Interfaith Impact of NYS

Interfaith Impact of NYS Interfaith Impact of NYS works for the common good through progressive religious advocacy. Interfaith IMPACT of New York State (IINYS), Inc. is a progressive statewide interfaith advocacy organization that focuses on advocating with the State Legislature, Executive Chamber and State agencies.

We bring our vibrant, shared religious values to the table when New York State public policy decisions are being made. IINYS consists of congregations, clergy and individuals from progressive Protestant, Reform Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and other faith traditions from across New York.

Operating as usual

08/27/2021

Dear Friends and Supporters--
After a quarter century making the voice of liberal, progressive religion heard in the NY State Legislature and the Executive Chamber, the board has voted to wind down operations.
Over the years we have made a difference. We were there when our collective faith was needed, and we have seen some especially important legislation passed that was at least in part attributable to our efforts. Our greatest achievements, which we take credit for promoting along with our many allies, include marriage equality, raising the minimum wage, codification of Roe v. Wade into the Public Health Law, election reforms, criminal justice reforms, a 30% increase in the Public Assistance grant, and much more.
Today, with nearly all our original concerns addressed, and our original members aged out, we are passing the torch to a new generation of faithful liberal and progressive religious advocates. We are no longer accepting donations. Instead, we encourage you to support your denominational justice organizations, such as the New York Council of Churches, which is a Protestant ecumenical organization that gave birth to IINYS, or RAC-NY, a project of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. RAC-NY was originally NY Reform Jewish Voice, which was a founding partner in IINYS.
Interfaith Impact of NYS was also the voice for Unitarian Universalists in New York and functioned as the New York representative to UU State Advocacy Network of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We stepped away from that role a year ago so that UUs could establish New York Unitarian Universalist Justice, which now represents UU congregations at the State and national levels. We strongly urge all UU congregations to support NYUUJ .
For a while you will still find some of our IINYS resources on the web at www.iinys.org.
As we pass the torch, we encourage you keep focus as you pursue justice, and remember that the voices of people of faith have a special place in our democracy.
Yours in Faith and Love,
Rev. Dr. Richard S Gilbert, President
Robb Smith, Executive Director

In Rochester Wednesday we had a great rally promoting the Climate and Community Investment Act in NYS.  We thanked Assem...
04/08/2021

In Rochester Wednesday we had a great rally promoting the Climate and Community Investment Act in NYS. We thanked Assemblyman Harry Bronson for being a past co-sponsor, and Senator Brouk for being a current co-sponsor. We heard from their staff, as they were still dealing with the NYS budget. About 30 people attended, masked, in-person on a sunny day.

We had a very interesting and inspiring Rochester IINYS briefing on March 14th featuring our new state legislators from ...
03/31/2021
IINYS March2nd half.mp4

We had a very interesting and inspiring Rochester IINYS briefing on March 14th featuring our new state legislators from the Rochester area sharing their experiences and priorities. SEE LINKS TO THE BRIEFING VIDEO BELOW. Because of some limitations of DROPBOX, we need to give you access to the video of the event in two parts
1st half https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1hs6nze7g7ehn3/IINYS%20March%201st%20half.mp4?dl=0
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2nd https://www.dropbox.com/s/xqi2dda006pxm45/IINYS%20March2nd%20half.mp4?dl=0
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This is a big win for common sense, public safety, and the affirmation of human worth and dignity. IINYS has actively su...
06/18/2019
New York Approves Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

This is a big win for common sense, public safety, and the affirmation of human worth and dignity. IINYS has actively supported the Greenlight campaign that pushed this through the Legislature.

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally

Tell Governor Cuomo: Pass the CCPA
06/01/2019
Tell Governor Cuomo: Pass the CCPA

Tell Governor Cuomo: Pass the CCPA

NY can't wait to act on climate. I just emailed @NYGovCuomo and told him we need to #PassTheCCPA for climate, jobs, and justice. Make your voice heard:

Advocacy day wrap-up 2017 with Rev. Dick Gilbert (at head of table). Behind him are Rev. Sam Trumbore and Rev. Joe Cleve...
04/28/2019

Advocacy day wrap-up 2017 with Rev. Dick Gilbert (at head of table). Behind him are Rev. Sam Trumbore and Rev. Joe Cleveland.

We had a very successful legislative briefing in Rochester March 17th on "God's Own Junkyard- Environmental Stewardship ...
03/19/2019

We had a very successful legislative briefing in Rochester March 17th on "God's Own Junkyard- Environmental Stewardship in NYS in 2019" - about 180 people with featured speaker Dr Sandra Steingraber. Many of us were blow away by the eloquence of our student speaker, Hridesh Singh of Brighton High School- our young people are the hope for a survivable future.

