"Hitting the Streets to Get Out The Vote," NBC NewsRead more
In line with the Texas-wide GOTV strategy, Dallas Area Interfaith organized several "mega" walks with over five hundred walkers going out into the neighborhoods surrounding their institutions to seek support for their statewide agenda. They have organized five phone bank events to reach out to voters who still have not voted, in addition to organizing training sessions in Fort Worth.Read more
"Border Interfaith Gets Basic Services to County Residents," by Wayne Kendrick and Luis Cisneros, El Paso Times
In advance of the August 28th statewide Convention in San Antonio, Austin Interfaith leaders packed the parish hall of San Jose Catholic Church with leaders who committed to turnout 20,000 voters in support of a non-partisan agenda. This agenda supports protections for immigrants, healthcare in South Austin, and public investment in workforce development project Capital IDEA. Congressman Lloyd Doggett committed to re-introducing Dream Act legislation while Travis County Sherriff Greg Hamilton committed to working with Austin Interfaith to ensure that deputies do not enforce federal immigration laws. Local city representatives agreed to support increased investment in Capital IDEA, as well as support the location of a healthcare clinic on the Southside.
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