Leader Spotlight

Rev. De Neice Welch

Paths to Power: Rev. De Neice Welch

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 29, 2020

Rev. De Neice Welch wears a lot of hats: She’s the Senior Pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church; a bioethicist; a community organizer; a former candidate for the Pittsburgh City Council; and a former president of Gamaliel affiliate Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). But she insists that she would not have set her sights on most…

Gamaliel staff, alumni join effort to support Georgia voters in January runoff

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 28, 2020

Although Gamaliel doesn’t have an active affiliate in Georgia, several Gamaliel alumni and staff are working to support voters in the state’s Senate runoff election on January 5, 2020.    Gamaliel Network Executive Director Ana Garcia-Ashley said that many key leaders from the inactive Gamaliel affiliate in Atlanta, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), are…

Black and white photo of Victoria Jimenez-Morales

Paths to Power: Victoria Jimenez-Morales

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 22, 2020

Gamaliel Board of Directors member  and President of Gamaliel of California Victoria Jimenez-Morales doesn’t consider herself to be a community organizer, but she has been acutely aware of power since her childhood in California’s rural Central Valley.   Jimenez-Morales’ first job was working in the fields alongside her parents in a town with several active…

MORE² seeks to ‘blaze a new trail’ for IVE in Kansas City, KS

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 17, 2020

If the leaders Gamaliel affiliate Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE²) have their way, Kansas City, Kansas, will become a model for voter engagement all over the country.    Demographically, it’s a unique place. Kansas City is situated in Wyandotte County, which has no racial or ethnic majority. Although its population is approximately…

Paths to Power: Rev. Marlon Tilghman of BRIDGE Maryland

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 15, 2020

Rev. Marlon Tilghman had already cut his teeth as an organizer before he received any formal training.    In 2009, Tilghman organized several community groups from the area around the congregation he pastored in the Baltimore area. His efforts caught the attention of BRIDGE (now Gamaliel statewide affiliate BRIDGE Maryland, Inc.) founder Rev. David Casey,…

Paths to Power: Sara Meyer of Quad Cities Interfaith

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 8, 2020

Although Sara Meyer was an active member of Gamaliel affiliate Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI), until recently, she was adamant that she did not want to attend Gamaliel’s National Leadership Training.   Meyer, a member-at-large of the QCI Board of Directors, attended an Ntosake training and a handful of shorter trainings, but struggled with Gamaliel’s agitational…

Gamaliel training adapts to pandemic, prepares leaders to build power in any circumstances

By Alexandra Greenwald | December 4, 2020

From Sr. Cheryl Liske, National Training Director and  Senior Trainer: On March 12th, when the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and our lives changed overnight, Gamaliel was threedays away from our week-long National Leadership Training in Nashville. The training obviously wasn’t going to happen, but waiting for the pandemic to end wasn’t going to work…

IVE efforts breathe new life into PIIN, raise organization’s profile among congregations

By Alexandra Greenwald | November 19, 2020

Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is a strategy to connect organizers to the communities in which they work; it serves to build a relationship with the community and catalyze future organizing efforts. For Gamaliel affiliate Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), IVE in the 2020 election season was not just a strategy for building power in the…

Congratulations to Cesar Chavez 2019 Honoree Pablo Tapia

By Mario Gonzalez | 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 Mario Gonzalez | 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…