Teaching the Art of Democracy

Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) is about people: developing their innate skills and ability to work with each other to identify common problems, to find or create workable solutions, and to work together to implement systemic changes within society to achieve the common good. As one of our leaders is so fond of saying: “The work is us.”

Founded in 1992, Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue group of religious congregations, schools and other non-profits in the Dallas metropolitan area with aggregate membership totaling in excess of 90,000. 

Dallas Area Interfaith does its work by:

  • Conducting thousands of individual and small group meetings with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Training congregational representatives in how to understand and affect local and regional political processes
  • Developing a large leadership core from those representatives.
  • Identifying issues of concern to all sectors of the community.
  • Strengthening relationships within and between member congregations.
  • Forging alliances across the lines of religion and ethnicity to develop a broad-based vision for the Dallas area.
  • Moving that vision into a multi-issue agenda of action for the organization.
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    DAI Boosts District 6 Voter Turnout by 66%, Forces Runoff Election

    Hundreds of DAI leaders forced a runoff election by increasing the number of voters by almost 800 in a region of Dallas home to housing code changes and mass evictions.  

    After organizing an assembly to draw attention to key issues of the region, especially affordable housing, preservation of a local Montessori school and funding for translation of 311 services, leaders engaged directly with voters, boosting electoral turnout to 1,951.

    Incumbent Monica Alonzo will now compete directly with runner-up candidate Omar Narvaez in an election scheduled in June.  One candidate supported the DAI agenda more than the other.

    Last month's assembly was the largest attended forum in District 6, in the heart of Bachman Lake where last year’s housing code work started, and where large-scale evictions occurred only 48 hours after their groundbreaking rewrite of the city’s rental housing code.  Leaders not only demanded long-term housing solutions in West Dallas, parents of children attending Lumin Education are fighting for a zoning change to preserve a Montessori school.

    DAI will continue its GOTV effort for the runoff election.

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