Press

Wed Apr 2, 2014
Archbishop Fiorenza Cheers Church's Work with TMO for Schools -Houston Chronicle

"I want to ...congratulate parishioners of Divina Providencia Church, its pastor, Father Chris Plant, the parents of the children, and Neighbors in Action for working with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) to keep Port Houston open.

They have demonstrated Pope Francis’ exhortation for parishes to get involved in the community."

Wed Apr 2, 2014
'Together Louisiana' Moves Legislative Bill on Payday Lending -The Advocate

With the press calling it “the sleeper issue of the session,” leaders from ‘Together Louisiana,’ stormed the Capitol to testify in Committee hearings and weigh in on debate over payday lending in Louisiana...

Mon Mar 31, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio Meets with Metro IAF -News 12 Brooklyn

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with hundreds of faith and political leaders from across the tri-state area over the weekend to talk about a number of issues facing New Yorkers. 

Speaking at the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation assembly meeting, de Blasio touched upon ways to address stop-and-frisk, NYCHA repairs, universal pre-kindergarten and reducing gun violence.

More Press:

http://observer.com/2014/03/bill-de-blasio-reaffirms-liberal-vision-at-c...

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/mayor-de-blasio-talks-hou...

Mon Mar 24, 2014
Together Louisiana Takes Payday Lending Fight to the Capitol -The Advocate

First, Thelma Fleming lost one of her two jobs. Later, she had to pawn some of the gifts her children had given her. Eventually, the bank closed her account, and she had to give up her car.

Fleming’s troubles can be traced back to the $300 loan she took out from a payday lender two years ago after the detox center where she worked closed its doors.

Mon Mar 24, 2014
Nevada Leaders Big Players in Immigration Congressional Hearing -Las Vegas Review Journal &Las Vegas Sun

Representing Nevadans for the Common Good, a coalition of local faith-based groups, [Bishop Joseph] Pepe questioned whether some people are being detained simply to meet the daily bed quota for immigrants in detention.  “Immigration procedures and laws are applied unevenly and often are not filling prosecutorial priorities,” he said.

Wed Mar 19, 2014
New IAF Organization Launches in Vancouver, Canada! -Anglican Church of Canada

Over 650 people from 40 institutions gathered in Vancouver to launch Metro Vancouver Alliance in Canada. For a distinctly Anglican take on the assembly...   

Mon Mar 17, 2014
Progress Seen on NYCHA Repairs in East Brooklyn -Brooklyn Bureau

Mary Smith had one problem, and then she had several. The heating in her living room at the Fiorentino Plaza Houses in East New York conked out about three years ago. Then her hot water went. She began hauling pots of hot water from the stove to her bathroom to bathe. But then she injured her neck and back in a fall, making the water-bearing impossible....

Thu Mar 6, 2014
Hundreds of EBC Residents & Leaders Confront NYCHA Chair -News 12 Brooklyn

Hundreds of public housing residents gathered in East New York Thursday to demand help from elected officials and the new leader of NYCHA.

The meeting was held at Saint Paul Community Baptist Church and organized by the East Brooklyn Congregations. Newly appointed NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye was among the officials and elected leaders invited to the meeting to help deal with public housing concerns.

Fri Feb 28, 2014
Greater Cleveland Congregations Take Gunfight to German Gun Show -Cleveland.com

Is it possible to make a safer gun when humans remain as unpredictable and violent as ever?

That’s a question that Donna Weinberger, a psychotherapist from Cleveland, hopes to explore when she travels to the world’s second largest annual gun show in Nuremberg, Germany next week.

Tue Feb 25, 2014
One LA Spreads Word of Healthcare Eligibility in Los Angeles -Los Angeles Times

...Diane Vanette, a volunteer with OneLA who screens people at Obamacare enrollment events, recently informed a couple with deferred-action status that they were both eligible for Medi-Cal.  “He was shocked, she was shocked,” Vanette said....

Mon Feb 24, 2014
EPISO & Border Interfaith Team Up to Challenge County Candidates -El Paso Times & Univision

In advance of the early March election for County judge and Commissioner positions, leaders of EPISO and Border Interfaith organized an accountability session to challenge them on issues that emerged hundreds of conversations with their constituents.  The El Paso Times reports the following:

Tue Feb 18, 2014
TBO Confronts Commissioner Court Candidates in Del Rio, Texas -Del Rio News

Leaders of the Border Organization confronted Democratic Party candidates for two seats on the Val Verde County Commissioners Court, Precinct 2, asking them whether they would work with the organization to address the clearing of dirty lots, demolition of abandoned homes, lighting on dark streets and roundup of stray animals...

Mon Feb 17, 2014
300 Leaders Make Plans to Disrupt Louisiana Legislative Session -American Press & Times Picayune

Leaders from IAF organizations across Louisiana gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday, February 15 for a conference that aims to disrupt the status quo at the legislature this year...

