GBIO in the News

Apr 25, 2017

LAWMAKERS GATHERED OUTSIDE the House chamber Tuesday to declare their commitment to wide-ranging criminal justice reforms, further evidence of a push on Beacon Hill for changes that go beyond a consensus bill rolled out by Gov. Charlie Baker in February.


Feb 9, 2017

A large crowd gathered at the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain last Thursday evening (Feb. 2) to address health care, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform. The crowd, which overflowed from the church’s main hall, was made up of more than 800 members of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO).


Feb 8, 2017

It’s been a long haul.

Last December, activists briefly disrupted a meeting of legislative leaders in protest of a criminal justice reform push they said wouldn’t go far enough to ameliorate racial disparities in sentencing and reduce the number of non-violent offenders serving hard time.


Jan 9, 2017

When asked why he told poor Brooklyn communities in 1980 to raise a quarter of a million dollars without government aid, community organizer Michael Gecan responded, “Because power is organized people and organized money.”


Dec 31, 2016

One inmate, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, became so distraught after months in the prison’s isolation unit that he began talking to himself and counting compulsively.

Another, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, declined so much in isolation that he smeared himself with feces.


Dec 11, 2016

An Interfaith Call for Dignity & Diligence with Senator Elizabeth Warren & Mayor Martin Walsh
Sunday December 11th,  6-7:30 PM

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Jun 29, 2016

Arnie Graf was not only the Metro IAF​ supervising organizer from for The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization​ for many years (2002-2013) , but he acted as interim lead organizer for a year (2003) coming from Baltimore every other week. Organizers and leaders alike have felt blessed to learn from this exceptional man.


May 25, 2016

The state’s top judge on Tuesday urged an interfaith group to push for criminal justice reform when Massachusetts legislators take up the issue in the fall.


May 5, 2016

Walsh backs surcharge for affordable housing.


Apr 28, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan to build affordable housing with a new property tax is likely to drive up rents in the city, real estate experts say — and they doubt it will only hit home­owners to the tune of $28 a year.


May 13, 2015

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and other elected officials pledged during a forum in Boston on Tuesday night to fight for affordable health care, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and public education in the Commonwealth.


Oct 26, 2014

"But in the midst of a bitterly contested election, riven by differences in policy and vision, something unusual happened at a packed Boston church on Sunday: Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker agreed. Again and again."


May 4, 2014

"The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, health economists say."


Apr 7, 2014

"One year after it emerged as a leader in the collective healing process that followed the Marathon bombings last April, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization is embarking on a campaign to strengthen links among local congregations."


Mar 31, 2014

"It took an incredible amount of tenacity for the Dearborn and its supporters, including the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Trinity Episcopal Church in Copley Square, to make their dream a reality."


Nov 19, 2013

"Back at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, advocates pledged to meet again to keep pressuring the health care industry to reign in costs."

 


Oct 28, 2013

"At the Roxbury forum organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors’ Association, the candidates, appearing separately, were peppered with questions and asked to make pledges about what they would do if elected mayor."


Sep 22, 2013

David Seltz and other health experts spoke about health care affordability at a forum sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.


Sep 17, 2013

Sitting in a large meeting room in Temple Israel on the Boston/Brookline border were about 250 members of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.


Sep 12, 2013

"The next big movement in Massachusetts health care may come not from the state’s world-famous hospitals or its cutting-edge research labs, but from houses of worship."


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