To the Leaders and Institutions of Durham CAN,
We write with both a sense of purpose and urgency for our work together as we enter this new year. Together! This is the word we want you to keep in the forefront of your mind as we begin 2022. The reason we continue the work is not because of a check, but it is tethered to the people who continue to cry out regarding injustices in our communities.
Durham CAN will host an “Internal Delegates House Meeting” on Thursday January 20, 2022 @ 6:30-8pm via Zoom. Click the link below to join:
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This virtual gathering will set the stage for our work in the year ahead. We ask every member institution to send 3-5 core team members to this important meeting.
The meeting will:
- Honor the work of CAN’s former Lead Organizer Tinu Diver,
- Offer an update regarding (a) Durham CAN’s relationship with the national network Metro IAF, and (b) CAN’s involvement with other Metro IAF Affiliates seeking to effect reform within Metro IAF,
- Listen to delegates’ reactions as we consider the path ahead concerning Durham CAN’s relationship with Metro IAF and CAN’s local IAF Affiliates (including ONE Wake, Orange County Justice United, NC Latino Congress),
- Propose (a) how CAN can proceed with a Part-Time Interim Associate Organizer for the next 6months (b) and outline the process to hire a Full-Time Associate Organizer,
- Organize leaders in CAN institutions to participate in an upcoming training. Durham CAN recently won a $5k grant from the New Hope Presbytery of North Carolina so that Durham CAN can organize two separate 3-day trainings to strengthen our collective vision for how CAN works. We envision the first 3-day training in late February or early March, and a second 3-day training in August or September,
- Celebrate some of the vital work carried out by CAN Leaders in 2021,
- Look ahead to the critical work of CAN’s issue campaigns around affordable housing, living wage jobs, and criminal justice as we begin to imagine a public action to advance our shared goals in the months ahead.
We hope that you will make this meeting a priority for yourself and for the key leaders in your institutions as we work together to practice democracy to create a more beloved community here in Durham.
The Durham CAN Strategy Team
Ketty Thelemaque, Co-Chair
Dr. Cullen McKenney, Co-Chair
Rev. Dr. Herbert Davis
Rev. Dr. Tim Conder
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Bishop Clarence Laney
Rev. Tommy Grimm