The Sydney Alliance is a diverse coalition of community organisations, religious organisations, unions and schools that uses the tools of community organising to make the city a better place to live. The idea of building a Sydney Alliance was first raised in May 2007, and by November that same year was financially supported by 13 organisations. The Alliance launched with 45 partner organisations on 15 September 2011. The Alliance has three goals.
We work with our partner organisations to:
- Increase and strengthen the leadership capacity of their members, their leaders, and staff.
- Deepen the relationships across civil society by strengthening the relationships between our partner organisations.
- Act for the ‘Common Good’.
Below are 4 ways you could be involved in Sydney Alliance in 2019
Sydney has an abundance of resources, but they are not evenly shared.
Over the last ten years, we’ve seen Sydney become a harsher, hotter, less affordable city.
We’ve seen rents, power bills, temperatures and rates of precarious work go up.
Time with family, security of work, security of housing has gone down.
Is this the city we want for the next generation? Changing the city in 2019 is up to everyday people.
Pollies aren't going to do it for us. There are four areas of focus this year:
Work, Power, Homes & Heart. The first step is making contact with an organiser for a coffee...
AGENDA FOR THE COMMON GOOD:
Work: Join the Save-Our-Weekend Action Team
Issue: Ensuring a work-life balance, Keeping weekends as community time. Supporting penalty rates and retaining Sunday trading restrictions
Step up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices For Power: Join one of our Caucus' (working geographical group) to engage in local organising
Campaign: Organising with Sydney's migrant communities on low-income access to Affordable and Renewable Power!
Involves: Participating in frequent meetings with fellow diverse and like-minded community leaders; building power by building relationships, learning how to organise; making intentional and creative decisions on the type of actions your caucus engage's in, working with Local Councils and MPs to champion our campaign asks and OVERALL, join leaders across Sydney in making strategic decisions.
The campaign is currently focused on securing commitments from the NSW Government related to: (1) the establishment of Community Energy Hubs, where low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse consumers can access resources and support that are in language and help keep energy bills low! (2) establish a pilot Solar Garden in Western Sydney, with the scope to scale up across NSW.
Primary migrant communities: Pacific, Filipino, Vietnamese, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Middle East Christian groups. However, we're keen to work other migrant communities who has an appetite to join the cause!
Based: 3 caucus' across Sydney: Inner West & South, North West and Sydney's East.
Step up: Email Voices for Power Co-Lead, Liuanga at email@example.com
Homes: Join the Affordable Housing Action Team
Issue: Affordable & Secure rental housing
Campaign: Winning affordable rental housing targets in new developments and security of tenure for renters.
Target: NSW Government & the 33 Local Councils across Sydney.
Involves: Getting active with the Sydney Alliance housing team.
Based: Anywhere in Sydney, meetings in City & Parramatta
Step up: Email to Housing Team Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart: Join the People-Seeking-Asylum Research-Action Team
Issue: the welfare of people seeking asylum and refuge in Sydney
Campaign: Taking action on practical ways to support people seeking asylum living in Sydney.
Involves: Research, working with people-seeking-asylum and refuge, face-to-face meetings with experts, bureaucrats, community groups and politicians, media engagement
Step up: Email to Chantelle@sydneyalliance.org.au