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2020 Fall Assembly

Calgary, it's time to show up. It's been one year since our founding Fall Assembly and we have been passionately engaging in public action. We are challenging those in power. We are coming together to advance the conversation - on our city's upcoming budget, the ongoing work on reconciliation, creating a culture of mental health, and holding those in power to account - and we want you here with us to be part of this work. Please join us by Zoom on Thursday, October 29th, from 7 PM to 9 PM. You can RSVP at the link below: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/calgary_alliance_for_the_common_good_fall_assembly  

2020 City Budget Campaign: Building on our Strength.

Join us for this year's city budget campaign which is focused on building on our strengths as a city.  There is great pressure to cut the services that make Calgary strong and resilient. Things like transit and our community supports. Our Police have made good initial steps in how they address Truth and Reconciliation through the Indigenous Liason Officer Program and Mental Health through the Police and Crisis Teams (PACT). To have the impact our City needs these programs need to be expanded. 

Truth and Reconciliation

Many steps with one goal Our Truth & Reconcilation Research Action Team encompasses both Indigenous Elders and Non-Indigenous Leaders that continually examine steps we can take as a society to address the consequences of our colonial past.  On May 25th, Delegates at our Assembly voted to support a call for an Aboriginal Liason Office in every district of the Calgary Police Services.     

We Build Leaders

“I went to the training and discovered practical ways that I can build relationships and take action to bring about change in our city.”

Learn About Leadership Training

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is everyday people taking powerful action together for the common good.

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

Then we knit them together one by one to build the power to make the positive changes they want to see in our community, making our shared home a better place to live and thrive.

See What Makes Us Different

We don’t organize for justice and social change FOR people. We organize for justice and social change WITH people.

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11 New Communities Voted Down

City Council Votes Against Plans to build 11 New Communities!

We did it! Our emails, tweets and messages to City Council paid off. Yesterday, Calgary City Council voted against the proposal to build 11 new suburban communities!

Read more about the City Council decision below:

CTV: Council Votes Down Plans for 11 New Communities

660 News: City Council Rejects Proposal for 11 New Developments

 

Thank you for working with us to keep our City Council accountable as we build a stronger Calgary together!

 

 

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Weekly News & Events November 9, 2020

Weekly News & Events: November 9-14

 

Foundations for Community Organizing: Online Monday's & Thursday's November 16-30

For more information or to register, click here.

Foundations Training begins next week and there has never been a more important time to sharpen your community organizing skills!

This training will help you enter the second year of Covid-19 and the recession ready to tackle the challenges that will be thrown at your organization, community and neighborhood.

The training is highly interactive, relational, and practical covering: 

  • Community Organizing introduction (and a refresher for old hands!).
  • Concepts of power, power-over vs power-with, power-analysis.
  • Relational Organizing:  individual relational meetings, listening, research, negotiation and action.
  • Strengthening our Organizations: building a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective/learning.
  • Using Relational Power in the public sphere to take collaborative action on the common issues of 2020 and 2021.

 

Grief and loss resulting from adverse events in life, including the current pandemic, can have multiple effects and impact mental health. When our worldview and sense of safety are altered existential and spiritual concerns often arise. Self-compassion and spirituality can play a key role in resilience and post-traumatic growth if facilitated. 

This webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Heather M. Boynton who is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of Calgary, and a Registered Social Worker who has worked in mental health for over 30 years as a Child and Family Therapist, Mental Health Consultant, and a Manager in Adult Services.

Learn more and register here.

 

Ongoing Monthly Events

Research Action & Strategy Meetings generally meet monthly and are always open to members of the alliance.

 

Mental Health Research Action:

 November 9 at 7p.m. (First Monday of every month except for when the first Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the meeting will be the second Monday.)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/514039038

 

Truth & Reconciliation Research Action:

November 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Second Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/97914196873

 

 

Environment Research Action:

November 17 at 7:30 p.m. (third Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/95829768477

 

Social Isolation Research Action:

November 24 at 7 p.m. (Fourth Tuesday of every month)

Please note: the Zoom link for this meeting has changed to: https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/94788195372

 

Strategy Team Meeting: 

November 26 at 10:15 a.m. (Fourth Thursday of every Month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/379841066?pwd=MkpEVnhNUWpxS1FLODBHN0NheTgyZz09

