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.

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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.

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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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Rev. Brawley, Rabbi Mosbacher, Rev. O'Connor, Bishop Miles, Trump

Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
New York Daily News

A s faith leaders, we have long studied the biblical story of the person who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls of his beloved city. Nehemiah was both a visionary and a realist. He knew he needed a trowel to reconstruct the walls of the city.

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Arnie Graf, democracy, Civic Engagement, IAF

Politicians Should Trust in the People They Hope to Represent

Monday, November 7, 2016
Baltimore Sun

In the summer of 1971, I went to Chicago to train as an organizer at the Industrial Areas Foundation (I.A.F.), which was founded in 1940 by the late Saul Alinsky, a colorful personality who is widely regarded as the father of community organizing.



Of the many things he talked about during that training, he made two points that have stayed with me over the course of my 45-year career spent organizing in Baltimore and across the country....

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Mike Gecan, Civic Engagement, Scott Walker, democracy

How Democrats Are Getting Played

Thursday, February 2, 2017
New York Daily News

Super Bowl week, and the early days of the Trump administration, are a good time to think about what works in sports and politics.

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