Settlement produces big wage gains, better working conditions. Community allies led by Colorado IAF help power win. Denver Post story.
By Michael Gecan
A friend in a very blue part of the country recently sent me an email describing his experience with much younger progressives singing the praises of rising political stars Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
His very basic question — “What have they done?” — is met with stony silence and barely restrained frustration. The message in their silence is implicit: You’re too old to understand that matching words with deeds doesn’t matter, accomplishments don’t matter. What matters is who they are — young, hip, fresh, unencumbered – and how they talk.
Colorado IAF is standing with teachers as they negotiate with the Denver Public School District to improve teacher compensation and classroom conditions. After a winter assembly, in which hundreds of Colorado IAF leaders challenged school board members to stand with teachers, many elected officials publicly declared their support, including a Colorado State Senator, Denver Public Schools Boardmember and local City Councilmember.
Some thoughts on disco-era blackface
Brown v. Board of Education was Reconstruction, redux. As the freedom struggle (finally) got Brown enforced, a generation of Southern whites had the experience, for the first time in their lifetimes, of encountering black people in “their” institutions in a posture of social equality.
The shift in power for whites was destabilizing, threatening, unpleasant; even at the "open-minded" end of the white-opinion spectrum, it was "weird.”
It was also reminiscent.
Leaders from 120 institutions unite behind light rail project: Less traffic, living wage jobs, connection to education, employment, healthcare & affordable housing
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Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF makes play for statewide impact: Launches Legislative Strategy to Restore Investments in Children & Families
Look for Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF to be crawling all over the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe during this year's legislative session. About an hour away from Albuquerque - the state's largest city - the broadbased citizens organization is stepping out. Focus: 1) Neighborhood Preservation, Community Safety and the Criminal Justice System; 2) Strengthening Schools and Public Education for All; 3) Immigrant Justice, Worker Protection and Workforce Development; and 4) Rebuilding Behavioral Health System and Health Security for All.
It has been a David vs. Goliath story in the Louisiana capital, where a grass-roots coalition of black and white churches, activists and ordinary citizens have successfully clamored to democratize a system that used to dole out billions in property-tax breaks without giving the local school boards, city councils and other government entities that depend on those taxes any say in the matter.
New York Times story here.