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May 17, 2019

NJ Gov. Murphy signs on to Do Not Stand Idly By, releases crime gun data by manufacturer

Rev. Alonzo Perry speaks at a press conference with NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and AG Gurbir Grewal
At a press conference in Jersey City on March 12th, New Jersey Together & Jersey City Together welcomed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to announce that the state would be signing on to Metro IAF's Do Not Stand Idly By campaign. In addition, AG Grewal announced further steps becoming the first state to release crime gun data by manufacturer. So far in 2019, Smith & Wesson has been the #1 crime gun in New Jersey.
DNSIB & Common Ground's Firearm Safety Expo Brings Law Enforcement and Gun Safety Companies Together


More than 100 law enforcement officers, healthcare leaders, investors and public officials gathered January 16 for a Firearm Safety Expo to see what the future of firearms looks like. Hosted by Common Ground, with support from Metro IAF, the expo provided a forum for gun safety innovators to present technology such as biometric locks, user authentication, and theft-tracking technology, all of which has the potential to reduce the number of people killed by guns every year in America.

Fox River Valley Initiative Wins $19M to build Affordable Housing for Families and people with Mental or Developmental Disabilities

Leaders from the Fox River Valley Initiative organized over the past eight months building power within the Elgin, IL community by going door-to-door and having conversations with over 200 residents, meeting with the city council members and finally delivering 200 people to the Planning & Zoning Meeting to push the recommendation for the council through.


East Brooklyn Congregations, Metro NY, Seniors, Students & Residents Demand that Mayor de Blasio end delays and begin development for thousands of affordable housing units for low-income senior citizens


Over 250 EBC, Metro NY IAF leaders, seniors, students, NYCHA residents and pastors rallied at Redwood Senior Living this past December calling on Mayor de Blasio to end delays of the historic $500 million investment in new low-income senior housing Metro NY won this past summer.  The unprecedented affordable housing investment was immediately supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a special tax incentive for developers who would build 100% affordable units for seniors.

WIN Celebrates Grand Opening of 99 Affordable Housing Units


For over 10 years, WIN member Emory UMC and Emory Beacon of Light, in partnership with The Community Builders, worked for over a decade to build 99 units of affordable housing on church land. WIN supported the effort throughout the process, including getting the zoning through the Historic Review Board after the site was declared too historic to alter. The project broke ground in 2016, and this March, we finally celebrated the grand opening!

Clean Slate Campaign Picking Up Steam


CONECT’s Criminal Justice Reform Team is leading a legislative campaign to create a new system of automatic expungement of criminal records in Connecticut. Recently Hugh Bailey wrote a column in the CT Post & New Haven Register about the campaign and the New York Times ran an Opinion piece on Clean Slate nationally.
Find out more about the CLEAN SLATE CAMPAIGN HERE

Washington Interfaith Network Secures $2.5 Million for DC Immigrant Legal Services


WIN organized immigrants and allies in DC to push for $2.5 million in city funding to go toward immigrants' legal services. Mayor Bowser hosted budget engagement forums throughout February, and WIN partnered with legal service providers to turn out nearly 200 people to support the funding. In her State of the District address, Mayor Bowser announced that she would raise the funding from $900,000 to $2.5 million. Read more here and watch this video.

NC Congress Of Latino Organizations Wins Sheriff McFadden’s Commitment To Protect Every Citizen Regardless Of Immigration Status Taking Power Away From ICE


Over 700 Latinos connected with local congregations, non-profits, and community groups from across Mecklenburg County turned out for a public accountability meeting with Sheriff Garry L. McFadden. 
Latinos demanded clarity from Sheriff McFadden about the county's 287(g) agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Full Story Here
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Durham CAN Demands Change in the Persistent
Unemployment & Underemployment in Local Communities of Color

650 leaders connected with Durham CAN met with elected leaders form the Durham City Council, the President of Durham Technical Community College, the Chair of the Board of the Durham Housing Authority and Executives from Duke to start addressing the persistent unemployment and underemployment in local communities of color. 
Full Story Here
BUILD Calls on President Ron Daniels of Johns Hopkins University for Accountable Policing