IINYS strongly supports the Climate and Community Protection Act. We need to pass this now!
03/16/2019
March 21: Let's Pass the Climate and Community Protection Act!

IINYS strongly supports the Climate and Community Protection Act. We need to pass this now!

We have the votes in the NY Senate to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act! On March 21, visit your local State Senator and urge them to #PassTheCCPA. We can win 100% renewable energy, healthy communities, and good, green jobs.

IINYS has advocated for years with the NY Senate for these and other progressive measures. Now, with Sen. Andrea Stewart...
01/12/2019
Dems to OK bills that include consolidating primaries

IINYS has advocated for years with the NY Senate for these and other progressive measures. Now, with Sen. Andrea Stewart Cousins as Majority Leader, we are seeing action on these bills. We met often in the past with her and look forward to talking with her in the future.

They include allowing early voting and consolidating the state and federal primaries on one day in June.

Let NY Vote
06/06/2018

Let NY Vote

The @NYsenate still has time to DO SOMETHING and #LetNYVote. Call Senator John Flanagan today and tell him to bring bills S7400A #EarlyVoting and S3304A #AutomaticVoterRegistration to the floor for a vote. NY voting laws haven’t been updated in over 100 years!

We support access to quality health care insurance for everyone.
02/08/2018
Campaign for New York Health

We support access to quality health care insurance for everyone.

Help us win guaranteed healthcare in New York State! Sign up here to flood the NYS Senate with calls on Monday 2/12. We've never been so close to winning universal healthcare! Your calls are needed! #PassNYHealth

The New York State Council of Churches has put up videos of the recent conference on Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide. He...
07/31/2017
New York State Council of Churches

The New York State Council of Churches has put up videos of the recent conference on Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide. Here's the link.

NYSCOC is a statewide organization of Christian denominations working on social justice & institutional pastoral care. www.nyscoc.org @NYSCofChurches

Interfaith Impact is part of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolation Confinement.
05/24/2017
www.nycaic.org

Interfaith Impact is part of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolation Confinement.

05/05/2017

We want the New York Health plan (A4738/S4840) now. Protect everyone in New York with universal, single-payer, quality health insurance.

The demonstrations surrounding Gov. Cuomo's state of the State message on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, included a massive outpo...
01/18/2016

The demonstrations surrounding Gov. Cuomo's state of the State message on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, included a massive outpouring of support for the Fight for $15 minimum wage and impressive support for environmental legislation, including opposition to oil and natural gas pipelines and the buildout of fossil fuel infrastructure.

On July 9th the Rev.Chris Neilson lost her battle with leukemia. service at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester will...
07/22/2015
Rev. Christina Marie Neilson's Obituary on Rochester Democrat And Chronicle

On July 9th the Rev.Chris Neilson lost her battle with leukemia. service at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester will be Sunday, July 26 at 3 pm. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle ran this obituary with information. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=christina-marie-neilson&pid=175316149&fhid=29446
Rev. Neilson was active with Interfaith Impact of NYS. Her cheerfulness, strength, good counsel, and determined advocacy were an inspiration to everyone she touched.

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Neilson, Rev. Christina Marie Gates: Born April 8, 1958; died peacefully July 9, 2015, of complications from her leukemia bone marrow transplant. Preceded in death by her mother Beryl Walberg and

Join IINYS as we advocate for the Reproductive Health Act on Monday, May 4, 10 to 3:30. See post below for details.http:...
03/25/2015
Assembly Fights for Reproductive Justice, Intends to Pass Bill Protecting Access to Reproductive...

Join IINYS as we advocate for the Reproductive Health Act on Monday, May 4, 10 to 3:30. See post below for details.http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20150325/

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Deborah Glick today announced the Assembly intends to pass a bill that guarantees New York State will protect access to women's reproductive health services, as established by the United States Supreme Court in the decision Roe v. Wade…

Save the Date! March 15th, Interfaith Impact will host a program on economic inequality in Rochester, NY. Please join us...
02/26/2015

Save the Date! March 15th, Interfaith Impact will host a program on economic inequality in Rochester, NY. Please join us!

02/11/2015
labor.ny.gov

IINYS supports the consolidation of tipped worker categories, raising the wage to $7.50 per hour and looking at eliminating the wage gap between the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and the regular minimum wage. We strongly oppose the recommendation to force tipped workers to kick back one dollar per hour when earnings from tips exceed 120% of minimum upstate and 150% of minimum downstate.

http://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/pdfs/Wage_Board_Report.pdf

Interfaith Impact of NYS
02/04/2015

Interfaith Impact of NYS

Here is a photo from Moral Monday, which was held in the War Room on Tuesday this week because of the real snow storm that closed everything down on Monday. See also, Deacon Walter Ayers blog in yesterday's Times, which does a good job of summarizing what I had to say. http://blog.timesunion.com/faithinthepublicsquare/author/walterayres/
We will be holding theses every Monday, weather permitting, until the budget is passed, so at least through the end of March. The budget is due April Fools Day. Will the Legislature still be arguing about it when our IINYS advocacy day rolls around on May 4th? That's happened before.

