West / Southwest IAF

Workforce Development, Job Training, living wages, Economic Development

IAF Workforce Development Model Crushes Competition, Shows Sizable and Sustained Gains

Friday, April 21, 2017
Economic Mobility

Almost ten years ago, Project QUEST agreed to participate in a randomized control trial in which half of a pool of 400+ qualified and equally motivated applicants were picked by a computer to participate in Project QUEST.  The other half were turned away and they pursued other options.

West / Southwest IAF

Workforce Development, Sr. Pearl Ceasar, Sr. Gabriela Lohan, Project Quest

Catholic Sisters Combat Poverty, Impact Thousands in San Antonio

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Global Sisters Report

The speakers offered words of eloquence and encouragement. Moments later came handshakes, hugs and tears as students crossed the stage. But this was not a typical graduation ceremony. There were no diplomas, no gowns and no hats tossed into the air.

West / Southwest IAF

Training, Organizing in the Southwest, Colorado, Fort Worth, Zeik Saidman

Reflections on Southwest IAF Leadership Training by Zeik Saidman

Monday, March 23, 2015
Democratic Faith

Two years ago I decided to help build an IAF organization in Colorado - as a leader. I was frustrated by what wasn't happening in Colorado. I wanted to be a part of the kind of IAF power organization that I knew could make a big difference.

More important, I recalled with fresh energy the extraordinary individuals attracted to the organizing work during my IAF years. I wanted to reclaim some of that relational territory. Or at least give it a shot.

So, with a deep breath I signed up and...

West / Southwest IAF

Ernesto Cortes, Cold Anger, Social Justice, Huffington Post, Racial Justice

Huffington Post Cites 'Cold Anger' as Key to Social Justice Gains

Monday, December 8, 2014
Huffington Post

"This wave of activism reflects the difference between what community organizer Ernie Cortes calls hot anger and cold anger. With hot anger we act irrationally and misdirect it toward the wrong people. With cold anger we focus on what we can do to change oppression, exploitation and injustice….”

West / Southwest IAF

Homelessness, Day Shelter, Social Services, Sound Alliance, Peter Hasegawa

Homeless, Sound Alliance, Urge City to Develop Day Shelter in Federal Way

Friday, November 14, 2014
Federal Way Mirror

"Our goal was to encourage Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to commit to work with the Alliance and its allies to find an appropriate site, secure capital funding and secure operation funding to develop a day shelter in Federal Way that provides showers, laundry, public space and a connection point with service providers," said Peter Hasegawa. "I believe a strong community showing at our event demonstrated support for this project."

West / Southwest IAF

Sr. Christine Stephens, Sr. Pearl Ceasar, Sr. Gabriela Lohan, Austin Interfaith, COPS/ Metro

Works of IAF Nuns & West / Southwest IAF Credentialed

Friday, June 27, 2014
National Catholic Reporter

The works of Sr. Christine Stephens, Sr. Pearl Ceasar and Sr. Gabriella Lohan of the West / Southwest IAF are documented and celebrated in this special National Catholic Reporter report.

West / Southwest IAF

Payday Lending Reform, Together Baton Rouge, Jeremiah Group, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Louisiana IAF

'Together Louisiana' Moves Legislative Bill on Payday Lending

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Advocate

With the press calling it “the sleeper issue of the session,” leaders from ‘Together Louisiana,’ stormed the Capitol to testify in Committee hearings and weigh in on debate over payday lending in Louisiana...

West / Southwest IAF

Payday Lending Reform, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Predatory Lending, Thelma Fleming

Together Louisiana Takes Payday Lending Fight to the Capitol

Monday, March 24, 2014
The Advocate

First, Thelma Fleming lost one of her two jobs. Later, she had to pawn some of the gifts her children had given her. Eventually, the bank closed her account, and she had to give up her car.

Fleming’s troubles can be traced back to the $300 loan she took out from a payday lender two years ago after the detox center where she worked closed its doors.

West / Southwest IAF

Payday Lending, higher education, mass incarceration, environmental protection, Together Baton Rouge, Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith, Jeremiah Group

300 Leaders Make Plans to Disrupt Louisiana Legislative Session

Monday, February 17, 2014
American Press & Times Picayune

Leaders from IAF organizations across Louisiana gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday, February 15 for a conference that aims to disrupt the status quo at the legislature this year...

West / Southwest IAF

Workforce Development, Labor Market Intermediaries, Job Training, Joe Biden, Project Quest

NP Quarterly Recommends Biden See Project Quest for Training Ideas

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NonProfit Quarterly

“So here’s a suggestion for the Vice President: If you want to get the best possible advice on the job training programs that work, the ones that meet the needs of both employers looking for employees with skill sets and of job seekers who are looking for work, convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits, put their leaders in a room, and have them hammer out the elements of the programs that really work based on their on-the-ground experience.

West / Southwest IAF

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