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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...
Wed Feb 12, 2014
PCIC Gets 5-0 Vote Making Pima County "Immigrant Welcoming" -Arizona Daily Star & Tucson News Now
After winning a similar resolution in Tucson last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council leveraged a unanimous vote to make the county in Arizona "immigrant welcoming."
Thu Feb 6, 2014
NP Quarterly Recommends Biden See Project Quest for Training Ideas -NonProfit Quarterly
“So here’s a suggestion for the Vice President: If you want to get the best possible advice on the job training programs that work, the ones that meet the needs of both employers looking for employees with skill sets and of job seekers who are looking for work, convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits, put their leaders in a room, and have them hammer out the elements of the programs that really work based on their on-the-ground experience. Pull in the likes of Project Quest in San Antonio…”
Sun Feb 2, 2014
The Rescue Plan NY Public Housing Needs -NY Daily News
Mayor de Blasio is taking his time appointing a new NYCHA chairman. We hope and pray this means the mayor will chose someone with deep housing experience and unquestioned integrity, not another in a long line of third-rate bureaucrats. In addition to hoping and praying, we have been working hard to set the stage for a desperately needed transformation...
Wed Jan 29, 2014
Executive Order BUILDs on IAF Living Wage Tradition -West / Southwest IAF
The IAF is happy to see attention being paid at the national level to the issue of wages. The President has announced plans to sign an executive order mandating a minimum wage of $10.10 / hour for all jobs that emerge from federal contracts.
An IAF affiliate, Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), designed and passed the nation’s first living wage ordinance in 1994, requiring that City service contract workers be paid a living wage. Affiliates across the West / Southwest IAF soon launched successful living wage campaigns of their own....
Mon Jan 27, 2014
Common Ground Still Pushing for Better Athletic Facilities -Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
As work and discussion begin on the arduous and controversial process of planning for a new multipurpose arena or renovating the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Common Ground, a well-organized community organization, is reminding stakeholders of its own mission.
The organization, with members who belong to churches, small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood groups, says it hasn't wavered from its stand that if public funds are dedicated to a new arena, then at least $150 millon of those funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces.
Thu Jan 23, 2014
Gecan Quoted in NYT Piece on Pre-K Funding -New York Times
Andrew M. Cuomo arrived at The New York Times in an expansive mood on Wednesday. Reporters being reporters, they barraged him with the usual, “Hey, you going to let New York’s new mayor tax the wealthy in pursuit of prekindergarten” questions....
Tue Jan 7, 2014
EPISO & Border Interfaith Pass Payday Lending Reforms -El Paso Times
El Paso leaders succeeded in their efforts to limit how much payday lenders can make on the backs of working families....
Sun Jan 5, 2014
As Austin Becomes More Expensive, Some Fight to Keep It Affordable -Austin American Statesman & others
When Koreena Malone was confronted with the possibility of losing her home to a developer with a plan, she relied on her experience with Capital IDEA to save her home. She quickly formed a tenant's association and worked with Austin Interfaith, Travis Heights Elementary, the neighborhood association and the incoming developer to negotiate a different deal which is now lauded as a model for affordability in Austin...
Sun Dec 22, 2013
Gun Sanity In Our Lifetime -NY Daily News
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher starts his Oped with the following:
"On the one-year anniversary of Newtown, and approaching the fifteenth year after my father was murdered with a handgun in Chicago, I felt something I hadn’t felt for a long time regarding gun violence in America: optimism...."
Wed Dec 18, 2013
Sydney Alliance Fights for Railway Lifts at Neighborhood Station -St. George Sutherland Shire Leader
The community campaign for a lift at Arncliffe railway station has stepped up a notch, with Rockdale MP John Flowers throwing his support behind the push.
Mr Flowers joined members of Rockdale Residents Unite group and St George-Sutherland District of the Sydney Alliance outside the station recently to talk to commuters about the need for a lift.
Mon Dec 16, 2013
NYC Housing Authority to Come Under Judicial Oversight for Mold -New York Daily News & New York Times
Over the past year, the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a civic group, has threatened to file suit charging the city has for years violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by housing hundreds of tenants with asthma in mold-infested units. The Monday settlement will allow a Manhattan federal judge to monitor NYCHA’s promised improvements over the next three years. Both sides will go to court Tuesday to file the agreement and be assigned a judge....
“This agreement is long in coming,” declared tenant Maribel Baez, whose asthma has been aggravated for years by mold in her Marlboro Houses apartment in Brooklyn. “My hope is that (with) Metro IAF, our lawyers and a federal court all keeping NYCHA and the city accountable, conditions for me and my fellow tenants will begin to improve.”
Daily News piece (with photos)
Mon Dec 9, 2013
Vegas Leaders Push Trafficking Awareness to Transport Hubs -Las Vegas Review Journal
After a bill that would have mandated the posting of the hotline number in Nevada was killed at the eleventh hour (11:30 PM on the last day of the session) due to unrelated political squabbles, leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good pursued a local route. Barbara Bell of Green Valley UMC and Nancy Thompson of Grass Valley UMC....
Mon Dec 9, 2013
Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land -Sun Gazette
Those who are doing the asking consider it an easy-to-grant request, and the answer they receive could help determine the direction of the county government’s affordable-housing policy for years to come.
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, is asking County Board members to direct staff to analyze a list of publicly owned sites that could be used for affordable housing, and report back next April with the three most feasible sites.
Sun Dec 8, 2013
COPA Explodes Barriers to Healthcare Access in Monterey County -Monterey County Weekly
Sun Dec 8, 2013
NY & NJ Clergy Lobby European Gun Makers for Stricter Standards -Daily News & Huffington Post
Frustrated by the failure of Congress to act against gun violence, a group of clergy from New York and New Jersey is trying a new lobbying tactic — in Europe. In a novel approach, the religious leaders fly across the Atlantic on Sunday to push European gun manufacturers, who have a roughly 25% share of the U.S. market, to apply some of the more stringent standards they already follow in their own countries to the weapons they sell in the U.S....
Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newton, Huffington Post
Wed Nov 27, 2013
AZ Bishops and Business Leaders Lend Voice to Call for Immigration Reform -The Catholic Sun & ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy
At a press conference convened by Valley Interfaith Project, Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted signed a letter to the Arizona congressional delegation for immigration reform, attesting that “the cost of inaction is too high.”
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Acting Together for Economic Justice -Huffington Post
Today's decision to cap the cost of payday loans did not emerge in a vacuum. It is the fruit of years of determined campaigning, which started in churches, mosques and synagogues in some of Britain's poorest neighbourhoods. Indeed, George Osborne's announcement comes exactly four years after 2000 members of the religious and civic institutions in Citizens UK asked all three parties' Treasury spokesmen to adopt precisely this policy.
Sun Nov 24, 2013
NYCHA Vows Brooklyn Fixes by Christmas -- Tenant Hopes to Use Toilet Without Umbrella -NY Daily News
Residents from about 150 apartments from Brownsville to Canarsie to East New York confronted NYCHA Executive Vice President for Operations Carlos Laboy-Diaz during Nov. 18 meeting with list of problems including leaks, heat and rats...
Thu Nov 7, 2013
President Obama Thanks Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders -Texas Tribune
The president spoke at Temple Emanu-El, a Jewish synagogue and member of Dallas Area Interfaith, a nonpartisan coalition of religious organizations that advocates for affordable health care options. He thanked Dallas Area Interfaith and other health care advocates for their efforts to educate Texans on the impact of federal health reform...