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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Ohio's Gov. John Kasich to seek Medicaid Expansion -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saying that an expansion of Medicaid will help some of the poorest Ohioans, Gov. John Kasich included the much-anticipated announcement in his two-year budget proposal Monday.  Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of 40 religious groups and the lead organizer of the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition, pledged Monday to do our part to make sure Ohio legislators understand that expanding Medicaid will keep Ohioans€™ tax dollars here in our state, working to help our economy, our health and our state budget.

Mon Feb 4, 2013
Working on behalf of the powerless -Connecticut Post

The angry letters practically write themselves. Illegal means illegal. Stop rewarding law-breakers. And on and on. Few issues lend themselves to demagoguery as easily as immigration. So the idea of allowing people referred to as illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses from the state of Connecticut will be a nonstarter to many people.

Fri Feb 1, 2013
Bloomberg vows to eliminate backlog of NYCHA repairs by end of year -New York Daily News

Mayor Bloomberg promised Thursday to eliminate a stunning backlog of 420,000 public housing apartment repairs by the end of the year. But critics were skeptical the city could meet its goals. “Today marks the beginning of the end of this problem,” the mayor declared at a press conference in the Drew-Hamilton Houses in East Harlem.

Fri Feb 1, 2013
Austin Interfaith Blocks Lobbyists from Rewriting Land Use Code -Austin American Statesman

After Austin Interfaith leaders took issue with a proposal that “would have allowed registered lobbyists to serve on the citizen committee that will guide the rewriting of the city’s land-development code…” the proposal was pulled.  Leaders said the proposal blurred “the lines between the duties and responsibilities of citizens in the democratic process and the role of … lobbyists who represent organized financial interests in the legislative process.”

Wed Jan 30, 2013
Promises to keep: Daily News-Metro IAF housing forum puts mayoral candidates on the record -New York Daily News

Exactly what would any of the candidates who are running for mayor do upon election in November? No doubt, you have little or no idea. That’s why the Daily News and Metro IAF, a citizens organization, are sponsoring issue-oriented mayoral forums. We held the first Thursday night in front of an audience of roughly 1,000 New Yorkers at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

Fri Jan 25, 2013
Religious, community members rally to urge Gov. Kasich to expand Medicaid in Ohio -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --- More than 1,000 rallied at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Thursday night to show their support for expanding Medicaid in Ohio. The assembly brought together members of religious congregations, community groups and major health care providers to demonstrate community support for expanding Medicaid. 

Thu Jan 24, 2013
Unexpected Focus at a Mayoral Forum -The New York Times

This year’s campaign for New York City mayor was expected to turn on police tactics, education policy and economic development. On Thursday, six of the leading candidates in the race found themselves discussing something different: mold.

Thu Jan 24, 2013
Groups call on Kasich to Expand Medicaid in Ohio -MSNBC

More than a thousand people filled Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland Thursday to demonstrate widespread community support for Ohio Medicaid expansion. "If people have medical insurance they're more likely to see a doctor, they're more likely to get preventative care, they're going to stay healthier," said Dr. Kristin Englund who came out for the rally. 

Sat Jan 19, 2013
Working Together Jackson Fights Blight in Mississippi -Clarion Ledger

Institutional leaders of Working Together Jackson began evaluating non-profit land trust models to help transform the Mid-City neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi.  Based on conversations with neighbors and residents, Ms. Brent, President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, and Rev. Tucker Sr., pastor of True Vine, identified a number of things they would like to address: abandoned housing, overgrown lots, crime, mentoring for its youth and services for its elderly.  But people involved in the effort know that, as Rev. Tucker puts it, “the real work of rebuilding the neighborhood isn’t cutting lawns or boarding up houses. The real work is building relationships between its residents.”

While the non-profit land trust would take control of abandoned properties for rehabilitation and renovation, leaders of Working Together Jackson plan to continue the work of building relationships between neighbors.

Working Together Jackson Touts Turnaround in Mid-City NeighborhoodClarion Ledger

Land Trust a New Strategy in Fight Against BlightClarion Ledger

Fri Jan 18, 2013
Austin Interfaith In-District Charter Proposal Wins Unanimous Support -Five Publications in Austin

"School board members have lauded the process that Travis Heights used to garner support for the transformation, which they approved last month.  Unlike the district’s failed partnership with [another charter school]… the move to turn Travis Heights into a charter school had the enthusiastic backing of the school’s parents and teachers, joined by Austin Interfaith and Education Austin."

Wed Jan 16, 2013
Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approve Low-Income Healthcare -SEIU-ULTCW

Community and Labor leaders with Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) celebrated the Monterey Board of Supervisor’s decision to move forward with the implementation of a Low Income Healthcare Plan (LIHP), January 15th.

