Metro IAF

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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Hirschman, 2015 Election, Trump, Sanders, Clinton, Gecan

By M. Gecan: Exit, Loyalty and Voice - a Frame to Understand the Appeal of Trump, Sanders and Clinton

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
NY Daily News

In a turbulent time, I find a measure of calm and clarity in the words of the late economist A.O. Hirschman, whose short book, “Exit, Voice and Loyalty” was published in 1970. Hirschman was born in Germany into a life of even greater turbulence than we are now experiencing.

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Affordable Housing, Vacant Lots, NYC, Rev. Skelly, Rev. Brawley

Metro IAF Leads the Way on Affordable Housing in New York City

Monday, February 22, 2016
New York Slant

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing.

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safe guns, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Do Not Stand Idly By

Obama Embraces Smart Guns at Urging of Metro IAF

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Washington Post

Late last year, a group connected to the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, made up of citizens and faith leaders, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to raise $20 million for developing smart guns before he raises money for his presidential library and foundation.



The foundation’s leaders were thrilled with Obama’s announcement.

Metro IAF

Do Not Stand Idly By, Rabbi Mosbacher, Bishop Douglas Miles, Guns

Metro IAF Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Guns

Monday, January 4, 2016
Metro IAF

Since early 2013, the faith and citizens’ organizing group Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) – and the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign we initiated – have called on President Obama to stop waiting for Congress to act, and to use Executive Branch powers to curb gun deaths in America. In particular, we have asked the President to use the purchasing power of the U.S. government to push gun manufacturers to exercise leadership in the areas of gun safety technology and responsible distribution.

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Policing, Corruption, Over-Policing, Police Culture, Change, NYC

Learning to Honor the Badge: Gecan Analyzes Three Policing Challenges

Monday, November 30, 2015
NY Daily News

In 1977, I was starting out as a community organizer on the west and northwest sides of Chicago, including in my old home parish, Our Lady of the Angels. Anyone of a certain age from there knows that the OLA school caught fire in 1958 and burned, killing 92 students and three nuns. The shock of that day triggered a national campaign to improve fire safety in schools.

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