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Thu Mar 26, 2015
WIN & Amalgamated Transit Union Combat On-The-Job Abuse -WAMU 88.5

“We are afraid.”

Cynthia Gary, a Metro employee for 29 years, choked on the words as she testified at a public hearing on safety organized by her union in the basement of a historic church in downtown D.C.

“I will say it again. We are afraid.”

Wed Mar 25, 2015
Working Together Jackson Wins First Housing Trust Fund in State -MS News Now

Mississippi was one of only three states in the country without a housing trust fund before ’Working Together Jackson‘ changed that.

Tue Mar 24, 2015
Momentum for Bucks Arena Slows as Common Ground Steps Up -Journal Sentinel

"The owners of the Bucks have never proven to anyone that they need public money. Nor do they deserve public money," said a statement by Jennifer O'Hear and Lloyd Johnson, who co-chair Common Ground's Fair Play campaign.

The nonpartisan community organization has been especially critical of Edens, whose Fortress Investment Group largely owns Nationstar, a nationwide mortgage-servicing company that the Common Ground says is responsible for hundreds of troubled and blighted properties in Milwaukee.

"We are morally outraged at the condition of Mr. Edens' properties," O'Hear and Johnson said. "Nationstar should be contributing money to the City of Milwaukee for the rehabilitation of deteriorating foreclosed properties."

Mon Mar 23, 2015
Reflections on Southwest IAF Leadership Training by Zeik Saidman -Democratic Faith

Two years ago I decided to help build an IAF organization in Colorado - as a leader. I was frustrated by what wasn't happening in Colorado. I wanted to be a part of the kind of IAF power organization that I knew could make a big difference.

More important, I recalled with fresh energy the extraordinary individuals attracted to the organizing work during my IAF years. I wanted to reclaim some of that relational territory. Or at least give it a shot.

So, with a deep breath I signed up and...

Mon Mar 23, 2015
700 EBC Leaders Rally for Neighborhood Park Upgrades -Bushwick Daily

No one can say Bushwick backs down without a fight. On Sunday afternoon, March 22, a crowd of 700 members of the community packed into the beautiful St. Barbara’s RC Church with a small but urgent list of demands that carry big consequences for our neighborhood, particularly for kids. I attended to see what was up.

Here’s the gist. The City is neglecting two public spaces in Bushwick...

Fri Mar 20, 2015
Economic Alliance Partners w/NCG: YES on Business Tax for Schools -Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review Journal

Calling this "a historic opportunity to improve our public schools and invest in our children,” 'Nevadans for the Common Good’ voted, along with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, to support Governor Sandoval's business tax proposal aimed at improving public schools across the state.

Wed Mar 18, 2015
Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger Role in NYCHA -City Limits

When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more.

These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?

Hundreds of public housing tenants in Brooklyn took school buses from their churches to Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church...

Wed Mar 11, 2015
TMO Parent Leaders Protest HISD Rezoning Plan & Get Vote Delayed -Houston Chronicle

TMO leaders and parents of children attending Lyons Elementary held a pre-board meeting press conference to detail their concerns about the latest HISD proposal to rezone elementary schools.  Rosa Rivera argued that a plan to shift new students to nearby elementary schools would negatively impact her children... 

Tue Mar 10, 2015
PCIC Celebrates 25 Years of Battles and Success in Tucson, Arizona -Tucson News Now - FOX 11

Over 250 leaders of Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC)convened at St. Phillips in the Hills to celebrate 25 years of success. Since 1980, PCIC has leveraged upwards of $100 million in state and local funds into projects that benefit the common good including KidCo, JobPath, local parks and recreation centers across the County...

Sun Mar 8, 2015
Momentum Building Toward Meaningful Police Reform in Cleveland -Cleveland.com

For all the anger and mistrust swirling around the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the release of a critical U.S. Department of Justice report on the use of excessive force by Cleveland police, voices are being raised in clear expectation that meaningful change can be achieved.

These voices come from within the community and from City Hall, where Mayor Frank Jackson has become increasingly forthright about his determination to negotiate a meaningful and -- from his perspective -- fair consent decree with the Justice Department.

The public's input is equally important, and it is heartening to see the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a collection of faith communities, join the dialogue over police reform. They've made a number of recommendations they would like included in a consent decree.

Thu Mar 5, 2015
City Officials Warn of Another Possible Wave of Foreclosures -Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Milwaukee officials on Thursday detailed new concerns that another looming wave of foreclosures could damage vulnerable neighborhoods still recovering from the last housing crisis.

Major mortgage-servicing companies have given data to the city and community groups such as Common Ground that suggest there are hundreds of properties that are delinquent on loans or are underwater, meaning property owners or the holder of the mortgage owe more than the home is worth.

