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Mon Jan 9, 2017
Chris Hedges Talks with Michael Gecan About Building Organizations -Truth Dig
When asked why he told poor Brooklyn communities in 1980 to raise a quarter of a million dollars without government aid, community organizer Michael Gecan responded, “Because power is organized people and organized money.”
In the latest episode of “On Contact,” the author of “Going Public: An Organizer’s Guide to Citizen Action” went on to tell Chris Hedges that “most activists stress organized people and forget organized money ... we stress both.”
Wed Jan 4, 2017
Back of the Yards: Lessons from a Community Organizer, by Mike Gecan -Boston Review
On the Wednesday after November’s presidential election, I found myself in the Back of the Yards area of Chicago’s South Side. I was there to meet with Roman Catholic priest David Kelly. Father Kelly is executive director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, which he runs out of a converted school building on Fifty-first and Elizabeth. He and his team feed the hungry and bring together the perpetrators and victims of gang gun violence in the community.
Thu Nov 10, 2016
Party Needs to Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards, Stars -New York Times
...the lessons of this election is to recommit itself to the vast majority of non-rock-star Americans who still live in physical space -- blocks, neighborhoods, subdivisions, trailer parks, workplaces, fading cities and aging suburbs and towns. The core issue for these Americans is the lack of long-term living wage work, especially for those who are not college educated....
Wed Nov 9, 2016
One LA Takes on Los Angeles Traffic and Wins with $120B Bond Election -One LA
Building on a four-year campaign, One LA leaders and their allies shaped, pushed for and passedMeasure M to raise $120 Billion for new rail lines, improved bus services, and street and highway projects which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and make finding and getting to a job easier for working poor families across LA County....
Tue Nov 1, 2016
More Police is Not the Answer - by Common Ground -Urban Milwaukee
Tue Nov 1, 2016
COPS / Metro Fights for $450M Bond for SAISD Children -San Antonio Express-News & More
Only one month after raising municipal wages for the second year in a row in San Antonio, COPS / Metro is now fighting to leverage necessary funding for school improvements…$450 Million, to be precise. Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News reported that two weekends before Election Day, dozens of COPS / Metro leaders block walked – asking voters to scroll to the end of the ballot to the last two measures. Leader Maria Tijerina explained that TRE funds would support after-school, summer and enrichment programs, freeing up money to help the district reach the $15 / hour wage they are fighting for....
Sun Oct 30, 2016
Hundreds March to Cast Ballots, Protest Dearth of Early Voting Sites -Cleveland.com
Several hundred voters marched to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on Sunday to cast ballots and protest the limited number of in-house early voting locations in Ohio.
The marchers departed at 2:30 p.m. from the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and traveled a half-mile to the Board of Elections headquarters on Euclid Avenue.
Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Amalgamated Transit Union organized the event to encourage Cuyahoga County residents to vote early before the general election on Nov. 8...
Sun Oct 23, 2016
Valley Interfaith Gets Out The Vote for Health District -The Monitor
Sat Oct 15, 2016
Citizens UK Goes to Court to Protect Vulnerable Refugee Children -The Guardian
Documents lodged in the high court on Friday criticise the government for failing to deliver an actual process to facilitate the transfer of child refugees under theDublin regulation, effectively forcing charities and volunteers to do the government’s job by carrying out the necessary legal and logistical work. “There is no functioning state system and what system there is, is currently almost entirely dependent on private actors,” the documents state.
Legal papers also reveal that the cases of 111 children eligible to come to Britain have simply not been processed because of the lack of an effective system.
The legal action, brought by Citizens UK, a grassroots network of more than 350 groups, argues that the Home Office has repeatedly failed in its duty to help unaccompanied child refugees trapped in the Calais camp, pointing out a “longstanding failure by the defendant [Home Office] and the French authorities to identify and protect children”....
Sat Oct 15, 2016
IAF Organizer J. Lange Addresses Amalgamated Transit Union -Johnathan Lange
An entire generation of union leadership has been forced to play defense. But now, standing before the 2016 Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union, I am here to tell you that this is the time to start playing offense. Yours is the union to show the rest of us how to do it. Your leadership is the leadership best equipped to throw the ball far down the field and score.
Fri Oct 14, 2016
Rabbis Join Rally in Fight to Stop Gun Violence -NJ Jewish News
A broad coalition of political and religious leaders — including prominent members of New Jersey’s Jewish community — rallied Oct. 6 on the steps of Newark City Hall to demand that weapons manufacturers join them in their fight to halt gun violence.
Under a banner reading “Do Not Stand Idly By,” Christian and Jewish activists urged large and small municipalities to insist that the guns they purchase for police departments include safety features to prevent the weapons from being fired by people other than the officers to whom they have been issued....
