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The Daily Reflection on Our Journey Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Kansas City, MO The impulse to think of ourselves, or our communities, as special – as uniquely chosen, blessed, or superior – may be built into our human evolutionary heritage. Whenever we seek meaning in our lives, our…

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Yesterday, March 31, was the birthday of Cesar Chavez, the great labor and civil rights activist, who—along with Dolores Huerta—co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now known as United Farm Workers).  As a tribute to his legacy, Gamaliel funder and partner, the Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) chose to honor local heroes across this country. Gamaliel…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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