 

Basic Income Team Meeting: 

December 1 at 7:00 p.m. (First Tuesday of every Month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/99825236545

 

News & Upcoming Events from our Member Organizations

 

 

 

Consumer Debt Negotiation Project

One of Calgary Alliance's board members and partners at the public law clinic at U of C is launching a service in partnership with Vibrant Communities Calgary to help people who might be facing foreclosure or eviction. Please see the links below for more details.

https://www.cplea.ca/help-with-debt-alberta/

https://law.ucalgary.ca/clinics/public-interest-law/ongoing-projects/consumer-debt-negotiation-project

www.albertadebtorsupport.ca

 

 

The Canadian Poverty Institute is partnering with Vibrant Communities Calgary to conduct an evaluation of the formal and informal emergency food assistance system. The purpose of the project is to develop recommendations that will improve the capacity of Calgary’s emergency food assistance system to effectively deliver food assistance in an emergency, especially during COVID-19. Please see the flyer below for more information and click here to take the survey.

Agile Leadership Training

The new Agile Leadership Training at St. Mary's University is designed to equip leaders with cutting-edge skills, an Agile mindset, and the knowledge to achieve sustainable agility in their organizations. Check it out here.

 

Become a Friend of the Alliance today:

As a part of our Fundraising Campaign, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our work. Information detailing how to make a donation can be found at: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.

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Help us build a stronger Calgary

2020 FUNDRAISING DRIVE


With your help, we will continue to build a just and compassionate Calgary. We are committed to raising $100,000 to ensure we can continue on our strong advocacy. That may sound like a great deal of money but it can be raised if people like you make a monthly gift. With just 1,000 people donating $10, $25 or $50 a month, this goal is achievable. A modest, regular gift can ensure that the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is able to continue its important work. In a world that is fixated on what we can’t do, we are focused on what is possible. 


Here are few of our recent success stories:

• Preserved $70M in City services to our most vulnerable populations with the #KeepCalgaryStrong Campaign.
• Advocated for the completion of the Green Line. The result was a 14-1 majority City Council vote in favour. This will create 20k jobs, eliminate 30k of GHG emissions per year and deliver better access to transit for all.
• Saved the low-income transit pass from being cut. This impacts 60,000 low-income Calgarians. • Developed positive working relationships with civic leaders.
• Participated in an Indigenous Elder-Led reconciliation process, unique in Canada.

A short one minute video of Our Board Chair Anna Greenwood Lee and Rev David Pickett talk about the importance of the campaign and how you can make a difference here:

 

New Possibilities with Your Support:


There is much work to be done beyond our five current campaigns. We need more resources and we believe our best resource is people power. Currently, we employ one full-time organizer. A second organizer could focus on:

• Expanding our member organizations.
• Making sure our diversity reflects our city.
• Connecting more effectively with the economically and socially marginalised.
• Strengthening our connections with more Indigenous partners.
• Training our membership and communities to counter racism.
• Increasing effective communications to keep our members dynamic during and after the pandemic.


How can I give?


A tax-deductible gift can be made through the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada. The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada (IAFC). The IAFC unites similar broad-based community organizing alliance and supports their leadership development and research work. Donations can be made online through:

www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.  (Follow the link to Canada Helps and select The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Fund.)


Cheques can be made out to the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada, with CACG in the memo line and sent to:

Industrial Areas Foundation Canada
PO Box 20094 RPO Fairview
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0C1

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Weekly News & Events November 2, 2020

Weekly News & Events: November 2-7

Now, join us in following through with our commitments by taking action on one of the following steps:

1. Take action on the city budget. Leading up to, and during the city budget discussion, the Calgary Alliance will send out emails that indicate what actions are needed. Keep an eye out for these and join us, as we take action to build a strong Calgary.

2. Join a Research Action Team. We have five research action teams. If you are interested in joining one – please email: info@calgarycommongood.org.

  1. Mental Health – Meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
  2. Truth and Reconciliation - Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm on Zoom.
  3. Environment – Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
  4. Social Isolation – Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
  5. Basic Income – Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm on Zoom.

3. Attend the Foundations of Community Organizing Training. Monday’s and Thursday’s from November 16th – 30th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Zoom. This core training teaches the skills and philosophy that the Calgary Alliance’s work is based upon. To register go to: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/foundations_for_community_organizing_2.

