Sat Jan 19, 2013
Working Together Jackson Fights Blight in Mississippi -Clarion Ledger

Institutional leaders of Working Together Jackson began evaluating non-profit land trust models to help transform the Mid-City neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi.  Based on conversations with neighbors and residents, Ms. Brent, President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, and Rev. Tucker Sr., pastor of True Vine, identified a number of things they would like to address: abandoned housing, overgrown lots, crime, mentoring for its youth and services for its elderly.  But people involved in the effort know that, as Rev. Tucker puts it, “the real work of rebuilding the neighborhood isn’t cutting lawns or boarding up houses. The real work is building relationships between its residents.”

While the non-profit land trust would take control of abandoned properties for rehabilitation and renovation, leaders of Working Together Jackson plan to continue the work of building relationships between neighbors.

Working Together Jackson Touts Turnaround in Mid-City NeighborhoodClarion Ledger

Land Trust a New Strategy in Fight Against BlightClarion Ledger

Fri Jan 18, 2013
Austin Interfaith In-District Charter Proposal Wins Unanimous Support -Five Publications in Austin

"School board members have lauded the process that Travis Heights used to garner support for the transformation, which they approved last month.  Unlike the district’s failed partnership with [another charter school]… the move to turn Travis Heights into a charter school had the enthusiastic backing of the school’s parents and teachers, joined by Austin Interfaith and Education Austin."

Wed Jan 16, 2013
Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approve Low-Income Healthcare -SEIU-ULTCW

Community and Labor leaders with Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) celebrated the Monterey Board of Supervisor’s decision to move forward with the implementation of a Low Income Healthcare Plan (LIHP), January 15th.

After a two year struggle to get the LIHP off the ground, the county is now poised to begin insurance enrollment of county residents making 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Sat Jan 12, 2013
Austin Leaders Persist in Push for Affordable Housing -Austin YNN

Austin leaders think they can champion the push for affordable housing once again.  Three members of Austin City Council are sponsoring a resolution that calls upon the city manager to explore ways of returning the issue to the ballot….’For our folks who are living on the street, there is not a pathway for them to get into any kind of home,’ clergy John Elford said

Fri Jan 4, 2013
Churches and lawmakers pushing to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses -New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — A coalition of churches and lawmakers will push this General Assembly session to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses as a safety issue that protects all residents. The effort is being led by CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, which said some 200 community leaders are expected to attend a rally at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Church, 115 Blatchley Ave., to kick off the effort.

Tue Dec 18, 2012
NYCHA's failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit -New York Daily News

On Tuesday, frustrated tenants will take action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability.




Wed Dec 12, 2012
Austin Celebrates Progress of Change in Tax Incentives -KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night for the same purpose.

Wed Dec 12, 2012
Austin Interfaith Celebrates Progress on Living Wages -KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night…to celebrate a move by the county regarding tax incentives, a move many are hoping the city of Austin will follow.

Thu Dec 6, 2012
Dallas Area Interfaith Forces Much-Needed Debate on Medicaid Expansion -Dallas Morning News

I wondered if we were even going to discuss it. And thanks to a Dallas interfaith alliance, I guess we will.

With hardly a peep of protest, it seemed, Gov. Rick Perry told Washington we don’t want its stinkin’ billions of dollars to provide health coverage for more Texans.

Wed Dec 5, 2012
Fighting the waters in Southeast Queens -New York Daily News

As our region continues to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have rightly said that the city and state need to update their infrastructure to deal with the increased likelihood of future flooding. Bloomberg even based his endorsement in the presidential race on President Obama’s position on climate change.

Mon Dec 3, 2012
Dallas Area Interfaith Challenges Texas Governor to ‘Opt-In’ -Dallas Morning News

Gov. Rick Perry might have been surprised to hear his name invoked repeatedly during a recent gathering at Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission.  But the rollicking crowd that filled the northwest Dallas church was not praising the governor’s leadership or even praying for his soul.  Nearly 300 people crowded into the church to launch a petition drive challenging Perry’s decision to opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

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.