About Us

Gamaliel was founded in 1986 to train community and faith leaders in building political power and creating organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races.


Our mission is to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.

Our work falls into three main areas:

1. We build strong local organizations

With 44 affiliates and 7 state offices in 17 states, Gamaliel works to build strong metropolitan and statewide organizations. National staff provides consulting, training and support to leaders and staff in local organizations. A survey of organizers and lead staff across the network found that Gamaliel’s national staff is majority women: People of color are about 40 percent of organizers, lead organizers, and directors across the network (56% of organizers across the network are women; 26% are women of color). Learn about our affiliates here.

2. We develop powerful leaders through training

Gamaliel organizes: three national weeklong trainings per year, an advanced leadership/strategic campaigns training every other year, Ntosake women's leadership development training once a year, a biennial Race and Power training, African American Leadership Commission, National Clergy Caucus, and national leadership conferences across the country. These events reach more than 1,000 people in a typical year. Learn about our training here.

3. We run influential advocacy & nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns

15 years ago Gamaliel helped pioneer advocacy and organizing on regional equity, working with partners like John Powell and others. This work continues to be foundational to our policy and issue organizing. Recognizing the job-creation potential of developing and maintaining good infrastructure, and building on local affiliates worker rights’ advocacy, Gamaliel has focused its campaign and jobs work on increasing access to jobs and job training. This is a major focus of current work along with our issue campaigns: criminal justice reform, integrated voter engagement, racial equity, and immigration reform. Learn about our current campaigns here.


Network Updates

Join the Gamaliel Civil Rights of Immigrants Team for the Día del Padre Action!
On Sunday, June 21, millions of people all around the world will celebrate Fathers’ Day—a day that we honor fathers and those who have played a father role in shaping our lives and communities. At this critical moment in history when the world is still reeling from the coronavirus, when the inequities of systemic racism…
Gamaliel is hiring a part-time Communications Specialist
Gamaliel has begun the process of searching for a part-time Communications Specialist whose focus will be on increasing the public profile of the Gamaliel Network through digital and social media platforms. The job announcement has been posted on the Gamaliel website and will also be distributed through partner organization networks. Interested applicants will be directed…
WISDOM (Gamaliel in Wisconsin) is offering a 5-week leadership training to its members via Zoom
WISDOM (Gamaliel in Wisconsin) is offering a 5-week leadership training to its members via Zoom.  The series covers several essential themes from Gamaliel Leadership Training.  The five Thursday evening trainings will be from 6:30 to 8:00 pm central time, and the topics will be: June 25 — Intro to Organizing July 2 — One-on-Ones July…
Statement from Gamaliel on behalf of George Floyd and the many others whose deaths were denied justice
Justice may be blind, but justice apparently is not colorblind. Too often and for far too long people of color have been on the wrong side of justice because purveyors of justice, often White, have used their privilege to lift the proverbial blindfold over one eye and make judgments based on the skin color of…
Gamaliel launches a new organizer development initiative and hires Organizing Director
As many of you know, at the last meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Gamaliel was awarded a Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Strategic National Grant.  We are pleased to announce that we have received funds from CCHD and are now in the process of launching an initiative to identify and…
Let’s accelerate our efforts to move people out of jails, prisons, and detention centers
Join the Gamaliel Transformational Justice campaign team as we accelerate our efforts to reduce the number of people held in our jails, prisons, and detention centers—especially the populations most vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.  Our next action meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 22, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CT (3:00 p.m. ET/12:00…
This Mothers’ Day let’s take action to make a pathway to citizenship a reality for our immigrant mothers!
#JusticeforDACAMoms #JusticeforUndocuMoms On Sunday, May 10, millions of people in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, and parts of Europe and Asia will celebrate Mothers’ Day.  It is meant to be a day of celebration—to honor Mothers and their powerful contributions to our families and our communities.  For many, even during the pandemic, it will be…
Undocufund has been reactivated to respond to needs of immigrants during COVID-19 pandemic!
I received word over the weekend from Susan Shaw, Executive Director of our affiliate in Sonoma County, North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), that it had been necessary to reactivate the Undocufund to respond to the needs of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may remember that NBOP, along with other partner organizations, established Undocufund to…
Join us for the Civil Rights of Immigrants Town Hall and Action
Download Flyer   Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvf-6trT8qEtd-2I69TRgrjot-WkN4eVMJ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   To join via Facebook Live, go to the Gamaliel Facebook page: facebook.com/gamaliel-network.
Join us for the next Transformational Justice in Action gathering
Download Flyer You must register in advance for Friday’s Transformational Justice in Action gathering – Register Here In solidarity, Gamaliel Transformational Justice in Action Team
Take action with us to secure the decarceration of our immigrant sisters and brothers!
We are pleased to report that we are seeing some movement in this country to decarcerate individuals being held in our jails, prisons, and detention centers who are more susceptible to the dangerous and highly infectious coronavirus.  Unfortunately, officials are not moving quickly enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these spaces, especially in…
Materials and Follow-up to Gamaliel Decarceration Virtual Town Hall
Thank you for joining last Thursday evening’s Decarceration Virtual Town Hall. Included with this email is a recording of the town hall, as well as some of the resources (see sidebar) shared by breakout leaders. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we act together to make decarceration a reality for the folks who are sitting…