streetlight in the Olmito colonia as Father Hector Cruz of Our Heavenly Father Catholic Church sprinkled it with holy water.  Valley Interfaith leaders gathered from across Cameron County to celebrate the installation, which resulted from their intervention....

Mon Jul 20, 2015
Express-News Recognizes COPS as Impetus for Palo Alto College -San Antonio Express News

At the first convention of Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) in 1974, Fernando Rodriguez Jr. introduced a resolution to open a community college on the West Side or South Side. Berriozábal remembers the idea of such a college was a hard sell for local officials....

Fri Jul 17, 2015
Metro IAF: Here's a Way to Control Guns -New York Times

For more than a year, we and fellow religious leaders across the nation have worked to persuade President Obama to use what we believe is the most powerful tool government has in this area: its purchasing power. The federal government is the nation’s top gun buyer. It purchases more than a quarter of the guns and ammunition sold legally in the United States. State and local law enforcement agencies also purchase a large share. Major gun manufacturers depend on these taxpayer-funded purchases. For the government to keep buying guns from these companies — purchases meant to ensure public safety — without making demands for change is to squander its leverage....

Fri Jul 10, 2015
Judge Slams NYCHA Officials for No-Show at (Metro IAF) Mold Hearing -Daily News

"A judge overseeing NYCHA’s flailing efforts to clean up its toxic mold problem ripped into agency officials for being no-shows at a hearing Friday.

A lone NYCHA lawyer showed up, but none of the top brass appeared in Manhattan Federal Court to answer why they’ve failed to live up to a 2013 promise to abate mold in decrepit apartments.

“Why wouldn’t some policy-making, decision-making official of NYCHA be here?” fumed Judge William Pauley. “I can’t believe they have more important things to do.”"

Thu Jul 9, 2015
Arnie Graf Awarded 2015 Change Champion in Community Organizing -Center for Community Change

"It was the mid-1960s and Arnie Graf, a 19-year-old student at the mostly segregated University of Buffalo, found himself witnessing discrimination in a very personal way. “Being Jewish, we had separate fraternities and groups by the charters that were in place,” he recalls.

One place that did welcome students of all backgrounds was the recreational basketball league, which Arnie joined. At the end of a winning season the team went out for a drink, but “when I went to the bartender to get the beer for the table, and was denied service because one member of our team was African American, I lost my cool and..."

Thu Jul 9, 2015
BUILD Hopeful About New Commissioner -Baltimore Sun

"Leaders of a community coalition that called for the resignation of Anthony Batts say the city has an opportunity for a fresh start after the police commissioner's firing.

Before Wednesday, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development members had never before called for a police commissioner's resignation in the history of the 38-year-old organization. At Trinity Baptist Church on Thursday, they said they were pleased that interim Commissioner Kevin Davis says he will focus on his relationship with residents and the rank and file, but acknowledged that many don't know much about Davis yet....
 

Wed Jul 8, 2015
BUILD's Call for Resignation Leads to Dismissal of Police Commissioner -Baltimore Sun

At 12:37am Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, a group with 40 member congregations, schedules a Thursday news conference where they said they would call on Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts to resign.

"At a time of an unprecedented level of violence in Baltimore, Commissioner Batts clearly does not have a visible plan to stop the violence," the group says in a news release. "BUILD has met with Commissioner Batts twice since the unrest in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. Both times, he committed to publicly announce his plan to address the crisis of violence plaguing Baltimore. He has failed. If he has a plan, it clearly is not working."

Wed Jul 1, 2015
COPS / Metro Fights Battle to Raise Wages in San Antonio -San Antonio Current

Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, or COPS/Metro, one of the leading wage advocacy groups in San Antonio, started its living wage campaign about a year ago. The goal is to raise hourly wages for public workers to at least $14.91 — the average amount needed for a family four to stay off government assistance such as food stamps.

Father Mike DeGerolami, pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church and a member of COPS/Metro, said the group maintains that "if you're working full time, especially for a public entity ... you shouldn't have to seek public assistance."

