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Texas IAF Orgs Leverage $53 Million in Local Relief Targeting Most Vulnerable, Including Low-Income & Immigrants


"No strings attached, no citizenship necessary, no documents, [etc.]... Just residents in San Antonio and ...need.” -- Rev. Bill Kraus, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic

California IAF, Bishops Lead Push to Better Support Undocumented Workers

"Undocumented immigrants are an essential part of the social and economic fabric of California. They should be regarded as such during this... emergency."

Arizona Interfaith Network Urges Extension of Stay-at-Home Order 

and caution for the next few months...

"This is no time for false optimism. There is only one path to safety and that is an escalation of testing capacity." -- Arizona Interfaith Network clergy statement

Colorado IAF Expands Internet Access, Pushes for Immigrant Inclusion

With two-thirds of the 54,000 school-age children lacking internet access in Colorado being Hispanic, the "situation has created a huge dilemma for our students...”

One LA, Pima County Interfaith Launch Civic Academy Series Online

MOC Leverages $1M in Relief Plus


Over the objections of commercial landlords, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution granting renters additional time to pay the rent.  MOC leaders press for more.

AMOS Leverages 100 Additional Iowa State Unemployment Office Employees


"We knew there were people really struggling to navigate the system.”
-- Sally Boeckholt, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines and AMOS leader

OTOC Calls for Worker Protections in Nebraska Meatpacking Plants


OTOC reports that food workers are expected to show up when sick, even when sick with COVID-19, because "it wasn’t that bad." 



From Previous Issues...



West / Southwest IAF Responding to The Crisis, Organizing with Uninsured, Unemployed & Undocumented


"Our immigrants make California a beautiful state," says Fr. Arturo Corral of La Placita and One LA-IAF. "We need to always ask [the governor] to do his best."

TMO, Colorado IAF Address Impact of Stay-at-Home on Children, Students 


Denver educators partner with congregational leaders to push for internet access for undocumented students.  TMO clergy point to complex trauma Houston children undergo.

Congregations Maintain Connection, Support Parishioners in Crisis

In Face of Eviction Crisis, Clergy Call for Rent Relief, Jubilee & More


TMO Clergy: "The suspension of rent, and the forgiveness of any debts related to its non-payment, is a profoundly biblical idea. We find it in the Hebrew Bible."  

West/Southwest IAF Sharpens Focus on Impact of Crisis on Immigrants

Organizers from Arizona and Texas quoted extensively in coverage below: 

Coloradans for the Common Good Secures Emergency Childcare and Paid Sick Leave for 30,000 Added Workers 

After expanding protections for 20,000 grocery store workers, CCG leaders succeed (again) in expanding the 'Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay' rule to include 30,000 food processing workers.

VIP Clergy Help Advance and Enhance Arizona's Stay-at-Home Order


After 100 clergy and leaders expressed concern about broader guidelines, Gov. Ducey strengthened the order.  VIP now calls on the public to stay at home.   

'Mountain Voices Project' Advances Eviction Hold in Colorado's Western Slope, Presses for Full Moratorium

West Texas Organizing Strategy (WTOS) Shuts Down Robocalls Threatening Residents with Utility Shutoffs

VOICE-OKC Clergy Urge Governor to Protect Grocery Store Workers


"They are literally risking their lives to be with the public every day."

Central TX Interfaith Convenes 100 Clergy with Waco Mayor and County Judge to Navigate Stay-at-Home Orders

Texas IAF Wins Utility Relief for Low-Income & Unemployed

In the only public testimony at the Public Utility Commission hearing, Texas IAF clergy argued that people should be prioritized over markets: 

Together Louisiana Gets National Media Spotlight on Severity of Outbreak in New Orleans  

New York Times CONFIRMS Together Louisiana's take...

OTOC Works to End ALL Evictions in Omaha During the Coronavirus Crisis


Leaders celebrate postponement of Covid-19 related evictions until May 31, but call for postponement of ALL evictions until the crisis ends.  

MOC Wins Eviction Moratorium in Marin County, California

TMO Protects Houston Renters from Evictions in Harris Co.

Continue Urging Congress to Prioritize Workers, Families & Small Businesses!

 
SIGN PETITION NOW -- THEN CALL CONGRESS

Congress passed a $2 Trillion emergency stimulus, but this is assuredly the first step for further unprecedented and much-needed measures.  The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) will continue to urge Congress to protect those who need help the most: American workers, families, and small businesses on the front lines of this national emergency.  

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