In a year when countless political campaigns are “staffing up”, recruiting volunteers, and raising money, Central Texas Interfaith is doing the same, but with a different focus: aggressively building a broad and diverse collective of 500 leaders. Over the next 7 months, CTI will attempt to double its base of core leaders at its congregations, schools, unions, and social service organizations to fight for families and the issues affecting them: affordable housing, workforce development, living wages, local control, immigration, safe neighborhoods, and healthcare. Simply put, the goal of our “500 LEADERS CAMPAIGN” is to build the largest non-partisan, broad-based political organization in Central Texas. Full story here.
One month after 300 Texas IAF leaders descended on the Capitol to call for investments in human development, delegations have been visiting the Capitol daily to engage legislators around school finance, the ACE fund, payday lending and infrastructure support for economically distressed areas.
Nevadans for the Common Good
May 10 at 7:02 PM · NCG made their presence known when 50 leaders all wearing white showed up in full force at the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee hearing of SB201 - the payday lending bill that will protect consumers! Leaders shared testimony about the impact of predatory lending practices and left encouraged and optimistic that the community and assembly members are seeing the importance of passing this bill. As Assemblywoman Carlton said, we are tired of waiting for something to be done to protect our families and communities! The fight is not over yet, but we are going in the right direction! Thank you all for showing up in support and for those who testified.
Our Views: Don’t put in a one-sided industry fix for their big tax break
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Forceful, compassionate and persistent Sarabia helped transform San Antonio, Texas into a better place as the cut out and shut out gained powerful voice. Through more than four decades of work with Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and continuing with COPS/Metro he helped reinvent IAF organizing during his storied life.
Story in the Rivard Report HERE.
Story in San Antonio Express-News.
An estimated 2,000 asylum-seekers have come through Albuquerque in recent months, staying a few days before moving along to meet their sponsors or families in other parts of the country. Several faith-based and community groups have served as hosts, assembling enough volunteer manpower and donations to shelter, feed and clothe them during their short stays.
Albuquerque Interfaith has so far welcomed 11 busloads of 50 people apiece. Supporting a single busload for two to three days runs about $3,000 in donated cash, according to Carla Lanting Shibuya, a site coordinator with the nonprofit organization. Several restaurants and other entities have supplemented the grass-roots effort by giving food and other goods, she said. Albuquerque Journal story here.
I went to Honduras from March 18 to 25 seeking answers to those questions. I was part of a delegation of 72 faith leaders and immigrant justice advocates who met with grassroots and religious partners to better understand the root causes of migration that have led thousands to flee Honduras. The interfaith delegation was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, SHARE El Salvador, Sisters of Mercy and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
We found that a war on the poor is being waged in Honduras. The refugees from that war are fleeing for their lives, ending up on our southern border. Entire Opinion piece by AI leader Rev Roger Scott Powers, Pastor, St Andrew Presbyterian Church.
Last Thursday night, PBS NewsHour dedicated a national segment to Louisiana's antiquated & inequitable tax structure and the work that Together Louisiana has done to bring real reform to that system.
View the segment HERE.
The Adams 14 school board now includes a district parent, spanish fluent and active with Colorado IAF
Martinez (right in photo), an alumna of Adams City High School, has been involved in the district as a leader with the Colorado Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of progressive religious and community organizations that often aligns with the teachers union. She also is involved in the community through her church. Chalkbeat story here.