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Tue Oct 29, 2013

In the past year and a half, Baton Rouge has seen efforts to create a breakaway chamber of commerce, a breakaway school district and a breakaway city. Now, a conservative nonprofit has been created, reportedly, to challenge the one organization that is trying to bring Baton Rouge together...

Thu Oct 24, 2013
ACT Fights For Those in Healthcare Limbo -KERA News

Even with Obamacare, more than one million people in Texas are in health care limbo. Since the state didn’t expand Medicaid, low-income people people like [ACT leader] Sheila Anderson won’t have access to government assistance or health insurance subsidies on the marketplace... 

Wed Oct 23, 2013
Houston Clergy Urges Lawmakers to Defeat Immigration Enforcement Plan -Houston Chronicle

Houston clergy joined dozens of immigration reform supporters Wednesday to call for members of Congress to reject a bill that would permit tougher penalties and enforcement for an illegal presence in the United States.  At a news conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization... 

Mon Oct 21, 2013
Albuquerque Interfaith Fights to Save Scholarship Fund -Albuquerque Journal

Marta Parra told her oldest daughter she could never go to college because they didn’t have enough money – Parra hadn’t yet heard of the state’s lottery scholarship.  Now Parra’s younger daughter, a high school student, may not be able to attend either because the lottery scholarship could be reduced as soon as next year due to insufficient funds.

Sat Oct 19, 2013
300 Dallas Leaders Launch Healthcare Campaign -Dallas Morning News

For years, Dallas Area Interfaith has zeroed in on ways to expand access to insurance and to reduce the cost of medical care overall. Now, "Dallas-area church and community groups are hoping to sort out the confusion of the federal Affordable Care Act, using a colorful new booklet that explains the law to people who are uninsured. About 300 people kicked off the educational effort Thursday night at Temple Emanu-El in North Dallas.

Sat Oct 19, 2013
AMOS Backs Polk Courthouse Renovations -Des Moines Register

A community organization of faith and advocacy groups has endorsed Polk County’s proposed $81 million courthouse renovation.  A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, or AMOS, announced its support Saturday. The three-phase plan to expand the courthouse space ...presented at AMOS’s restorative justice conference by former Polk County Supervisor Martha Willits, includes a number of recommendations AMOS made for the design.

Wed Oct 16, 2013
One LA Assembly Aims to Clarify Healthcare Act -Jewish Journal

One LA-IAF organized an assembly in Temple Judea with hundreds of institutional leaders, calling for universal healthcare coverage.  Invited guests included a County Supervisor and two Board leaders of 'Covered California.'

Thu Oct 3, 2013
Flagstaff City Council Passes Resolution for Immigration Reform -Northern Arizona Amigos

The Flagstaff City Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform during a meeting held on Oct. 1 at City Hall. Supporters of the measure spoke before the council prior to the vote, voicing their support. Following the vote, the supporters gathered in the lobby for a celebration, along with an impromptu planning session to map out future action.

The effort was led by the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council,

Wed Oct 2, 2013
Straight Talk from Immigrants at COPA Meeting with Sheriff -Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak took steps toward building trust with the local immigrant community by hosting a town hall meeting Monday to discuss fears around deportation.  Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, a Watsonville-based community advocacy group, organized the event to address unreported crime in immigrant communities.

Fri Sep 27, 2013
North AZ Interfaith Rises to Challenge of AZ Education Funding Crisis -The Daily Courier

Northern Arizona Interfaith Council and about 800 teachers, school staff and community members, including business owners, filled the Mile High Middle School auditorium Wednesday night to talk about school funding for the three districts in the quad-city area...Special guests at the meeting included Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Rep. Karen Fann, and Prescott Valley Commercial Development Group chairman.

Tue Sep 17, 2013
Austin Leaders Leverage $2.38 Million for Youth & Young Adults -Austin American Statesman & others

Austin Interfaith worked from the ground up to get its priorities included in the budget….It represents the interests of low-income families and has become a familiar presence at City Hall in recent years. Austin Interfaith leaders mobilized members to show up en masse to city budget hearings to plug these programs, meet with council members and bombard council offices with calls and emails in the days leading up to the final budget vote. The nonprofit was elated that council members agreed to spend money on all of Austin Interfaith’s priorities, totaling $2.4 million.”

Fri Sep 13, 2013
VOICE Wins $30 Million for Foreclosure Rehab Pilot in VA -Washington Post

Each time Ron Taylor steps outside the squat brick townhouse he rents in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South, the house next door is a reminder of how things used to be. It’s his old home, now vacant. The yard, where he once carefully carved a planter from a tree trunk, is overgrown with weeds. Taylor, 68, and his wife lived there for about a decade before it was foreclosed on last year...

