Report from March 5th Metro Council & Next Steps

Durham CAN held its first Metro Council Meeting of 2020 at Abundant Hope Christian Church on Thursday, March 5th.  After a welcome and invocation from Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton, Strategy Team members Rev. Timothy Conder and Ms. Ketty Thelemaque led a formal evaluation of our recent McDougald Terrace action and conducted a "fishbowl" exercise with our new lead organizer, Ms. Tinu Diver.  We set a collective vision for 2020 as a year of "dis-organizing and reorganizing" and a time to prioritize training, rebuilding core teams and running another cycle of listening campaigns.

We also heard updates from the Criminal Justice Reform, Affordable Housing and Jobs/Living Wage Action Teams, reviewed Durham CAN's 2020 budget, and highlighted an upcoming training focused on organizing money for institutions and to support community organizing.

50 leaders from 18 Durham CAN institutions pledged to: deliver 55 leaders to attend training in 2020 (Durham CAN University, 3-Day Local, or 8-Day National); to engage 835 individuals through a listening session campaign both within and outside of their institutions; and to have an average of 8 leaders on their respective core teams (range was between 5 - 15)

Pledges:

Institution

Training 

Listening Campaign

Core Team #

Abundant Hope

3

25

15

Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church

will email

 

 

Duke Memorial United Methodist Church

8

20

7

Durham Community Land Trustees

will email

 

 

Durham Friends Meeting

9

30

8

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

4

50

8

Emmaus Way

???

50

7

First Presbyterian Church

4

50-60

10

Holy Infant Catholic Church

1

100

5

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

6

200

10

Judea Reform Congregation

will email

 

 

Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church

7

45

8

NCCU-CAN Chapter

7

75

7

Nehemiah Christian Center

will email

 

 

New Creation United Methodist Church

will email

 

 

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

8

40

7

Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church

3

40

7

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church

5

100

10

If your institution wasn't represented at Metro Council, please caucus with leaders within your institution and email your commitments to tinudivercan@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 20th.


Next Steps

Sign up for Durham CAN University

The 2020 Durham CAN University series is a local, 2-hour training designed to support our leaders and orient new and prospective member institutions.

The beginner track will provide new leaders with an overview of Durham CAN, basic Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizing universals, and how to conduct relational meetings - a radical tool that we use to rebuild democracy.

The advanced track will develop the capacity of more experienced leaders to build core teams in their institutions and to organize listening sessions to begin surfacing priorities for action in 2020 and beyond.

Both tracks will be offered concurrently during both sessions.  If you have attended 3-Day Local Training (or if you have some experience with Durham CAN), your next step is to recruit a team of 5 - 10 leaders from your institution to attend the advanced training where you will learn how to organize a listening session in your institution.

If you are completely new to Durham CAN, you are invited to attend the beginner training. 

Confirm your attendance:

Session 1: Thursday, April 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM @ Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church

Session 2: Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Monument of Faith Church


Next Metro Council meeting:

Thursday, April, 16 2020

6-8 PM

Durham Friends Meeting