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Community Purchasing Alliance Welcomes New Regional Director: Jessica Johnson

The Community Purchasing Alliance is an IAF affiliate working to ease the pain of non-profit facilities management across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This month CPA Co-op would like to highlight a leader from within our organization, our new Regional Director: Jessica Johnson.

WIN Receives Commitments from DC Mayor on Returning Citizen Unemployment, Community Safety


650 leaders packed First Rock Baptist Church to address DC Mayor Bowser on key issues

WIN packed First Rock Baptist Church in Southeast DC with more than 650 faith leaders, returning citizens and workers to address DC Mayor Muriel Bowser around key issues in the city.

Mayor Bowser embraced the vast majority of WIN’s asks. Her commitment to WIN’s campaign to hire 5,000 returning citizens and people from high unemployment areas is an important first step. Next WIN will engage 5-10 CEOs between now and November and work to deepen relationships between returning citizens and WIN’s faith communities. The Mayor also committed to modest but real next steps on community safety, immigrant & Muslim rights, and affordable housing including getting a shovel in the ground on the redevelopment of affordable housing at Parkway Overlook in 2018.

At the action, Rev. Dr. Charlie Parker of Metropolitan Memorial UMC taught that, "God does not give us a victory simply because we are on the right side.  God invites us to be part of a struggle to bring about God's Kingdom." Together, WIN members will continue this important work towards living wage jobs, community safety, Muslim and immigrant rights, affordable housing and more. 

AIM Wins Commitments from MD State Sen. Madaleno to Fight WMATA Privatization, Preserve Worker Pensions


AIM leaders along with Mr. Freddie Brown (far left), who shared stories about the Civil Rights Movement and how to be strategic in campaign with WMATA.

AIM leaders from retirement communities in Montgomery County gathered with the Amalgamated Transit Union members who operate buses out of the Montgomery bus division to stand united against privatization and stand up for the right to retirement security. Mr. Freddie Brown from Asbury Village inspired those in attendance with stories from when he was a driver for Martin Luther King Jr. during key Civil Rights struggles. He encouraged attendees to be strategic in organizing power and picking targets in taking on this campaign with WMATA. Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno pledged to work with Metro IAF to fight privatization, preserve pensions and expand public transportation in the region and especially in the state of Maryland.  He pledged to pull together key legislators before Labor Day.  

Barbara Kraft: From Union Household to Labor Lawyer, a Fighter for Living Wage Jobs

Barbara Kraft is a member of Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Strategy Team and chair of the Social Action Committee at Temple Sinai. Barbara grew up in the industrial Midwest cities of Cleveland and Detroit in a proud union household.

Victory for Immigrant Drivers in North Carolina

Orange County Justice United in North Carolina won an agreement from District Attorney James Woodall that has the potential to save Latino drivers tens of thousands of dollars a year in court fines and fees.

A year-long issue campaign culminated in a 600 person action on March 28, 2017 where the District Attorney publicly committed to a deferral program for unlicensed yet otherwise safe drivers. The program will assist Latino drivers in Orange and Chatham County who have paid roughly $1.3 million in citations after a change in state policy in 2006 rendered them ineligible to apply for or renew their licenses without a social security number.

More information here:  http://www.ocjusticeunited.org/campaign_victory

BUILD: CUPs Coffeehouse Grand Opening in East Baltimore

CUPs (Creating Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse, the first of its kind in the East Baltimore community of Oliver, held its grand opening in the Oliver community. BUILD organized with its community development entity, Development Partners, to recruit CUPS and finance and redevelop the building. CUPS trains and mentors youth to help them gain technical and social skills for working in the restaurant and hospitality industry and provides leadership skills through opportunities to plan, organize, and implement Community Engagement Projects. Twenty positions in culinary training will go to Turnaround Tuesday participants.

He cleaned Nick Clegg's office – and was punished for wanting a living wage

Every weekday Valdemar Ventura, a gentle man with impeccable manners, leaves his small flat in south London and, until July, made his way to Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, where his duties included cleaning the floors, lavatories and office of the deputy prime minister,Nick Clegg. "A good man," Ventura says. "He always said, 'Hello, good morning'." Acknowledgment matters to a workforce often rendered largely invisible.

The Olympic Games Help Londoners

Britain last hosted the summer Olympics in 1948, just after World War II when we were broke and our aspirations were low. The Stadium was dominated by a quote from the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin: “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” This time around, Londoners can do more than take part: we can win.

Before Games, Workers Win a Big Event

LONDON — Enveloped in a warm, glimmering haze, the Olympic Stadium looks like a vast, silvery spaceship come to unlikely rest in the working-class East End.  Our viewing platform is no less unlikely. I’m standing with Lina Jamoul, a community organizer, at the top of a giant new shopping mall. It feels as though someone in Santa Monica should file a claim for grand-theft mall.

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