Sept 2021 Newsletter

 

VICTORY:

Pathway to citizenship for millions of essential workers close to reality

Millions of undocumented immigrants are closer to a pathway to citizenship thanks to the hard work of faith and community leaders across the country! Because of people like you, Democrats in the Senate included a pathway to citizenship -- which would impact up to 8 millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, and farm and essential workers -- in the budget resolution.

We’re not across the finish line yet -- it’s critical that we keep up the pressure to make sure a pathway to citizenship stays inside the reconciliation package as it works its way through Congress.

Just this week, Congressman Andre Carson joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus to urge Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer to include all 8 million in the final bill. Many mayors, local electeds, as well as Catholic Bishops echoed this message to bring this long overdue victory home.

Take action now: Call your members of Congress now at 1-844-332-6361 to demand they support the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation package.

 
 

TAKE ACTION:

Faith Voices Campaign aims to listen to the priorities of Hundreds of Hoosiers

We know that building the kind of multi-racial democracy that Indiana needs and Hoosiers deserve is a goal bigger than a single electoral season or vote at the ballot box. That kind of transformative change -- building a caring economy where families can thrive and all of us are safe, regardless of the color of our skin -- takes commitment and hard work from all of us.

That’s why we launched the Faith Voices campaign last month: to listen to hundreds of Indiana faith and community leaders like yourself, invite you to weigh-in on our collective policy agenda, and build a powerful network of people of faith committed to act, vote, and sustain the fight for a more just and inclusive Indiana.

We’ve already held launch events in Indianapolis, in South Bend, and online, but there’s still much more to come and opportunities to get involved. By the end of the year, we’ll have held hundreds of house parties - hearing from leaders like you- to shape our faith agenda and build the kind of faith community we need to win big, transformative change in 2022.

Join the Faith Voices campaign now by taking the Faith Voices pledge. We’ll keep you updated on future campaign events and ways to get involved!

 

 

Become a Sustaining Member of Faith in Indiana

It takes all of us to build the future we want. By committing to give monthly, $10, $25, $50 -- an amount meaningful to you --  we can sustain our effort to build a just and equitable Indiana. Will you become a sustaining member, today?

I cannot become a monthly donor, but I’d like to make a one-time donation now.

 
 

INDIANAPOLIS:

Faith in Indiana wins $115 million investment in Group Violence Intervention in Indianapolis

After years of organizing and thousands of meetings, phone calls, and rallies, Faith in Indiana recently won one of our biggest victories yet: securing a $115 million commitment from Indianapolis officials to end gun violence, fund mental health care, and keep our loved one’s out of jail.

The monumental nature of this victory cannot be overstated -- lives will be saved because of the work we’ve done together. More families will tuck their babies into bed at night instead of losing them to gun violence. More people struggling with mental illness will be offered a chance to get better instead of being locked in a jail cell.

And, ultimately, Indianapolis will be made a safer, more inclusive community for everyone who lives there, regardless of the color of their skin or the size of their pocketbook.

 

SOUTH BEND:

Faith in Indiana celebrates major step toward intervention center in St. Joseph County

Just four months after hundreds of people of faith gathered with city and county officials at the ‘We Make The Future’ Town Hall with strong support from Sheriff Bill Redman ,the St. Joseph County Dept. of Public Health, put forth a $2.4 million proposal to establish a crisis intervention facility.

This is the first of a set of steps it will take for our elected leaders-- Sheriff Bill Redman, Oaklawn CEO Laurie Nafzinger, St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz, and Commission President Andy Kiostelney --  to make good on their promise to put a plan in place by the end of the year to build a crisis response center and establish mobile response teams, so our loved ones can get the care they need, rather than end up in jail.  

Since the Town Hall in May, Faith in Indiana’s Jail Diversion Working Group, chaired by Jeff Walker a leader at Beacon Resource Center and Riverside Church, has been in regular contact with city, county, and state level leaders -as well as gathering input from national experts in the field- to make sure the effort stays on track and reflects our community’s vision. 

Turning these promising steps into victory will take all of us. That’s why our congregation teams in St. Joe County made plans to reach hundreds in house meetings through the fall to hear from our community, share our progress, and invite us all to act with us. 

Let us know you’re with us!

 

INDIANAPOLIS:

Public Transit rolls forward with $8.1 Million Boost to the Purple Line

After years of advocacy from faith and community leaders in Indianapolis, the IndyGo public transportation system has received a major funding boost from the federal government to help advance plans for the next rapid transit bus line.

The Federal Transit Administration announced the $81 million grant to go toward construction of the 15.2-mile Purple Line, which will connect Indianapolis and Lawrence and largely replace IndyGo's existing Route 39.

This victory is a great reminder that organizing works, even if the big victories take years to win!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS:

Faith in Indiana welcomes two new staff members!

Thanks to the support of people like you, the Faith in Indiana team is growing! This month, we were lucky to add two dedicated community leaders to our team: Josh Riddick, our newest community organizer will support Faith in Indiana’s Black Churches Coalition in Indianapolis, and Garrett Blad, who joins the team as our first ever Political Director.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to welcome Josh and Garrett to the team. You can read a little bit more about them below!

Josh Riddick is a community builder and advocate who relocated to Indianapolis 5 years ago after graduating from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Urban Development and Outreach. Josh arrived in Indianapolis and began to set roots in the Near Eastside. Since moving to Indianapolis Josh has been a pastor, racial equity trainer, and civic dialogue facilitator. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Religious Education and Missional Leadership at Rochester University. Josh is moved by the intersections of identity, spirituality, justice, as well as the development of emerging leaders of color. 

 

Garrett Blad is a community organizer and climate justice advocate who comes from a long line of farmers in and around South Bend, Indiana. Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Policy, Garrett has been a leading voice for young Americans in the fight to stop climate change and has led efforts to connect climate change with racial and wealth inequality. From joining three American Youth Delegations to the U.N. Climate Talks, to building the youth-led Sunrise Movement which set climate justice as a political priority in the U.S. for the first time in history, and to organizing farmers and environmentalists to stop polluting industrial development in St. Joe County, Garrett is committed to ensuring those most impacted by issues are at the center of decision-making. In 2020, he ran for the Indiana House of Representatives in South Bend, building the largest primary campaign in the state, coming short of winning by just 300 votes. He recently started a new role as Civic Engagement Director for Faith in Indiana and Act Indiana, where he will be supporting leaders from across the state to make our voices heard, wherever decisions are made that affect Hoosier families. He lives and works from South Bend with his fiance Luiz. 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS:

Faith in Indiana has a new home!

You may have seen recently that Faith in Indiana has a new home at the Interchurch Center in Indianapolis

This is a big move for Faith in Indiana, and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Our staff team is rapidly expanding, with our programs and events growing right alongside. Our new home will give us the space we need to accommodate this growth and build for the future as we all work toward a better, more inclusive Indiana.

But, as I’m sure you know, moves and office space don’t come cheap. Everything we’ve built together as an organization -- every victory, from gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform to healthcare expansion and access to childcare, has been won through the generous support of people like you.

Will you help keep the momentum going by becoming a monthly donor to Faith in Indiana today?

 

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