On Thursday evening March 14 2019, nine days before the next NSW election, 1901 leaders and citizens came together at Sydney Town Hall to urge political decision-makers from State and Federal politics work with us on solutions for on affordable housing, household energy and rental reform.
It was a night filled with energy, diversity and the real stories of everyday people suffering under our housing and energy systems. Together we showed our politicians the depth of feeling in our communities and organisations about this issues. To read up on the commitments we secured together, click here.
In the Voices for Power Project, ethnically and culturally diverse leaders take the lead in finding solutions to problems confronting the members of their communities. As our communities are dealing with the pressures of rising energy prices and the effects of climate change, we are stepping up to meet those challenges.
How does it work?
The project starts by building a core team of young people and outlying leaders who are passionate about climate change.
The core team then undergoes a listening campaign about affordable and renewable power with the buy-in of partner organisations.
These listening campaigns unearth new leaders and grassroots stories, educate and build trust across communities.
Following this process, community leaders and organisers come together in a culturally-appropriate way and discern both practical opportunities for transferring to affordable and renewable energy as well as political solutions.
This process repeats each year with a growing number of leaders in each iteration.
In the second year, organisations would start integrating listening, discernment and action events into the regular flow of cultural, religious and community life, connecting with a larger network of participants.
In the third year, the focus would shift significantly to public action, with united communities making their position on these issues clear.
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