Workshop on June 19th 9am-noon – What Good Is Government? Developing An Effective Interfaith Message in support of Economic Justice and Safety-Net Services

May 31, 2012 at 5:19 am Leave a comment

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger invite you to a free workshop:

What Good Is Government? Developing An Effective Interfaith Message in support of Economic Justice and Safety-Net Services

A Guided Two-Session Workshop for Religious Leaders and Congregational Members of all Faiths

Session I: Tuesday, June 19th, 9:00am – 12 noon St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Parish Hall 1704 NE 43rd Avenue Portland, OR 97213-1402

Workshop led by: Janet Byrd, Executive Director, Neighborhood Partnerships, and Alison McIntosh, Policy and Communications Director, Neighborhood Partnerships

This 3-hour workshop will offer a mix of communications theory, public opinion research findings, and tested advocacy messages on safety-net programs.  Together we will work to develop a shared interfaith message on why government must continue to provide critical safety-net programs, like SNAP (food stamps), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Medicaid, and more. 

Free, but limited to 25 participants, please pre-register soon.

To Register: please email Kevin Finney, EMO Public Policy Director at or phone 503-221-1054 x204 and leave a message with your name,  phone number, and congregational affiliation.

This workshop made possible with support from the

Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

About the Trainers

Janet Byrd

Janet is currently the Executive Director of Neighborhood Partnerships, which works to create opportunities for low income people.  Janet’s roots as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago working on housing issues as varied as insurance redlining, neighborhood disinvestment and tenant rights stoked a passion for housing policy and community development that has remained constant over the intervening years.  As Director of Neighborhood Partnerships, Janet has been central to the success of the statewide advocacy coalition, the Housing Alliance.  During her tenure NP also helped to launch the innovative multi-county collaborative to serve high-need homeless families, Bridges to Housing, and quadrupled the impact of the Oregon IDA Initiative, a unique statewide partnership that builds the assets of low income Oregonians.

Since 2003, Janet has been a proponent of the use of strategic communications, based on theories of cognitive linguistics, and has worked to hone the skills of fellow advocates throughout Oregon. In 2009, Neighborhood Partnerships convened an Advocates College, with the support of the Public Works project and Larry Wallack of Portland State University. The Strategic Communications Initiative grew out of that effort, and now engages NP in supporting policy work to strengthen communities throughout Oregon.

Ms. Byrd holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

Alison McIntosh

Alison is the Policy and Communications Director of Neighborhood Partnerships. Alison joined Neighborhood Partnerships in late 2006.  She quickly became essential in her roles managing the Bridges to Housing collaboration and overseeing fundraising.  She brings to NP her skillful collaboration management, creativity and a willingness to shoulder new tasks.

At NP, Alison has assumed increasing responsibility in advocacy, communications, and policy analysis. She now coordinates the work of the Housing Alliance and advises our work on asset building as a state partner of CFED. She leads our work to think creatively about new ways to engage our members in advocacy – through coalitions, voter registration, and voter engagement.  Alison began working for non-profit organizations in 2001 as a community organizer in Minnesota. After moving to Portland in 2003, Alison gained experience in local housing issues as a volunteer and Board member for the Portland-based Community Alliance of Tenants. As a CAT board member, Alison participated in the City of Portland’s Quality Rental Housing Workgroup in 2007–2008. In 2010, Alison was selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson’s Ladder to Leadership fellowship program. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN


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