Community Action Partnership is in the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign
Our designation number is 80371.
Community Action Partnership Annual Convention
August 23-26 in San Francisco
Convention Discount Rates extended until August 5.
Please register now at the discounted rates.
Leaders Pre-convention – 3rd Annual Gathering
August 23, 2011 in San Francisco 11:30 to 4:30
Charge to attend: $60, includes lunch
here for information and the Registration Form
here to view a preliminary list of workshops
The complete list with days, times, and room numbers will be posted
on our website this week.
here to download the Registration
here to view the Convention
for more Convention information as it becomes available.
NOW at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis
note that our block of rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis is
sold out. Rooms may still be available at the Marriott. If you have
not yet booked your room yet, contact the Marriott now.
WILL MONITOR AND SEND INFO IN FUTURE ENEWS ISSUES
US Census Bureau has announced that 2010 data for income, poverty and
health insurance will be released on September 13, just weeks after
the Partnership’s 2011 Annual Convention.
The data is generated from the Current Population Survey—the nation's
primary source of statistics on labor force characteristics that provides
the official annual statistics on the nation's income and poverty levels
and a monthly snapshot of employment levels.
To read the news release, go to: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb11-135.html
LEARN FROM MARK WEINHEIMER AT OUR CONVENTION
of our Network’s community economic development leaders know and
have worked with Dr. Ralph Lippman and Glenn Sanada from the California
Community Economic Development Association. Ralph and Glenn will serve
as valuable resources at our upcoming national convention in San Francisco,
August 24-26. Joining them for the Friday, August 6th morning session,
“How to Talk to Funders about Your Economic Development Project”
will be Mark Weinheimer.
Weinheimer will bring Economic Development Expertise to Community
Action Annual Conference
Mark Weinheimer is the principal of Weinheimer & Associates, a
Washington, DC-based consulting firm that specializes in community
development, a field that Mark has been involved with for 35 years.
His experience includes leadership roles in the public sector, private
consulting and management of nonprofit organizations. Mark’s
consulting includes work in program development and administration,
policy development, strategic and organizational planning, and organizational
and program assessment. For example, he organized and managed a multi-year
and multi-site grant program to heighten the involvement of faith-based
institutions in community development.
had a leadership role for many years in Living Cities: The National
Community Development Initiative, a multi-institution consortium that
funded activities in some two dozen large cities. He has also assisted
public and private philanthropies form lasting partnerships to benefit
community economic development activities. He recently led a group
looking at the impact of a HUD grant program providing capacity building
funds to local community development corporations nationwide.
Before establishing his own consulting practice in 1989, Weinheimer
worked at Seedco, where he helped to form partnerships between hospitals
and universities with community developers, and at the National Trust
for Historic Preservation, where he managed all of the organization’s
grant and loan programs. He also worked at HUD’s Office of Neighborhood
Development, Pennsylvania’s Department of Community Affairs,
and the cities of Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA.
Weimheimer has a degree from Franklin and Marshall College, of Lancaster,
PA. He co-authored Community Development in the 1990s with
Christopher Walker (Urban Institute Press, 1997) and several publications
for the National Congress for Community Economic Development.
LINKS WITH NTCA BROADBAND RURAL OUTREACH
April, Partnership staff attended the National Telecommunication Cooperative
Association’s (NTCA) Broadband Adoption Summit, which focused
on bringing broadband service to rural communities so that schools,
businesses, hospitals and public safety groups can benefit from the
latest technological advancements.
As a result, we are listed on NTCA ‘s new strategic outreach
initiative webpage, Strategic Outreach: Connecting and Collaborating
for Rural Communities, http://www.ntca.org/outreach.
The page highlights a diverse range of organizations—particularly
those involved in health care, education, commerce and public safety—and
shows how broadband is essential to each of these four areas. It is
a resource for individuals looking to connect with other 3rd party
entities with rural interests or gather more information about rural
broadband. Also listed on the site are National Telecommunications
and Information Administration and US Department of Agriculture Rural
The Partnership is proud to support NTCA in its efforts to improve
the quality of life in rural communities through the advocacy of broadband
and other advanced communications infrastructure and services.