Mon Jun 29, 2015
Metro Vancouver Alliance Builds Bridges and Makes Things Happen -Vancouver Sun

The new Metro Vancouver Alliance is devoted to bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together for the sake of the “common good.”

And it recently marked a significant success when Alliance-affiliated churches and synagogues played a role in helping the mostly Filipino staff at Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver get through a contentious contract dispute.

Thu Jun 25, 2015
Austin Interfaith Launches Jobs Training Program for Teens -Austin American Statesman & Community Impact

Austin Interfaith and Austin Independent School District (AISD) jointly announced the launch of a high school job training program targeted at students from three local high schools: Travis, Crockett and Lanier.

 

Modeled off the Summer Youth Employment program, created by Austin Interfaith 20 years ago in partnership with the City and County, this program will teach high schoolers leadership and soft skills like timeliness, and professional conduct;

Thu Jun 25, 2015
CONECT Organizes Forum to Address Public Safety -FOX & More

"In response to clergy and neighborhood concerns about public safety Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a multi-faith concern, hosted the forum facilitated by Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME and Pastor Anthony Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church.

Topics addressed included police response, neighborhood interaction and community policing, as well as the horrific shooting of nine people that left a man dead last week at Trumbull Gardens housing project."

Fox:  http://foxct.com/2015/06/18/bridgeport-city-and-police-leaders-hold-forum-with-community-to-improve-relationship/

 

CT Post:  http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Church-audience-looks-for-answers-on-policing-6334045.php

 

Only in Bridgeport:  http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/the-challenge-of-police-and-community-relationships-aired-at-forum/#more-73401

Thu Jun 25, 2015
Metro IAF / EBC Demand that De Blasio Act on Housing Horror -City Limits

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population.

Wed Jun 24, 2015
Catholic Sisters Combat Poverty, Impact Thousands in San Antonio -Global Sisters Report

The speakers offered words of eloquence and encouragement. Moments later came handshakes, hugs and tears as students crossed the stage. But this was not a typical graduation ceremony. There were no diplomas, no gowns and no hats tossed into the air.

Instead, this ceremony celebrated completion, not from a high school or university, but from job-training programs that varied from associate degrees in nursing to technology certifications. For Erica Espinoza, who went from being a cashier at Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q to a registered nurse, it opened up a new path, one that leads away from a life of unpaid utility bills, late rent checks, couch surfing and at times, hunger.

“When I crossed the stage, I was really happy. I was smiling; I was shaking every hand,” Espinoza said. “I couldn’t believe I had gotten through everything. It was just pure joy.”

Espinoza was one of 200 students being honored at the graduate recognition ceremony for Project Quest, a labor market intermediary that partners with San Antonio community colleges and local companies offering job-training programs. Its mission: to lead participants like Espinoza out of low-paying jobs and into new, more lucrative careers.

On stage that May evening were Executive Director Pearl Ceasar, a Sister of Divine Providence, and Holy Spirit Sr. Gabriella Lohan, a board member who helped create and implement Project Quest in 1992.

Wed Jun 24, 2015
'Better Together' Beats Back Separatists in Baton Rouge -The Advocate & Better Together

Leaders of ‘Better Together’ successfully undermined a suburban incorporation effort (in the St. George area) by convincing voters who had signed onto the original petition to withdraw their signatures.

A small minority of St. George residents needed 17,859 signatures to call a vote for incorporation, an essential first step in separating the suburb 

Wed Jun 24, 2015
COPS / Metro Fights for Higher City Worker Wages at Budget Session -San Antonio Express-News & KSAT 12

The tone at most of San Antonio's big City Council budget goal-setting sessions historically may have been positive, but that tone shifted notably at a most recent session.

COPS / Metro leader Robert Cruz, pointedly asked the city’s budget director what the city intends to do with the $24 million in revenue it received in excess of forecasts when the 2015 budget was adopted last year.

Tue Jun 23, 2015
BUILD Leverages Local Hiring in Baltimore -WYPR

Johns Hopkins University plans to hire more city residents and do more business with local companies.

