Metro IAF

Do Not Stabd Idly By, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Safe Gun Technology

NYT: When the Dollar is Mightier Than the Gun

Sunday, March 4, 2018
New York Times

Gun violence is not an abstract concept for Rabbi Joel Mosbacher. His father, Lester, was shot dead in 1999 as he opened up his check-cashing business on Chicago’s South Side. Rabbi Mosbacher, who had been ordained just six months earlier, struggled to make sense of the murder, even as well-meaning friends struggled to find words of comfort and support.

Metro IAF

Lake County United, Waukegan, Mental Healthcare, Hospital, HealthVest

Lake County United Secures Approval of 146-Bed Behavioral Hospital

Monday, January 22, 2018
Daily Herald

As a result of Lake County United’s continued effort to establish relationships with power players who share an interest in diverting those who are mentally ill from jail, LCU helped build the strong support necessary to win a unanimous approval of a 146-bed behavioral hospital in Waukegan, IL. The hospital will be owned by U.S. HealthVest, and will have all the elements of a much needed crisis stabilization unit.

Metro IAF

Gun Safety Technology, African American Mayors Association, US Conference of Mayors

DNSIB Campaign Pushes Forward, Inspires US Mayors to Act

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Do Not Stand Idly By

On January 25th, 100 Metro IAF leaders from 10 states fanned out across the Washington, DC metropolitan area for a full day of actions and meetings with more than a dozen local and national leaders concerned with gun violence.

Metro IAF

Saul Alinksy, community organizing, Radicalism

Gecan: Better Call Saul - US Needs Radicalism, Not Extremism

Friday, February 16, 2018
Wall Street Journal

It may seem strange to argue that the U.S. needs more radicalism, especially in this period of outrageous rhetoric and intense overreaction. But the right kind of radicalism can improve American politics by focusing on fundamental public goods. Leaders should replace showmanship with a radical approach that galvanizes ordinary American citizens.

This concept of political radicalism has a storied history, but the term has faded from the popular lexicon. In 1951 Wall Street Journal editor William H. Grimes described this newspaper’s...

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elections, Civic Engagement, Building Power

Gecan: Elites Can't Keep Writing Off Americans Who Voted for Trump

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Chicago Sun Times

After the 2016 election, my view was that the voters had rejected not just Hillary Clinton, but also the modern Democratic Party – a party top-heavy with celebrity candidates and dominated by Wall Streeters, Silicon Valley stars and academic and professional elites.

Metro IAF

School Education Data, urban school reform, New York IAF

Manhattan Together, So. Bronx Churches Fight for Better School Data

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
New York Daily News & More

On March 19th, over 400 Manhattan Together (MT) and South Bronx Churches (SBC) leaders gathered with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to push the City Government for action to improve their broken Special Education data system and to push for more repairs in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments.

Metro IAF

Jersey City Together, Affordable Housing, city inspections, landlord

Jersey City Together Wins Long Overdue City Housing Inspections

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
New Jersey.Com Metro IAF

Lake County United, 40 unit affordable housing

Lake County United Celebrates Completion of Fairhaven Crossing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Lake County United

Lake County United identified the land, secured the site, established a development team, and built the community support for a 40-unit affordable housing complex in Mundelein, IL. Over 300 Lake County United leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of Fairhaven Crossing, which will give everyone, including residents with disabilities, the opportunity to live as independently as possible. The unit includes a community center and computer room.

Metro IAF

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rev. Brawley, Bishop Miles, Michael Gecan

The True Toughness Jeff Sessions Must Show

Saturday, May 20, 2017
NY Daily News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a message to America: He’s going to be tough on crime.

Metro IAF

Public Transit, Metro, Capital Investments, Operations, ATU

Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Washington Post

Several faith- and community-based organizations say Metro needs $1 billion a year in dedicated funding, and they’ve come up with a proposal that includes a mix of sales, gas and property taxes that leaders say will beef up service levels and preserve jobs while addressing the system’s long-term needs.

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