Patrick had a whirlwind trip through California last week – flying into Los Angeles to present at a regional forum hosted by our good friends at the California Budget Project; up to Sacramento for an all day training with a great group of food program advocates and state agency staff; and back down to the Bay Area for meetings with the San Francisco Foundation, Berkeley Media Studies Group and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote.
Anika and Elaine traveled to Ohio to meet with partners from the One Ohio Now coalition to talk about how to overcome the public baggage that accompanies the “T” word, and they participated in an event hosted by Mahoning Valley Organizing that brought together citizens whose lives have been touched by incarceration and who are advocating for better, fairer public systems.
Elaine participated in an event hosted by the NC Budget and Tax Center in Raleigh, NC, in which state groups and local leaders and activists gathered to develop and think about how best to promote a common economic policy agenda.
Anika and Elaine were also in California this month, visiting sunny Sacramento, where they led two workshops at the annual conference hosted by the California Budget Project.
Anika presented right in her backyard (so to speak) in Austin, TX to the staff of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Check out the great work of the Institute by visiting their website. We love their mission statement:
The Annette Strauss Institute “envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote, and are actively involved in improving their communities. Through nonpartisan research, education, and outreach, the Institute seeks to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement.”