Tuesday, May 4, 2010

IMPACT! achievments- Dec.2009-April 2010

In late November of last year, IMPACT! had several strategy meetings and outlined a series of goals that we wanted to accomplish over the course of 4 or 5 months. Here is the list of what we have done since then.

1.) We developed our own "Know Your Rights" cards for our CopWatch program
2.) We revised and improved our "Know Your Rights" presentations which we have since taken into various schools and community organizations
3.) We finished a 13-page report entitled "Community Views and Experiences With Law Enforcement in Petaluma," based on a community survey we conducted in 2009. We received several endorsements from groups such as the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), the Peace and Justice Center, and the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline (PACH).
4.) We have held 6 Know Your Rights trainings in local schools.
5.) We have organized regular "Womyn's Caucuses" and "Men's Allies meetings."
6.) We have held regular "People of Color Caucuses" as well as "white anti-racist allies" meetings
7.) We helped form a county-wide network of white anti-racist allies which meets monthly and now is comprised of about 60 individuals.
8.) We have set up monthly social gatherings, or "Musters," for young activists to build relationships, get to know each other, and have fun.
9.) We helped table information at the Tim Wise speaking event at Sonoma State University in April.
10.) We organized a consensus workshop.
11.) We took "field trips" to various actions around the Bay, including the March 4th student protests in Berkeley and San Francisco, the "March in March" student protest in Sacramento, and a large immigrants' rights demonstration in San Francisco.
12.) We held a fundraising strategy meeting and delegated a point-person in our group in charge of fundraising.
13.) We expanded our web use through our blog and our Facebook page.
14.) we printed our own brochures and other literature on our womyn's and men's caucuses.
15.) we worked on our organizational culture by addressing internal problems, much of which stemmed from racial and gender inequities. We began confronting, and continue to confront, problems with speaking dynamics in meetings and the rotation of roles within the group.

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