Press

Mon Jun 9, 2014
OTOC & Allies End Coal Burning in North Omaha -Omaha World Herald

The OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team formed early this year upon learning that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) planned to continue burning coal in North Omaha and retreat from the use of renewable energy sources (including wind and solar). They presented 4 key demands to the OPPD Board...

Tue Jun 3, 2014
Austin Interfaith Fights for School-Construction Wage Standard -Telemundo Austin

Asserting that adoption of the federal Davis-Bacon wage standard will raise the negotiating power of construction workers, Austin Interfaith leaders testified at an AISD school board meeting that the current 200-based wages are inadequate for families to affords to live in Austin.

Mon Jun 2, 2014
CONECT Action Advances Gun Control Agenda with Governor -New Haven Register & Others

150 CONECT leaders assembled in Connecticut, with Governor Malloy, to advance the 'Do Not Stand Idly By' initiativefor gun safety and industry changes.  Pastor Bernadette and Fr. Jim co-chaired the action.

Connecticut Leaders Seek Changes From Gun Makers, New Haven Register

Malloy to Request More Information From Gun Companies, WFSB Channel 3 News

Malloy Joins Interfaith Effort to Pressure Gunmakers, The Connecticut Mirror

Malloy Demands Info From Gun Manufacturers, CT News Junkie

Malloy Calls On Gun Industry To Discourage Illegal Sales, CT Post

Fri May 30, 2014
One LA-IAF Demands LA County Supervisors Cover All -Angelus - The Tidings Online

Claretian Father Bruce Wellems, pastor of San Gabriel Mission, testified that increasing funds to cover the “residually uninsured” [undocumented residents] is “the right thing to do. It’s the just thing to do. It’s a good investment and will save money in the end. We think it should be done right, and we don’t want to create a waiting list during the year.”

Wed May 28, 2014
VIP Supports Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona -The Republic

Says VIP leader Monica Dorsey:

"If you don't have a skilled workforce you're not going to have an economic recovery for everybody."

Sat May 24, 2014
Black Clergy of VOICE-OKC Challenge Oklahoma State Supt. -The Oklahoman

In collaboration with the other member institutions of VOICE-OKC, black clergy issued a public invitation to Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi (and her 6 opponents) to participate in an accountability session over high-stakes testing and the quality of public education in the state...

Sat May 24, 2014
Yuma County Interfaith Gathering Draws Bishop Gerald Kicanas -Yuma Sun

Said Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Tucson Catholic Diocese, “We have a responsibility to be involved in our community and not be peripheral to the community, not to be indifferent to the issues facing our community. And if we can pull together to address those societal issues, we have a chance to make an impact....”

Fri May 23, 2014
TMO's Capital IDEA Praised by Texas Representatives Zerwas & Turner -National Public Radio

Republican State Representative John Zerwas had high praise for TMO's Capital IDEA-Houston, stating that he could find no better use of $500,000 than the new workforce development program.   TMO leaders celebrated the Accelerated Contiuing Education (ACE) award, the program of which was established with the help of Texas IAF sister organizations....

Fri May 23, 2014
Maryland IAF Public Action Geared Towards Jobs, Not Jabs -The Baltimore Sun

Why can't the big televised debates be run this way?

"We want your responses to these questions, not your critiques of each other," the Rev. Nancy Ladd warned the three gubernatorial hopefuls seated in the front pew of a packed St. Matthew Catholic Church.
The Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation promoted its May 14 candidates forum in Baltimore as being geared toward "jobs, not jabs."

Thu May 22, 2014
ARRIBA Celebrates 1,000th Grad & ACE Award of Half Million -El Paso Times

The same week Project ARRIBA celebrated its one thousandth graduate from its workforce development program, leaders celebrated the announcement that it had won $500,000 to expand access to training to 300 more individuals in El Paso...

Mon May 19, 2014
No Longer Strangers - An Evangelical Reflects on Organizing -The Christian Century
Breininger was skeptical. The IAF people were linked to the world of community organizing, a world that evangelicals generally did not appreciate. The IAF crowd included the kind of people who had shaped and helped elect Barack Obama; they were linked to the notorious community organizer Saul Alinsky.  Breininger’s instinct was to stay away. But he knew if he didn’t try to cross some relational lines, there could never be progress toward cooperation. 
 

Sun May 18, 2014
EBC: DeBlasio Administration Should Allocate More to Rehab Parks -NY Daily News

The mayor's allocation of $80 million in capital funding for neighborhood parks is a good start, but far too many New Yorkers live near parks with dark concrete lots, muddy athletic fields and broken down jungle gyms...

Thu May 15, 2014
MOC Secures Candidate Promises for Added Emergency Shelter -Marin Organizing Committee

On Thursday, May 15th, over 250 leaders of the Marin Organizing Committee gathered for an accountability session with Susan Adams and Damon Connolly, candidates fort District 1 Marin Couty Supervisor...

