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Thu Oct 8, 2015
PCICEO Educates Pastors on on Pima County Bonds -New Vision

Bishop Kicanas fires off a powerful volley in a friendly competition between Pima Community Colleges and religious leaders of PCIC-CEO in Arizona....

Thu Oct 8, 2015
Rabbi's Gun Protest is Personal -North Jersey Media Group

Joel Mosbacher wishes he wasn’t here.

It is Thursday morning, sunny and autumn-cool, and Mosbacher, a rabbi from Oakland, is standing across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House as a protester calling for tougher gun laws.

“I certainly never imagined growing up that this would happen,” he said....

Wed Oct 7, 2015
WashPost Covers Metro IAF White House Press Conference -Washington Post

As is their way, the community organizers and activists at the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) are pushing the president to use the federal government’s purchasing power to promote safer guns. To do business with the government, companies would have to be willing to “remove the barriers to getting smart guns and gun safety technologies to market” and cooperate with law enforcement to “identify and isolate dealers that provide large numbers of guns used in crimes.”

Tue Oct 6, 2015
Dupage United: System Works Against the Mentally Ill in IL Prisons -State Journal Register

By The Rev. Michael Solberg and Amy Lawless Ayala

One of the many sayings of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley went something like this: "It is easy to criticize, to find fault. But where are your programs? Where are your ideas?"

We who work with the citizens' organizations affiliated with Metro Industrial Areas Foundation in Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane counties have taken this challenge to heart when it comes to the related issues of mental health and incarceration in Illinois. This is an issue that affects every town, county and region in Illinois....

Tue Oct 6, 2015
HuffPost Quotes DAI: Working Together Builds Interfaith Relations -Huffington Post

To those concerned about anti-Muslim sentiment in the country, Huffington Post writer Carol Kuruvilla recommends, “Get involved with your local interfaith network.”  She cites Dallas Area Interfaith organizer Josephine Lopez-Paul....

Fri Oct 2, 2015
North Texas IAF Takes on Payday Lenders w/ TX Catholic Conference -Dallas Morning News

Fr. Daniel Kelly of St. Joseph Catholic Church and North Texas IAF – in partnership with the Texas Catholic Conference — hosted a press conference at his church announcing a coordinated interfaith effort to place limits on payday and title loan lending.  During a listening campaign that involved 3,000 parishioners in small group conversations and parish development sessions, “every week another member of my parish [told] a horror story about one of these loans.  They debilitate our families.”

Fri Sep 25, 2015
What Happened in Vegas -Commonweal

Andrea Swanson was raised in a Catholic military family in Virginia and married a military man. Her husband, Rod, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, became an FBI agent, then rose to supervision of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Las Vegas. That’s where the couple raised their four children, two girls and two boys. Andrea worked as a school nurse. Her husband was sent to Iraq and other foreign countries. Two of their four children would end up entering the armed services—one as a Marine lieutenant and the other as a sergeant in the Eighty-Second Airborne Division. Both deployed abroad.

And then there was Hannah, their youngest child....

Mon Sep 21, 2015
Metro IAF Victories Update 2015 -Metro IAF
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Sat Sep 19, 2015
Arlington Board Approves Additional Affordable Housing -Washington Post

The Arlington County Board, in an unanimous vote, on Saturday passed an affordable housing plan that will add about 15,800 apartments affordable to low to moderate income households by 2040.

Three hours of personal and heartfelt testimony from those who said they have benefited from Arlington’s existing housing supports swayed the lawmakers who said they couldn’t recall more affecting testimonials in their tenures.

Carolina Perez described the impact of having a safe and stable apartment on her family, showing the board her daughter’s A-plus on a math assignment. “It really hurts us when people say low-income (families) are bringing down Arlington,” she said. “You are not wasting your money. You are investing in your future.”

Coverage of back story here.

Thu Sep 17, 2015
Dallas Area Interfaith Clergy Call on Police to Communicate -Fox 4 News

Thu Sep 17, 2015
Let Refugees Revive American Cities: Admit 250K In This Decade -NY Daily News

The White House announcement that the United States should prepare to take in just 10,000 Syrian migrants in the next year is an embarrassingly tepid response to the largest movement of refugees since the end of World War II.

We should do much more — not only increasing the numbers of refugees we accept, but aggressively settling them in American cities, where they can help spark broad economic revivals.

Whether America takes a leadership role or not, conflicts in the Middle East and depressionlike conditions in the Balkans will do what such conditions have always done: trigger the movement of millions of people seeking safety and economic opportunity wherever they can be found.

Fri Sep 11, 2015
Austin Interfaith Wins Historic Wage Increase for Municipal Workers -Austin Chronicle & Telemundo

At a press conference held the day after the passage of the new City budget, Austin Interfaithleaders celebrated a historic living wage win and other ‘budget priorities’ that were included.  Austin Interfaith leaders thanked the Mayor and specific council members for acting as “budget champions.”

As a result, the City of Austin will now pay their workers an increased living wage of $13.03 per hour (up from $11.39) and for the first time will include temporary AND contracted workers in that wage standard.  Workers employed for at least 12 months will additionally qualify for healthcare benefits.  Employees of private corporations receiving public subsidies will also benefit from the wage increase...

Tue Sep 8, 2015
IAF Co-Director Mike Gecan Addresses "Anxieties of Democracy" -Boston Review

"As an avid reader and admirer of Ira Katznelson’s work, I am both puzzled and disappointed by his essay.

