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VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, is a broad-based, non-partisan citizens' power organization of 50 diverse faith congregations. The group organizes people and money around social justice issues such as immigration, affordable housing and healthcare for the benefit of disadvantaged residents in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William and counties as well as the City of Alexandria.
VOICE at UUCA
UUCA was instrumental in the founding of VOICE in 2008 and continues to be one of the most active member institutions. UUCA hosts many VOICE activities and UUCA representation at a public action is typically 10% of the total attendance.
Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles is a member of the Executive Committee of the VOICE Strategy Team. Robert Buckman and Jacomina de Regt are also members of the Strategy Team and Robert leads the Arlington Action Team.
Strong UUCA support for VOICE expresses the congregation’s commitment to social justice ministry and for engaging hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart with racial, religious and multi-cultural diversity.
VOICE is funded by dues paid by member institutions (congregations, temples, mosques, union local, business groups, schools, health centers, etc.) and grants from foundations.
For more information on VOICE, visit the organization's website at http://www.voice-iaf.org/ . For a specific question, please contact Jacomina de Regt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 525-7358.
Affordable housing is a major issue in Arlington and Alexandria as rising land prices and re-development forces erode the limited stock of low-income housing. This affects not only the service workers who cannot afford to live in Arlington and must commute long distances from outlying counties, but also long-time resident families who want their working children and aging parents to be able to continue to live in their home communities. Environmentalists are concerned over the congestion and greenhouse gases generated by commuter traffic. Business owners must contend with productivity issues without a stable, local base of employees. Thus, the stakeholders for affordable housing include the powerless as well as the powerful, a broad coalition of victims with a common cause.
Other VOICE action issues include: the housing foreclosure crisis in Prince William County, investing in youth in the Fairfax County Route #1 corridor, improvements for seniors in McLean and Falls Church, and low-income dental care.
Learn more of how VOICE is organizing around all of these issues at: http://www.voice-iaf.org/what-we-do
VOICE, with the strong leadership support of UUCA, has accomplished much since its founding acton in 2008. Read and learn the details at: http://www.voice-iaf.org/whatwedo-accomplishments
Put These Dates on Your Calendar
Monday, 1 October 2012: 700-person VOICE Foreclosure & Bank Accountability Action in Prince William County (Senator Warner & Top Bank Executives have confirmed to attend)
Friday, 26 October 2012: Registration deadline to attend VOICE 3-day Training at BWI near Baltimore, Thursday evening November 15 through Saturday noon November 17.
Fall 2012: 600-person Affordable Housing Action in Arlington, date and venue pending
The Arlington County Board Room was full on the evening of July 23 when the Board considered comments and voted to approve development plans for Columbia Pike. Half the room stood in solidarity with VOICE when two VOICE leaders delivered powerful…Continue
Started by David McTaggart Jul 29, 2012.
Are you having difficulty finding affordable housing in Arlington,…Continue
Started by VOICE Mar 18, 2012.
1/27/12 Wash Post, great article about Alinsky's tactics. Coming from Chicago and being of an ancient age, I can remember some of his tactics especially at O'Hare Airport and the airport authority trying to put in pay toilets. Continue
Started by Marcy Leverenz. Last reply by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles Jan 27, 2012.
Looks like a huge national movement is in progress to demand that banks make amends for the mortgage and foreclosure crisis.I think that the October 30th VOICE action can be seen in this larger context, and adding to it, to demand that the banks…Continue
Started by jill herndon. Last reply by jill herndon Sep 17, 2011.