Jacob Cortes

community organizing in Austin, organizing in Texas, Migrant Children, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Austin American Statesman & More

Austin Interfaith is calling for an organized, coordinated effort to receive a large number of unaccompanied minors.  This, they say, shouldn’t be political.  For Ofelia Zapata, a strategy team member of the organization, the future of migrant children hits close to home.  She sees the face of her own grandchild when she looks at the children. Read more about Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas

Austin Interfaith

Living Wage, Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, AISD, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Vote on School Construction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Close to midnight, Austin Interfaith leaders prevailed upon AISD school board member to support a resolution pegging construction worker wages to federal Davis Bacon prevailing wage standards.   Read more about Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Vote on School Construction

Austin Interfaith

Affordable Housing, Section 8 Discrimination, community organizing in Austin, Community Organizing in Texas, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Clergy Defends Section 8 Voucher Users

Monday, April 21, 2014
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... Read more about Austin Interfaith Clergy Defends Section 8 Voucher Users

Austin Interfaith

Economic Incentives, living wages, Economic Development, Living Wage Fight in Texas, Jacob Cortes

Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Requirement for Economic Incentives

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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....  Read more about Austin Interfaith Wins Living Wage Requirement for Economic Incentives

Austin Interfaith

Community Organizing in Texas, ACA, Texas IAF, Jacob Cortes, Insurance Enrollment, Social Justice

Austin Interfaith Weighs in on Enrollment Challenge in Texas

Friday, July 19, 2013
New York Times

Texas officials have declined to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace, a major provision of the federal Affordable Care Act.  So private organizations are wokring to education Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, which opens on Oct. 1.... Read more about Austin Interfaith Weighs in on Enrollment Challenge in Texas

Austin Interfaith