While applauding the California Housing Finance Agency for its use of 'principal reduction' in foreclosure prevention, leaders from One LA-IAF, Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), Bay Area IAF and Sacramento Valley Organizing Committee (SVOC) protested that the plan was too generous with banks, pledging 50 cents for each dollar of principal forgiveness versus the 18 cents promoted by the California IAF.Read more
In Houston, clergy put The Metropolitan Organization on the map by organizing a prayer service with over 1,500 participants in support of comprehensive immigration reform, and then getting the New York Times to cover its July 4th all-clergy pulpit teaching on the topic. Judicatory leaders from every major religious denomination in Houston urged their clergy to participate in this effort, with widespread results. Since then, TMO leaders committed to turning out 51,000 voters this fall in support of a nonpartisan family-oriented agenda that includes immigration reform.Read more
In San Antonio, COPS/ Metro Alliance succeeded in getting their city council to adopt a resolution opposing Arizona's immigration law and communicating to Texas state legislators that such a law would not be tolerated in San Antonio.Read more
Over 500 participating delegates pledged institutional dues this year with an additional funds leveraged from local businesses. This was the last assembly as a sponsoring committee, which started as an African American Baptist group and transformed itself into a diverse collective of a wide array of institutions.