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ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR REFORMS NOW

Mobile Contact: 0722592466, 0721338978

P.O. Box 6253-00200 Nairobi, Kenya

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Website: www.acorninternational.com

 

PROGRESSIVE REPORT FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2016:

30th NOVEMBER, 2016

The country is fully in campaign mood 10 months before election with so many alignments and launching of different key positions by different politicians. The issues of corruption and misappropriation of funds being a key factor with blame game on both sides of opposition and the government.

On the other had the month of November, we held very health discussion with Eloise who has really been very useful in terms of helping us to be more focused on our organizing work.

Having done with the awareness campaign on the issues of children and drug abuse in all the villages, a select committee is set to meet next week to strategize on our major campaign scheduled to take place by the month of March next year 2017.

Meetings with those undergoing transformation processes took place on 3rd and 17th November respectively. Majority of those undergoing transformation processes availed themselves and their progress is quite encouraging.

On the other hand organizing has been going on well.

 

Membership Recruitment

VILLAGE

RECRUITED NEW MEMBERS

Korogocho Villages

7

Other areas of Karibangi

4

Total

11

Meetings

1. Membership meetings

VILLAGE

DATE

VENUE

ATTENDANCE

AGENDA

High ridge and neighboring villages

29th Nov, 2016 at 3.00pm -4.00 pm

Word of Hope Church Kariobangi

57

  • Update on campaigns
  • membership recruitment
  • dues collection

Kisumu Ndogo and neighboring villages

25th Nov, 2016 at 3.00 pm. -4.00 pm

Word of Hope Church, Kariobangi

52

  • Update on campaigns
  • membership recruitment
  • dues collection

Dues collection

VILLAGE

NO. OF MEMBERS

TOTAL IN KSHS

Highridge and neighboring villages

47 X Kshs. 50

13 X Kshs. 20

Kshs. 2,350

Kshs. 260

Kisumu Ndogo and neighboring villages

42 X Kshs. 50

12 X Kshs. 20

Kshs. 2,100

Kshs. 240

TOTAL

114

Kshs. 4,950

 

Dues collected will be used for the office rent.

 

Report by Sammy and David

ACORN Kenya Community Organizers

 

 

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Informe Noviembre 2016

Por el presente hago llegar el informe de actividades

Realizados durante el mes de Noviembre 2016.

 

ACORN PERÚ, considerando el apoyo por las

Causa justa del pueblo; continuamos en la Campaña en Contra del

TPP y el TISA y no privatización del Agua,

Por los Derechos de las personas y el desarrollo de sus Pueblos.

 

Continúamos contribuyendo con nuestra participación en la educación

Y por Valores en colegios con los más pequeños.

Preparándonos para compartir fuera de Lima con los niños de nuestros Andes del

Perú.

 

En esta oportunidad estuvimos con miembros de FETRAMUNP

En la Movilización en Lima el 24 de Noviembre del 2016, que movilizó

A muchas personas de los diferentes departamentos del país, en respaldo a los Alcaldes y

Regidores solicitando el aumento de Presupuesto Del FONCOMUN.Presupuesto que fue programado en mayo del presente

Año de 1468 millones de soles y gracias a esta movilización se ha conseguido que sea de 1609 millones de soles.

Este 29 de Noviembre del 2016 el Ministro de Economía y Finanzas (MEF).

Preciso que se asignarán:

318 millones para Infraestructura Social y Productiva.

563 millones de soles para Proyectos de Saneamiento y Urbanismo,

412 millones de soles en el marco de incentivos de la Gestión municipal

316 millones de soles por concepto de otras transferencias.

POR LO QUE SIEMPRE DIREMOS Y RECORDAREMOS SIN LUCHAS, NO HAY

VICTORIAS”

“EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO”



Marielle Roux Benchehboune

Au Libéria, pas d’école buissonnière, les riverains demandent des classes pour leurs enfants en chantant!

Plus de 450 riverains de la plantation agro-industrielle LAC, au Liberia, se sont mobilisés le 5 et 7 octobre dernier pour l’accès à l’école de l’entreprise, qui est la seule proche de chez eux.

