- Training Leaders. Over 1800 leaders from labor unions, congregations and community organizations have participated in our 12-hour Leadership Institute for Public Life since MACG's founding. The Institutes train new leaders to participate in the decision-making process in the public arena, and give an opportunity for them to claim their voice and recognize that they have the power to bring about positive change.
- Affordable Housing. In 2015, responding to overwhelming housing concern of our members, MACG led a successful campaign to increase funding for affordable housing in Portland by 67 million dollars. As many as 670 low-income families will now have a safe, dry place to call home within the next five years. Far from being a guaranteed win at the beginning, MACG turned out an increasing number of people (over 400 total) to five public hearings and city council meetings, plus a MACG press conference, each time testifying and bringing personal stories of housing hardships to the attention of decision makers.
- Latino Organizing. Based in the personal stories heard in the MACG Latino community, and with high participation of that community working side by side with MACG’s Anglo community, MACG successfully raised awareness to over 450 people who attended a bilingual assembly about a statewide Drivers Card ballot measure for undocumented immigrants in November, 2014. Behind a screen at the assembly, individuals told their stories of the fear and instability caused by the lack of legal driving privileges. To spread the word even further, assembly attendees committed to over 5700 conversations with friends and family, 50 people canvassed over 1000 doors, and events at other organizations reached hundreds more. In addition, leaders held a Spanish language training/workshop in February 2015 on President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, attended by 180 Latinos.
- Campaigning for Health Care Reform. Since its founding MACG has been involved in health care policy decisions in the Oregon legislature. MACG has represented the consumer voice to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable and equitable health care. Working in coalition with other advocacy organizations, MACG influenced legislation in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions to define a consumer-oriented health care exchange; to implement coordinated care organizations responsive to consumer needs; and to ensure fair pricing of medical services by insurance companies. Trained leaders from member institutions did all the advocacy and educational work with legislators to achieve these wins.
- Creating Housing for Survivors. Clackamas leaders raised over $53,000 to open three self sustaining post-emergency houses for survivors of domestic violence, addressing a critical housing shortage for this population. Their goal was to showcase an effective new housing model. Leaders oversaw the purchase and remodeling of the homes. A fourth home has already opened, and altogether the houses shelter 34 women. There are plans for more homes, and other organizations are starting to copy the model.
- Advocating for Workforce Standards. MACG leaders participated in overseeing and advocating for new workforce agreements that ensure family wage and benefit standards, plus participation of disadvantaged populations in training and job opportunities in publically-sponsored sustainability projects.
- Fighting for Criminal Justice. MACG leaders are working on issues of criminal justice that impact formerly incarcerated men and women as they work to rebuild their lives. During the 2013 legislative session over 50 leaders advocated with legislators about the need for sentencing reform in Oregon, which ultimately passed.
- Retrofitting a Neighborhood. In 2010, MACG formed an outstanding team of contractors, labor unions and community-based organizations to successfully propose and implement a program to bring energy efficiency improvements to the NE Portland Cully neighborhood. Due to MACG’s community-based outreach efforts, 222 homeowners signed up for the program (one in nine eligible in the neighborhood). Seventy-five homeowners have completed the improvements, saving 202 metric tons of carbon. In addition, 12 new union jobs with benefits were created.
- Joining Contractors, Community, and Labor. Contractors, community and labor partners that MACG recruited for its successful 2010 community-based outreach project decided to continue to work together and form the High Road Contractors and Community Alliance. Working together, Alliance members generated over 160 applications for energy efficiency projects in Clean Energy Works Oregon, at one time the fourth highest application rate in the program. Connections were further been built as contractors participated in MACG leadership training and MACG leaders orchestrated facilitated sessions with workers, labor, and contractors. In addition, all Alliance member contractors entered into a project labor agreement with LiUNA.
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