De Blasio built a house of cards: How the city's affordable housing plan has failed to meet the challenge by rev david brawley and michael gecan/iaf
One of the oldest techniques that people in power use when faced with a profound and unresolved challenge, or an outright defeat, is to declare victory and exit.
Nixon did it at the end of Vietnam. George W. Bush did it in Iraq. And Mayor de Blasio — through his outgoing deputy mayor in charge of housing, Alicia Glen — did it last week in the midst of the ongoing homelessness and NYCHA debacles. Opinion piece in NY Daily News.
Jersey City Together/IAF agitates change: Public housing residents meet ‘improvement plan’ with skepticism and concern
Residents of the public housing complex have been organizing with the advocacy non-profit Jersey City Together to voice their poor living conditions, which include heating and hot water issues, mold and broken locks. More
During the meeting, supporters of teachers formed a picket line outside Emily Griffith High School. As protesters marched up and down the sidewalk, speakers invited to the event by Industrial Areas Foundation of Colorado, a consortium of unions, religious institutions and community activists, spoke about standing in solidarity with teachers. Story
Marin supervisors improve renter protection with ‘just cause’ ordinance - marin organizing committee/iaf leads the way
At Tuesday’s hearing, Meredith Parnell, a member of the Marin Organizing Committee, which has been the leading voice calling for action to address the housing crisis, said that all Marin rental properties, regardless of size, should be required to register with the county. Story here
Together Baton Rouge/iaf celebrates Exxon pulling ITEP applications, commends company's philanthropy
ExxonMobil may have withdrawn its application for a local tax break, but advocates with Together Baton Rouge still took an opportunity to weigh in before Wednesday's Metro Council meeting to say that while the company does a lot of good for Baton Rouge, they're glad to see the proposal yanked. Story by Steve Hardy in The Advocate
Story in the Advocate by Sam Karlin
ExxonMobil on Tuesday said it will drop its pending requests for property tax breaks in Baton Rouge and warned the “uncertainty” surrounding tax incentives could deter future spending at its local plants.
The move came days after the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, for the first time, voted to reject two requests by ExxonMobil to exempt it from paying a combined $2.9 million over 10 years to local schools. Exxon was set to ask the Metro Council Wednesday to approve the exemptions.
... which launched the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign in 2013. To date, the coalition has gotten more than 120 local and state agencies to sign on to a letter asking gun manufacturers for information.
A New Generation of Entrepreneurs Thinks It Can Revive the Smart Gun
OTOC and IPL leaders attended the Ima Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Luncheon. Thank you Rev. King for Your motivation, leadership, and legacy for equal rights. May we continue to strive for a world that works.
Omaha Together One Community - OTOC
DR. VINCENT HARDING: JULY 25, 1931 - MAY 22, 2014
I had occasion to meet with Dr. Vincent Harding eleven months before his passing. He was in process of moving into a new office on the grounds of Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO. I found him deeply engaged in his work and curious about mine. Towards the end of the meeting I posed my burning question bluntly: "You know IAF. You know Colorado. Should we establish a presence here?" His answer was swift and clear: "Yes!" We went on to discuss the why. He offered contacts and wise counsel.
Lock 'em up! "No More Deaths" humanitarians found guilty of placing water drops to save lives of migrant desert crossers
Paul Ingram, TucsonSentinel.com
Four No More Deaths volunteers, charged with federal misdemeanors after they left water and food for migrants crossing Southern Arizona's protected Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, have been found guilty, U.S. District Court Judge Bernardo Velasco ruled late Friday.
In a court decision released late Friday, Velasco said that the four women — Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse, and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick — violated federal laws, because "they did not get an access permit, they did not remain on designated roads, and they left water, food, and crates in the Refuge," he wrote.
"All of this, in addition to violating the law, erodes the national decision to maintain the Refuge in its pristine nature," Velasco said. They each face up to six months in prison and a fine of $500, and will be sentenced sometime after February 18, he said.
The case has major implications for the future of humanitarian aid for people crossing through Arizona's deserts, especially in the remote stretch of landscape known as the Growler Valley, which sets inside 800,000 acres of protected wilderness in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. No More Deaths is among the local humanitarian groups that provides aid — including water stations in rugged areas far from populated areas — for border crossers who might otherwise be numbered among the dead in the desert. More.