In a large scale effort to help California IAF leaders address the state's economy and challenges facing state and local officials, over 400 Bay Area IAF leaders convened in an October conference, joined by economists, thinkers, demographers, and other state power players. Leaders told stories illustrating how the downturn has hurt families and communities, reflected on their faith traditions and strategized around local opportunities. The conference helped energize regional strategies around immigration and identify training opportunities on housing and education.
"The Rev. Julie Roberts-Fronk, pastor at First Christian Church and a leader with One LA, said there are no proposed plans that would ensure careful oversight by outside agencies of the project. In the past, city residents opposed other waste facility proposals, Roberts-Fronk said.
'It was a bad idea then,' she said.
'It's a bad idea now!' ...the audience responded."Read more
"In the past year, the North Bay Sponsoring Committee, made up of nine religious congregations in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, has worked with law enforcement to craft a more discretionary policy." -- Press DemocratRead more
"These issues concern our congregants, but they also concern the synagogue itself. We are ...insuring our employees, too."
-- Rabbi Laura GellerRead more
-- Most Rev. Gabino Zavala, Auxiliary Bishop, San Gabriel Region, Archdiocese of LA, Roman Catholic ChurchRead more
Reverend Christoper Bell and Rabbi George Gittleman weigh in on anti-police reaction to hit and run tragedy in Sonoma County.Read more
After assembling over 400 leaders to demand that elected officials in San Rafael include MOC in decision-making about the devastating impact of vehicle impoundment on working families, the San Rafael Police Department announced a change in the policy.
"Since forming a few years ago, the MOC has forged a potent new political force in the county." -- Pacific SunRead more
"Since the beginning of this year, parishioners at St. Madeleine Church in Pomona have worked with fellow members of the community-based One L.A. to oppose the proposed Ninth Street Pomona Valley Waste Transfer Station. On Aug. 13, about 50 people,” comprised primarily of St. Madeline parishioners along with representatives from other local Christian churches and the Association of Pomona Teachers, "hit the sidewalks to rally support for their cause..."
St. Madeleine Rallies Against Pomona Waste Transfer Station, The Tidings: Southern California's Catholic WeeklyRead more
Chaplain Dan Olivieri and lay leader Mary Littel Walsh presented the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors a petition signed by over 400 parishioners from Resurrection Catholic Church in Aptos. They sent a clear message â€” don't cut home care wages!Read more