TRaining low-skilled adults for High wage jobs is hard; Project Quest in San Antonio hits the bullseye
Most "job training" programs have a bad rap for good reason. They're a waste of time and money because they don't work. Project Quest organized by COPS/Metro in San Antonio, Texas is more than just the exception. It turns the job training world upside down by establishing a proven ladder into the middle class for low wage workers. . Read the Houston Chronical story on Project Quest here.
From Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF: A must read about what's happening in New Mexico
The Bus Is Coming
You see, I had also spent the day waiting to hear from representatives of Albuquerque Interfaith. At some point, they were going to contact me about a busload of Central American asylum seekers who were journeying to The Duke City from a detention center in the mystical southlands. Read more.
IAF organization in Albuquerque wins big at New Mexico state legislature: press agenda across a broad front
Months into the New Mexico legislative session, Albuquerque Interfaith (AI) leaders have advanced school accountability, early childhood education, supports for immigrants and increased health security.
Through intense collaboration with state legislators, AI leaders succeeded in crafting legislation to eliminate A-F grading system for public schools and replace it with a diagnostic system of accountability. AI leaders ran point on legislation that established, for the first time in the state, a department of early childhood education.. AI fought and won more funding for K-12 schooling.
Seeking to reverse the effects of a two-tiered system for (undocumented) immigrant drivers' licenses, AI persuaded state legislators to expand the utility of the bottom-tier of licenses. The second tier is now equivalent to Real IDs, including acceptance by the TSA, state police and financial institutions.
Hundreds of Texas IAF leaders bused into the Capitol from El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and West Texas, joining Central Texas Interfaith counterparts to call on state legislators to increase spending on adult and K-12 education.
Bills by Sen White, Rep Foil would shift control over industrial exemptions from local communities to un-elected, statewide board
"White-Foil Plan" would dilute voice of local entities over exemptions affecting their revenue to 1 out of 27 votesBaton Rouge - Representative Franklin Foil and Senator Bodi White, both from Baton Rouge, have introduced bills that would curtail dramatically the say local school districts and other parish-level entities have over corporate tax exemptions affecting their own tax revenue.
COPS/METRo getting credit where credit is due: Wage Floor of $15 per hour Established at Alamo Colleges
Five years after COPS/Metro's first wage win, the San Antonio Express-News is crediting the organization with the most recent wage floor hike at Alamo Colleges to $15 per hour.
"The COPS/Metro Alliance, a community organizing coalition, has for years pushed local public entities to adopt a minimum 'living wage' of $15 hourly as part of a national movement. The Alamo Colleges had already raised its minimum wage, along with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and some public school districts, with the stated intent of moving gradually toward the $15 goal. The city and county reached $15 last fall."
NCG and 13 Downtown Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations organized an action with all 7 Ward 3 City Council Candidates. With a packed room of 200 people, they secured commitments from every candidate to work with them to improve neighborhood safety, reclaim parks and green spaces for recreation, and engage residents in the planning and zoning process.
Nearly 200 members of COPS/Metro Alliance packed City Council chambers Wednesday night during the weekly citizens to be heard session with a simple message about displacement: “We don’t need a study, we need action.”
COPS/Metro leader Maria Tijerina uttered those words as she, along with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, addressed the council on behalf of the throng, many of whom represented Sacred Heart Catholic Church on the West Side and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Government Hill. Story here.