ACTS Community-wide Listening Campaign
ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse) is a grassroots network advocating for social justice in Syracuse. It is an alliance of interfaith groups, community organizations and individuals that strives for a more just and fair community and to improve the quality of life for all Syracuse residents.
ZCS has been an active member for a number of years. ZCS members have participated on various Task Forces addressing issues in the Justice System (Jikyo Bonnie Schultz, Jisho Judith Fancher), Healthcare Reform (Mokuon Karen Nezelek), and establishing Universal Pre-K (Muju Rene Wilett) with the added help of Fugan Sam Gordon. Mokuon replaced Muju as ZCS’s representative on the Leadership Council.
Every three years, ACTS conducts a Listening Campaign among its member organizations and the wider community to reassess the focus of the Task Forces for the next three years. Part of this process is a Listening Campaign within our own organization. We plan to have collected input by early October and hold a community-wide Issues Assembly on Sunday, November 16 from 3-5 PM (place TBA). At the Issues Assembly each attendee will vote for his or her top 3 priorities from among the issues submitted during the Listening Campaign.
It would helpful if one or two other sangha members could help Mokuon Karen Nezelek, ACTS liason, in gathering your input. That way, we can hear from more of you.
Mokuon would love to spend a half-hour with you personally to hear your current concerns for our community. As a member of ZCS’s Tisarana Council of Elders, she will also listen to your concerns regarding ZCS so we can identify any important issues our sangha should address.
Please contact her with any questions, to arrange a mutually agreeable meeting time, or to receive training to be a listener. Feel free to catch her after sitting or any time you see me at the center.
Mokuon Karen Nezelek
315.876.9669 (leave a message)