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December 1, 2019


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization Leaders Push for Progress on Health Care
Photography by Tracy Trejo
"We have faith but lost our patience." 836 strong, GBIO joined the MA Senate President, Senate Health Care Finance Chair and Secretary of Health and Human Services to push for progress on health care in Massachusetts. All three politicians have released or committed to legislation that addresses GBIO’s 3 priority issues. GBIO leaders will organize in-district meetings with House members to ensure that all three branches of government are on board with real reform. GBIO was also joined by over 85 people from 43 guest organizations. These institutions are looking to engage with GBIO, either as allies or as prospective new members, as part of GBIO’s refounding.
READ FULL STORY HERE
VIRGINIA
VOICE Packs the House for Criminal Justice Reform & Schools
On October 20th, 576 VOICE leaders from Prince William County held a standing room-only action with candidates for Board of Supervisors Chair, Commonwealth Attorney, and School Board Chair.  Candidates strongly endorsed the creation of a Public Defender office in Prince William County--Prince William is the only county in Northern Virginia that lacks such an office.  Receiving political support from Commonwealth Attorney candidates to open a Public Defender office is unprecedented in Virginia. 
FULL STORY HERE
OHIO
Standing Room Only Crowd Celebrates GCC Drug Court Win

A standing room only crowd filled St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Cleveland to celebrate Greater Cleveland Congregations' most recent criminal justice win. In attendance were Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley and County Administrative Judge John Russo as GCC announced the addition of a new drug court with criteria that will not exclude people of color. In its research and attendance at the existing Cuyahoga County drug courts, GCC discovered that the courts were 85-90% white. The new court has criteria that will particularly focus on the inclusion of individuals who have had prior felonies, which will be life-changing for many families in Northeast Ohio.

ILLINOIS
Larkin Building Becomes the Heart of New Housing in Elgin

Braving the threat of serious rain, more than 100 enthusiastic supporters gathered under a tent at 1212 Larkin Avenue in Elgin on the afternoon of Friday, September 27, to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new affordable housing development. The ceremony featured several speakers who remarked on the effectiveness of a partnership between the Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) and Full Circle Communities, which engaged in a year of planning that led to the event. 

Lindsey Haines, Vice President of Real Estate Development for Full Circle Communities, proudly noted that the development will combine 12 housing units created through the historic preservation of the existing Larkin building, which has been shuttered for the past five years, with an additional 36 new living units on the surrounding grounds. Altogether, the project will be home to about 100 women, men, and children.

FULL STORY HERE
new york

Breukelen Houses Leaders Took their Building from Worst to Best



A year and a half ago, East Brooklyn Congregations Leader Tita Concepcion from Our Lady of the Presentation had to organize house meetings, and a giant press conference in her lobby to force NYCHA to fix the front door. Today, not only is the front door fixed but the intercom is working and they have a security camera. As she said set at a recent house meeting, “We now have the safest building in the development because of the work we did.” The old manager got removed, too. 

This week, the new manager was summoned to Ms. Tita’s living room to hear her and seven of her neighbor’s expectations and demands. It looks like it’s going to be a much better relationship.

NEW YORK

East Brooklyn Congregations & Nehemiah Leaders Push for Safer Streets from the NYPD 75th Precinct


EBC Leaders meet with Deputy Inspector John Mastronardi

More than 70 leaders from Academy for Young Writers, Spring Creek Nehemiah, East New York Nehemiah, New Lots Nehemiah, Hope City, Redwood Senior Living, Bethany Baptist, and St. Paul Community Baptist Church showed up to meet the new commanding officer, Deputy Inspector John Mastronardi, at St. Paul. Leaders received good recognition and respect, with commitments on issues for additional police patrols and visibility at school dismissal, and in the nearby Spring Creek Nehemiah development.
We recognize student and staff leaders of Young Writers for turning out in such big numbers following the attacks on students at dismissal. 

Metro IAF

Writing for IAF Leaders and Organizers 2.0 



Writing is to organizing as preaching is to religion: We have to do it well if we hope to build the organization/congregation.

 

That was the theme of the second “Writing for IAF Organizers and Leaders” workshop held over Indigenous People’s Day weekend in Chicago from October 13-15, 2019. The workshop was organized and led by Greg Pierce, the Metro IAF organizer in Illinois, and participants include 7 organizers and 5 leaders from Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois.

 

The question asked at the end of the intensive 48 hours was: “Are you convinced that writing well would increase your personal and organizational power?”

READ MORE HERE
OHIO

Metro IAF's Mike Gecan Addressing Obstacles Faced by Remote Populations Who are Underrepresented in Ohio

Washington Post Opinion Piece:
How rural America Can Grab a bigger megaphone


HILLSBORO, Ohio — The geographic remoteness of the homes, farms and businesses Washington Post Opinion Piece:
The of millions of rural Americans leaves them underrepresented in power centers such as state capitals and Washington and, too often, victims of stereotypical narratives in the media.
That might sound wrong to anyone narrowly focused on the design of the electoral college and other aspects of our federal system, but it’s simply an obvious reality to those forced to watch from afar as one major public-policy decision after another gets made in urban locales.
One person who recognizes this disparity is Mike Gecan, senior organizer at Metro Industrial Areas Foundation based in Chicago. In something of a unique social experiment, Gecan is attempting to address obstacles faced by populations who are disadvantaged by residing in far-off areas of the map.

Read full Opinion Piece HERE

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  | Connecticut | Maryland | 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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