PENDING FOR "SUPER" COMMITTEE ON ALL
FED FUNDS & PROGRAMS
to Wade Henderson, President and CEO, and Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice
President for Policy at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human
Rights, the Partnership joined with more than 70 other prestigious national
organizations in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for appointments
to the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction who understand
and support the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
The Partnership is a member organization of the Leadership Conference
on Civil and Human Rights.
The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Minority Leader Pelosi:
The undersigned organizations represent persons of color, women, children,
low- to moderate-income workers, labor unions, people with disabilities,
consumers, elders, people of faith, English language learners, LGBT
people, educators, environmentalists, and many other Americans. As organizations
with a tremendous stake in the outcome of the ongoing budget process,
we urge you to appoint members to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit
Reduction who will insist that the recommendations include sufficient
revenue increases to reduce the deficit while preserving our ability
to create jobs, rebuild the economy, and protect vulnerable people from
the loss of vital services.
Your appointments to the Joint Select Committee will be among the most
significant decisions you will make in the 112th Congress, with far-reaching
implications. It is all but certain that half of the membership of the
Committee will be comprised of individuals who adhere to an extremist
philosophy involving the downsizing of our federal government, elimination
of safety nets, and extending tax cuts and loopholes for those who need
them the least.
Our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent are relying
heavily on you to stand up to this radical approach. We believe it is
essential that you appoint Committee members who will support the following
Any deficit reduction agreement must include measures to put people
back to work and rebuild the economy. The first round of deficit reduction
under the Budget Control Act comes exclusively from $1 trillion in cuts
that will kill jobs and weaken the recovery. This is on top of the cuts
to the remainder of the 2011 budget adopted mid-year. If there is one
point on which all economists can agree, it is that investment –
in social and physical infrastructure, research and innovation, and
worker productivity – is absolutely essential to getting people
back to work in the short term and ensuring that our economy grows in
the long run. The Committee must make this investment possible by ensuring
that the next round of deficit reduction eliminates wasteful and unnecessary
tax giveaways (i.e. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, tax breaks for
multinational corporations that offshore jobs, loopholes for private
equity and hedge fund managers) and recommends new taxes for the ultra-wealthy.
The burden of deficit reduction must not be borne by low- and moderate-income
individuals. As our nation’s economy continues to struggle, unemployment
remains high, and there is a dire need to put people back to work. Countless
numbers of Americans have been wiped out financially and will be forced
to start their climb up the economic ladder all over again. A large
aging population is gradually leaving the workforce and will rely on
the promises made, decades ago, by programs such as Social Security
and Medicare. Children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable
populations continue to lack access to affordable health care and depend
on Medicaid as a safety net – while other important services and
programs, such as food stamps (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income,
education, Head Start, child care, jobs programs, environmental protections,
low-income housing, and
emergency unemployment compensation are also more important than ever
in today’s economy. Any
cuts to these programs are unacceptable because they will jeopardize
the health, economic security,
and education of millions of Americans; will keep the economy from getting
back on track; and will
place an even heavier burden on states that are already struggling to
meet the needs of vulnerable
Any discretionary savings must rely at least as much on cuts in national
security programs as
on spending cuts in non-security discretionary programs. While there
is an effort to cut spending
across the broad array of annual discretionary spending programs, national
security spending, which
comprises 61% of the discretionary budget, continues to grow. Without
cuts to national security
programs, even very deep cuts to all other discretionary funding taken
together will fall far short of
dealing with the deficit. We want a safe and secure nation. But national
security programs should not
be immune from oversight and fiscal responsibility. We can responsibly
reduce spending in this area
without compromising our nation's security.
Thank you for your consideration of our views. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact Rob
Randhava, Senior Counsel at The Leadership Conference, at 202-466-6058.
