Leader Spotlight

Congratulations to Cesar Chavez 2019 Honoree Pablo Tapia

By mariogonzalez | April 1, 2019

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…

Father Paul Bossi

By mariogonzalez | February 11, 2017

Father Paul Bossi is the Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY. He has been involved in organizing since the 1970s, and with VOICE-Buffalo since the mid 1990s. He has been a clergyman for 47 years.  What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I’m on the Executive Committee of VOICE-Buffalo and I…

James Marble

By mariogonzalez | April 15, 2016

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…

Octavia Moore

By mariogonzalez | January 15, 2016

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…

Maria Van Core

By mariogonzalez | September 10, 2015

This summer Maria G. Van Core, Action Greater Lansing board member and president of Greater Lansing Area chapter of Labor Council For Latin American Advancement, LCLAA, nominated ACTION organizer Aida Cuadrado for a labor-community partnership award. She is a local and national leader on immigration issues. What is your current involvement with Gamaliel/Action of Greater…

Vilma Cardona

By mariogonzalez | July 10, 2015

A few weeks ago Pilsen Neighbors honored Vilma Cardona, 23, as its annual Senorita del Sol, recognizing her service to the community in Pilsen and accomplishments as a “Dreamer”—she was born in Guatemala and is the first in her family to go to college. Photo (of Cardona in traditional Guatemalan costume) by Oscar Espinoza courtesy of Oscar Photo.…

Rev Rodney Williams

By mariogonzalez | June 10, 2015

What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I am currently the Co-Chair of the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2). My role as Co-Chair is to help lead MORE2 in a prophetic way to help bring equity and justice to the greater metropolitan Kansas City region. How did you get involved with Gamaliel?…

Karym Sánchez

By mariogonzalez | April 11, 2015

Karym Sánchez, 24, inspires youth to rally for a cause This profile of North Bay Organizing Project youth organizer Karym Sanchez is reprinted with permission from La Voz Bilingual Newspaper of Santa Rosa County, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kan Lee) Karym Sanchez still remembers the title of the essay he submitted for the Juvenile Justice Commission…

Pastor Dietra Wise Baker

By mariogonzalez | August 11, 2014

“A COMMUNITY LEADER FOR JUSTICE FOR THE LONG TERM” What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I am the Metropolitan Congregation’s United (MCU) Clergy Caucus co-leader. I provide leadership for the clergy from the congregations affiliated with MCU. MCU has not had a clergy caucus in a long time due to lack of leadership. Gamaliel’s…

Leader Spotlight: Bob Maddock

By Katie Dubielak | July 18, 2014

Bob grew up and continues to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is involved with Gamaliel’s affiliate, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). Bob has been the secretary of PIIN for approximately five years and is also part of the Education Task Force. How did you get involved with Gamaliel? I was a member of an organization…