Civic Engagement

Texas IAF, Civic Engagement, Faith in Action

Texas IAF Targets 19 Hottest State, Federal Races in State Suburbs

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
McClatchy & More

In a move to shift the makeup of the state legislature, Texas IAF organizations reached into suburbs surrounding Texas’ largest cities to assemble by the thousands in political, nonpartisan assemblies to help leaders wrest commitments from candidates for state and federal office. Having witnessed candidate responses to locally-developed agendas, which span from local control to Texas school finance and federal immigration reform, leaders are now mobilizing their neighbors to Get Out The Vote.

West / Southwest IAF

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

leadership development, Civic Engagement, Muslim

VOICE Trains 100 Muslim Leaders in Northern Virginia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Metro IAF

In the last 3 weeks, VOICE trained 325+ leaders including 125 from eight Northern VA mosques and schools.

VOICE

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....

Metro IAF

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.

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

Civic Engagement

Breaking Away

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In the past year and a half, Baton Rouge has seen efforts to create a breakaway chamber of commerce, a breakaway school district and a breakaway city. Now, a conservative nonprofit has been created, reportedly, to challenge the one organization that is trying to bring Baton Rouge together...

Together Baton Rouge