Posts by mariogonzalez

ACTION puts an end to predatory lending in Youngstown, Ohio!

On Wednesday, February 6, to the largest crowd gathered for a city council in recent memory, the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION)—the Gamaliel affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio—won a major battle in their ongoing campaign to secure quality, affordable housing for residents in Youngstown.  When the city council voted, 7-0, to end predatory…

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Mass Supervision Is Not the Solution to Mass Incarceration

Chicago, IL – January 22, 2019 – Five decades ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., warned, “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable on being conquered.” On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Gamaliel affiliates across the country will be…

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2019: Time for Humane Immigration Policy

I am an immigrant. When I was a toddler, my parents made the decision to emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States.  They wanted a life of opportunity and freedom for their children—not the overwhelming poverty and violent oppression of the Trujillo regime that had characterized most of their lives. In order to…

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Gamaliel’s organizing model drives change

Below is a story—A Movement of Families Challenges Power and Myths: Gamaliel’s Organizing Model Drives Change—published yesterday by Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) Senior Writer and Community Relations Staff Member, Paul Nyhan, about the organizing work of Gamaliel.  It includes a snapshot of an action on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, led by MORE2…

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Banned for Life—Two Parents Led a Fight to Fix a Broken System

Below is a story published earlier in the month by Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) Senior Writer and Community Relations Staff Member, Paul Nyhan, about Gamaliel’s Kansas City affiliate MORE2 and their successful campaign to remove Missouri’s ban on food stamps for those with felony drug convictions. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnny Waller was turned down…

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N’tosake-25 years old and still training powerful women leaders!

More than 80 women leaders and organizers across the Gamaliel Network kicked off the 25th Anniversary Year of N’tosake—Gamaliel’s signature leadership development program for women—at our annual N’tosake training held this year at Colombiere Retreat and Conference Center in Clarkston, Michigan, September 20-22.  As Rev. DeNeice Welch challenged us in her opening remarks: Today, Ntosake,…

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Rights for Immigrants Campaign, on Executive Order to End the Separation of Immigrant Families

Statement from Rev. Dr. John Welch, Chair, Gamaliel Board of Directors, and Pablo Tapia, Chair, Gamaliel Civil Rights for Immigrants Campaign, on Executive Order to End the Separation of Immigrant Families For Immediate Release Contact:  Rev. Cynthia Owen Jarrold, (913) 219-3198 Chicago, IL (June 20, 2018) – This afternoon President Donald J. Trump issued an…

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National Day of Action

On January 17, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2)—Gamaliel’s affiliate in the Kansas City metro area—held a press conference to announce that an ordinance to expand Kansas City, Missouri’s current “ban the box” policy was imminent.  MORE2’s action was part of a series of actions taken by other Gamaliel affiliates across the…

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James Marble

What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I’m working with the Safe Neighborhoods taskforce of ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment). How did you get involved originally? I connected with ABLE through my church, First Afrikan Presbyterian, in 1998. My initial concern and interest was the poor physical maintenance of schools in DeKalb County. The executive director…

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Octavia Moore

Octavia Moore, 16, holding paper at center, says Oakland, CA affiliate Genesis helped her find her voice. Her work on the group’s campaign to win free public transit for students to go to and from school has led to work to end the school to prison pipeline in Oakland schools and a deeper approach to…

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