Thu May 15, 2014
BUILD: "We Want a Public Relationship, Not a Booty Call!" -Washington Post

The Baltimore pastor explained it like this: Being courted by a politician can sometimes feel like a one-night stand for community activists. In the heat of the moment, there is intense devotion and endless promises. But what happens the next morning? “We’re not asking you to marry us. This is no request for death-do-us part relationship,” said Bishop Douglas Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church, addressing three Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls during a forum in Baltimore on Wednesday night. “But, understand, neither will we be treated as, like the young people say, as a booty call.”

Thu May 15, 2014
EQUAL Confronts Dangers of Storm Sewers in Queens -Queens Chronicle

Emily Lloyd, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, told a group of more than 200 people on Monday night that multiple means of combatting their chronic flooding problems have been deployed successfully, and that far more are coming.

Lloyd, appointed earlier this year by Mayor de Blasio, spoke at a meeting of the group Empowered Queens United in Action & Leadership, or EQUAL, a coalition of churches and civic organizations.

Tue May 13, 2014
"What We Need is a Living Rent" -- Citizens UK -The Guardian

The living wage was a good start – but what we really need now is a living rent.  

Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and frequent increases risk dismantling communities...

Mon May 12, 2014
Big Plans, Weak Foundation -NY Daily News

...A full week after unveiling its plan to build 80,000 new affordable housing units over 10 years and preserve 120,000 more, the de Blasio administration has still yet to reach out to East Brooklyn Congregations, ministers who have actually been getting such housing built for decades, and whom the mayor’s own report cites as a model.

“This has been our experience from day one,” said a frustrated Rev. Tyrone Stevenson of EBC. “There’s an opportunity to build a relationship with folks — including, but not only us — who haven't been talking about building affordable housing, but actually have been doing it. But they can’t do the minimum, which is setting a meeting with (Housing Preservation and Development) Commissioner (Vicki) Been.”

Thu May 8, 2014
COPA Wins Healthcare Plan of Action for Uninsured & Undocumented -The Californian & Univision Channel 64

COPA leader Elsa Quezada testified before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, calling for a County strategy to educate undocumented and uninsured Monterey residents about newly available healthcare services.  

”They are our neighbors, our friends, they go to church with us, they join us at the park, the rodeo…their children go to school with our children,” she argued...

Wed May 7, 2014
Common Ground Release Video: "Play It Forward" -Common Ground Fair Play Campaign

Fair Play is a campaign to foster greatness in public spaces.  It is Common Ground's position that if public funds are used to build a new Bradley Center arena, then at least $150 million of these funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces.

Tue May 6, 2014
EBC Calls Out De Blasio on NYC Affordable Housing -New York Daily News

“That’s the thing that’s perplexing to us,” said Rev. Tyrone Stevenson, the senior pastor of East New York’s Hope Christian Center and a co-chair of East Brooklyn Congregations, whose incredibly appealing and affordable Spring Creek project, built on what had been landfill in East New York, is cited in the report as a “case study” in getting more out of city-owned land.

Given EBC’s decades-long record of working closely with the city to get actually affordable community housing built, they’re exactly who you’d expect the mayor to be talking with. Yet even as the report namechecks them, they’ve been left hanging on the line.

Tue Apr 22, 2014
VIP Celebrates Signing of Anti-Trafficking Bill in Arizona -Valley Interfaith Project

This year, leaders from Valley Interfaith Project formed an action team to explore ways to protect youth from sex trafficking in Arizona.  After organizing research actions with the Governor's staff and others, they...

Mon Apr 21, 2014
Austin Interfaith Clergy Defends Section 8 Voucher Users -KVUE-ABC & Austin American Statesman

At a press conference held at City Hall, clergy and lay leaders called on the Austin City Council to support a Holy Day resolution designed to protect Secion 8 voucher users from outright discrimination by landlords...

Wed Apr 16, 2014
JobPath's Design as 'Bridge Out of Poverty' is Durable -Arizona Daily Star

After PCIC leaders heard the stories of families during a massive listening campaign, they researched ways to address the need for good-paying jobs and created JobPath to provide financially-assisted education, hands-on guidance during the academic career and assistance with job placement upon graduation...

Tue Apr 15, 2014
GBIO Leaders Respond to Boston & Kansas Shootings -CNN Opinion

One of us is a pastor and the other a rabbi of congregations in and near Boston. We both had identical reactions when we first learned of the Boston Marathon bombings last year... 

Thu Apr 10, 2014
Jackson Leaders Secure Pledge for 'Clean Fight' in Mayoral Runoff -Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press

Flanked by leaders of Working Together Jackson and a giant (signed) letter of commitment, Mayoral runoff candidates Chowe Lumumba and Tony Yarber pledged to run clean elections on the steps of City Hall. 

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