Midway through summer, and CALEB's task forces are busy charting a path towards action! Our members are in the initial stages of research and relationship-building around the issues of Education and Economic Mobility. Meanwhile our Criminal Justice Task Force is assessing the financial and volunteer needs of the Hamilton County Community Bail Fund, and developing a plan for broader advocacy against wealth-based detention.
If you're looking for a way to get more involved in community issues, now is a great time plug in!
Task Force Meetings over the next month:
Education Task Force Meeting
July 25th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm @ First Centenary United Methodist Church
Economic Mobility Task Force Meeting
July 25th, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm @ First Centenary United Methodist Church
Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting
8/6/19, 5:30pm-7:00pm @ The Honest Pint
CALEB's next monthly meeting
CALEB's General Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will be August 8th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at First Centenary United Methodist Church.
We hope to see you there!
Interested in yourself or your organization becoming a member of CALEB? Applications and details can be found HERE.
Sarah Berestecky and Allen Shropshire lead a workshop on evaluating issues at the convention
Building Power Together
Thanks to everyone who took part in CALEB's Issues Convention on Saturday,! It was a great success! Representatives from thirteen member organizations as well as a large number of individual community members came out to plan for action around our city's pressing needs.
Pastor Charlotte Williams opened up the morning with a celebration of our successes so far: $70,000 raised for the Hamilton County Community Bail Fund, ten participants bailed out over the past two months...three of whose charges have already been dismissed. Sarah Berestecky and Allen Shropshire provided a workshop overview of criteria for what makes a good, actionable issue. We had break-outs for one-to-one conversations with members of different organizations. Then our member organizations caucused to discuss which issues they wanted to highlight based on what they felt were shared values among our partners. Space was open for nonmembers to recommend potential issues and actions. After facilitated group discussion Pastor Josh Woodrow led the group through a voting process on five possible issue categories. With remarkable support, our chosen issues are:
Campaign development and action steps will be organized by task forces for each issue, and participants were invited to sign up for involvement with their preferred task force.
What Comes Now?
CALEB's next organizational meeting is Thursday, June 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at First Centenary United Methodist Church. We'll be breaking out into Task Force groups, performing a power mapping exercise around our issues, and beginning the work of identifying campaign goals. We will also be finalizing participants going to 7-day National Leadership Training with the Gamaliel Foundation at the end of the month.
We look forward to seeing you there, and building the actions together that will make real change in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
More from the Convention:
Click on the "Register NOW" button below to sign up for our Issues Convention on June 1st!
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