Fri Feb 14, 2014
NCLI Schools Louisiana Public: Education = Jobs + Growth -The News-Star

Leaders from Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith hosted a forum in collaboration with several university presidents in order to build a constituency for state investments in higher education... 

Wed Feb 12, 2014
PCIC Gets 5-0 Vote Making Pima County "Immigrant Welcoming" -Arizona Daily Star & Tucson News Now

After winning a similar resolution in Tucson last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council leveraged a unanimous vote to make the county in Arizona "immigrant welcoming."  

Thu Feb 6, 2014
NP Quarterly Recommends Biden See Project Quest for Training Ideas -NonProfit Quarterly

“So here’s a suggestion for the Vice President: If you want to get the best possible advice on the job training programs that work, the ones that meet the needs of both employers looking for employees with skill sets and of job seekers who are looking for work, convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits, put their leaders in a room, and have them hammer out the elements of the programs that really work based on their on-the-ground experience. Pull in the likes of Project Quest in San Antonio…”

Sun Feb 2, 2014
The Rescue Plan NY Public Housing Needs -NY Daily News

Mayor de Blasio is taking his time appointing a new NYCHA chairman. We hope and pray this means the mayor will chose someone with deep housing experience and unquestioned integrity, not another in a long line of third-rate bureaucrats. In addition to hoping and praying, we have been working hard to set the stage for a desperately needed transformation...

Wed Jan 29, 2014
Executive Order BUILDs on IAF Living Wage Tradition -West / Southwest IAF
The IAF is happy to see attention being paid at the national level to the issue of wages. The President has announced plans to sign an executive order mandating a minimum wage of $10.10 / hour for all jobs that emerge from federal contracts.
 
An IAF affiliate, Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), designed and passed the nation’s first living wage ordinance in 1994, requiring that City service contract workers be paid a living wage. Affiliates across the West / Southwest IAF soon launched successful living wage campaigns of their own....
 

Mon Jan 27, 2014
Common Ground Still Pushing for Better Athletic Facilities -Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

As work and discussion begin on the arduous and controversial process of planning for a new multipurpose arena or renovating the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Common Ground, a well-organized community organization, is reminding stakeholders of its own mission.

The organization, with members who belong to churches, small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood groups, says it hasn't wavered from its stand that if public funds are dedicated to a new arena, then at least $150 millon of those funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces.

 

Thu Jan 23, 2014
Gecan Quoted in NYT Piece on Pre-K Funding -New York Times

Andrew M. Cuomo arrived at The New York Times in an expansive mood on Wednesday. Reporters being reporters, they barraged him with the usual, “Hey, you going to let New York’s new mayor tax the wealthy in pursuit of prekindergarten” questions....

Tue Jan 7, 2014
EPISO & Border Interfaith Pass Payday Lending Reforms -El Paso Times

El Paso leaders succeeded in their efforts to limit how much payday lenders can make on the backs of working families.... 

Sun Jan 5, 2014
As Austin Becomes More Expensive, Some Fight to Keep It Affordable -Austin American Statesman & others

When Koreena Malone was confronted with the possibility of losing her home to a developer with a plan, she relied on her experience with Capital IDEA to save her home. She quickly formed a tenant's association and worked with Austin Interfaith, Travis Heights Elementary, the neighborhood association and the incoming developer to negotiate a different deal which is now lauded as a model for affordability in Austin...

Sun Dec 22, 2013
Gun Sanity In Our Lifetime -NY Daily News

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher starts his Oped with the following: 

"On the one-year anniversary of Newtown, and approaching the fifteenth year after my father was murdered with a handgun in Chicago, I felt something I hadn’t felt for a long time regarding gun violence in America: optimism...."

Wed Dec 18, 2013
Sydney Alliance Fights for Railway Lifts at Neighborhood Station -St. George Sutherland Shire Leader

The community campaign for a lift at Arncliffe railway station has stepped up a notch, with Rockdale MP John Flowers throwing his support behind the push.

Mr Flowers joined members of Rockdale Residents Unite group and St George-Sutherland District of the Sydney Alliance outside the station recently to talk to commuters about the need for a lift.

Mon Dec 16, 2013
NYC Housing Authority to Come Under Judicial Oversight for Mold -New York Daily News & New York Times

Over the past year, the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a civic group, has threatened to file suit charging the city has for years violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by housing hundreds of tenants with asthma in mold-infested units. The Monday settlement will allow a Manhattan federal judge to monitor NYCHA’s promised improvements over the next three years. Both sides will go to court Tuesday to file the agreement and be assigned a judge....

“This agreement is long in coming,” declared tenant Maribel Baez, whose asthma has been aggravated for years by mold in her Marlboro Houses apartment in Brooklyn. “My hope is that (with) Metro IAF, our lawyers and a federal court all keeping NYCHA and the city accountable, conditions for me and my fellow tenants will begin to improve.”

Daily News piece (with photos)

New York Times piece

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