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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    400 Leaders Leverage Commitments from Dallas Police Chief

    1611_-_DAI_-_Police_Action_-_Rev._Guy_and_Crowd.jpgDallas Area Interfaith leaders assembled by the hundreds at Temple of Faith CME to address neighborhood safety issues identified through conversations with fellow parishioners and neighbors: police protocol on traffic stops, wage theft, thousands of feral dogs, and hot spots for drugs and prostitution. Confronted with personal stories and strong community participation, Interim Police Chief David Pughes committed to developing a bilingual video on proper protocol that can be shown in congregations and to fundamentally changing how police handle wage theft — recognizing theft of service as a criminal matter and not a civil one. Leader after leader told personal stories about unfairly being treated as criminals during traffic stops and when reporting crimes.

    At one point, addressing immigrants in the packed room Pughes said, “we don’t want to be immigration police.” The chief additionally committed to working with leaders to address three areas in the city that see high level of drugs and prostitution, as well as developing a plan for the 8,000 feral dogs roaming neighborhood streets.

     

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