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

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…

Let’s also prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers in this country!

December 22, 2020

Now it the time to take action to secure vaccinations for the incarcerated in this country! On December 11, the Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine.  Since then, FDA has issued a another emergency use authorization for a second COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and…

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Paths to Power: Victoria Jimenez-Morales

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

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…

Holiday greetings from Gamaliel

December 15, 2020

When we wrote to you at the end of last year, we looked forward to 2020 with hope. Although this year was not what anyone expected, we found plenty of reasons to stay hopeful. Our trainings tell the story best. When travel and large gatherings became unsafe, we reimagined our training procedures to make sure…

Paths to Power: Rev. Marlon Tilghman of BRIDGE Maryland

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

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

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…

Table Talk: Race, Family Values, and What We Say in Private

December 3, 2020

Join us Sunday for “Table Talk: Race, Family Values, and What We Say in Private”. Join Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center, in partnership with Gamaliel Network, for “Table Talk: Race, Family Values, and What We Say in Private.” The kitchen table is the most powerful piece of furniture in our homes. At the…

Wisconisn IVE work changes the narrative around voting, incarcerated people’s role in democracy

December 3, 2020

Integrated Voter Engagement is designed to change narratives. In the leadup to the 2020 election, Gamaliel affiliates nationwide used IVE to do just that by growing their bases, moving issue campaigns, and connecting the democratic process to local issues.  But in Wisconsin, Gamaliel statewide affiliate WISDOM worked with first-time voters and incarcerated people to make…