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Mid-City CAN to launch new campaigns

Those who attended the soft-launch of the Mid-City CAN evening Networking Council meeting in March got a tour of the Copley-Price YMCA as well as food and an update on immigration. Photo by Adam Ward
Those who attended the soft-launch of the Mid-City CAN evening Networking Council meeting in March got a tour of the Copley-Price YMCA as well as food and an update on immigration. Photo by Adam Ward

After successfully campaigning to add two new skateparks to City Heights, including a $1.75 million park to break ground in the summer, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network is looking for new issues to tackle.

Mid-City CAN also is celebrating five years of partnership with the Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a 10 year, $1 billion effort to change the way that health happens in California, which focuses on 14 communities, including City Heights.

And on March 12, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network relaunched its Networking Council meeting in a new format.

The goal of the Networking Council is to bring residents and organizations in City Heights together to advocate for change, said Coordinating Council Member Trinh Le at the March 12 meeting. It is in this spirit that the Networking Council was reformatted -- to be more accessible.

When the Mid-City CAN Coordinating Council, or leadership board, revisited the Networking Council's purpose, it made the change, to connect residents with nonprofits and to make it more convenient for both of them. It also is an attempt to avoid being just another meeting during the day. Mid-City CAN shifted the meeting time to early evening. The meeting also switched from monthly to every three months.

"The goal is for the Networking Council to become the catalyst for action on City Heights issues," said Jeanette Neeley, Mid-City CAN Coordinating Council co-chair. "Mid-City CAN has made changes necessary to support its mission to unite and inspire City Heights and create a safer, healthier community."

More than 40 people attended the first newly formatted meeting, which featured catering by Super Cocina. The topic focused on immigration, and people delivered action alerts about City Heights events and issues, putting them on a sticky pad to show where each one aligns within the nonprofit network in City Heights. Food and music will be a regular part of event.

The Mid-City CAN Youth Council and at least one other momentum team also are deciding on the issues to focus on after succeeding in their advocacy campaigns.

To support these changes Mid-City CAN is adding additional staff.

"These positions are part of leadership development that Mid-City CAN does," said Executive Director Diana Ross.

Former organizers, such as Ramla Sahid, have gone on to found organizations like the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). "My time spent at Mid-City CAN has strengthened my skills and made me think critically about addressing the inequity around us," Sahid said.

Mid-City CAN also promoted Mark Tran to associate executive director.

Mid-City has a few openings for talented, passionate advocates. Positions include a campaign director, who supervises Mid-City CAN Momentum Team organizing and advocacy campaigns, a leadership development specialist, youth organizer and community organizer. For a complete list of open positions and to apply, go to midcitycan.mytribehr.com/careers

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