Upcoming CGAP events at ARNOVA in Toronto

(Posting on behalf of Lehn Benjamin)

Dear CGAP members:

Hope everyone is well. On behalf of the leadership of CGAP, I wanted to let you know about a couple of great events at ARNOVA and another exciting initiative.

1. Sponsored Colloquy at ARNOVA. CGAP will have one sponsored session at ARNOVA. This will be a great session. We hope you will be able to attend.

* Thursday November 17th at 3:15 p.m. “Community and Grassroots Organizing in International and Transnational Contexts” with Howard Lune, James Mandiberg, Carmen Parra and Erica Kohl-Arenas.

2. Business Meeting and Reception. Our business meeting will be held at 7:30 on Thursday November 17th in Pier 9, after the opening reception. We hope everyone can join us! There will be light food and soft drinks. We plan to discuss the by-laws, the blog, the next pre-conference workshop and colloquia at ARNOVA 2012. Please let me know if you have anything to add to the agenda!

3. Blog. Starting October 30th, we are going to have discussion on Community Engagement in the Immigrant Nonprofit Sector! This online discussion will be facilitated by CGAP members Joon Kim, Erica Kohls, and Catherine Wilson. Below is a brief description. The purpose of the focused blog is to create an on-line conversation between scholars and practitioners on key topics. You can participate and follow the discussion by going to our blog https://cgaptoday.wordpress.com/ .

Since the passage of Arizona’s SB 1070 in April 2010, national attention has focused on the introduction of copy-cat immigration enforcement legislation at the state-level. However, such a focus misses the wider range of cultural and political initiatives taking place throughout the country that welcome immigrant presence and advance immigrant integration and immigrant rights.

CGAP is initiating a new series of blog stories about issues affecting grassroots and community organizations in the nonprofit sector. This month we hope to inspire dialogue around the theme of “Community Engagement in the Immigrant Nonprofit Sector.” The purpose of this month’s blog is to create a conversation between practitioners and scholars about the role that nonprofit organizations are playing in addressing the many challenges facing immigrant communities, families, and individuals in the United States.

We look forward to seeing everyone in November!!

Lehn M. Benjamin

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