Press

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

Mon Dec 9, 2013
Advocates Press for Affordable Housing Units on Public Land -Sun Gazette

Those who are doing the asking consider it an easy-to-grant request, and the answer they receive could help determine the direction of the county government’s affordable-housing policy for years to come.

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, is asking County Board members to direct staff to analyze a list of publicly owned sites that could be used for affordable housing, and report back next April with the three most feasible sites.

Mon Dec 9, 2013
Vegas Leaders Push Trafficking Awareness to Transport Hubs -Las Vegas Review Journal

After a bill that would have mandated the posting of the hotline number in Nevada was killed at the eleventh hour (11:30 PM on the last day of the session) due to unrelated political squabbles, leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good pursued a local route.  Barbara Bell of Green Valley UMC and Nancy Thompson of Grass Valley UMC....

Sun Dec 8, 2013
NY & NJ Clergy Lobby European Gun Makers for Stricter Standards -Daily News & Huffington Post

Frustrated by the failure of Congress to act against gun violence, a group of clergy from New York and New Jersey is trying a new lobbying tactic — in Europe. In a novel approach, the religious leaders fly across the Atlantic on Sunday to push European gun manufacturers, who have a roughly 25% share of the U.S. market, to apply some of the more stringent standards they already follow in their own countries to the weapons they sell in the U.S....  

Preventing Gun Violence a Year After NewtonHuffington Post

Sun Dec 8, 2013
COPA Explodes Barriers to Healthcare Access in Monterey County -Monterey County Weekly

Wed Nov 27, 2013
AZ Bishops and Business Leaders Lend Voice to Call for Immigration Reform -The Catholic Sun & ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy

At a press conference convened by Valley Interfaith Project, Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted signed a letter to the Arizona congressional delegation for immigration reform, attesting that “the cost of inaction is too high.”

Tue Nov 26, 2013
Acting Together for Economic Justice -Huffington Post

Today's decision to cap the cost of payday loans did not emerge in a vacuum. It is the fruit of years of determined campaigning, which started in churches, mosques and synagogues in some of Britain's poorest neighbourhoods. Indeed, George Osborne's announcement comes exactly four years after 2000 members of the religious and civic institutions in Citizens UK asked all three parties' Treasury spokesmen to adopt precisely this policy.

Sun Nov 24, 2013
NYCHA Vows Brooklyn Fixes by Christmas -- Tenant Hopes to Use Toilet Without Umbrella -NY Daily News

Residents from about 150 apartments from Brownsville to Canarsie to East New York confronted NYCHA Executive Vice President for Operations Carlos Laboy-Diaz during Nov. 18 meeting with list of problems including leaks, heat and rats...

Thu Nov 7, 2013
President Obama Thanks Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders -Texas Tribune

The president spoke at Temple Emanu-El, a Jewish synagogue and member of Dallas Area Interfaith, a nonpartisan coalition of religious organizations that advocates for affordable health care options. He thanked Dallas Area Interfaith and other health care advocates for their efforts to educate Texans on the impact of federal health reform...

Mon Nov 4, 2013
AMOS' Restorative Justice Efforts Yield Initial Results -Des Moines Register

The night before finals week of his junior year of high school, Alec Neumann wasn’t home studying, and he wasn’t at the church group meeting where he told his parents he would be. Instead, he was sitting on a curb in Waukee, trying to process the fact that he’d just been apprehended for shoplifting...

Mon Nov 4, 2013
TMO Religious Leadership Stands with Young Immigrants -Houston Chronicle

Diana stood before the cameras and the microphones and in a quiet, nervous voice began to tell her story about coming to America. The 18-year-old, who will be graduating from high school this year as a member of the National Honor Society, spoke in perfect English. She spoke effusively about her love of Houston and Texas and America.

Mon Nov 4, 2013
Dallas Area Interfaith Enrollment Efforts Draw Visit from President Obama -Dallas Morning News & Politico

White House press secretary Jay Carney responds: “Dallas is one of the 10 cities with the highest rates of uninsured residents that participate in the federal marketplace, and Dallas has one of the most active groups in the community working on enrollment and outreach efforts.  President looks forward to meeting with these folks who are playing such an important role in the outreach effort to make sure that Americans who are uninsured get the insurance that’s available to them...

