Some nice words about MVA from Father Kevin Hunt of St. James Church in Vancouver's Downtown East Side.
As I discover more of the history of St. James', it is good to find that this ministry and witness has been part of life in this parish, and is still so, not least in the Street Outreach Initiative. On Tuesday I went with Fr Matthew to the AGM of the Metro Vancouver Alliance. It was a great encouragement to learn of this Alliance of a wide variety of faith communities, community groups and labour organisations across the region committed to listening to concerns at grass-roots level, to those who do not know how to make their voices heard, to discovering common needs, wrongs to be addressed, longings and aspirations, and to know that St. James' is a member. The Alliance's work is focused on three areas at present, affordable housing, income justice, transit, all overlapping as issues of social inclusion and all of which should be matters of concern for the whole community.
Read the whole message here.
Delegates representing MVAs member organizations enthusiastically endorsed project RouteSpeak at the MVA Annual General meeting, held June 8th.
The next step in MVA's transit campaign, project RouteSpeak will bring community members from across the Lower Mainland together to build consensus and citizen civic power on a range of issues that affect access to and operation of transit and transportation.
Here's MVA's proposal ...
Metro Vancouver Alliance is a broad-based alliance of 52 community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions working together for the common good. MVA brings together diverse civil society organizations to create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities.
The members of Metro Vancouver Alliance are institutions: congregations, labor unions, educational bodies, co-operatives, small business, non-profits, and neighborhood organizations that share a concern for the well-being of their community.
The aim of MVA is to strengthen the voice of citizens and take action on issues of common concern. The Alliance builds on more than 70 years of community organizing experience developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation, with sister organizations across the US, Canada, Germany, Australia and the UK.
Organizations that join MVA do so in order to:
- Develop leadership and strengthen community within and between their institutions
- Build bridges across longstanding divisions that isolate communities from each other
- Build their capacity to act against the root causes of inequality and injustice
MVA has charitable status through its educational arm, Industrial Areas Foundation Canada,
We are being asked to vote on a good transit plan in Metro Vancouver. But it is only a start. Even the mayors who developed it describe the plan as “neither everything we want nor all that we ultimately need.”
A Yes vote starts to meet the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and lower and middle income people. Demand for public transit has soared, while service levels have remained practically unchanged over the past seven years. Extreme overcrowding has eroded reliability and safety, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. HandyDART service hours have been frozen since 2009, and as a result trip denials went up over 600 per cent before the contractor changed procedures to disguise the crisis. The 30 per cent increase in HandyDART and 25 per cent increase in bus service in the plan is a big step in the right direction, but not enough given that the number of people over 70 is expected to increase by 40 per cent in the next decade.Read more
Transit service in the Lower Mainland was one of the issues MVA member organizations identified as a priority and something that we all would work on together: before, during and after the transit referendum. Check out the video ...
Metro Vancouver Alliance joins the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, campaigns for YES vote in upcoming referendum.
The Metro Vancouver Alliance has joined the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition advocating for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum.
Over the past two years MVA held thousands of conversations with people from within its member institutions about the challenges they face and the positive changes they wanted to see in the region. MVA members identified transit and social isolation as two priorities.Read more
The video MVA produced that outlines some of the problems users have accessing transit in the Lower Mainland is getting some great feedback. Check it out ...