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Together New Orleans Builds Power with the Sun

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The Community Lighthouse Project is equipping churches, health clinics and other community spaces with solar panels and batteries, so they don’t need to rely on grid power and faulty generators to stay open in emergencies. The nonprofit undertaking the project, Together New Orleans, ultimately wants to scatter 86 “lighthouses” throughout the state, so every resident lives within a 15-minute walk...

“We know everyone in the community within a mile or so radius that needs their breathing machine connected to electricity, or they have someone in a wheelchair or somebody that’s bed bound,” said Rev. Antoine Barriere, pastor of the Household of Faith Family Worship Church.

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CCG Secures Mayoral Commitment on Wage Theft in Follow Up Assembly



On July 12th, Coloradans for the Common Good 
assembled hundreds of institutional leaders to impress upon the newly elected Mayor Mike Johnston and Councilwoman Sarah Parady the importance of issues like wage theft to the organization. The assembly followed a 350+ nonpartisan accountability action with candidates prior to the election.  In response to stories and direct questions, Mayor Johnston recommitted to the agenda saying that CCG priorities were "at the top of my list."

Councilwoman Sarah Parady similarly committed to working with CCG leaders on their agenda, inviting leaders to collaborate with her on city budget proposals that align with CCG priorities.

Mike Johnston Commits to Calling Out Wage Thieves, Other Issues at Community ForumWestword [pdf]

 


Des Moines Police Embrace AMOS Mental Health Initiative



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"The Des Moines Police Department's Crisis Advocacy Response Effort is one year old. The program began after seeing an influx in mental health 911 calls that didn't require police assistance. Since it started, CARE has successfully responded to 1,503 calls...

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DAI Tenant Leaders Deepen Cooperation with Code Enforcement, See Noticeable Improvements in Housing Conditions


DAI tenant advocacy for improved conditions in low-income Bachman Lake apartment complexes continues to pay off, partly due to increased collaboration with bilingual housing code inspectors. Spanish speaking Dallas Area Interfaith leaders have been at the forefront of action, including meetings with City officials and educational meetings with residents.

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As Ready to Work is Set to Graduate Hundreds, COPS/Metro Presses for More Hiring

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COPS/Metro Alliance, the longtime coalition that advocates for working families and is in many ways responsible for the program’s existence, continues to raise concerns.

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MOC: County Needs to Raise Wages for In-Home Health Workers

Over 70 MOC leaders recently assembled to launch an individual meeting campaign and plan next steps for a campaign to raise the wages of caregivers.  Leaders have been writing and testifying in support of lifting the wage floor from $16.96 per hour to a living wage. 

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"Caregiving work is skilled and dangerous. These same workers were applauded nightly during the pandemic for their willingness to show up at a time when there were no vaccines, when we had no idea how coronavirus spread, when they couldn’t find masks or gloves to protect themselves...

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AMOS Secures Funding for More Male & Diverse Children's Mental Health Providers in Polk Co.



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About six years ago, AMOS asked families what kept them up at night. Parents said they needed services for children in mental health crises.

“Kids were waiting months to see a therapist. They were not getting what they need from a system designed for adults,” said Crystal Loving, of First Unitarian Church. A child in the midst of a mental health crisis would be handcuffed, put in the backseat of a police car, and enter the juvenile justice system rather than get the mental health care that was needed."

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DAI Calls on City to Retain Rental Inspections Data Much Longer

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Barry Lachman, a Dallas Area Interfaith leader, was involved in the creation of Chapter 27 in 2016. He said that not having enough data for at least five to 10 years can play against good landlords who are following the rules, but ultimately, the most affected by shorter retention periods are tenants.

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North Louisiana Interfaith Leverages $500,000 for Caddo Parish Community Lighthouse



North Louisiana Interfaith leaders erupted in applause as the Caddo Commission voted 8 to 4 to approve seed funding for two Community Lighthouse pilot locations. These Community Lighthouses will serve as beacons of hope during crises, immediately assessing the needs of the community and providing vital assistance to area residents. Among the services offered are cooling and heating stations, charging stations, food distribution, ice, water, and other supplies and services.

"The approval of seed funding for the Community Lighthouse project is a significant milestone for our community," said Pastor Theron Jackson, a clergy leader with North Louisiana Interfaith. "This is an example of what’s possible when everyday people come together and work with government to achieve something for the greater good. Community Lighthouses will not only provide essential services but also foster a sense of unity and resilience within our neighborhoods."

North Louisiana Interfaith Statement
Caddo Agrees to Put Up $500,000 toward Community Lighthouse ProjectKSLA News 12 [pdf]
Caddo Parish to Vote on Community Lighthouse Pilot ProgramKTBS 3 [pdf]

 


Valley Interfaith and Allies Block Substandard Border Housing Bills

Valley Interfaith and EPISO teamed up to successfully oppose two bills that would have undermined the Model Rules for Development that govern real estate development in counties that border the Texas-Mexico border.  The Model Rules for Development have been a critical tool that our organizations fought for over 30 years ago and which have limited the development of substandard housing lacking access to sewer and clean water lines, drainage and roads.

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