In our experience, the traditional community organizing approach to advocacy – which involves in-person organizing meetings – does not provide a genuine opportunity for low-income communities to join in on the equity conversation.
We have learned that for a low-income community such as the Canal, where many residents work two and three jobs and face many barriers to inclusion, participating in meetings with traditional structures to solve social problems, is an almost impossible task. As a result, their voices are not heard, and the decisions made do not include their perspectives.
In 2019, Canal Alliance launched our mobile app to support our community organizing and advocacy work. This tool allows us to share key information in an effective way and organize the community on local issues.
Voces de Canal
Canal Alliance supports the work of community leaders who have been diligently working to bring their vision of the Canal Community to reality.
In 2014, a coalition of resident leaders from the Canal, in partnership with Dominican University, Canal Alliance, and Data Center, developed the following vision for the community with recommendations and strategies to promote community development and revitalization:
Ten years from today, we envision the Canal as a safe, clean, and healthy community where families and children can walk and play freely. Families will live in safe and better housing conditions. Our children will have access to resources and quality education that supports their pathway to higher education. Our cultural values and ethnic heritage will be respected and families will be treated as equal partners working together with local agencies, police, schools, and community institutions to develop joint solutions. Our community of resilience will empower families to fulfill their full potential and live a safe, healthy, thriving quality of life.
Download the 2014 Voces del Canal Report today.
Join Canal Alliance in building the next generation of leaders! Each spring, we bring a delegation of high school and college students to engage in direct lobbying and advocacy at the California State Capitol with CIPC’s Immigrant Day Initiative.
In 2020, we’re proud to bring this next generation of leaders to represent Marin at the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit in Washington, D.C.