June 2019 Delegate Assembly
"If I want goodness I have to learn to ORGANIZE." -Carla Zavala, St. Pius X Catholic Church
At our June 20th MACG Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting, we heard inspiring personal stories about the power of organizing, like from Carla:
"I learned that eventually your time arrives, that I do not have to run and make big changes the first time, but we must move forward little by little, door to door, never stopping, no matter what they will say, if I want goodness I have to learn to ORGANIZE." -Carla Zavala, St. Pius X Catholic ChurchWe celebrated a BIG organizing win!
Our event fell on the same day our Health Equity Team's organizing campaign, the S.M.A.R.T. bill, was signed into law!
We heard two campaign proposals:
Portland/Multnomah County Housing Team presented a campaign proposal aimed to apply pressure on the City of Portland to continue to develop a public rental registry, specifically including details on the property's accessibility features. Presented by Marianne Mauldin, St. Charles Catholic Church.
Climate Change & Environmental Justice Team presented a campaign proposal to apply pressure to the air polluters having the most impact on MACG institutions, their employees and families. Presented by Andy Beers & Michael Heumann, Havurah Shalom.
We gathered in small groups to discuss our organizing goals.
We listened to leaders in our community:
Joshua Wright, PHOENIX Rising transitions, and the newest member of the MACG Strategy Team.
Yolanda Cortez, St. Andrew Catholic Church, who was trained as part of MACG's Latino Organizing Initiative.
Bob Brown, Havurah Shalom, MACG board treasurer who presented our 2019-2020 budget.
A special THANK YOU to Jeffrey Gosda, PHOENIX Rising Transitions and Sol Gonzales, St. Andrew Catholic Church, for co-chairing.
Over 60 people came, representing 15 member institutions, including our newest member institution, St. Anthony of Tigard Catholic Church, and two prospective institutions from Washington County. Paul Reik, St. Andrew Catholic Church, provided simultaneous translation in Spanish.