Depuis la rentrée, près de 300 élèves venant des villages voisins de la plantation d’hévéas ont été refusés au sein des écoles de l’entreprise, alors qu’ils pouvaient jusqu’ici y suivre les cours. En effet, dans les accords signés avec les populations locales l’entreprise s’est engagée à compenser les pertes de terres subies par les villageois, notamment en donnant accès aux enfants des villageois aux écoles appartenant à l’entreprise. La direction de la LAC aurait donné l’ordre dans ses écoles de ne pas admettre les enfants des populations riveraines, prétextant cette année une soudaine ‘surpopulation’.

Les riverains et parents, organisés au sein de l’association LACDISTFAC, demandent l’accès immédiat aux classes pour les enfants de leurs villages. Pour faire entendre leur demande, ils ont organisé plusieurs actions la semaine dernière notamment des sit-ins, chants et concerts face aux écoles. La première a eu lieu le 5 octobre, à Nain Camp School. Très vite, la police est intervenue, confisquant l’appareil photo du seul journaliste présent et ordonnant ensuite à la foule de se disperser. Leur demande est renforcée par l’arrivée des gardes de sécurité de l’entreprise qui demandent aux porte-paroles d’arrêter leur action et leur promettent un rendez-vous avec la direction le lendemain.

Le jeudi 6 octobre, les représentants des riverains mobilisés sont donc allés rencontrer de bonne foi la direction pour faire valoir leur demande. Mais, la rencontre entre les représentants  et la direction, a été loin d’être une négociation pour résoudre les problèmes; plutôt, la direction n’a fait que ‘proposer’ une suite de menaces – arrestations, emprisonnement … –  pour convaincre les leaders d’arreter leur mobilisation.

Le jour suivant, le vendredi 7 octobre, les riverains de l’autre division de la plantation se sont joint aux premiers mobilisés, pour une nouvelle action devant la même école, suivant le même mode opératoire et avec une volonté renforcée suite à toutes ces menaces.

Suite à cela, la direction de l’entreprise s’est engagée, du bout des lèvres, à reprendre les élèves à partir du 2e semestre de l’année. Mais les parents demandent que leurs enfants puissent être ré-admis en classe immédiatement pour qu’ils ne prennent pas davantage de retard. La mobilisation continue donc, et de plus belle.

PS: On aurait bien aimé mettre plus de photos, mais comme indiqué au dessus, les caméras ont été confisquées et/ou le journaliste empêché de filmer!

Copy of Article from KTOO Public Media

Consumers' mental health nonprofit begins membership drive in Juneau

By Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO October 29, 2016

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Wade Rathke poses for a photo outside KTOO, Oct. 11, 2016. Rathke is an activist who founded ACORN and is president of the board of the Juneau-based Mental Health Consumer Action Network. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

A fledgling Juneau nonprofit formed to advocate for mental health consumers began a membership drive and door-knocking campaign this weekend.

Mental Health Consumer Action Network founder Greg Fitch said this follows the organization's first official board meeting earlier this month, and getting MCAN's charitable tax status and other organizational business in order.

MCAN's new board president Wade Rathke has decades of experience with the once-infamous organization ACORN International, which he founded in 1970. The progressive group has had its scandals, some real, some bogus, but that's old news now. Rathke still works with many nonprofits and lives in New Orleans — he'd worked with Fitch at ACORN there in the '90s — but was recently in Juneau for the first board meeting and discussed his role and aspirations for the new organization.

Rathke said he hasn't had mental health issues himself, but, "I think it's important that people build an organization to give them voice and to allow them to empower themselves around their own grievances and issues to be able (to) act. Mental health consumers over the last, you know, 50 years ... are people who've been marginalized without a voice in many cases."

He said organizing the marginalized is exactly what he's spent his life doing.

"Part of what's so true about mental health issues, people see it as personal, their own private concern," he said. "And don't realize there are other people who are struggling in some cases with the same thing who they could unite with and not only find support but collective cause."

For a long time, he said society has treated people with mental health issues like a "crazy aunt in the closet."

"And that's not appropriate," he said. "And to have people increasingly willing to talk about issues they've faced, how they've met those challenges, and how they could have met those challenges in a better way both for themselves and our whole society is a radical new thing, and that's why I think it's so exciting to see what MCAN is going to be."

Rathke said he expects challenges recruiting potential members, who may perceive risk in outing themselves as mental health consumers. But, he's optimistic.

In a year's time, Rathke said he'd like to see MCAN with a stable membership in Juneau and possibly start expanding to Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Check out this Video from Nick Taylor and ACORN International from the Organizers Forum to Cameroon this September.

Link to Video

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