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CALC (Community Alliance of Lane County)

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The mission of CALC is to educate and mobilize for peace, human dignity and social, racial, and economic justice.
Founded:
1966
Phone:
541-485-1755
Address:
458 Blair Blvd
City, State:
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Email:
calcoffice@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.calclane.org/
The 1966 mission of CALC was to mobilize opposition to the Vietnam War. Over forty years later, CALC continues to challenge militarism, but has deepened our mission to educate and mobilize for peace, human dignity and social, racial and economic justice.  We address root causes of oppression by seeking to change attitudes, behaviors, and policy through education, activism, and cultural means.  We challenge ourselves and others to address privilege and power, to work collaboratively as effective allies, and help build leadership, especially for disempowered and marginalized people.  We work with and for a multi-racial, multi-class, multi-gendered, multi-generational movement on social justice issues and projects. Our main programs are: We are located in Eugene, Oregon and work primarily in Eugene, Springfield and outlying rural areas. We have paid program and administrative staff, a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, steering committees, and hundreds of other volunteers and interns that donate thousands of hours of service every year. We work closely in collaboration with area grassroots organizations, non-profits, and educational organizations. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.

Currently in Helios Matching Grant Program!

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Fundraising Period Ends: February 3rd, 2017
Funds Raised: $0
Funds left to Raise: $500

 

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CALC is asking support for its Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B) program. Its purpose is to challenge racism, anti-Semitism, and heterosexism; respond directly to overt hate activity; and work with policymakers to address institutionalized bias and discrimination. Volunteer committees with paid staff support run CALC programs.

Implementation Plans/Outcomes:

  1. Respond to hate activity: Support targeted individuals, canvass in impacted neighborhoods, post Stop Hate flyers, work with allies to organize vigils or rallies. Stop Hate responses will be quick, & effective; hate activity will decrease.
  2. Increase CALC’s ability to mobilize community members and effectively impact decision makers, by building the “I Got Your Back” rapid response team. 5 times a year, team members agree to take action challenging hate activity, bias, or inaction by government. By June 2017, the goal is to increase the response team from 420 to 620 members.
  3. To challenge stereotypes and increase community understanding of marginalized communities, CALC will display 4 photo exhibits (immigrants, diverse families, mixed race folks, homeless) in high traffic venues 4x in 2017.
  4. In order to diversify and strengthen its steering committee, B2B plans to expand the committee to have 10 diverse activists; several age 20-30, half under 40, by July 2017.
  5. To increase public understanding about bias/micro-aggressions, B2B will organize and facilitate community conversations; present 4 workshops; and co-sponsor under-represented community groups’ programs.

Community members will better understand and be able to challenge bias; there will be increased turnout at ally sponsored actions.

  1. The Stop Hate Campaign’s ongoing, coordinated response to hate will result in less hate activity in Lane County.
  2. Strengthening the B2B steering committee and growing the “I Got Your Back” rapid response team, will make CALC stronger and increase the number of activists advocating for social, racial and economic justice in Lane County
  3. CALC’s photo exhibits will raise awareness of and support for the diversity of our community, and will help create a society where everybody is treated with dignity and respect.
  4. The workshops and community conversations will provide Community members with the information and skills to effectively challenge bias.

CALC’s work has long-lasting and far-reaching effects even beyond those who are the direct victims of injustices. Our community is more livable for everyone when institutions and businesses have equitable policies and practices; when our children are taught to value the diversity of their neighbors; when the haters have no support; and when we are effective in holding the government accountable to the needs of the populace. Our entire community is positively affected by CALC’s work.


