"The prayer service, sponsored by The Metropolitan Organization ...is part of the Houston Area Interfaith Campaign for Humane Immigration Reform, which has reach thousands of Houstonians with its trainings in over the past two years....The service was followed by a series of workshops on human trafficking, work and wages, and pending federal legislation and policy."
[Photo Credit: Johnny Hanson/ Houston Chronicle]
Houston Clergy, Politicians Gather for Immigration Prayer Service, Houston ChronicleRead more
by Jeannie Kever, "A Call to Action on Immigration: Local Religious Leaders Hopeful for Reform, Despite Political Climate," Houston ChronicleRead more
During its fall electoral drive, TMO worked with fifty congregations to target 39 precincts in the neighborhoods surrounding their institutions; leaders taught voters the statewide agenda of issues and the importance of early voting. They organized neighborhood walks and launched parochial campaigns to sign up parishioners in the pews and at church festivals. TMO successfully increased voter turnout by 9.3% in the 39 precincts it worked, compared to the 2006 gubernatorial election.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