Thu Mar 5, 2015
VOICE-OKC Gets AG to Drop Most Egregious Part of $1.1Billion Suit -The Oklahoman

When Oklahoma Gas & Electric attempted to pass on the cost of updating a gas plant to consumers, rather than to the shareholders who benefited from a 50% increase in dividends while the utility delayed environmental compliance through lawsuits, leaders from VOICE-OKC urged... 

Fri Feb 27, 2015
TMO Leaders Push for Metro Bus System Overhaul -Houston Chronicle

Julia Ramirez, a regular Metro Bus system user, thinks there are four things that would make public transport more rider-friendly.  She teamed up with TMO leaders Franklin Olson and Rev. Kevin Collins to break it down. 

Thu Feb 26, 2015
Valley Interfaith Calls on Congress, Calls on Immigrants -Brownsville Herald and more
The press conference started with the story of  teacher in 2001, invited from Mexico to teach in MacAllen in 2001 -- then disinvited when 9/11 attacks led to dramatic changes in the treatment of immigrants....
 

Thu Feb 26, 2015
Greater Cleveland Congregations Integral Player in Police Consent Decree -Politico Magazine

The Rev. Jawanza Colvin, who is head pastor at the storied and influential Olivet Church and co-chairs GCC with Rabbi Joshua Caruso and the Rev. Tracey Lind, says it’s important to understand the mood of the people....

“We wanted the police to hear us recognize their sacrifices, and also understand we are examining racial disparities, excessive use of force—all the issues between police and the communities they serve. Last Monday, I attended the swearing-in of an officer from our church. The next day I’m calling for police reform. That represents the range of our relationship with the police.”

Wed Feb 25, 2015
Durham CAN: Empowering Communities for Housing, Wages... -Indy Week

By his own account, the office of Ivan Parra, lead organizer for one of Durham's largest community groups, is unimpressive. But attend a Durham CAN meeting, with hundreds of people and key city and state leaders, and you'll see the nonprofit's influence in action.

Tue Feb 24, 2015
2014 Victory Report by the Metro IAF -Metro IAF

Mon Feb 23, 2015
Mr. Mayor, Here's How It's Done: Lessons from the Front Lines -Daily News

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.

In that time, East Brooklyn Congregations has built or renovated more than 5,000 ultra-affordable Nehemiah homes and apartments, owned by their residents, in the area. Every one of them is affordable to school aides, police officers, hospital workers and retirees — the very same people who lived in the area before we began building.

Mon Feb 16, 2015
Senators, Sheriff Join Working Together Jackson Re: Kroger Closing -Clarion Ledger

People from across the City of Jackson, including State Senators John Hohrn, David Blount and Solly Norwood, and Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, joined Working Together Jackson‘s “We Care for South Jackson” Saturday morning rally... 

Fri Feb 13, 2015
Developing Baltimore at the Expense of its Children -Baltimore Sun

Concerning the funding of Baltimore City schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's statement to Dan Rodricks last week on WYPR that "any TIFs and PILOTs have no impact on the wealth calculator" that helps determine state school funding is simply wrong. It defies most of the studies that have been done on this topic and the Baltimore Sun's recent investigative report.

Wed Feb 11, 2015
Austin Interfaith Fights for Fair Utilities Debt Repayment Plan -Austin American Statesman

Austin Interfaith, with allies, is fighting for a non-punitive utility debt repayment plan that would allow the Austin Energy to reclaim money it, in many cases, did not bill for – but without hurting the families affected.

Wed Feb 11, 2015
Jackson Clergy Stand With Kroger Workers -Clarion Ledger

After Kroger announced last week it would be closing its south Jackson grocery store, leaders and community activists are scrambling...

Fri Feb 6, 2015
VIP Wins $26.6 Million for Tempe & Scottsdale Public Schools -Valley Interfaith Project

Phoenix, AZ – 200 Valley Interfaith Project delegates assembled after the fall 2014 election to celebrate the leveraging of $26.6 Million in public school dollars for Tempe Elementary and Scottsdale Unified School Districts. Leaders achieved this by... 

Fri Feb 6, 2015
ICON Wins School Board Commitment to Cleaner Schoolbuses -Daily Bulletin

ICON and its ‘Clean & Green’ team leveraged commitments from three board members of the Pomona Unified School District to begin to eliminate the use of diesel buses in favor of cleaner alternatives. Leaders made the case against...

Wed Feb 4, 2015
Greater Cleveland Congregations Offer Reform Ideas to Cleveland Police -ABC News Net 5

The Greater Cleveland Congregations, a group of churches from all over Northeast Ohio, presented four main reform ideas to city, federal and county official Tuesday night.

More than 1,000 people packed a Cleveland church Tuesday to present these reform ideas which include: constitutional policing that focuses on treating everyone equally, community engagement, financial sustainability and reorganizing internal accountability.

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