Alliance for a Just Society
American Association of School Administrators
American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Association of Education Service Agencies
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Campaign for America's Future
Campaign for Community Change
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families
Children’s Defense Fund
Coalition on Human Needs
Community Action Partnership
Council for Opportunity in Education
Democracy for America
Every Child Matters Education Fund
Food Research and Action Center
Friends of the Earth
Half in Ten
Health Care for America Now
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural
Workers of America (UAW)
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
National Association for State Community Services Programs
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Association of Social Workers
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Organization for Women
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition
National Rural Education Association
National Skills Coalition
National Women’s Law Center
National Women's Health Network
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
People For the American Way
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Rebuild the Dream
Social Security Works
United for a Fair Economy
United Steelworkers (USW)
US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
TO DEBBIE WEINSTEIN FOR LYRICS AND ORGANIZING
needs to hear that ordinary Americans—low- and middle-income alike—should
not lose jobs, health care, food and education while those at the top
keep raking in tax breaks and military waste remains untouched. Thanks
to Debbie Weinstein at the Coalition on Human Needs.
It's a Binge on Top on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NXBsyjteXI
read more, including the lyrics to the unusual performance, apologies
to Rogers and Hammerstein, see Deborah Weinstein in the Huffington Post:
TO TAWNY STOTTLEMIRE AND HER GREAT TEAM AT KACAP
you’re coming to San Francisco for the Annual Convention, be sure
to check out “Poverty: A-Z,” the special
multi-media art exhibit sponsored by the Kansas Association
of Community Action Programs (KACAP).
The exhibit, which aims to educate people about poverty in an innovative
way, showcases real-life perspectives about living in or fighting against
poverty (one for each letter of the alphabet) written by Community Action
employees, volunteers, and program participants.
For more information, visit KACAP’s website, http://www.kacap.org/ProgramsandResources/KACAPOutreach/PovertyAZ.aspx
AND see this article from the Summer 2011 issue of The
MAKES OUR CASE TO WHITE HOUSE STAFF
Manela, left, and Don Mathis
Manela, Human Services Division Manager at Lane County (OR) Health and
Human Services—a municipal Community Action Agency—participated
in a recent White House Community Leaders Forum, held at the White House.
Steve credits reading about this opportunity in a Partnership e news.
He arrived in DC the day before the briefing and met with Don Mathis
at the Partnership office and later with Oregon Congressional staff.
During the White House briefings, Steve explained to the presidential
staff that food stamp/SNAP participation in Lane County had doubled
in the past year, unemployment and homelessness were growing, serious
In response to Steve’s remarks, a White House official commented
that Community Action had to use the same strategy that Planned Parenthood
did when it was attacked, namely demonstrate to the White House (White
House staff are not allowed to recommend lobbying Congress) the extent
of Community Action support via letters, e-mails, personal contact,
and support by community leaders and supporters.
Thank you Steve for carrying our message to the White House.
COUNTY, PA, CAA DEVELOPS FIRST HUD 202 COMPLEX
TO RECEIVE LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION
House for first HUD funded “green” housing complex for seniors
in the nation
Open House was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15th at North East
Manor, 4132 South Washington Street, North East. North East Manor is
a 27 unit apartment complex for those 62 and older. The complex was
funded using federal HUD section 202 dollars. According to HUD officials
it is the first HUD funded 202 complex that has received LEED Silver
certification in the nation.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the
certification is issued by the Green Building Certification Institute
which is an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council. North East Manor
achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material
use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
LEED certified building saves money for families, businesses, and taxpayers,
reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to a healthier environment
for residents, workers and the larger community.
A brief ceremony was held at 11:00 a.m. with comments from HUD officials,
the builders, and Brad Moore from Congressman Mike Kelly’s office,
according to Ronald J. Errett, CEO of the Community Action Partnership
of Mercer County which is the sponsoring Agency for North East Manor.
“We are delighted to bring this LEED Silver certified building
to North East. It is consistent with our mission to allow senior citizens
to have quality affordable housing options and to be energy conscious
in doing that” said Errett.
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