After a two year struggle to get the LIHP off the ground, the county is now poised to begin insurance enrollment of county residents making 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Sat Jan 12, 2013
Austin Leaders Persist in Push for Affordable Housing -Austin YNN

Austin leaders think they can champion the push for affordable housing once again.  Three members of Austin City Council are sponsoring a resolution that calls upon the city manager to explore ways of returning the issue to the ballot….’For our folks who are living on the street, there is not a pathway for them to get into any kind of home,’ clergy John Elford said

Fri Jan 4, 2013
Churches and lawmakers pushing to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses -New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — A coalition of churches and lawmakers will push this General Assembly session to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses as a safety issue that protects all residents. The effort is being led by CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, which said some 200 community leaders are expected to attend a rally at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Church, 115 Blatchley Ave., to kick off the effort.

Tue Dec 18, 2012
NYCHA's failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit -New York Daily News

On Tuesday, frustrated tenants will take action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability.

 

 

 

Wed Dec 12, 2012
Austin Celebrates Progress of Change in Tax Incentives -KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night for the same purpose.

Wed Dec 12, 2012
Austin Interfaith Celebrates Progress on Living Wages -KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night…to celebrate a move by the county regarding tax incentives, a move many are hoping the city of Austin will follow.

Thu Dec 6, 2012
Dallas Area Interfaith Forces Much-Needed Debate on Medicaid Expansion -Dallas Morning News

I wondered if we were even going to discuss it. And thanks to a Dallas interfaith alliance, I guess we will.

With hardly a peep of protest, it seemed, Gov. Rick Perry told Washington we don’t want its stinkin’ billions of dollars to provide health coverage for more Texans.

Wed Dec 5, 2012
Fighting the waters in Southeast Queens -New York Daily News

As our region continues to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have rightly said that the city and state need to update their infrastructure to deal with the increased likelihood of future flooding. Bloomberg even based his endorsement in the presidential race on President Obama’s position on climate change.

Mon Dec 3, 2012
Dallas Area Interfaith Challenges Texas Governor to ‘Opt-In’ -Dallas Morning News

Gov. Rick Perry might have been surprised to hear his name invoked repeatedly during a recent gathering at Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission.  But the rollicking crowd that filled the northwest Dallas church was not praising the governor’s leadership or even praying for his soul.  Nearly 300 people crowded into the church to launch a petition drive challenging Perry’s decision to opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

Mon Nov 19, 2012
One LA Works to Reorganize Healthcare in Southern California -Los Angeles Times

Nearly every day, worried Californians call a Pacoima hotline asking what lies ahead in healthcare reform: Do I have to get private insurance? Will I lose my Medi-Cal? How much will it cost? When does it start?

"There's mass confusion already," said Katie Murphy, managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.

Mon Oct 29, 2012
EPISO Leverages Commitments for Equity in School Funding -El Paso Times

More than 200 leaders of El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization assembled to challenge Clint Independent School District board candidates to “eliminate all disparities in per student funding throughout the district if elected….Challengers Claudia García, Sonia Herrera, Susana Santillan, Dino Coronado and incumbent Patricia Randleel participated at the nonpartisan accountability session at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Horizon City.”

[Photo Credit: Fernie Castillo, El Paso Times]

Mon Oct 22, 2012
COPS / Metro Alliance Rallies in Support of Successful Bond for Pre-K -San Antonio Express-News
Approximately 1,000 people representing 35 church, school and union groups under the umbrella nonprofit Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, held their own press conference and publicly committed to backing Pre-K 4 SA.  
 
[Photo Credit: The Express-News, SA]
 

Sun Oct 21, 2012
Border Interfaith Leverages Commitments on School Testing -KTSM - Channel 9 News

Candidates for the U.S. Congressional 16th District of Texas, the Senate District 29 of Texas, Texas House of Representatives District 78 and for District 1 of the State Board of Education participated in Sunday’s candidate accountability session…organized by Border Interfaith at the San Judas Tadeo Catholic Church in the Upper Valley.

Tue Oct 2, 2012
Supporters of Cleveland Schools levy rally voters ahead of November election -ABC News Channel 5

CLEVELAND - Supporters of the levy for Cleveland Public Schools are warning against laying off teachers, and a potential $50 million deficit. Over the weekend in an east side church basement, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers and concerned citizens met up for a voter registration drive.

Sun Sep 30, 2012
Barack and Mitt, as I knew them (By Arnie Graf) -New York Daily News

In one of the more famous put-downs in modern political history, during a 1988 debate, vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, who had just compared himself to JFK, “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.” 

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