With UUFR’s input, ONE Wake sets education agenda

By Linda Miller, ONE Wake Organizing Ministry

ONE Wake is beginning a new phase of its work on education. Now that listening sessions with hundreds of parents, students and educators across Wake County are complete, ONE Wake’s education team has formed four sub-teams who are conducting research to build action agendas in the following areas: learning loss, mental health, teaching conditions, and access to technology.

Earlier this spring, UUFR held several listening sessions where members shared their experiences with education in Wake County. From those sessions and others held countywide, ONE Wake identified the four action areas. Now, there is a new phase of work in which our congregation can play a part.

Just as they have done in their other focus areas—affordable housing and living wage jobs—ONE Wake volunteers will now develop an action agenda for building a better public education system in Wake County.

Thanks to all who helped organize or participated in the listening sessions. Whether you participated or not, you can get involved in the ongoing work to develop ONE Wake’s education agenda.

You can sign up for action alerts specific to any of ONE Wake’s campaigns or for a weekly digest. For more information on UUFR’s work with ONE Wake, contact the congregation’s ONE Wake ministry team at [email protected].

ONE Wake is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue group of religious congregations, associations, and other non-profits in Wake County with membership of more than 50,000 households. UUFR became a member more than a year ago because our congregation believes we can have a bigger impact when we work collaboratively.

Other ONE Wake news and upcoming events:

Over 50% of Las Americas Residents Have Received Titles Since March

Leaders from the Las Americas Neighborhood Association recently met with NC Attorney General Josh Stein to discuss progress in their fight to receive the titles to their homes on which they’ve completed rent to own payments. The Association is a dues-paying member of ONE Wake.

28 of 53 titles that have been requested by residents have been received or are soon to be received. The Attorney General agreed to continue pressing the owner of the mobile home park until all of the titles are received.

This news follows from a press conference that was organized by the Association less than two months ago, and supported by 128 ONE Wake leaders.

See media coverage from April’s press conference here.

Four Wake County Municipalities Identified for Affordable Housing Push

After months of research this spring, the ONE Wake Affordable Housing Team has shaped issues for action on affordable housing in four municipalities across the county. Significant opportunities exist for the expansion or preservation of affordable housing in Cary, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Opportunities include: increasing local funding; prioritizing city and county owned land for affordable housing development; preventing the displacement of mobile home park residents; and assistance to homeowners at risk from skyrocketing property taxes.

A final draft of these proposed issue campaigns will be presented at ONE Wake’s Annual Meeting on June 10 (see below).

ONE Wake Annual Meeting in Four Weeks
Thursday, June 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Over 200 ONE Wake leaders are attending IAF University this spring to build their capacity to organize and deliver the full power of their congregations and communities.

During our June 10 Annual Meeting ONE Wake leaders will unveil a platform showing what this power is FOR: specific housing, jobs, and education issues that can be won in the next 12 – 24 months.

This meeting will kick off the second leg of our 2021 power strategy which will culminate in a series of large public actions in multiple municipalities this fall.

All institutions are asked to deliver 15 – 20 members of their congregation.

Please REGISTER EARLY so that we can send you advance materials to prepare for this crucial meeting.