Washington Interfaith Network
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) brings communities of faith from across the city together to train and develop neighborhood leaders, address community issues, and hold elected officials accountable. Part of the legendary Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), WIN follows a long tradition of people-powered political and economic change. IAF groups like WIN understand power, and perhaps more importantly, are not afraid of it. They appreciate the importance of building indigenous leaders, and admirably, they cultivate them. They recognize the need for broad-based membership, and welcome all races and classes. These elements are the key ingredients of any IAF campaign. IAF groups act – using a perfect balance of power, leadership development, and broad-based membership – to move their specified target to reaction.
WIN has grown to an astonishing 55 member institutions since its inception in 1995. Over the years, city officials have pledged 900 community police officers, $30 million for after-school programs citywide, and funding for 1,000 Nehemiah homes on the heels of WIN pressure.
More recently, WIN members fought the Mayor's $339 million proposal to construct a new baseball stadium. Deciding this money would be better spent improving conditions in their neighborhoods, WIN congregations pulled together, organized, and showed up in droves at a city meeting donning blue 'Neighborhood First' baseball caps. Ultimately, their organized people-power led to the passage of a $100 million dollar bond issue for large-scale blight removal and reconstruction of intensely devastated sections of Washington. Various WIN groups across the city are now organizing to see how this money might best be spent. As part of this campaign, WIN churches in our neighborhood (Wards 1 and 2) have successfully pressured Councilman Graham and Dave Clark, Executive Director of DC's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), to address a list of housing issues in Ward 1.
You can find more information on the IAF at www.industrialareasfoundation.org.