Congregation-based community organizing has made some fast, yet influential, friends for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Last night, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine met with Virginia clergy and more than 1,000 VOICE members and discussed justice issues in the areas of housing, immigration and health care. The meeting was held at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
Kaine has met with VOICE representatives on multiple occasions since their first public meeting last fall. Read more about Kaine Listens To VOICE
All the residents of Lafayette Apartments on Harrison Lane want is
a clean, safe place to live.
Wednesday night, V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith
Community Engagement) hosted a meeting with residents and Lee
Supervisor Jeff McKay to demand that the owners, Maine-based
Eagle Point Management LLC, bring the property, which is
financed by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority, up
to code. Read more about Lafayette Apartments Residents Voice Health, Safety Concerns
Virginia is consistently a swing state and plays a critical role at the national level. In 2010, with the rise of efforts to press for federal comprehensive immigration reform, VOICE knew it would be essential to ensure that Northern Virginia had a well-organized multi-racial constituency to support just and realistic comprehensive immigration reform. Read more about Building a Constituency for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in NoVA - 2010
In 2009 VOICE did a series of small group discussions with Muslim families that prayed at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center— a VOICE member congregation in Falls Church, VA. In the sessions, VOICE heard from countless individuals who felt that although they filled out all their paper work correctly and paid all their fees, their immigration applications were delayed and not taken action. They felt they were discriminated against simply for having affiliations with Read more about Challenging the Backlog of Immigration Applications in NoVA - 2009
One of the first things you notice upon entering Holy Family Catholic Church off Ferndale Road is a large bin for food donations to supply the parish’s food pantry. Read more about Bringing Justice to the Downtrodden
Governor commits to working toward expanding dental coverage to uninsured adults.
As Washington grapples with health-care reform, Willie Jackson is facing his own health-care crisis. He must choose between paying for a place to stay or scraping together enough money to fix his seven rotting teeth. It’s a choice that illustrates the difficult real-world decisions people without dental insurance face every day. Read more about Rattling State's Cash Jar
Cerca de dos mil personas respondieron al llamado de la organización Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) para exigir a los legisladores estatales y federales la adopción de medidas en favor de las familias pobres que no tienen seguro médico, así como un mejor cuidado de la salud dental de los ciudadanos. También reclamaron un trato justo para las familia inmigrantes. Read more about Piden mejor asistencia dental y migratoria
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, bombarded by horror stories of inadequate dental care and citizenship applications gone awry, could promise little to a 1,100-strong crowd at Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School. Read more about Kaine confronted with budget woes, health care hopes at rally
Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous night. Read more about Delays in Muslims’ Cases Spur Interfaith Call to Action
Rising Hope UMC and VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) co-sponsored what was billed as a solidarity call for action on Sunday, April 25, to help immigrant youth in particular and immigrants in general.
The focus of the gathering was to urge enactment of the pending federal legislation known as the DREAM Act that would provide a way for undocumented individuals to become legal residents. Read more about Church Opens Doors to Undocumented Students