Metro IAF Receives Transformative Gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett
1) Building 6,500+ owner occupied homes sold to first time homebuyers in NYC, Baltimore, Washington DC, and other places that have transformed blighted neighborhoods, created $3 billion+ in wealth for black and brown working-class families, and helped a generation of children thrive (see recent NPR story);
2) Securing the first universal health care law in Massachusetts that became the blueprint for Federal health care expansion;
3) Winning the first living wage laws in the US in Baltimore and New York that became national and international movements;
4) Pioneering criminal justice reforms state-wide in Virginia, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and in numerous cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland (see Politico article), New York, among others;
5) Winning $1 billion toxic chromium clean-ups in Jersey City, NJ from Honeywell and PPG Industries
Metro IAF is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), founded by Saul Alinsky, which is the oldest and largest citizens organizing network in the United States. IAF now has 60 broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, non-partisan citizen power organizations in 26 states and the District of Columbia made up of 2,500 institutions representing 2+ million people of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, political, and religious backgrounds. IAF has trained hundreds of thousands of citizen leaders and professional organizers, including Cesar Chavez and Carmelia Goff, among many others. Read IAF 2020 Impact Report.