University President Ronald Daniels announced the beginning of the Hopkins Local Initiative Monday during Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development's One Baltimore Assembly at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sandtown.

Daniels said the initiative is an expansion of the university's economic inclusion program and pledged "firm and measurable commitments" to increase local hiring, local purchasing and contracting with more local minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Thu Jun 18, 2015
Memorial Service for Ed Chambers Announced -Industrial Areas Foundation

A memorial service for Edward (Ed) Chambers has been scheduled for:  

8:30am, Wednesday, July 1st 
American Jewish University 
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90077

The service will be open to IAF organizers and others, and will precede the IAF International meeting scheduled that same day. 



Reflections on Chamber's life and legacy below:



Recognizing Ed Chambers by Dick Harmon

Ed Chambers, Leader of Community Organising in the US Inspired Creation of Citizens UK by Neil Jameson

Edward Chambers, Community Organizing’s Unforgiving HeroNew Yorker

Lessons From a Great Community Organizer,Council of Philanthropy

Wed Jun 17, 2015
Ed Chambers: Leader of Community Organising in the US Inspired Creation of Citizens UK -The Tablet

Ed Chambers was born in the Midwest of the United States, the son of Thomas and Hazella Chambers, Irish Catholics who had emigrated to America from the west Cork town of Skibbereen, where Chambers was to retire in 2010.  Chambers started to train...

Thu Jun 11, 2015
COPS Metro & County Officials Announce Wage Hike & Urge Vote -Rivard Report & More

Days before the San Antonio mayoral election runoff, church and state united to urge voters to the polls and while there, to remember that San Antonians need a living wage.  COPS / Metro leaders and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, with Commissioners Tommy Calvert and Paul Elizondo, held a joint press conference announcing that the County would do their part to increase wages, and that the City should as well.

Wed Jun 10, 2015
Common Ground Calls Bucks Owner 'Billionaire Bully' -Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal

About 100 members of Common Ground met in the City Hall lobby Wednesday, calling the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks "billionaire bullies" who neither need nor deserve public money to build a new downtown sports arena.

"I will call on all my neighbors, friends, church members and ask them to urge their elected officials to vote 'no,' " Common Ground member Jennifer O'Hare said.

Mon Jun 8, 2015
Time For the Mayor to Lead on Gun Safety -NY Daily News Op-Ed

"Even as New York City wrestles with an increase in shootings, Mayor de Blasio is making a habit of missing opportunities to lead on gun safety. Softballs cross the city’s plate, and the mayor doesn’t bother to swing."

Sun Jun 7, 2015
Ed Chamber's Memorial -Memorial Service for Ed Chambers

A memorial service for Edward Chambers, successor to Saul Alinsky, was held at St. Gertrude's in Chicago on June 7, 2015. Former Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation was remembered by friends and colleagues as a key figure in the development of worldwide network of grassroots citizens organizations.

Memorial notice here.

 

 

Sat Jun 6, 2015
NCG Fights Off Push for Privatization of Medicaid Services in Nevada -Las Vegas Review Journal

Leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good cried 'foul' when a dead bill proposing to privatize the provision of Medicaid services was kept alive through unnatural means.  Though voted down, it remained in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee through an exemption sparing it from normal deadlines.  That same language was then grafted onto a separate bill (SB 514) and approved by the legislature the day before it adjourned.

Tue Jun 2, 2015
COPA Advances Health Services for Uninsured Undocumented Kids -Monterey Herald

No money was actually handed out, but a proposed pilot program aimed at providing health services to Monterey County’s undocumented immigrants may have been the biggest winner during Tuesday’s county budget hearing....

Fri May 29, 2015
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina Takes Questions From Parents, Educators at Packed Bronx Forum -NY Daily News

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.

They traveled from as near as Mott Hall Science and Technology in the South Bronx and from as far away as Bushwick, Brooklyn, to drill Chancellor Carmen Fariña on hot-topic issues like the expansion of the city’s gifted and talented programs, teacher evaluations and school performance.

Chalkbeat story here.

Daily News Editorial here.

 

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