4. As a part of our Fundraising Campaign, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our work. Information detailing how to make a donation can be found at: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.

 

Upcoming Events

How to Use Social Media Effectively for Public Life: Nov. 5: 7pm

Social media is a powerful tool. Join us for this training to learn how to use social media to both strengthen communications within your organization and for collective public action. This webinar will be facilitated by Alex Middleton and Annelise Klingbeil from Champion Communications.

For more information and to register please click here.

 

Foundations for Community Organizing: Monday's & Thursday's November 16-30: Register here.

 

Grief and loss resulting from adverse events in life, including the current pandemic, can have multiple effects and impact mental health. When our worldview and sense of safety are altered existential and spiritual concerns often arise. Self-compassion and spirituality can play a key role in resilience and post-traumatic growth if facilitated.  This webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Heather M. Boynton who is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of Calgary, and a Registered Social Worker who has worked in mental health for over 30 years as a Child and Family Therapist, Mental Health Consultant, and a Manager in Adult Services.

Learn more and register here.

 

Ongoing Monthly Events

Research Action & Strategy Meetings generally meet monthly and are always open to members of the alliance.

 

Mental Health Research Action:

 November 9 at 7p.m. (First Monday of every month except for when the first Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the meeting will be the second Monday.)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/514039038

Truth & Reconciliation Research Action:

November 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Second Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/97914196873

Environment Research Action:

November 17 at 7:30 p.m. (third Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/95829768477

 

Social Isolation Research Action:

November 24 at 7 p.m. (Fourth Tuesday of every month)

Please note: the Zoom link for this meeting has changed to: https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/94788195372

 

Strategy Team Meeting: 

November 26 at 10:15 a.m. (Fourth Thursday of every Month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/379841066?pwd=MkpEVnhNUWpxS1FLODBHN0NheTgyZz09

 

Other News

Volunteers Needed: Food Hamper Delivery

Volunteer Food Bank hamper delivery drivers are needed immediately on weekday mornings.  Time commitment is approximately 2 hours each shift that volunteers sign-up for online.  Volunteers can help out as much or as little as they wish.  For more information, click here.

 

News & Upcoming Events from our Member Organizations

 

 

 

Consumer Debt Negotiation Project

One of Calgary Alliance's board members and partners at the public law clinic at U of C is launching a service in partnership with Vibrant Communities Calgary to help people who might be facing foreclosure or eviction. Please see the links below for more details.

https://www.cplea.ca/help-with-debt-alberta/

https://law.ucalgary.ca/clinics/public-interest-law/ongoing-projects/consumer-debt-negotiation-project

www.albertadebtorsupport.ca

 

 

The Canadian Poverty Institute is partnering with Vibrant Communities Calgary to conduct an evaluation of the formal and informal emergency food assistance system. The purpose of the project is to develop recommendations that will improve the capacity of Calgary’s emergency food assistance system to effectively deliver food assistance in an emergency, especially during COVID-19. Please see the flyer below for more information and click here to take the survey.

Agile Leadership Training

The new Agile Leadership Training at St. Mary's University is designed to equip leaders with cutting-edge skills, an Agile mindset, and the knowledge to achieve sustainable agility in their organizations. Check it out here.

 

Calgary Interfaith Council & I-CARE Virtual Fall Open House

The next open house will be on  Nov. 5th  at 7 pm – 8:15  at Temple B’nai Tikvah.   Register by emailing daltonharding@gmail.com and you will be sent a zoom link..  Rabbi Mark Glickman will give a 30 minute presentation,  15 minute question and answer, virtual tour and dialogue. 

CIC Spiritual Dialogue Circles/Scriptural Reasoning.
 
Join a small groups of 12 or less that come together virtually on a monthly basis to learn from and about each others faith around a specific theme using sacred text.
 
If you are interested  one of these groups please send an email to daltonharding@gmail.com. CIC will be looking at starting another group in January if there is enough interest.

 

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Events

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Foundations for Community Organizing

Monday, November 16, 2020 at 07:00 PM

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Spirituality, Self-Compassion, and Resilience in Coping with a Pandemic of Grief and Loss

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 07:00 PM

Grief and loss resulting from adverse events in life, including the current pandemic, can have multiple effects and impact mental health. When o... RSVP