Today is Thursday, 22nd of February, 2018
"It is not enough to be compassionate - you must act." His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Part of our challenge from the margins, to an unequal society, is engaging in the transformation of society. By calling from the flax roots for changes that would genuinely benefit the lives of those we journey alongside.
While we work to support those who are isolated and marginalised through social and economic factors at a one-on-one and whanau level, we also work to challenge the structures in society that render people vulnerable to the situations of dislocation that we see too regularly.
Anglican Action has supported various campaigns calling for social and environmental justice. Challenging homelessness, alcohol proliferation in our communities, pop-up vendors selling synthetic cannabis, discriminatory economic policies, the lack of action on climate change, the increasing degradation of our whenua, awa, and of our at risk endemic species, inequality, and the proliferation of gaming facilities, campaigning both in Hamilton and across Aotearoa, on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens.
This work includes raising the profile and awareness of the concerns that we share with others. We produce submissions to inform policy makers of the realities we work with on a daily basis. This often entails research and story-telling. Sometimes it is simply to offer prayer. But as much as anything, the pursuit of justice is about relationship building.
We seek to build on the strength of our sector through collaboration and community building. We have a proud history of working alongside our partner organisations to do great work in Hamilton. These partners include, Anglican Action, Methodist City Action, Presbyterian Support, Poverty Action Waikato, Catholic Family Support Services, and others.
Poverty Action Waikato is a regionally focused research and advocacy project, located at Anglican Action in Te Ara Hou Village, Hamilton. This social change project aims to research the impacts of poverty, inequality and raise public awareness of these impacts and ways of reducing poverty at local community, policy and structural levels of society.
Anglican Action celebrates the spirituality of life and believes that every sister and brother, known or stranger, of this land or another, is considered to be our neighbour.
Just Neighbours has been formed with the core guiding mission to improve the lives of children and their families around the world by providing them liberation from polio and other preventable diseases and advocate with our global brothers and sisters who have been denied justice or the basic necessities of life. We believe in improving the lives of the children and their families irrespective of ethnic affiliations by providing them Justice through Action. We will be working on supporting the implementation of poverty reduction models during service delivery and in creating pathways to support liberation from polio and poverty.
Some of the projects we have been engaged with include: