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MACG has Housing Research Action Teams in Multnomah and Clackamas counties researching and acting on creative solutions to the region’s housing crisis.  Focuses currently include state-level tenant protections, countering NIMBYism, and Safe Overnight Shelter outreach and technical assistance. 

Immigrant Rights

MACG has two research action teams focused on Immigrant Rights, one in Washington County and one in Multnomah County.  They are currently both focused on supporting The Equal Access to Roads Act which would expand eligibility for a standard driver’s license to all Oregon residents by returning the standard driver’s license to a pre-2008 set of application requirements.

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"Being a MACG leader gave me the confidence to do this advocacy to make my community a safer and more just place.   I never saw myself as someone who could do something like this, but now I do, and it’s because of MACG."

Soledad Torres

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We develop the diverse voices of our community, building relationships across religion, race class, and neighborhood lines.

Then we unite these new community leaders to build power to make the positive changes we want to see in our region.

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2018 in Review

image-2.jpegDeveloping and supporting leaders is the key work of MACG.  It puts us solidly in the middle of the grassroots effort to strengthen Democracy that’s moved across the country in the past months.  


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Medication Labeling Campaign Approved at MACG Delegate Assembly

MACG’s Delegate Assembly drew 50 people to an invigorating evening of action and learning on October 25.   Thank you to Spirit of Grace Church in Beaverton for hosting.

OHSU Health Equity Circle students from the OHSU School of Nursing made an exciting progress report.  Students and faculty have been working for months on a bill to address the health impact on non-English speaking immigrant communities caused by English-only labeling on medications. Patients cause harm to their bodies or fail to alleviate their symptoms when they do not take their medications correctly.

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Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

Last winter and spring, MACG held a formal listening campaign, asking our member institutions to conduct one to ones and group discussions 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 (see photos here) 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, four of which were formally launched at the June 28th Delegate Assembly.  Here is what each team has been up to:


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Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

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.

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A Place to Catch Your Breath: Safe Overnight Shelter Event

Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 09:00 AM

The MACG Clackamas Housing team and Providence’s Better Outcomes Thru Bridges (BOB) Program presents a morning of networking and information sha... View event

Institutional Development and Core Team Workshop

Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 07:00 PM

Join us for a quarterly two-hour workshop on how to build and sustain a core team in your institution. This event will include peer sharing and ... RSVP