Yours in Community,
Robb

Here is a photo from Moral Monday, which was held in the War Room on Tuesday this week because of the real snow storm th...
02/04/2015

Here is a photo from Moral Monday, which was held in the War Room on Tuesday this week because of the real snow storm that closed everything down on Monday. See also, Deacon Walter Ayers blog in yesterday's Times, which does a good job of summarizing what I had to say. http://blog.timesunion.com/faithinthepublicsquare/author/walterayres/
We will be holding theses every Monday, weather permitting, until the budget is passed, so at least through the end of March. The budget is due April Fools Day. Will the Legislature still be arguing about it when our IINYS advocacy day rolls around on May 4th? That's happened before.

Yours in Community,
Robb

01/15/2015
Rev. William Barber, Jan. 12, 2015

Fair and equitable funding for education is going to be a major issue between now and April as join with others to fight for a moral budget.

Rev. William Barber, Jan. 12, 2015

01/02/2015

The 2015-16 New York legislative session begins next week. On Monday, January 5th, we will join with other faith groups at noon (not 11 as previously posted) in the War Room on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Albany for a Moral Monday action to start the session of advocacy. This is an informal event. You are welcome to come and offer a short prayer or reflection as we set the moral compass for new session.

01/02/2015

The 2015-16 New York legislative session begins next week. On Monday, January 5th, we will join with other faith groups at 11:00 a.m. in the War Room on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Albany for a Moral Monday action to start the session of advocacy. This is an informal event. You are welcome to come and offer a short prayer or reflection as we set the moral compass for new session.

12/26/2014
m.facebook.com

This is temporary, but it supports medical ma*****na use in New York and other states.

12/20/2014
www.interfaithimpactnys.org

During the past four weeks, Interfaith Impact participated in three press conferences, one on hunger, one on raising the minimum wage, and another on eliminating the wage gap for tipped workers; testified on eliminating that wage gap (see http://www.interfaithimpactnys.org/Testimonials/Testimony%20to%20wage%20board%2012-8-14.pdf); met on public assistance and hunger issues with staff from the Governor's office and Assembly Program and Counsel; and participated in planning meetings for a variety of actions in January. The new cover photo was taken at the People's State of the State, an annual event, cosponsored next year by IINYS, that will be held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 11:30 a.m., at the State Street entrance to the Capitol.

Interfaith Impact of NYS's cover photo
12/20/2014

Interfaith Impact of NYS's cover photo

Assembly Single Payer Healthcare Hearings | Dick Gottfried
11/22/2014
Assembly Single Payer Healthcare Hearings | Dick Gottfried

Assembly Single Payer Healthcare Hearings | Dick Gottfried

SYRACUSE ROCHESTER Thursday, December 4, 10 AM Monday, December 8, 10 AM Medical Alumni Auditorium City Council Chambers Weiskotten Hall Rochester City Hall Upstate Medical University “A” Building, 3rd…

The availability of data is making it possible to bring community values to bear on police practices and create change.
11/19/2014
Compare arrest rates

The availability of data is making it possible to bring community values to bear on police practices and create change.

Blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races, and in some places, dramatically so. Using FBI arrest records, USA TODAY found nearly 1,600 places where the disparity in arrest rates is more pronounced than in Ferguson, Mo.

Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears     Now we can finish the summer with a moral statement. As part of the nationwide Mora...
08/27/2014

Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears

Now we can finish the summer with a moral statement. As part of the nationwide Moral Week, which grew out of the Moral Mondays movement, Interfaith Impact of NYS is cosponsoring the Moral March to the Polls rally this Thursday, August 28th, 12 PM in West Capitol Park, Albany, NY.

Good Jobs for All
Quality Education
Strong Safety Net
Join thousands of clergy, moral leaders and community members raying across the United States on the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington to change political possibilities toward representative leadership characterized not by corruption and greed but by morality and compassion.

If you are on Twitter, the national hashtag is #MoralWeek, and for NY, we agreed to use #MoralNY.

This fall, every elected State office is in contention with the voters. Let's get a jump start on the season. Bring your signs, wear your Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts, and help amplify the dream of beloved, moral community.

For more information, see Vote Your Dreams on Facebook, or email [email protected].

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Albany, NY
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