I am puzzled as to why he defines the crisis of democratic decline so narrowly, as a loss of faith in representative institutions and parliamentary governments. He quotes John Locke asserting that “the establishing of the legislative power” is the “first and fundamental positive law” of a good political regime, as well as James Mill, who nearly hyperventilated describing 'the system of representation' as the “grand discovery of modern times.” Really?"

Tue Sep 8, 2015
MACG considered a force for the common good in Portland -Portland Mercury

"We are in a crisis and people are being dispossessed from their homes and their neighborhoods," says Bob Brown, a MACG member who's been working on this issue for months. "It's bad, and it's going to get worse if we don't do something."

...Brown was one of 97 MACG members who, on September 1, packed a PHAC review hearing for that mandatory review process.

... At the September 1 hearing, the group unleashed its secret weapon—a former senior housing policy manager for the PDC named Leah Greenwood.... 

Tue Sep 8, 2015
Common Ground's "Million Winning Strategy" in Milwaukee -Shepherd Express

In our era of political polarization and highly negative partisan attacks, it’s rare to see community advocates who cheerfully—even gleefully—describe their years-long campaign to help struggling Milwaukeeans.

But Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground’s Keisha Krumm and Jennifer O’Hear were all smiles when talking about their part in securing $30 million settlement between mortgage servicerNationstar Mortgage LLC and the City of Milwaukee.

Fri Aug 28, 2015
Nationstar to Give $30 Million for Distressed Milwaukee Homeowners -Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

"Common Ground is pleased that the mayor and Common Council President Michael Murphy negotiated aggressively in our behalf to get the best deal they could get for our city," she said.

"We are pleased with the result."

Tue Aug 25, 2015
Statewide Press Recognizes Texas IAF Work on Wages -Texas Observer

COPS / Metro AllianceAustin InterfaithBorder Interfaith & EPISO, and Dallas Area Interfaith leaders are deservedly getting statewide recognition for their work in support of living wages in San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and Dallas.

 

Mon Aug 24, 2015
Says Business Columnist: Public Sector 'Living Wage' Proper -San Antonio Express-News

According to business columnist Michael Taylor of San Antonio Express-News:

"public employers have a greater obligation to address the moral issue of 'a living wage' than do private employers. Unlike private companies, public entities (such as governments) explicitly purport to represent the “public good” in everything they do. The public good should reasonably include paying workers so they can live above the federal poverty level. Nobody really asked my opinion, but these wage hikes seem not only reasonable, but providing a “living wage” for public-sector employees seems like an essential step."

Sat Aug 22, 2015
Skill QUEST Curbs Dallas Poverty -Dallas Morning News

More than 400 people have been helped by Skill QUEST since it was launched by Dallas Area Interfaith in late 2010.

A subcommittee of the interfaith group did extensive research among 3,500 people in its 40 member congregations, schools and community organizations in Dallas and Collin counties. It found workforce issues...among the biggest concerns....

Thu Aug 20, 2015
Luckless at Texas Capitol, Wage Advocates Go Local -Texas Tribune

"In Austin, a minimum wage hike to $13.03 an hour for full-time employees will be up for consideration in September as part of the city’s proposed budget. San Antonio leaders will consider a minimum wage of $13 an hour next month. Bexar County is also poised to increase its minimum wage to $13 an hour, while El Paso County could vote next month to boost pay for its lowest-paid employees to $10 an hour. Minimum wages in those localities currently range from $9.45 to $11.66 an hour.

Local organizers affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation are hopeful all four proposals will be approved, saying they’ve received assurances from city and county officials. But for these advocates, the wins could mean sending a message to state lawmakers."

Tue Aug 18, 2015
Black Iowans Feel Profiled by the Police -Des Moines Register

In the Des Moines area, members of the nonprofit community organization AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) have spent the past year recording the stories of black Iowans who believe they have been unfairly singled out because of their race by store clerks, security guards, police and others.

Retired Des Moines attorney Harvey Harrison, 71, said what he has heard through that process "proves racial profiling is still a problem, and it has to be dealt with to help this country."

Fri Aug 14, 2015
Bucks’ Owners Win, at Wisconsin’s Expense -New York Times

Not all Milwaukeeans gave the new owners a hug. Last year, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground — a fine coalition of churches, synagogues, mosques and community groups — surveyed the city’s pitted fields and dilapidated recreation centers and proposed that an arena bond issue should include money for Milwaukee’s playing fields. The group also pushed for a public referendum.

Thu Aug 13, 2015
Metro IAF Pitches Own NYCHA Housing Plan -The Real Deal

The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation invited several Brooklyn elected officials last month to hear a proposal to “infill” large swaths of open space at public housing developments in the borough with between 10,000 and 20,000 units of senior citizen housing.

The faith-based organization has developed low-income homes in parts of Brooklyn through its local chapter, East Brooklyn Congregations.

Wed Aug 12, 2015
Roof Repairs at Harlem NYCHA Building Made Leaks Worse -NY Daily News

“What’s happening in the King Towers echoes what we are seeing all over the city,” said Michael Stanley, an organizer with Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a housing advocate group that’s been critical of NYCHA for years.

Barbara Solomon, 59, says she has tried in vain to get management to fix her ceilings. “Too often, NYCHA doesn’t show up, but even where they are supposedly fixing things, the repairs are usually so ineffective that nothing is really resolved or the problem even gets worse,” Stanley said.

Mon Aug 3, 2015
COPS / Metro Gains Support of City Manager on $13 / Hr Living Wage -San Antonio Express-News and KENS5

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