Discovering Influential Neighborhoods
The staff of the Heartland Workers Center are walking door to door, or canvassing, in South Omaha this summer to listen to the concerns of the members of our communities and bring them together around issues and problems that a collective neighborhood leadership will prioritize in preparation of the 2016 presidential election. The prime objective is to understand neighborhood needs and build stronger communities by connecting leaders who believe in bettering their communities through collective action. These leaders will help us to identify common issues that many members of our community face on a daily basis and will bring their neighbors together to solve problems like poor street conditions, crime and low political participation through communal discussion with elected officials. This will enable our community members to voice their concerns, and speak up for their communities and demand accountability from those who hold political and economic power in our city. This is an example of what happens when concerned community members participate in transforming their own communities for the better.