Community Building

Syrian refugees, Immigration, cities in decline, Detroit

Let Refugees Revive American Cities: Admit 250K In This Decade

Thursday, September 17, 2015
NY Daily News

The White House announcement that the United States should prepare to take in just 10,000 Syrian migrants in the next year is an embarrassingly tepid response to the largest movement of refugees since the end of World War II.

We should do much more — not only increasing the numbers of refugees we accept, but aggressively settling them in American cities, where they can help spark broad economic revivals.

Metro IAF

Boston Review, Mike Gecan, Anxieties of Democracy, Katznelson

IAF Co-Director Mike Gecan Addresses "Anxieties of Democracy"

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Boston Review

"As an avid reader and admirer of Ira Katznelson’s work, I am both puzzled and disappointed by his essay.

Metro IAF

Organizing in Vancouver, Canada IAF, Deborah Littman

Metro Vancouver Alliance Builds Bridges and Makes Things Happen

Monday, June 29, 2015
Vancouver Sun

The new Metro Vancouver Alliance is devoted to bringing people of different faiths and beliefs together for the sake of the “common good.”

Metro Vancouver Alliance

Better Together, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. George

'Better Together' Beats Back Separatists in Baton Rouge

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Advocate & Better Together

Leaders of ‘Better Together’ successfully undermined a suburban incorporation effort (in the St. George area) by convincing voters who had signed onto the original petition to withdraw their signatures.


Ed Chambers, Memorial Service, IAF

Memorial Service for Ed Chambers Announced

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Industrial Areas Foundation

A memorial service for Edward (Ed) Chambers has been scheduled for:  


Ed Chambers, Obituary, Citizens UK, Neil Jameson

Ed Chambers: Leader of Community Organising in the US Inspired Creation of Citizens UK

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Tablet

Ed Chambers was born in the Midwest of the United States, the son of Thomas and Hazella Chambers, Irish Catholics who had emigrated to America from the west Cork town of Skibbereen, where Chambers was to retire in 2010.  Chambers started to train...


Edward Chambers, IAF, Alinsky, Memorial Service, Chicago

Ed Chamber's Memorial

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Memorial Service for Ed Chambers

A memorial service for Edward Chambers, successor to Saul Alinsky, was held at St. Gertrude's in Chicago on June 7, 2015. Former Executive Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation was remembered by friends and colleagues as a key figure in the development of worldwide network of grassroots citizens organizations.

Memorial notice here.


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh

1,800 GBIO Leaders Secure "Pledge to Work for Social Justice"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Boston Globe

The governor and mayor were joined by Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The four made their pledges before more than 1,800 people who packed the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square for the event, hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

GBIO

Edward Chambers

Lessons From a Great Community Organizer

Friday, May 15, 2015
Chronicle of Philanthropy

The death last month of Edward Chambers, one of the world’s great community organizers, serves as a strong reminder of how the power of the grass-roots can be mobilized to make a huge difference in the lives of the neediest. He was a master of building groups that could last for the long haul, a skill not enough activists possess.


Community Organizing in Vancouver, Canada IAF, Pope Francis, Common Good

Vancouver Sun Calls Metro Vancouver Alliance a "Best Example"

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Vancouver Sun

"The Metro Vancouver Alliance might be one of the best recent examples of diverse leaders focusing on the commonweal. Vancouver Catholic Archbishop Michael Miller and Anglican Bishop Melissa Skelton are among the religious, educational and community leaders who are co-operating to work for economic justice."

Metro Vancouver Alliance

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