Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO)
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a broad-based organization which works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across all religious, racial, ethnic, class and neighborhood lines for the public good. Our primary goal is to develop local leadership and organized power to fight for social justice. We strive to hold both public and private power holders accountable for their public responsibilities, as well as to initiate actions and programs of our own to solve community and economic problems.
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Read about one of our greatest successes as a GBIO Member Organization:
You may have recently read or heard the news that GBIO (that's us!) got an agreement on the pulpit of Old South Church in Boston from Treasurer Timothy Cahill to move over $230 million of MA state money out of Bank of America because they refused to abide by MA state usury laws, which cap interest rates at 18%. This is just the beginning of holding our big banks accountable, of protecting our families and communities from usurious banking practices, and of engaging in actions that are possible because we are organized people with organized money!
Check out the Globe editorial about our powerful action...
See the YouTube video in which we got this agreement from Treasurer Cahill...
...And click THIS to see our YouTube video as published by the Huffington Post, of the hearing that we held in Washington DC last week in which we stood with our partners up and down the east coast in Metro IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation - that's our umbrella organization) to MOVE THE MONEY!
We have also been covered in the Boston Herald, the Washington Post, and other papers. This campaign is being led by Temple Israel members, by GBIO, and by our national partners. If you want to learn more or get involved, please contact Rabbi Matthew Soffer or Nick Decaneas.
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Check out our connection to the Metro IAF
Our participation in GBIO's Gubernatorial Candidates Action, and the action itself, was a huge success! Over 170 people attended as representatives of Temple Israel. Follow the links below to some great press coverage of the event: