By Ruben Amores
Sydney Alliance is preparing a massive peoples power campaign to make governments to act more effectively toward the more pressing and common concerns of transportation, housing and employment.
And like in the recent successful popular campaign against the proposed changes to the Anti-discrimination Act, the Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations Inc (APCO) will again commit its resources and community volunteers to join mainstream Australia in this social and democratic exercise.
“What does it take for the politicians to listen to us and respond to our daily needs?”
This was the challenge posed by Sydney Alliance Coalition Director, Amanda Tattersall to about 60 participants at the Table Talk training held on August 13 at Mercy Sister in Parramatta.
The aim of the training is to prepare people to conduct “table talks” that will bring the people together to discuss issues of concern and to develop strategies – to find solutions.
The participants are interested to hold table talks in their workplaces, respective organisations, neighbourhoods, network forums and at any time the people of Greater Western Sydney get together.
APCO is an active member of Western Sydney Community Forum which is one of the organising members of Sydney Alliance.
After thousands of conversations all across Sydney, a final decision was reached in November 2013 by the Sydney Alliance and partner organisations that the issues of housing, jobs and transport would cover the Citizens Agenda that will be put to politicians on the lead up to the 2015 State election.
(Incidentally, APCO was again represented at this meeting and successfully appealed for financial support to Typhoon Haiyan’s appeal. A total of $502.90 was collected from the members who were present at that meeting.)
It was announced that Sydney Alliance is organising a Western Sydney Assembly to be held on October 29 this year to raise the four major areas of concern which have been identified such as: Westmead Hospital Precinct transport and traffic congestion, Transport, Housing and Employment for Young People.
*** Ruben Amores is president of Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations Inc.
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