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FAQ: What Are The Issues That CONECT Represents? How are Issues and Actions Determined?

CONECT as an egalitarian, non-partisan organization, has a democratic structure and open process of governance and decision-making. It determines its priority issues directly from the stories and documented experiences of its congregants.

The issues CONECT addresses cut across all ideological, political, racial, ethnic and socio-economic lines, representing the common good agreed upon by its Executive Committee and members. Issues CONECT has taken action on successfully thus far, and will continue to advocate for, include access to affordable health care, equity in education financing, and the cessation of predatory lending practices.

The process of determining issues and actions, is that each congregation:  first meets with its members, to hear about experiences that most trouble and challenge individuals, families and their working life. Leaders then identify those issues most affecting people – of diverse heritages, neighborhoods, socio-economic backgrounds, urban and suburban. Once these issues are brought to the leadership, there is a topic-specific committee that researches each issue and discovers if there is an action that the members can take to effect a meaningful change.

Recommendations for actions to be pursued are made according to 3 criteria:

    1. What is something of greatest concern to the most number of people; or is an injustice to some that cannot be tolerated?
    2. What are actionable issues, in terms of the ability to impact upcoming economic policies or legislation?
    3. What actions will build the internal and external power of relationships in the organization?

The recommendations of each issue’s research team are presented to the CONECT leadership and then to a large open assembly, representing the range of member institutions, to make a decision to proceed.

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