Executive Director One of the things that our society in the U.S. teaches us to believe is that we should compete to drive our market. We say that when there is competition we get more innovation and people tend to work harder. What is not talked about is that in that model there are winners, and there are losers. And the winners are much smaller group. Meaning there are a lot of people who end up feeling like a loser. This model has caused our communities much pain for far too long. It is my belief that if most people thought there was another choice of model they would use it. I believe there is. It starts with listening to one another with the intention of truly seeing the person in front of you: understanding their pain, understanding their values, understanding their story. If we put this first our society would be so much more. It would compel us to share more with each other. It would push us to create a more just, loving, beloved community, one where everyone wins. My faith compels me to listen more: more to myself, more to my Creator, more to my Community. I invite you to do the same as BIC goes through its time of Listening.
Tracie Gutierrez Gamaliel Lature
Internal Organizer Hello! I am Tracie Gutierrez, a wife, mother of five, and internal organizer here at BIC. As a lifelong Brockton resident, my roots to the city are deep, including my Brockton public school education, my family’s membership at St. Edith Stein Church, and my engagement as a school volunteer, sports coach, and craft group leader. Following 17 years as a stay-at-home mother, I decided to put my faith into action. No longer was I content to “help”: I felt called to “lead”. It was time to join with others who shared my vision of systemic change, and my journey led me to Brockton Interfaith Community, where I found my people. BIC offered me an opportunity to transform my fatigue, concern, and righteous anger at the status quo into real leadership for positive change. I am blessed to work in the community for which I care so deeply.
Gamaliel Lauture, his wife Michaela and their four children are members of Restoration Community Church in Brockton. Gamaliel’s faith and deep love of the city where he has lived for more than 20 years has driven him to help uplift his community. Through participation in BIC’s School of Prophetic Action, Gamaliel developed the tools needed to be an effective faith-based community leader. Alongside other local and statewide activists, Gamaliel pushed for education funding equity by organizing a community action and engaging in other efforts that resulted in the passage of a major education funding reform bill. Gamaliel is currently working to develop alternative economic models through the creation of cooperatives, and has taken a lead role in creating a housing and construction cooperative and launching a new Makerspace. “These initiatives give us an opportunity to write and control our own narrative,” he said. In December, Gamaliel joined BIC as a part-time Community Organizer where he will work to deepen relationships with the community, develop new community leaders and cultivate donor relationships.
Brockton Interfaith Community 1350 Pleasant Street Brockton, MA 02301 Phone: 508-587-9550 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Brockton Interfaith Community advocates at the state level as MCAN and at the national level as Faith in Action Brockton Interfaith Community is a 501c(3). BIC is non-partisan and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office.