Last winter and spring, MACG held a formal listening campaign, asking our member institutions to find out what problems were concerning our community and where they might be willing to work. On April 28th, we held a Next Directions Assembly to discern what were the most broadly felt issues and where we had the most motivated leaders. There was strong turnout: 20 of the 25 MACG member institutions were represented and over 100 MACG leaders attended. From that process, leaders settled on five research action teams focused on the top issue areas. Here is what each team has been up to:
October, 2018 - Stan Aschenbrenner, member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, and longtime MACG leader died on August 11th at the age of 89. Stan brought commitment, passion, warmth and wisdom to our work, always inspiring our gatherings with his thoughtful and motivating remarks and his tireless action. For years, his comment on how organizing turned his cynicism into optimistic and effective upstream action, graced MACG's brochures:
December 2017 -- In our end of the year MACG news round-up we sent last week, we forgot to mention one important win: Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 360 into law in July, which allows former prisoners to pay some court-related fees back through performing community service. Sen. Lew Frederick agreed to introduce the bill after hearing stories PHOENIX Rising Transition members told about post-prison financial burdens at the 2015 MACG listening campaign.
December 2017 -- The end of 2017 has been full of action for MACG and our work for the common good.
December 2017 -- 120 people attended a “Call to Action for DACA” workshop on December 10 organized by MACG Latino leaders. More action is needed! Read more...
November 2017 -- Two new institutions joined MACG from Clackamas and Washington counties this fall, increasing MACG’s regional power. Please join us in wishing a warm welcome to all the new leaders from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Milwaukie! St. Andrew Lutheran Associate Pastor, Robyn Hartwig, had this to say about their decision to join MACG:
September 2017. Thank you to all MACG members and guests that attended our housing forums on September 10th and 11th! Our work to provide the City of Portland with our community's input is not finished, however! If you have not done so already, (whether you attended a forum or not) please take their survey as soon as possible.
February 2017 -- Over 75 MACG members added their voices to the crowd at City Hall on Feb 2, 2017, successfully supporting a critical emergency Tenant Relocation Assistance ordinance which passed 5-0. It was a victory for stable communities and families in the face of the Portland housing crisis.
December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.
October, 2016 -- MACG’s affordable housing work continues to grow with 250 leaders in attendance at a September 29th assembly in Portland, and 160 total at two recent assemblies in Clackamas County.