Wed Sep 11, 2013
OTOC Leverages Nearly $1M for Demolition & Training in Omaha -KETV

OTOC leader details why housing demolition is needed in Omaha.  Lead Organizer: Joe Higgs.Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders applauded the decision of the Mayor and City Council to finalize $957,000 for demolition of condemned houses and $25,000 to support job training in the 2014 Budget...

Fri Sep 6, 2013
COPS / Metro Convenes 100 Stakeholders Re: ACA Planning -San Antonio Business Journal

Sr. Gabriella speaks to press with Congressman Doggett and Judge Wolff.  Lead Organizer: Jorge MontielWith about 100,000 Bexar County residents eligible to get healthcare insurance through the exchange, leaders from COPS/Metro Alliance and University Health System brought together close to 100 community stakeholders to evaluate ACA implementation readiness and identify concerns. 

Fri Sep 6, 2013
Project Quest Partners with Rackspace for Cloud Academy -San Antonio Express News

Project Quest, a local jobs training program established in 1992, has partnered with San Antonio-based Rackspace to recruit individuals interested in enrolling in Rackspace's Open Cloud Academy. There have already been 17 Project Quest students enrolled in the Cloud Academy, and Quest is seeking city funding to expand participation by its clients....

Thu Aug 29, 2013
150 Arizona Leaders Meet with McCain & Grijalva Re: Immigration -Arizona Interfaith

Clergy and laity (including Catholic Bishop Gerald Kikanes and other denominational bishops) assembled for lengthy, frank and bipartisan conversation with Senator John McCain and US Representative Raul Grijalva about the strategy needed to pass immigration reform this fall. Both concluded...

[Photo Credit: Glenn Jenks]

Wed Aug 28, 2013
Texas IAF Reconstitutes Launchpad (Job Training) Fund to $5M -Texas Tribune

The Launchpad Fund, which gave nonprofits $10 million starting in the 2010-11 biennium to support career training programs for low-income students, will be replaced by the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Grant program. The ACE grant program will award about $5 million under a similar model to nonprofits for the next biennium....

Wed Aug 28, 2013
Border Interfaith & EPISO Leverage $1.5 Million for Training -KTSM - Channel 9 News

Citing evidence that the regional return on investment for Project ARRIBA's workforce development is $26 for every $1 invested, the City Council of El Paso voted to increase funding to $1.5 Million over five years...

Mon Aug 12, 2013
AZ Interfaith Meets with Sen. McCain, In Support of Immigration Reform -Arizona Republic

Taking full advantage of the August recess, Arizona Interfaith leaders met with Senator John McCain for frank conversation about the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.  Judicatory leaders and key Arizona clergy discussed with the Senator how to broaden Congressional support for reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Sat Aug 10, 2013
How Austin's Marriott Incentive Deal Fell Apart -Austin American Statesman

Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez and Jacob Cortes of Austin Interfaith stand with workersJacob Cortes of Austin Interfaith engages with Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez, Reverend John Elford of UUMC and Rev. Fred Krebbs of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Louis Malfaro of AFT

If there was anything City Council members and the company building a downtown JW Marriott could agree to in the wee hours of Friday morning, it was this: the deal they struck two summers ago to get the hotel built unraveled...  More here.

Thu Aug 8, 2013
Migrant Reform Protests Urged -Arizona Daily Sun

Roberto isn’t a legal Arizona resident, but he has a dream of becoming one.

He also has a 2-year-old daughter with a serious illness who needs his care.

Now, thanks to a traffic stop, an arrest and the start of deportation proceedings, he is on the verge of losing both....

Mon Jul 29, 2013
Interfaith Groups, Non-Profits Back Bill to Stop Sex Trafficking -Las Vegas Review Journal

A Catholic from Mexico City and a rabbi from England are riding to Carson City...

Mon Jul 22, 2013
NYT Cites Capital IDEA-Houston as Factor in Class Mobility -New York Times

“Houston is one of the few southern cities where upward social mobility is as high as cities in the Northeast and West… Roughly 22 percent of Houston children who grew up in the poorest fifth of the national income distribution have ended up in the top two-fifths today, according to the study.

In Houston, programs like Capital IDEA assist underemployed individuals who have obstacles in the way of furthering their education. In addition to helping pay tuition, Capital IDEA fast-tracks students through the remedial courses that can otherwise divert them from finishing their degree….”

Capital IDEA-Houston was established by institutional members of The Metropolitan Organization in Houston.

Fri Jul 19, 2013
Austin Interfaith Weighs in on Enrollment Challenge in Texas -New York Times

Texas officials have declined to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace, a major provision of the federal Affordable Care Act.  So private organizations are wokring to education Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, which opens on Oct. 1....

Mon Jul 15, 2013
Stalwart Citizens, Not Just Police, Deserve Credit as Crime Ebbs -The New York Times

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