June, 2015 -- MACG is proud to be sending three Latino leaders, and MACG organizer, Paul Riek, to the Spanish language track of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) National Training in Los Angeles this week where they will deepen their community organizing knowledge and leadership skills. Meet them here!
June, 2015 -- At the May 18 Discernment Assembly, 45 leaders from over half of MACG's institutions took on the big task of distilling 3 months worth of listening (to over 600 people) to just a few issues that affected the widest base of people.
May 2015 -- MACG's mission is to organize a collective effort to bring positive change to our community. In addition, cultivating new and veteran leaders so that we have a powerful base to take on the next issue is also a top priority, and these leadership skills benefit the leaders themselves and their institutions. To keep this great work going, we need your support. Today, we present Stories of Leadership where you can see stories from three of our leaders from across the broad-base. We hope these will inspire you to participate in an exciting fundraising challenge.
May, 2015 -- The results are in! Over half of MACG's member institutions held 37 listening events and listened to over 600 people during the course of the MACG-wide 2015 listening campaign! The next task is to take what we heard and discern the issue areas that will engage the most new leaders and have the biggest positive impact on the community, which we will do at Monday's Discernment Assembly.
April, 2015 MACG is pleased to welcome our newest member institution, the OHSU Health Equity Circle (HEC)! The HEC is an interdisciplinary group of students, providers and community partners taking action together for health equity. It is also part of a larger IAF Northwest Health Equity Organizing initiative.
April, 2015 -- MACG's 2015 listening campaign is in full swing, with many institutions having completed listening activities such as house meetings or one to ones. One institution in particular, Havurah Shalom, has executed a model listening process which we will describe here for inspiration. MACG's listening campaign will end with a Discernment Assembly on May 18 - save the date!
March, 2015 -- On February 15, 180 people – many of them undocumented immigrants – gathered for MACG’s Executive Action on Immigration Training at St. Andrew for a briefing and discussion on the new Federal immigration policy which President Obama issued in November. The training was a success by many measures. Almost double the number of people attended as were expected. But most of all, there was rich discussion coming from different table groups as participants did an analysis together about what the policy would mean for them and their families, and the larger political climate affecting the Executive Action.
March, 2015 -- After the amazing organizing effort around Measure 88, there was a strong desire to continue building relationships between the Latino and English speaking communities at MACG member institution St. Andrew Catholic Church. MACG had already been working with St. Andrew and People-Places-Things PDX to provide English classes in the summer, but we saw there was a strong desire for something more personal. And developing authentic relationships is the best way to learn language, anyway!
February, 2015 -- At the last Metro Organizing Team meeting, MACG member institutions decided to embark on a listening “campaign”. The goal is for MACG leaders to listen to each other within their institutions, to generate stories and take note of issues that we share commonly in our community.
January, 2015 -- MACG has a new Latino Organizer! Paul Riek is bilingual/bicultural community organizer with many years' experience working with marginalized Latino communities. He is a member of MACG member St. Andrew Catholic Church.