Sun Nov 3, 2013
TBO Fights for Groundwater Conservation on Texas Border -Del Rio News Herald

Sandra Fuentes, a co-chair of The Border Organization, told members of Val Verde County Commissioners Court, “The Border Organization has been working on the effort to form a groundwater conservation district for several years now, and for various reasons, this has not materialized. The Border Organization [will now] reorganize ...around this issue, to establish a groundwater district for Val Verde County.

Thu Oct 31, 2013
Pastor: NYCHA Makes Big Effort to Avoid Repairing Congregants' Apartments -Daily News

My congregants in Brooklyn come from more than 20 NYCHA developments and bring a steady stream of horror stories about the agency’s lack of response or, even worse, aggressive resistance to complaints about poor service and dangerous conditions...

Wed Oct 30, 2013
Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Requirement for Economic Incentives -Austin American Statesman

...Austin Interfaith and the Austin-based Workers Defense Project had been pushing the city for more than a year to adopt stricter pay standards to accompany any incentive deals.... 

Tue Oct 29, 2013

In the past year and a half, Baton Rouge has seen efforts to create a breakaway chamber of commerce, a breakaway school district and a breakaway city. Now, a conservative nonprofit has been created, reportedly, to challenge the one organization that is trying to bring Baton Rouge together...

Tue Oct 29, 2013
Valley Interfaith Celebrates 30th Anniversary in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas -The Monitor

Valley Interfaith celebrated its 30th anniversary Sunday afternoon at the Pharr Events Center, and Gurrola was among several community members who spoke to the more than 800-person audience about how the organization guided them when they needed it most.

Thu Oct 24, 2013
ACT Fights For Those in Healthcare Limbo -KERA News

Even with Obamacare, more than one million people in Texas are in health care limbo. Since the state didn’t expand Medicaid, low-income people people like [ACT leader] Sheila Anderson won’t have access to government assistance or health insurance subsidies on the marketplace... 

Wed Oct 23, 2013
Houston Clergy Urges Lawmakers to Defeat Immigration Enforcement Plan -Houston Chronicle

Houston clergy joined dozens of immigration reform supporters Wednesday to call for members of Congress to reject a bill that would permit tougher penalties and enforcement for an illegal presence in the United States.  At a news conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization... 

Mon Oct 21, 2013
Albuquerque Interfaith Fights to Save Scholarship Fund -Albuquerque Journal

Marta Parra told her oldest daughter she could never go to college because they didn’t have enough money – Parra hadn’t yet heard of the state’s lottery scholarship.  Now Parra’s younger daughter, a high school student, may not be able to attend either because the lottery scholarship could be reduced as soon as next year due to insufficient funds.

Sat Oct 19, 2013
300 Dallas Leaders Launch Healthcare Campaign -Dallas Morning News

For years, Dallas Area Interfaith has zeroed in on ways to expand access to insurance and to reduce the cost of medical care overall. Now, "Dallas-area church and community groups are hoping to sort out the confusion of the federal Affordable Care Act, using a colorful new booklet that explains the law to people who are uninsured. About 300 people kicked off the educational effort Thursday night at Temple Emanu-El in North Dallas.

Sat Oct 19, 2013
AMOS Backs Polk Courthouse Renovations -Des Moines Register

A community organization of faith and advocacy groups has endorsed Polk County’s proposed $81 million courthouse renovation.  A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, or AMOS, announced its support Saturday. The three-phase plan to expand the courthouse space ...presented at AMOS’s restorative justice conference by former Polk County Supervisor Martha Willits, includes a number of recommendations AMOS made for the design.

Wed Oct 16, 2013
One LA Assembly Aims to Clarify Healthcare Act -Jewish Journal

One LA-IAF organized an assembly in Temple Judea with hundreds of institutional leaders, calling for universal healthcare coverage.  Invited guests included a County Supervisor and two Board leaders of 'Covered California.'

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