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Program Director Matt Weiner attends the Mayor’s Press Conference

August 3rd,2010 ICNY Latest News

Program Director Matt Weiner (3rd from right) attends the mayor's press conference on Governor's Island, where Bloomberg spoke eloquently calling on New Yorkers to uphold the American tradition of religious tolerance and respect for diversity.   Read the Mayor's speech at: Reading

Interfaith Center Thanks Mayor Bloomberg

July 30th,2010 ICNY Latest News

July 30, 2010The Honorable Michael BloombergMayor of New York City City Hall York, New York 10007Dear Mayor Bloomberg,On behalf of The Interfaith Center of New York, I am writing to thank you for your strong support of the Cordoba House initiative spearheaded by a member of our Board of Directors, Imam Feisal Rauf and his wife, Daisy Kahn. As a friend of the Interfaith Center of New York since our founding in 1997 and a leader in interfaith work in New York and around the world for decades, the Interfaith Center of New York joins religious leaders from a across the City in working with Imam Feisal and Daisy Kahn to do what we can to help them achieve their goals of a community center and prayer s...Continue Reading

Earthquake rubble used to pave roads in Haiti

July 23rd,2010 ICNY Latest News

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Peter Heltzel of NYTS is with ICNY Executive Director Chloe Breyer in Haiti

July 23rd,2010 ICNY Latest News

MICAH INSTITUTE FIRST ADVOCACY TRIP TO HAITI: PETER HELTZEL BLOGDay FourThursday July 22, 2010Searching for Sean Penn Today we went to the Petio-Ville Club Camp. This 9 hole golf course was hub of Haitian's elite in one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. After the earthquake on January 12th, the golf course became a landing pad for U.S. Blackhawk Helicopters who brought in supplies after the earthquake. It was quickly transformed into tent city, but this one was different as it was led by an American, not any American, but Sean Penn.Sean Penn is one of my favorite actors. From Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Harvey Milk in Milk, Penn always acts with immediacy, irony...Continue Reading

From Rev. Chloe Breyer’s trip to Haiti with NYTS

July 21st,2010 ICNY Latest News

Fr. Samuel St Louis, Episcopal Priest standing in front of new school dormitories in Darbonne, Haiti near earthquake epicenter...Continue Reading

Rev. Chloe Breyer in Support of Muslim School Holidays

July 8th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Statement for the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays in NYC Public Schools6/29/10Greetings. It is an honor to be here this morning. My name is       the Rev. Chloe Breyer. I am an Episcopal Priest here in the Diocese of New York and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of New York, an educational organization that works with a thousand grassroots and immigrant religious leaders from sixteen different traditions to address shared social concerns from housing to domestic violence and health.I am here today to support the coalition for Muslim School Holidays in their effort on behalf of the estimated 100,000 —that is 1 in 8—New York City public school students and their families w...Continue Reading

Immigration Reform Press Items

July 7th,2010 ICNY Latest News (in Spanish) news...Continue Reading

Read about the struggle in NYC to have EID recognized as a public school holiday

July 7th,2010 ICNY Latest News

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Media Advisory: Faith Community Escalates Call for Immigration Reform

June 30th,2010 ICNY Latest News

The Interfaith Center is going to be participating in a meeting at the White House-- the NY State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform is hand delivering our letter to President Obama--signed by nearly 600 religious leaders nationwide:MEDIA ADVISORYJune 29, 2010CONTACT: Kristin Williams, Faith in Public Life, 202.459.8625In Response to Obama Speech, Faith Community Escalates Urgent Call for Passage of Immigration ReformMeeting with White House officials, Letter to Obama from nearly 600 Faith Leaders, Innovative Grassroots EventsWASHINGTON, DC— On Thursday, July 1, just hours after the President gives a speech on immigration reform at American University, religiously diverse leaders will ...Continue Reading

Faith Leaders to Obama: Act Now for Immigration Reform

May 27th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Members of the NY State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform helped craft this letter to President Obama, asking him to press forward on immigration reform.Faith leaders are asked to sign on- we are seeking 500 signatures by Monday, June 7.  Clergy and lay leaders are both welcome to add their names in support. Please email your name, organization, city, and state to signon@nyinterfaithimmigration.orgThe letter reads as follow:An Open Letter to President Barack Obama from America's Faith Community LeadersDear President Obama:In your objections to Arizona's new immigration law, you rightly called on Congress to act swiftly to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  As leaders of our nation'...Continue Reading