Press

Press

Mon Jun 8, 2015
Time For the Mayor to Lead on Gun Safety -NY Daily News Op-Ed

"Even as New York City wrestles with an increase in shootings, Mayor de Blasio is making a habit of missing opportunities to lead on gun safety. Softballs cross the city’s plate, and the mayor doesn’t bother to swing."

Sun Jun 7, 2015
Ed Chamber's Memorial -Memorial Service for Ed Chambers

A memorial service for Edward Chambers, successor to Saul Alinsky, was held at St. Gertrude's in Chicago on June 7, 2015. Former Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation was remembered by friends and colleagues as a key figure in the development of worldwide network of grassroots citizens organizations.

Memorial notice here.

 

 

Sat Jun 6, 2015
NCG Fights Off Push for Privatization of Medicaid Services in Nevada -Las Vegas Review Journal

Leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good cried 'foul' when a dead bill proposing to privatize the provision of Medicaid services was kept alive through unnatural means.  Though voted down, it remained in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee through an exemption sparing it from normal deadlines.  That same language was then grafted onto a separate bill (SB 514) and approved by the legislature the day before it adjourned.

Tue Jun 2, 2015
COPA Advances Health Services for Uninsured Undocumented Kids -Monterey Herald

No money was actually handed out, but a proposed pilot program aimed at providing health services to Monterey County’s undocumented immigrants may have been the biggest winner during Tuesday’s county budget hearing....

Fri May 29, 2015
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina Takes Questions From Parents, Educators at Packed Bronx Forum -NY Daily News

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.

They traveled from as near as Mott Hall Science and Technology in the South Bronx and from as far away as Bushwick, Brooklyn, to drill Chancellor Carmen Fariña on hot-topic issues like the expansion of the city’s gifted and talented programs, teacher evaluations and school performance.

Chalkbeat story here.

Daily News Editorial here.

 

Thu May 28, 2015
Credit Cleveland [and GCC] for Largely Peaceful Protests -Cleveland.com

What came through loud and clear this past week, however, is that -- rather than descend into violence and chaos -- the citizens of Cleveland chose to express their feelings of anger and dismay in a way that elevated their passionate message. Nothing got lost in a flash of fire or pile of rubble.

Maybe it was the call for peaceful protest by the Greater Cleveland Congregations...

Mon May 18, 2015
Valley Interfaith Shakes Up Pharr Election; Parks & Libraries at Stake -Rio Grande Guardian & Brownsville Herald

"In the recent Pharr City Commission election, Valley Interfaith leaders knew the races were likely to be close. They calculated that if they turned out their supporters and members, particularly in south Pharr, they could impact the election and thus have leverage on which policies get implemented.”

Fri May 15, 2015
TMO Lyons Elementary Parents Prevail Over Rezoning Plan -Houston Chronicle

Lyons Elementary parents won an 8 – 1 Houston Independent School District board vote against proposed boundary changes to their school.  The changes would have sent students from one of the top ranked schools in the state to one ranked in the lowest 18% statewide....

Fri May 15, 2015
Lessons From a Great Community Organizer -Chronicle of Philanthropy

The death last month of Edward Chambers, one of the world’s great community organizers, serves as a strong reminder of how the power of the grass-roots can be mobilized to make a huge difference in the lives of the neediest. He was a master of building groups that could last for the long haul, a skill not enough activists possess.

For 37 years, Mr. Chambers served as the national director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a network of community-based organizations that had been founded by his mentor Saul Alinsky, the iconic champion of "power organizing."

Thu May 14, 2015
Nationstar Mortgage CEO to Meet with Common Ground -Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Nationstar Mortgage CEO Jay Bray agreed on Thursday to come to Milwaukee and meet with representatives of Common Ground, a community group pressing the company to address blighted housing here.

Common Ground associate organizer Kathleen Patron said Bray made the commitment at the company's shareholders' meeting in Irving, Texas. A Nationstar Mortgage spokesman confirmed Bray would come to Milwaukee, but said details needed to be worked out.

Wed May 13, 2015
1,800 GBIO Leaders Secure "Pledge to Work for Social Justice" -Boston Globe

The governor and mayor were joined by Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The four made their pledges before more than 1,800 people who packed the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square for the event, hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Wed May 6, 2015
Edward Chambers, Community Organizing's Unforgiving Hero -New Yorker
On a June night in 1978, a community organizer named Edward Chambers drove through the shattered bricks and waist-high weeds of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, finding his way along streets that no longer had signs. He was expected at a nearby Lutheran church by a group of local clergy. Its members had reached out to Chambers, a disciple of Saul Alinsky, in the hope that he could help them rescue a section of New York so devastated that Boston’s mayor, on a visit, had declared it “the beginning of the end of our civilization....”

Tue May 5, 2015
Memorial Service for Ed Chambers Announced -Industrial Areas Foundation

Edward T. Chambers, long-time Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), based in Chicago, Illinois, died peacefully in April 26 in Kilcoe. Skibbereen, Ireland, where he suffered from advanced Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Chambers was named the successor to IAF founder Saul Alinsky in 1972 and led the IAF to become the premier community organizing network in the U.S. and around the world. Chambers was the lead organizer in many of the IAF organizing efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Woodlawn Organization in Chicago and FIGHT in Rochester, New York. He then mentored an entire generation of organizers and community leaders in what he called "the skills of public life." He wrote a book on his methods titled "Roots for Radicals."

Chambers retired on January 1, 2010, after the onset of Alzheimer's and moved to Ireland, where his family maintains a residence. He was born in Clarion, Iowa, on April 2, 1930, and is survived by his wife, the artist Ann Martin Chambers, and their five children Eve, Mae, Joe, Lily, and William.

An interfaith memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, 1420 W. Granville Avenue in Chicago. For further information, call his publisher at 773-271-1030.

