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Long-time Gamaliel leader awarded MLK Heritage Award by Wisconsin governor

February 6, 2020

Rev. Willie Brisco, a long-time Gamaliel leader in the fight for racial and economic justice, was awarded Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Award on January 20 at the 40th annual MLK Tribute and Ceremony.  Gov. Tony Evers was present to honor Rev. Brisco who has been working with the governor and other Wisconsin leaders…

Gamaliel leaders speak truth to power at “The People’s Caucus” presidential candidates forum

January 31, 2020

  See pictures from “The People’s Caucus” View the FaceBook Live recording of “The People’s Caucus” Candidate forum flyer. Register at: wethepeople2020.eventbrite.com Gamaliel affiliate Quad Cities Interfaith, along with the other Gamaliel affiliates in Illinois and Iowa—Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, United Congregations of Metro East, and Johnson County Interfaith…

Leaders from the Quad Cities and other midwestern states to meet with presidential candidates in People’s Caucus

January 6, 2020

Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI), an affiliate of the Gamaliel Network, as well as other Gamaliel affiliates in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, will host “The People’s Caucus: Vote Truth to Power” on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at North High School in Davenport, Iowa. “The People’s Caucus” is designed to provide ordinary…

Gamaliel bringing hope for transformation into 2020

December 23, 2019

A note from Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director Hi [[First_Name]], In my faith tradition, we sing a song during this season of the year:  “In the Bleak Midwinter.”  The carol speaks of the misery and desolation of the world into which God entered, bringing the gift of hope to all of the creation. Today many in…

ACTION puts an end to predatory lending in Youngstown, Ohio!

February 18, 2019

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…

Mass Supervision Is Not the Solution to Mass Incarceration

January 22, 2019

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…

2019: Time for Humane Immigration Policy

January 4, 2019

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…

Gamaliel’s organizing model drives change

December 13, 2018

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…

Banned for Life—Two Parents Led a Fight to Fix a Broken System

October 18, 2018

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…

N’tosake-25 years old and still training powerful women leaders!

October 12, 2018

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,…