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Tiffany Rodriguez
Jun 21, 2021
In Events and Happenings
Please join the NOW Network this coming Thursday at 1pm ET for the third webinar in the 2021 NOW Webinar Series: Nurturing Family Leadership: Community-Centered Equity Practices. RSVP TODAY https://bit.ly/RSVP-NOW-Webinar-June2021. Sustaining Family-Led Innovations for Equitable COVID-Recovery Thursday, June 24, 2021 10-11am Pacific / 1-2pm Eastern Register at: https://bit.ly/RSVP-NOW-Webinar-June2021 During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, caregivers, and other local leaders have pioneered and launched innovative community-based efforts to respond to family and community needs. From neighborhood mutual aid funds, healthy housing and food access resource networks, to advocacy for equitable resources, racial justice, and investment in communities of color most impacted by COVID, these local innovations have pointed to new solutions and structures of collective community care that can ensure the dignity and voice of all children of color and their families for the long term. This session will highlight examples of these innovative family-led efforts and explore what is needed to sustain these solutions for COVID-19 recovery and beyond. Featured speakers: Jametta Lily, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Parents Network Rosazlia Grillier, Board Member & Co-President of Emeritus, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) Liliana Olayo, Co-President, COFI/POWER-PAC Illinois Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network Visit the NOW Innovation Forum today at: https://www.networksofopportunity.org/ NOTA: Hay una línea en español disponible para los participantes que deseen escuchar interpretación en vivo durante el seminario web.
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Tiffany Rodriguez
May 19, 2021
In Events and Happenings
Re-shared from NOW Network member @Steph C / Stephanie Waters Please join us for this free Zoom opportunity. This training will engage participants in discussions related to key social justice issues that impact how we teach, serve, and interact with others. Implicit bias, how it manifests, impacts children, communities, and early childhood spaces will be presented. Color-blind and culture-blind ideology will be discussed as barriers to addressing racial equity. Cultural humility will be presented as a strategy to prevent bias will also be discussed. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjh0_onTKv2bYQCqlIqle7XcYq7vMScqoP9GJmDeiVeXN2dA/viewform
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Tiffany Rodriguez
May 10, 2021
In Resource Exchange
Have you tuned in to In The Arena with NOW? We are excited to announce the release of episode #14! Venture with us to Chicago, https://www.networksofopportunity.org/podcast, where we hear from the Austin Neighborhood Network and learn about the value of community coalition collaboration and authentically centering community voice. Tune in here: https://www.networksofopportunity.org/podcast and share below the most impactful quotes or lessons learned during your time tuning in to Ep. 14 of In The Arena with NOW. P.S Did you know that you can learn more about the coalitions who participated in the original NOW Learning Community on our website under Community Stories? Explore Austin's page to learn more: https://www.networksofopportunity.org/lc-profile-austin-neigh-network-il.