Wed Oct 12, 2016
Dallas Area Interfaith Fights Off Mass Evictions in West Dallas -Dallas Morning News
DAI, in collaboration with the Wesley Rankin Community school and center, organized a meeting to brief hundreds of worried renters about their rights as tenants, the basics of eviction law and to pressure the City of Dallas to intervene on tenants’ behalf. Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, along with the Assistant City Attorney, assured renters that extra-legal evictions would not be tolerated.
The next day, the State District Judge Ken Molberg ordered the Dallas landlord to temporarily halt the mass evictions...
Mon Oct 10, 2016
GBIO Pushes for Community Preservation Act on Boston Ballot -Boston Globe
Thu Oct 6, 2016
NCG Fights Funding of Adelson-Backed Stadium in Las Vegas -Las Vegas Tribune
Wed Oct 5, 2016
Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty -KTBS
With Louisiana as the state with the third highest number of poor people, many of them working full-time, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith leaders are devising new ways to tackle poverty. Says Pastor Clayton Moore, “If you work, how is it that you’re poor?”
NCLI leaders have launched Another Chance to Succeed (ACTS), modeling itself on Project QUEST in San Antonio and...
Wed Aug 17, 2016
Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them -New York Times
Matthew McDermott, the leader of an interfaith advocacy group, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, said: “We’re concerned that the proposed rate increases will drive many employers and many individuals to drop coverage altogether. And we worry that that heads us toward a market failure here in Connecticut.”
Fri Aug 12, 2016
NAIC Pushes for Investment in Arizona Public Schools -Daily Courier
200 Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC) leaders, with the Prescott College Social Justice Human Rights Program, assembled with all six candidates of Arizona Legislative District 1 to push for increased funding of public schools across the state. Said Tom Benson, “If we want our community and state to be a desirable place to work, raise a family, as well a retire it must be supported by a strong education system from ....
Sun Aug 7, 2016
PCIC Leverages 16% Increase in County Funding for Job Training -Arizona Daily Star
After a campaign that included educating County Supervisors about the economic (and life) impact of JobPath workforce development program, leaders of Pima County Interfaith won a 16% increase in funding for the program, from $423 thousand to $500 thousand. Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 for the increase after Pastor Steve Springer of Dove of Peace Lutheran Church and Lindsay Leonard, a JobPathgraduate, spoke.
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Wed Jul 20, 2016
Together Baton Rouge Leaders "Refuse to be Divided" -New York Times
In a press conference covered by the New York Times, National Public Radio and theWall Street Journal, Together Baton Rouge leaders repudiated recent violence and called for careful and intentional dialogue about community divisions and policing. “We condemn violence of any kind…” said Lee Wesley, the pastor of Community Bible Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. During the press conference, leaders stood behind the lectern wearing “Together Baton Rouge” buttons and hoisting signs saying “We refuse to be divided.”
Tue Jul 19, 2016
Border Interfaith Leaders Build Trust with El Paso Sheriff -El Paso Times
Over 80 leaders of Border Interfaith participated in three meetings with El Paso Sheriff Richard Wiles (including Lieutenants and Deputies) over the course of two months to build relationships of trust and to address community concerns...
Mon Jul 18, 2016
AMOS Juvenile Justice Strategy Reduces Arrests and Expulsions -Des Moines Register
Thanks to persistent intervention by AMOS leaders, Polk County school officials and law enforcement appear to be keeping more children and older minors out of court. Between 2011 and 2015, suspensions and expulsions dropped by nearly 64% and suspensions for school attendance issues dropped by 91%. Arrests of minors by city police dropped by 32%, with a 21% reduction in the arrests of African American youth.
Wed Jul 13, 2016
300 TBR Leaders Call for Changed Policing and Economic Reforms -The Advocate & More
Over 300 leaders of Together Baton Rouge called for both law enforcement and economic reforms at a luncheon meeting held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. The call to action occurred after breakout sessions in which leaders substantively listened to each other. Said Rev. Lee Wesley, “It is not our goal to return to where we were before Alton Sterling was shot. It is not our goal to get back to business as usual. It is our goal to move forward.”
Sun Jul 10, 2016
DAI Calls on Police, Community to Build Trust for Better Policing -Dallas Morning News
At a community meeting organized by Dallas Area Interfaith, there were no easy platitudes in reference to the Thursday night shooting of police officers and protesters that left five officers dead...
Thu Jul 7, 2016
Together Baton Rouge Secures Broader Investigation into Lethal Shooting of Alton Sterling -The Advocate & More
Shortly after leaders of Together Baton Rouge called on the Justice Department to widen the scope of its investigation into the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, saying it should include possible state criminal violations, a spokesman for Gov. John Bel Edwards responded, saying that the U.S. attorney’s office will not only investigate whether civil rights were violated, but also potential state and federal violations....
Fri Jun 24, 2016
Together Louisiana Reforms State Tax Exemption Program -The Advocate
With seventy ’Together Louisiana‘ leaders in attendance, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order overhauling the nation’s largest state program of corporate subsidies, the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)....