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Illinois IAF Wins Commitment from All 10 Attorney General Candidates to Meet with IL Affiliates Within 30 Days of November Election

Girls Scout troop from Islamic Foundation of Naperville leading the Pledge of Allegiance
 

The four Illinois IAF affiliates - DuPage United, Fox River Valley Initiative, Lake County United and United Power for Action and Justice - assembled 1,257 leaders from across the four counties in Northern Illinois to meet with all 10 candidates for Illinois Attorney General, which included 8 Democrats and 2 Republicans, in advance of the March 20th Primary election. This is the first time in 15 years that the office for Attorney General is truly up for grabs in Illinois. The four IL IAF affiliates were seeking to establish a mature, reciprocal and productive relationship with the next Attorney General. To that end, IL IAF won a commitment from each candidate to meet with the four organizations within 30 days of the November election, if elected.  IL IAF also heard each candidates' response to how they would work to address four key issue areas of the organizations: reducing incarceration of people with mental illness and/or addiction, affordable housing, engaging gun manufacturers to make us safer and stopping the flow of illegal guns and 24 hour response to any crisis or hate crime.

 
 

March 11th assembly:  Shot of the crowd
 

Attorney General candidates with co-chairs of the assembly seated to the right, Rev. Jay Risk, St. Mary's Episcopal Church (United Power) & Ms. Aliya Husain, Islamic Foundation Villa Park (DuPage United)

 

VOICE Holds One of the Largest GOTV Campaigns in Virginia, Increases Voter Turnout in Low-Voting Precincts


VOICE leaders getting out the vote in Virginia

375 VOICE volunteer leaders went door-to-door to speak with residents 4 weeks before Election Day and on Election Day. The GOTV effort followed VOICE’s assembly with both gubernatorial candidates in October. The assembly was the largest assembly of the election season that had both candidates in attendance. VOICE increased the voter turnout percentage between 24% and 39% in six precincts and between 9.5% and 11% in two others. VOICE worked in a total of 8 low-voting precincts in Prince William and Fairfax Counties. Prince William is a bellwether county in state and national politics and Fairfax has the most voters of any county in Virginia. VOICE also secured a commitment from Governor-Elect Northam to meet with leaders before he is sworn into office on January 13th.

PATH Leaders Commit to 900 Hours of GOTV in 2018, Wins Commitments on After-School Access


PATH leaders launch 2018 GOTV effort committing to mobilize 5 precincts

On Tuesday, September 26 at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, PATH held an action with more than 170 leaders to launch our 2018 Get Out The Vote effort. Leaders committed to over 900 hours of GOTV in 2018 in five precincts connected to PATH institutions! PATH also secured commitments from the Superintendent and Vice Chair of the Board of Education to champion after school access for low income families in Howard County and to create healthier breakfast options for students.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) - Calls for Leaders to Act on Criminal Justice, Housing and Healthcare

Over 900 people filled the main sanctuary pews and two overflow rooms at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plains to call on elected officials to work with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the community to address equality and justice during these times of uncertainty.

Reclaiming Politics: Solving Problems Washington Won't (by Michael Gecan)

Isn’t the whole national political scene just so depressing?  Our politicians have lost the capacity to govern. Congress resembles a UN meeting—more showplace than workplace, where assemblies and debates are ritualized reenactments and individual showmen and sound bites are more important than the larger political process. Members of Congress are unable to devote the focused attention and consistent effort that long-term social and economic challenges require.

Barack and Mitt, as I knew them (By Arnie Graf)

In one of the more famous put-downs in modern political history, during a 1988 debate, vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, who had just compared himself to JFK, “Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.”  That is how I feel about the two candidates for President. I don’t mean that they aren’t the equals of JFK — only that they are not the equals of their own former selves.

In debate, mayoral candidates vow to double youth jobs

Candidates vying to be Baltimore's next mayor promised Thursday evening to double funding for after school programs, create 1,000 summer jobs for youth and renovate or rebuild all of the city's schools.

Ohio IAF Runs Ohio's biggest volunteer-based GOTV drive in 2008.

In the 2008 Presidential Election, Ohio IAF projects in ColumbusDayton, and Lorain ran the largest volunteer-based non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign in Ohio.  Independent analysis found that unlikely voters contacted by our over 1400 local volunteers were 80% more likely to vote than those not contacted -- a tremendous result that has made our face-to-face civic participation work a national model.

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