Texas IAF

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

Immigration, DACA, DREAMers, Bishop Flores, Rio Grande Valley, Texas IAF

Valley Interfaith Fights for DACA, Sends 10,000 Cards to Congress

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Rio Grande Guardian & More

Wielding 10,000 signed postcards to Congressional Representatives and scriptural passages on the subject, Valley Interfaith leaders and Catholic Bishop Daniel E. Flores  forcefully called on Congress to protect DREAMers as they decide the future of DACA.

“The Bible is clear,” declared  Msgr. Heriberto Diaz of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brownsville.  “We are to welcome the immigrant, as we were once immigrants in a foreign land.”

Bishop Flores emphasized, “Young people are not statistics…not just numbers…they are young people with hopes and dreams.”

Valley Interfaith

Disaster Recovery, Hurricane Harvey, Texas IAF, organizing in Texas

For Renters, Harvey was the First Blow, Followed by Orders to Move

Friday, September 8, 2017
New York Times
"Members of The Metropolitan Organization, a group of Houston religious congregations, urged Houston’s City Council on Wednesday to establish a grace period for late September rent payments. The poor and undocumented were especially vulnerable, clergy members said.
 
“Many of them have not worked nine or 10 days now because their businesses have been blown away,” said the Rev. Edward Gomez, an Episcopal priest...."
TMO

Minimum Wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF

COPS/Metro Hikes Base Municipal Wage in San Antonio to $14.25 /Hour

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
San Antonio Express News & More

Months after 750 COPS / Metro leaders challenged candidates for San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commissioners’ Court to support their living wage agenda in a nonpartisan accountability assembly — and then delivered 8,555 voters to the polls in support of their agenda — both Bexar County and the City of San Antonio increased entry wages to $14.25 per h

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Border Interfaith, community organizing in El Paso, Texas IAF

El Paso IAF Puts 'We the People' at the Center of Public Life

Monday, April 24, 2017
El Paso Times & More

Several hundred Border Interfaith and EPISO leaders assembled for an accountability session, one day before early voting began, to challenge candidates for Mayor, City Council and the Board of Trustees for El Paso and Ysleta School Districts around the issues most impacting residents’ daily lives.

EPISO

Texas IAF, Water, sewage, Infrastructure, Colonias, El Paso

Texas Standard Covers Story of EPISO Success in Colonias

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Texas Standard

In radio coverage about the Texas governor zeroing out the Colonia Initiative Program’s nearly $860,000 budget, a story about the success of the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Committee (EPISO) emerged.

EPISO

Texas IAF, Senate Bill 4, Immigration, Sanctuary Cities, Dallas PD

700 DAI Leaders Clarify Impact of SB4 with Dallas Police

Monday, July 17, 2017
Dallas Morning News & A Dia Dallas

Before a packed audience of 700 leaders of Dallas Area Interfaith, and on the one-year anniversary of the shooting that took the lives of five police officers, Dallas Area Interfaith continued the public conversation about community relationships with the police in the context of SB4.

Dallas Area Interfaith

SB4, Immigration Reform, cartels, priest, Fr. Kevin Collins, Texas IAF

Valley Interfaith Priest Concerned That SB4 Can Empower Cartels

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Rio Grande Guardian

Following a press conference in which leaders of the Texas IAF Network of Organizations joined the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops to oppose the anti-sanctuary cities bill, SB4, Fr. Kevin Collins of St. Eugene’s de Mazenod Catholic Church and Valley Interfaith in Brownsville had more to say.

Valley Interfaith

Know Your Rights, civic academies, Texas IAF, Clergy

EPISO/Border Interfaith Clergy To Immigrants: You Are Not Alone

Friday, March 3, 2017
El Paso Times

Civic academies put together by the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization (EPISO) and Border Interfaith are drawing upwards of 50 parishioners per session eager to learn how to use their civil rights to protect family members from deportation.

Border Interfaith

Bishops, Religious, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Texas IAF

TMO, Religious Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Monday, March 6, 2017
Houston Chronicle & More

In the face of increased deportations and growing fears of family separation, TMO clergy and Texas Bishops held a joint press conference calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path towards citizenship.  Catholic Cardinal Daniel DiNardo stood with United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones, Lutheran Bishop Michael Rinehart, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Lynne Hargrove, Episcopal pastor Rev. Uriel Osnaya, Baptist pastor Rev.

TMO

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