Posted by: Gordon on 9/28/2015
Soccer picnic in the Town of Menasha
Affiliate ESTHER worked with local leaders to make sure folks could play soccer at a local park in the Town of Menasha, WI. This post is reprinted from their website

Each Sunday evening throughout the summer a group of 60-100 Latinos gathers at Wittmann Park in the Town of Menasha.

Just like anyone else who utilizes public parks, the families, mostly members of Iglesia de Cristo and Fox Valley Christian Fellowship, come to the park to cook out, enjoy the playground, treat themselves to some helado from the walking ice cream vendor, hang out after a tough work week, and play a pick-up game of soccer. 

The soccer fields are what draw the families to this particular park and it is the soccer fields that have made them feel less than welcome in the park that was established for the public to enjoy.
Posted by: Gordon on 9/26/2015

With a little help from MOSES, a Detroit Regional Transportation master plan is starting to take shape.

More than 100 faith and community leaders turned out over the summer to community mapping meetings with Regional Transit Authority  Director Michael Ford and his staff.

Residents discussed where they go and how they get there, with drivers sharing what might get them to use public transportation and riders evaluating the strengths and challenges of the current system. They rolled up their sleeves to look at maps and brainstorm the best ways to strengthen regional transit.

MOSES facilitated the community mapping sessions this summer with both drivers and transit users. Organizers say that this process is about welcoming and partnering with Ford, previously the head of Ann Arbor public transit. They also gathered in and educated new supporters for regional transit work. Down the road, they are looking to a nonpartisan initiative likely to appear on the ballot in November 2016 to raise funds for public transportation in the region.

The RTA was created in 2012 after years of MOSES’ advocacy. The body has been gathering speed slowly in the past year and a half, hiring Ford about 18 months ago and announcing plans in May for regional transit lines into surrounding counties and service to and from Detroit’s airport. 

“This is an equity issue,” a MOSES leader said. “In our public transportation system, the people with less access are the residents in poor communities of color. From the policy standpoint, getting our voice into the planning process through the mapping sessions and seeing the plan itself will meet the needs of the region is huge.” 

Posted by: Gordon on 9/23/2015

The Journey for Justice started at the bridge in Selma

The Journey for Justice to strengthen voting rights started at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL

We live in interesting times.
Posted by: Gordon on 9/21/2015
Asamblea leaders departed early Monday morning to news coverage of their "pilgrimage"
Posted by: Gordon on 9/15/2015

Fight for Dyett image

Dyett leaders have been working for education justice for several years.  Photo by LightBrigading from flickr

 Note: Gamaliel, a co-signer on this letter and member of Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, is cross-posting this letter from the AROS website. See the individual signers and get more information on the #FightforDyett there. You can also read a good overview and update of the fight for Dyett and what the hunger strikers want in the current edition of @EqualVoiceNews, "Chicago Hunger Strikers Want Voice in Future of Dyett High School."

An Open and Urgent Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Educators, Researchers, Academics and Community Groups Nationwide:

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