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Projects and Priorities for the Austin Community – CANA has a list

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June 20, 2011

CANA members have identified a list of goals and projects for the Austin community. We hope this agenda will spur community leaders, organizations and elected officials to adopt strategic projects and plans for collaboration for the benefit of Austin.  Some ideas are borrowed and some are new but all are needed. CANA is ready and willing...
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Better Government Association Watchdog Training Continued

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December 10, 2010

The Better Government Association (BGA) continued its Citizen Watchdog Training on December 6, 2010 at Christ the King High School. The objectives of this session were to: explain how to avoid common roadblocks in use of the Freedom of Information Act; present a code of ethics for reporting; and explain how to post reports...
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CANA Members and Family Attend the Better Government Association’s “Citizen Watchdog Training”

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December 4, 2010

On November 29, 2010 the venerable “Better Government Association (BGA)” conducted part one of the “Citizen Watchdog Training” course on Chicago’s West Side, the first time it has been offered in this part of the city.  The training focuses on creating citizens who understand government and how to hold officials accountable. CANA was well represented with...
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CANA Designs War Room, A Place to Coordinate Austin Revitalization Efforts

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November 23, 2010

The CANA Think Tank has begun to explore and plan for a “War Room” .. a place where all efforts can be coordinated and managed for the long term community revitalization efforts. This permanent place will  house all the tools and project management for the many organizations and individuals who want to work toward...
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Public Relations

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September 8, 2010

This committee will manage our image with the Austin community, the City of Chicago and the Country at large. If you are interested in working on this committee, please contact Diana Carpenter @ 708 524 0576
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The Future of Policing in our neighborhood

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September 1, 2010

Participate in a meeting and discussion of the systemic problems in adequate policing in the Austin community. Police response times and inability to stop drug dealing has grown to epidemic levels. We are looking for solutions … response time standards for the police, litigate failure to respond to calls in our neighborhood, bring back...
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CANA Anti Litter Campaign

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September 1, 2010

We need your help in putting together and anti-litter campaign for our community and our schools.  Please contact Ron Reid or Marvin Marshall for more information and to help!
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Lets adopt a highway?

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September 1, 2010

Interested in adopting a stretch of hi-way? Give back and get some recognition for our organization with a sign on that hi-way. See IDOT program below: Illinois Adopt-A-Highway Program The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) programs brings citizen volunteers into partnerships with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to pick up trash and keep our roadsides...
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Let’s bring recycling to Austin

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September 1, 2010

If you are interested in working to bring recycling to the Austin community, please let us know and we can start a committee. Perhaps our CANA community can become a test area?
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ComEd opens “Innovation Corridor”

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September 1, 2010

ComEd has opened an “Innovation Corridor” near us to provide testing for solar panels and power monitoring software and systems. The equipment provided during the test will given to participants at no charge. Lets discuss how to bring this to our area and become part of the new Green Economy! See the Tribue article...
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CANA Meeting Flyer for Reveiw and Comment

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August 30, 2010

Please open and post your input or approval CANA Meeting Flyer
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Map of our area

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August 29, 2010

We’re looking for ideas for how to use Google Maps. Let’s talk about it. Please leave you ideas in a reply/post/
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Build a Neighborhood Revitalization Template for other 16 block communities

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August 29, 2010

Let’s discuss documenting our efforts, best practices (i.e. what works and what does not) and produce a road map for others.
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Intentional Community…build our own?

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August 29, 2010

The Tribune featured a interesting article on how to provide community services for future seniors .. that means you!  ..  who want to stay in their homes and communities.  Perhaps we can build our own version of the featured Lincoln Park Village organization.  Lets us know your thoughts! www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-mre-0829-intentional-communities-20100827,0,5870450.story chicagotribune.com It takes a village...
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