Working on a Vision for the Future
The Huron Regional Alliance is now developing a Comprehensive Plan for Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. Consistent with our group's overall goal, this plan will entail a vision for the future that encompasses a broad range of important issues including housing, education, transportation, environmental quality, government services, and alternative community-based and decentralized economic structures.
We are off to an enthusiastic start with the Comprehensive Plan but it will only succeed if the Alliance continues to get input and energy from grassroots groups in the area. There will be a special meeting devoted to the Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 pm in Room 3410 of the Michigan Union.
The Alliance is dedicated to improving the climate for grassroots social change by emphasizing the interconnectedness of social movements and facilitating cooperation among groups. We believe there is far too much duplication, fragmentation, and isolation on the part of activist groups in the area.
We urge groups to give the Alliance a try - one member attending our monthly meeting is a small investment that could yield greater support for your group's actions and effectiveness. The Huron Regional Alliance was born at the Earth Day Regional Town Meeting on April 7 in Ann Arbor when 26 environmental, peace, democracy , and social justice groups convened a long-overdue dialogue. We are proud of the diversity of some of our more active groups: Huron Valley Greens, Homeless Action Committee, Augusta Environmental Strategy Committee, Gray Panthers, Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Earth First!, Rainbow Organizing Committee, Habitat for Humanity, and the Rainforest Action Movement.
To emphasize the regional nature of the Alliance, meetings are rotated; so far we have met in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter and Augusta Township.
The next general meeting of the Huron Regional Alliance is Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 pm at 2005 Shadford in Ann Arbor. If your group is sponsoring an action in February, this is an excellent opportunity to get support trom other groups within the Alliance. For more info., contact us below or see future listings in AGENDA.
Huron Regional Alliance, 1411 Henry, Ann Arbor, Ml 48104; 663-0003.