Over the years, BUILD has heard the residents of Baltimore City demand accountable, relational policing as a solution to the violence of their neighborhoods. Over the past year, BUILD has challenged JHU administrators to be intentional in their community engagement as they consider the creation of their own campus police department. BUILD also challenged JHU to build a department that is transparent and publicly accountable, resulting in numerous provisions written into Maryland SB 793/HB 1094—passed by the General Assembly—that would authorize JHU to launch a police force.
Read more about BUILD's Position on Maryland SB793/HB 1094
Jersey City Together decries schools funding crisis, secures $7 million in commitments
Bill Young from Jersey City Together questions Interim Superintedent Franklin Walker with Jyl Josephson
200 parent & faith leaders gathered in Jersey City on March 19th to press the interim superintendent and school board president to address the schools funding crisis head on and move the school system forward towards a world class district. This included demands to address lead in the water (the mayor pledged his support for this the day after the action as well), increasing per pupil funding, funding for social workers, counselors, and community schools, and additional funding through a reasonable tax increase. The initial budget includes these priorities, but the budget will not be finalized until May 2019.
More Information from Jersey City HERE
BUILD's Diversity & Power on Display at March for Our Schools
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On March 11, 2019, BUILD’s Youth & Education issue action team demonstrated the diversity and power of BUILD by sending a group of 134 BUILD members to participate in the March for Our Schools rally alongside thousands of teachers, students, and parents from across Maryland.
Read how BUILD leaders trained families & teachers for this Action
DICO-IAF in Germany Posts Big Local Win
Since 2017, SO! Mit Uns (The Community Organization in the Southeast of Berlin) has been fighting to rescue Ferry F11, which is the oldest public ferry line in Berlin. After a bridge was built half mile away in 2017, the Senate wanted to abolish the line. SO! Mit Uns's work over the past two years were able to extend the ferry service for one year. SO! Mit Uns kept fighting.  In Februrary, 2019 the Senate Department for Transport agreed to integrate the Ferry F11 into public transport plans, so that the ferry will drive until 2023.  The ferry transports more than 100.000 people and 30.000 bicycles a year.

Leadership Spotlight

A Tribute to Metro IAF's Pat Oettinger

by IAF Co-Director Mike Gecan
Pat Oettinger is retiring after more than 40 years of exemplary service as a parish leader, QCO president, and Metro IAF administrator.  There's not better way to describe Pat's start with the IAF and organizing than to read this vignette from Greg Pierce who, like Pat, has figured out how to play various critical roles and make a series of remarkable contributions to our network over that same period:

"Pat Oettinger was the parish secretary of Resurrection Ascension Catholic Church in Rego Park, New York City, when I arrived as the lead organizer of the Queens Citizens Organization (QCO) in the late 1970s. I remember she was instinctively conservative and skeptical about the entire organizing effort, but I knew if she ever bought in to organizing she would bring her entire parish and, indeed, the rest of Queens behind here. Soon she was president of the organization!
Read the Full Tribute to Pat Oettinger Here

Writing: Another Skill in the IAF Toolbox

“The job (of writing) is to reconcile my ingrained likes and dislikes with the essentially public, non-individual activities that this age forces on all of us.”—George Orwell, “Why I Write,” 1946

If you want specific training in how to write with and for power, consider participating in the second Writing for IAF Leaders and Organizers “Immergence Practicum” led by Greg Pierce from Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. through Tuesday October 15,2019 at 4:00 P.M. at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center on the north side of Chicago.

The goal of this intensive 50-hour workshop is to train IAF leaders and organizers in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere how to write prose that is artful, persuasive, and 99% error-free. Participation is limited to 15 participants, and you must be sponsored by your local IAF affiliate. We are looking for an approximate 50-50 split between leaders and organizers. Cost is $550 double and $600 single occupancy for two nights. For further information call Greg Pierce at 773-590-3801 or go to


More Information & Registration Link HERE

CPA is looking for talented people to join their team!

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We're Looking for Organizers -- Are You the One?

Metro IAF affiliate organizations work side-by-side with leaders in America's most disinvested communities to address their most pressing issues.

We build power. We fight. We win.

There is work to be done. All across the country we're looking to hire the next generation of community organizers who can relate to people across race and culture, and who can use their anger on issues of criminal justice, immigration, jobs and more to build the power required to make change.

Are you the one?
Organizer Positions are available in these Metro IAF organizing locations:
Boston | Chicago Metro Area | Cleveland | Connecticut | New York City | Northern Virginia | Washington, DC

Metro IAF is also searching for bilingual organizers in the DC metro area.
Metro IAF, is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith community organizations. Our 23 member organizations have deep-roots in the political and financial power centers in the eastern United States and Europe.
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