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Tiffany Rodriguez
Apr 07, 2021
In Events and Happenings
Hello NOW Forum members, The NOW team is excited to share the RSVP link to our second webinar of the 2021 NOW Series: Nurturing Family Leadership: Community-Centered Equity Practices. Register here for Cooperative Economies for Collective Leadership: New Paradigms for Funding Community-Determined Efforts to Advance Child Wellbeing and Equity. Please join us on Thursday April 22 from 1pm-2pm ET / 10-11am Pacific. RSVP: http://bit.ly/NOWWebinar-April2021 Cooperatives have long served an important model for building community wellbeing, guided by values of democratic decision making, shared power and ownership, and equitable distribution of health, economic, and social benefits. Learn from leading experts and practitioners in the field who will provide an overview of the principles and structure of cooperative economies and models, including barriers and challenges, as well as benefits and opportunities of implementing this model to advance community wellbeing. Featured speakers: Nia Evans, Executive Director, Boston Ujima Project James Vamboi, Chief of Staff, Community, and Culture, Boston Ujima Project Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, City University of New York (CUNY) Marcos Beleche, Board President, Dorchester Food Cooperative Moderator: Moderator: @ronda.alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network With community, Tiffany NOW Program Coordinator
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Tiffany Rodriguez
Mar 16, 2021
In Reflections
Hi NOW Community, Over the weekend, I tuned in to Code Switch's latest podcast episode Saving A Language You're Learning to Speak, which you can listen to on NPR here. Since then, I have been heavily reflecting on the story told and how this particular episodes hits close to home in both my personal community and in the work we do at Vital Village Networks. I will only give a brief summary because I want to encourage you to take a listen to the episode. It is worth many listens over. In short, this episode takes us to Hawaii's main island and tells us a bit of history about why the Hawaiian language was nearly lost. It took a small community of Hawaiians, who spoke English as their first and dominant language, to recognize that something had to be done in order to preserve both the language and cultural practices. This is their story. As my first language and dominant one, English was my first tongue. However, my family and communities language is Spanish. Spanish is the language of their heart and will be shifted too immediately when someone is speaking about a very vulnerable moment or wants to express themselves fully. It is the sole language of my elders, 2 generations ahead of me, and the only way we can connect authentically. So this episode really speaks to me personally. I feel really proud to be working on the implementation of language justice with my team at Vital Village Networks including the National Leadership Summit and many of the NOW initiatives including webinars. As explained in the Code Switch episode creating a culture of inclusivity that honors the language of peoples hearts is a continued practice. We must continue to learn and adapt too better serve all communities. One step at a time, authentically, and with community voice at the center. What practices does your coalition use to include the greater community? What lessons have been learned? What highlights do you have to share?
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Tiffany Rodriguez
Jul 06, 2020
In Resource Exchange
Good afternoon NOW Innovation Forum Members, June was a very powerful month for our partners and the network. We have been inspired, moved and called to action by all of you. With that being said, we are going to begin monthly spotlights of the community blogs, shared tools and resources, and In The Arena with NOW Podcast episodes. Our hopes are that this is one more outlet to amplify your voices and projects. Please feel free to share these highlights with your own community and network. If you have an item to contribute, please share it by submitting it the NOW Innovation Forum or posting it on this thread. Also, be sure to register for the upcoming July 30th webinar: Community-Driven Policy Advocacy: Upholding the Dignity of Immigrant Children and Families. With justice & community, The NOW team June 2020 NOW Innovation Forum Highlights June 2020 Forum Newsletter In The Arena with NOW Podcast, Ep. 9: From Data to Action: Community Stories Lead to Policy Change NOW Innovation Forum Blogs Community Champion Spotlight: Catherine Luo, by Tiffany Rodriguez, NOW Program Coordinator RealClear Policy: The Forgotten Essential Worker Workers: Women of Color in Child Care, by Lynette M. Fraga & Renee Boynton-Jarrett Think Small Blog: Wake Up Everybody, by Dianne Haulcy, NOW Learning Community: Voices and Choices for Children Coalition Virtual Learning Labs Operationalizing Equity Through Participatory Data Storytelling  Recursos de interpretación en español disponibles/ Spanish interpretation tools are available A couple of newly added tools to the Resource Library Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children, by Embrace Race Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversation about Race and Racism, by Anti-Defamation League Storytelling: A tool for Health Advocacy, by Spark Policy Institute
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Tiffany Rodriguez
Jun 09, 2020
In Community Problem Solving
Hello NOW Innovation Forum Members, I am beyond proud to share the ongoing efforts of the Vital Village Network. Today is the Boston City Budget hearing. The Vital Village Network and our partners are gathering testimony and suggestions to create and submit a public comment. We are advocating that the city of Boston invest in our Black and Brown communities so that together we can create neighborhoods and a city where every child and family can thrive. If you are a Boston resident we invite you to sign on or share testimony and suggestions for a collective public comment to the Boston City Council on the FY 2021 Budget conta.cc/3h8VYCg View the hearing LIVE: https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council/watch-boston-city-council-tv Sign & submit testimony or suggestions here: bit.ly/vvn-budget-public-comment With justice, Tiffany
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Tiffany Rodriguez

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