HELIOS GRANT DATE: 2004

REQUEST:

With Measure 36 and a strengthened religious right, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBTQ) people live amid hostility. CALC will intensify gay rights support, challenging bigotry and institutionalized oppression experienced by LGBTQ people. Objective: greater safety, acceptance for LGBTQ community. Implementation plan: 1. What Does Family Look Like? — CALC’s new photo exhibit portrays diverse loving families, including LGBTQ families. We’ll schedule ten locations in 2005. Outcome: Broader acceptance of LGBTQ, other non-traditional families. 2. LGBTQ-friendly Schools CALC’s Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER) is building a Safe Schools Network (with PFLAG, students/staff). Personnel from 12 Springfield schools involved already; we want contacts in each school. Objectives: offer support, safety for students/staff, information, resources, workshops, briefings; support Gay/Straight Alliances; link community groups with school personnel; ensure appropriate responses to harassment. Outcome: More support for LGBTQ students. 3. Understanding of Gender Identity Issues CALC’s Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B) will build understanding of transgender issues, reduce trans phobia through presentations, workshops; collaborate with City’s Gender Identity Work Group; organize a transgender group to gain a strong voice; push to amend Eugene city code to protect transgender individuals. Outcome: A safer environment for trans individuals. 4. Counter Hate Activity CALC will counter and lessen impact of hate groups with information, education, hot line, email reporting, research, counter-leafleting, media. Stop Hate! enlists local businesses as Hate Free Zones, individuals as “eyes and ears.” Stop Hate! will mobilize responses when haters target LGBTQ community. Outcome: Less room for hate. This grant will cover costs for printing program flyers and for the Stop Hate Hot Line and Springfield phoneline.


HELIOS GRANT DATE: December 29th, 2013

AMOUNT: $1,210

REQUEST:

CALC’s project is advocacy for Homeless People and promoting the universal right to shelter.  Homelessness in Lane County has been increasing.  In January of 2010, the Lane County Human Services Commission did a one-night homeless count and counted 3,971 homeless people.  2010 figures are cited as there has not been a street count since then.  The Occupy Eugene movement has brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront and given energy to activists to address the issue.  In both Eugene and Springfield, CALC is working with allies sauch as Occupy Eugene, Soaring Hope Ministries, and Springfield School District Homeless Liasons to influence city government officials to change their regulations addressing homeless people.  Expanding on the success of our SSRA (Springfield Shelter Rights Alliance), we have active, volunteer based, working groups in both Eugene and Springfield with strong representation from the homeless community.  We would like to fund dedicated staff time to work with these groups to find solutions for people who have no where to stay.  Strategies and outcomes include:

  • Working with government officials to change restrictive ordinances such as the Eugene Downtown Exclusion Zone and current camping ordinances
  • Promote the de-criminalization of homelessness
  • Facilitate communication between the homeless community and existing infrastructures, i.e. government, police, and service providers, to explore new ways to address homelessness that are not currently being utilized in the service delivery system
  • Work with city officials to create daytime options for homeless people, including employment, education and health-focused services

 


HELIOS GRANT DATE: September, 2016

AMOUNT: $1,522

REQUEST:

CALC is asking support for its Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B) program. Its purpose is to challenge racism, anti-Semitism, and heterosexism; respond directly to overt hate activity; and work with policymakers to address institutionalized bias and discrimination. Volunteer committees with paid staff support run CALC programs.

Implementation Plans/Outcomes:

  1. Respond to hate activity: Support targeted individuals, canvass in impacted neighborhoods, post Stop Hate flyers, work with allies to organize vigils or rallies. Stop Hate responses will be quick, & effective; hate activity will decrease.
  2. Increase CALC’s ability to mobilize community members and effectively impact decision makers, by building the “I Got Your Back” rapid response team. 5 times a year, team members agree to take action challenging hate activity, bias, or inaction by government. By June 2017, the goal is to increase the response team from 420 to 620 members.
  3. To challenge stereotypes and increase community understanding of marginalized communities, CALC will display 4 photo exhibits (immigrants, diverse families, mixed race folks, homeless) in high traffic venues 4x in 2017.
  4. In order to diversify and strengthen its steering committee, B2B plans to expand the committee to have 10 diverse activists; several age 20-30, half under 40, by July 2017.
  5. To increase public understanding about bias/micro-aggressions, B2B will organize and facilitate community conversations; present 4 workshops; and co-sponsor under-represented community groups’ programs. Community members will better understand and be able to challenge bias; there will be increased turnout at ally sponsored actions.