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Today is U.S. Census Day-Take the Gamaliel 2020 Census Challenge!

By Katie Dubielak | April 1, 2020

Today, April 1, is U.S. Census Day. It is not a deadline—it is the date for determining who is counted and where they are counted in the 2020 Census. The numbers secured from the census are critical. They determine where future federal and state funding is directed and how electoral district boundaries are determined for…

Join us for a Decarceration Virtual Town Hall

By Katie Dubielak | April 1, 2020

Join me, along with leaders and organizers from across the Gamaliel Network, for a Decarceration Virtual Town Hall, as we continue our fight to reduce the number of people being held in our prisons, jails, and detention centers during the coronavirus pandemic. The town hall, scheduled for Thursday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m.…

A successful rally-now it’s time to take action to decarcerate our vulnerable sisters and brothers!

By Katie Dubielak | March 20, 2020

Gamaliel Decarceration Virtual Rally   Yesterday’s Decarceration Virtual Rally was a huge success thanks to an all-star line-up of speakers.  Rev. Dr. John Welch, chair of the Gamaliel Board of Directors, and Rev. Marian Boyle-Rohloff, chair of the Gamaliel Religious Leaders’ Caucus, co-moderated the event which included moving testimonies from Gamaliel leaders impacted by the criminal justice system;…

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

By mariogonzalez | 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…

2019: Time for Humane Immigration Policy

By mariogonzalez | 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

By mariogonzalez | 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

By mariogonzalez | 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…

National Day of Action

By mariogonzalez | February 21, 2018

On January 17, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2)—Gamaliel’s affiliate in the Kansas City metro area—held a press conference to announce that an ordinance to expand Kansas City, Missouri’s current “ban the box” policy was imminent.  MORE2’s action was part of a series of actions taken by other Gamaliel affiliates across the…