Condolences to the family can be emailed to chambers.ed123@yahoo.co.uk.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ed’s name to an organization that helps people learn how to build grassroots power for the common good.

 

Sat May 2, 2015
Ed Chambers, Early Leader of IAF, Dies at 85 -New York Times

Edward T. Chambers, a lapsed seminarian who succeeded Saul Alinsky as leader of Mr. Alinsky’s social justice foundation, advancing his radical agenda of community organizing and grounding its progressive objectives in the Gospels, died on April 26 at a nursing home near his home in Drimoleague, Ireland. He was 85.

Sat May 2, 2015
Vancouver Sun Calls Metro Vancouver Alliance a "Best Example" -Vancouver Sun

"The Metro Vancouver Alliance might be one of the best recent examples of diverse leaders focusing on the commonweal. Vancouver Catholic Archbishop Michael Miller and Anglican Bishop Melissa Skelton are among the religious, educational and community leaders who are co-operating to work for economic justice."

Fri May 1, 2015
Baltimore Unrest Highlights City's Deprivation -Financial Times

After the global financial crisis hit in 2007, the small business that Mr Bey set up after his final jail stint ran into trouble. “I found myself falling backwards very quickly [and] drugs came back into my life.”

His situation remained bleak until he came across BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development), a group that helps people improve their housing, economic and schools environment. He started attending “Turnaround Tuesdays” meetings where Build taught him the skills and confidence to get a job.

 

Thu Apr 30, 2015
BUILD Pushes City Leaders for Meeting with Sandtown-Winchester Residents -Baltimore Sun

On Wednesday, BUILD led a group of neighborhood leaders and others into City Hall for the weekly Board of Estimates meeting. They stood up during the meeting and asked Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young to commit to a meeting.

"There's been a lot of talking in our city, a lot of press conferences, but the citizens from Sandtown here today do not feel like they've been listened to," said the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, co-chairman of BUILD.

Tue Apr 28, 2015
BUILD Addresses Baltimore Eruption: 'Unrest is Generations in the Making' -NY Daily News

Why is anyone surprised that isolated young people from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country took their anger to the streets? While we don’t condone looting and violence, our only surprise is that it hasn’t happened sooner.

For the past 20 years, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) have been meeting with successive mayors about the growing isolation and anger that has been building in many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods left out from the city’s so-called economic success. Let us review what actually happened and the circumstances that brought about this explosion.

Sun Apr 19, 2015
COPS / Metro Raises the Stakes: Wages Now Mayoral Campaign Issue -San Antonio Express News & More

Over 400 leaders of COPS / Metro Alliance assembled at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, to confront the top candidates for Mayor and City Council (Districts 2, 3, 5 and 7) on wages, workforce development and housing in the City...

Sat Apr 18, 2015
Citizens UK Makes Westminster's Politicians Face Power of the People -The Guardian

One of a number of alternative hustings trying to boost voter registration and turnout, and expanding the frontiers of conventional campaigning in the process, is Citizens UK.  It is an alliance of 350 schools, faith communities, unions and voluntary sector organisations in areas such as London, Birmingham and Cardiff that, among a number of issues, has pressed hard for the living wage. Its aim is to recruit, train, encourage and involve citizens of all ages in “actions” so they come to believe that what they do counts, not just at the ballot box but in shaping the kind of society in which they wish to live.

Karyn Storey, 18, has been a member since September. She is taking four A-levels at a local college and joined because “my parents are very community-minded and I want to build character”. Annalisa Mensah, 18, who is going to York to study law in October, says: “I’m young, black, female, so out of self-interest why wouldn’t I be passionate about active citizenship? I know it makes a difference. Citizens UK grows every day and I grow with it,” she smiles broadly. 

Mon Apr 13, 2015
Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground -Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

....Then there is Common Ground, a community group that is opposed to the use of public money for the new arena. The group wants public money for improved playgrounds and recreational spaces in Milwaukee County.

Recently, Edens has been singled out. His Fortress Investment Group in New York largely owns Nationstar Mortgage, a mortgage-servicing company, and Common Ground said the firm is responsible for an undetermined number of blighted properties in the city. The group has demanded that Nationstar donate $25 million to the city to help rehabilitate foreclosed properties.

"We're taking the Nationstar issue very seriously," Curley said. "We hope to keep making progress with Nationstar."

Fri Apr 3, 2015
Starwood Tries to Raze Low-Rent Housing, Westchester United Fights Back -Lohud - The Journal News

Starwood Capital Group, an international private investment company that manages assets of $42 billion, wants these families to leave so that its development team can demolish the affordable-housing complex, and make way for a hotel and housing for young professionals and adults over age 55.

According to the proposal, Starwood's plan is designed to limit the number of children who would attend Port Chester schools, which are cramped for space.

Sun Mar 29, 2015
Valley Interfaith Celebrates Their (Newly Paved) Streets -Rio Grande Guardian & El Manana

When Valley Interfaith leader Monse Martinez first moved into Las Milpas he noticed the roads were in very bad conditions.  Says Martinez: “The potholes were destroying our vehicles.  But we started to get organized…talking about it in church, holding house meetings and demanding these roads get fixed.”

Thu Mar 26, 2015
WIN & Amalgamated Transit Union Combat On-The-Job Abuse -WAMU 88.5

“We are afraid.”

Cynthia Gary, a Metro employee for 29 years, choked on the words as she testified at a public hearing on safety organized by her union in the basement of a historic church in downtown D.C.

“I will say it again. We are afraid.”

Wed Mar 25, 2015
Working Together Jackson Wins First Housing Trust Fund in State -MS News Now

Mississippi was one of only three states in the country without a housing trust fund before ’Working Together Jackson‘ changed that.

Pages