In conjunction with the 44th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at New York’s Union Theological Seminary and Rev. Stephen Phelps, the Interim Senior Minister of The Riverside Church will host “Call-To-Order for Jobs,” a strategic national jobs initiative today 5:30 p.m.
Letter of Support From Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus
Posted on April 4, 2012
April 4, 2012
Defenders of the Dream:
On behalf of the 1,500 clergy and religious leaders of Gamaliel grassroots organizations in eighteen states, we applaud your courage, passion, and determination to defend the Dream as you march from Daytona to Sanford. In this holy season of Easter and Passover, we celebrate the actions of God to liberate humanity from every expression of servitude, oppression, and death. Your actions are an expression of that liberation in this generation.
The blood of Trayvon Martin cries out to heaven. God hears. You hear. We are heartened and challenged by your response.
As we commemorate the anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are mindful of the ongoing efforts to kill the Dream of Dr. King and of those countless others who sacrificed with him in the struggle for freedom in this nation. You pledge by your words and your actions to defend that Dream, especially for brown and black young people who have every right to pursue their dreams without fear of intimidation, racial assault, or mortal threat. You are an inspiration to us.
May God bless you, protect you, and guide you.
Rabbi Ron Symons, President, Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus
The Rev. David Bigsby, President, Gamaliel Council of Presidents
The Rev. John Welch, President, Gamaliel African American Leadership Commission
The Rev. Dennis Jacobsen, Director, Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus
Some of you aren't gonna like this. I hope many of you do.
On Saturday, April 21, beginning at 9 a.m., the South Suburban Action Conference and Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold a "symbolic blessing and ground breaking of the land to support building the South Suburban Airport."
By Mark Scheer
NIAGARA FALLS — A group of community organizers believes Niagara Falls residents will be shortchanged under a proposed labor agreement tied to the construction of the city’s new train station.
By Andrew Austin
Three years ago, around the time I started at Transportation Choices, I was sitting around a coffee table with transit advocates like Chris Karnes of Tacoma Tomorrow discussing the future of transit service in Pierce County. The recession was in full swing, and it was becoming clear that Pierce Transit, like nearly every other transit agency in the state, would need to secure new revenue or face drastic cuts in the years ahead. Fast forward a few months, Pierce Transit was in the midst of their redesign process and discussing ballot possibilities for securing the rest of the their state allowed sales tax (they are at .6% and the state allows up to .9%). Polling that showed public support for a sales tax measure in Pierce Transit's expansive taxing district was at a miserable 42%. Despite behind the scenes pleading on the part of transit advocates, it was deemed politically infeasible to shrink the taxing district before going to the ballot.
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