Metro IAF

Civic Engagement, Mike Gecan, Scott Walker

Who's Normalizing Donald Trump Now?

Monday, February 6, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Gecan argues that the parallel for what’s happening in Washington right now is Wisconsin in 2011. Back then, Gov. Scott Walker backed a bill stripping public-employee unions of collective-bargaining rights. The left erupted in protest, with demonstrators occupying the State Capitol and a movement pushing a recall of the governor in what became a national drama.

Metro IAF

Public Transportation, Bus Routes, Neighborhood Connectivity, ATU

Metro IAF & ATU: "Leave the Bus Lines Alone"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Washington Post

In Washington, D.C., 300 workers and riders turned out to the latest hearing on budget cuts to tell the WMATA Metro Board to 'leave the bus lines alone."

Metro IAF has been working in collaboration with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to increase public investment in the DC region's metro transit system.

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Gun Safety, Campus Safety, Do Not Stand Idly By, College Campus

Metro IAF Launches "Are Guns Allowed On Campus?" Online Petition

Monday, March 6, 2017
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NYCHA, Mold, Affordable Housing, Fr. Francis Skelly, Organizing in NYC

Mayor Budgets $1B to Fix NYCHA Roofs, But Critics Say Not It's Enough

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
New York Daily News

....Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, questioned whether repairs will come fast enough to alleviate the toxic mold that afflicts so many public housing tenants.

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Immigration, Refugees, Trump Ban, Airports

Most Religious Groups Come Out Against Trump Refugee Order

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Associated Press

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher had just finished the morning's Shabbat service when he got an urgent message: Rabbis were needed at New York's Kennedy Airport. People were being detained under President Donald Trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. Would he come pray?

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Michael Gecan, Chris Hedges, Building Power, community organizing

Chris Hedges Talks with Michael Gecan About Building Organizations

Monday, January 9, 2017
Truth Dig

When asked why he told poor Brooklyn communities in 1980 to raise a quarter of a million dollars without government aid, community organizer Michael Gecan responded, “Because power is organized people and organized money.”

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community organizing, IAF, Institutional Organizing, Saul Alinsky

Back of the Yards: Lessons from a Community Organizer, by Mike Gecan

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Boston Review

On the Wednesday after November’s presidential election, I found myself in the Back of the Yards area of Chicago’s South Side. I was there to meet with Roman Catholic priest David Kelly. Father Kelly is executive director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, which he runs out of a converted school building on Fifty-first and Elizabeth. He and his team feed the hungry and bring together the perpetrators and victims of gang gun violence in the community. 

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Mike Gecan, GOTV, party politics

Party Needs to Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards, Stars

Thursday, November 10, 2016
New York Times

...the lessons of this election is to recommit itself to the vast majority of non-rock-star Americans who still live in physical space -- blocks, neighborhoods, subdivisions, trailer parks, workplaces, fading cities and aging suburbs and towns. The core issue for these Americans is the lack of long-term living wage work, especially for those who are not college educated....

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Labor Organizing, ATU, Union, Transit, Transportation

IAF Organizer J. Lange Addresses Amalgamated Transit Union

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Johnathan Lange

An entire generation of union leadership has been forced to play defense.  But now, standing before the 2016 Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union, I am here to tell you that this is the time to start playing offense.  Yours is the union to show the rest of us how to do it.  Your leadership is the leadership best equipped to throw the ball far down the field and score.

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Gun Violence, safe guns, Do Not Stand Idly By, Weapons Manufacturing

Rabbis Join Rally in Fight to Stop Gun Violence

Friday, October 14, 2016
NJ Jewish News

A broad coalition of political and religious leaders — including prominent members of New Jersey’s Jewish community — rallied Oct. 6 on the steps of Newark City Hall to demand that weapons manufacturers join them in their fight to halt gun violence.

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