Mon Nov 19, 2012
One LA Works to Reorganize Healthcare in Southern California -Los Angeles Times

Nearly every day, worried Californians call a Pacoima hotline asking what lies ahead in healthcare reform: Do I have to get private insurance? Will I lose my Medi-Cal? How much will it cost? When does it start?

"There's mass confusion already," said Katie Murphy, managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.

Mon Oct 29, 2012
EPISO Leverages Commitments for Equity in School Funding -El Paso Times

More than 200 leaders of El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization assembled to challenge Clint Independent School District board candidates to “eliminate all disparities in per student funding throughout the district if elected….Challengers Claudia García, Sonia Herrera, Susana Santillan, Dino Coronado and incumbent Patricia Randleel participated at the nonpartisan accountability session at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Horizon City.”

[Photo Credit: Fernie Castillo, El Paso Times]

Mon Oct 22, 2012
COPS / Metro Alliance Rallies in Support of Successful Bond for Pre-K -San Antonio Express-News
Approximately 1,000 people representing 35 church, school and union groups under the umbrella nonprofit Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, held their own press conference and publicly committed to backing Pre-K 4 SA.  
[Photo Credit: The Express-News, SA]

Sun Oct 21, 2012
Border Interfaith Leverages Commitments on School Testing -KTSM - Channel 9 News

Candidates for the U.S. Congressional 16th District of Texas, the Senate District 29 of Texas, Texas House of Representatives District 78 and for District 1 of the State Board of Education participated in Sunday’s candidate accountability session…organized by Border Interfaith at the San Judas Tadeo Catholic Church in the Upper Valley.

Tue Oct 2, 2012
Supporters of Cleveland Schools levy rally voters ahead of November election -ABC News Channel 5

CLEVELAND - Supporters of the levy for Cleveland Public Schools are warning against laying off teachers, and a potential $50 million deficit. Over the weekend in an east side church basement, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers and concerned citizens met up for a voter registration drive.

Sun Sep 30, 2012
Barack and Mitt, as I knew them (By Arnie Graf) -New York Daily News

In one of the more famous put-downs in modern political history, during a 1988 debate, vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, who had just compared himself to JFK, “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.” 

Fri Sep 21, 2012
California State Officials Urged to Make Healthcare More Affordable -The Tidings

Renewed hope was the sentiment of most people attending a Sept. 6 (One LA) health care assembly, after state officials committed to create a system where public and private insurance providers offer education, affordable insurance and quality care.

Sat Aug 4, 2012
Picture this, NYCHA tenants - now you are getting cameras! -New York Daily News

The city's public housing honcho has thrown it in reverse — again.  NYCHA Chairman John Rhea renewed a promise Friday to install cameras in 80-plus developments by the end of next year. 

Fri Aug 3, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg must face up to NYCHA’s unforgiveable failures -New York Daily News

The mayor should have read the letter. The mayor should have taken the contents seriously. 

Fri Aug 3, 2012
Letter to Mayor Bloomberg last year warned of NYCHA's failures -New York Daily News

City housing officials, in addition to sitting on nearly $1 billion in federal funds, were too inept to collect another $600 million in available revenue, a civic improvement group charged last year. 

Tue Jul 31, 2012
Massachusetts Aims to Cut Growth of Its Health Costs -The New York Times

The Massachusetts legislature passed a first-in-the-nation bill on Tuesday that seeks to limit the growth of health care costs in the state. 

Fri Jul 27, 2012
Spring Creek Nehemiah is an Affordable Housing Success Story in East New York -New York Daily News

Linda Boyce says it happens all the time. 

Fri Jul 20, 2012
COPS/Metro Applauds Maruchan's Withdrawal of Incentive Request -3 San Antonio News Sources

COPS/Metro Alliance leaders applauded Maruchan’s decision to withdraw their application for tax incentives and welcomed the company to Bexar County. “We reiterate our support for economic development and job creation,” said Fr. Steven Gamez, pastor of St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church and leader with COPS/Metro Alliance.

Thu Jul 19, 2012
EPISO Challenges School Spending and Representational Disparities -El Paso Times

Before the board meeting on Wednesday, the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization, or EPISO, and the Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project argued that the district’s at-large elected board does not ensure equal representation throughout the communities it serves.

Sat Jul 14, 2012
Governor signs Collateral Sanction Reform Bill -Fox News Cleveland

Governor John Kasich met with Greater Cleveland Congregations members Monday to discuss collateral sanctions reforms. 

Sat Jun 30, 2012
Moving forward on criminal justice reform: Rev. Jawanza Colvin, Rabbi Joshua Caruso and The Very Rev. Tracey Lind -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Earlier this year, nearly 1,000 people from the 40 diverse religious and community groups that constitute Greater Cleveland Congregations gathered at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood to speak with one voice: Our state needs criminal justice reform. 

Sat Jun 23, 2012
IESC Preps People for Jobs -Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Kathy McClellan, an instructional aide for the Rosemead School District, is getting ready to search for a job.  Although employed now, McClellan is concerned cuts to educational funding could leave her without a job in the not-too-distant future.

Saturday morning, McClellan was one of 49 Inland Valley residents who participated in a jobs workshop organized by the Pomona Valley Cluster of the Inland Empire Sponsoring Committee.

Mon Jun 4, 2012
Project Quest Grads Take Top Honors in Statewide Nursing Competition -San Antonio Express-News

Two participants of Project Quest, Inc., a local non-profit that provides education and workforce training, recently won top awards at a statewide vocational nursing contest.

Thu May 17, 2012
VIP Restores $6 Million in Phoenix Budget for Youth & Children -The Republic

Earlier this year, a faith-based political-action group began putting pressure on Phoenix officials to reinstate some services after noting there was no additional funding planned for after-school programs in the initial version of the city's budget proposal.

Wed Mar 14, 2012
OTOC Fights for Prenatal Healthcare for Low Income Women in Nebraska -Omaha World Herald

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) joins the Nebraska Catholic Conference, United Methodist Church leadership, Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska and many other medical, religious and social institutions in support of Legislative Bill 599.  This common-sense legislation would restore prenatal care for all low-income women... 

Wed Nov 30, 2011
Multifaith coalition urges Cleveland schools to restore programs -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In its first major public action, Greater Cleveland Congregations, a newly formed coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques, is calling on the Cleveland school district to restore programs recently cut to save money.

Tue Nov 29, 2011

Amid the uproar during the past few weeks over the proposed living wage law there’s one important point that you might have missed: the city already has a living-wage law. 

Sun Nov 27, 2011
Eric Schneiderman is right to fight Obama administration's bad foreclosure settlement with the banks -New York Daily News

While most attention is focused on a drawn-out debt crisis in Washington and spasmodic demonstrations in several cities, the most important economic and political battle of the period is being played out largely under the radar.