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Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL)
 
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Community Connection

by Sharon Simpson

Sharon Simpson is Special Projects Coordinator for Labour Community Services, and community co-leader of the APCOL project.

 

 

Learning Changes, Vol. 1 No. 1 Fall 2009

What is APCOL?

Newsletters have long been used as a grassroots tool for information sharing and knowledge brokering. In keeping with that tradition, we in the APCOL project have chosen to incorporate a newsletter as a means of knowledge mobilization and communication. We want to disseminate the what, why, when, who, and how of this action research project. So here goes...

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Learning Changes, Vol. 1 No. 2 Spring 2010

The 4 Es  

Along with supporting grassroots community organizing, using popular education and implementing low-cost dissemination tools to share what is learned, the APCOL project intends to capture and share information about how community members and groups become engaged in and stay engaged in work that addresses poverty.

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 Learning Changes, Vol. 2 No. 1 Autumn 2010

Malvern's Action for Neighborhood Change

Located in Scarborough, the neighbourhood of Malvern is home to one of 13 Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) initiatives being supported by United Way Toronto. Malvern has a geographical boundary of Highway 401 to the south, Finch Avenue to the north, Markham Road to the west and Morningside Avenue to the east.

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Learning Changes, Vol. 2 No. 2 Spring 2011

Good Jobs For All

The Anti- Poverty Community Organizing and Learning (APCOL) project is now in its third year. As always this page of the newsletter is intended to offer you a brief insight into some of the other anti-poverty work taking place in and around the city. In the past three issues the focus has been on local neighbourhood based organizing activities. This time the aim is to offer you some information on a city-wide effort. 

 
 
 
Learning Changes, Vol. 3 No. 1 Autumn 2011

Occupy, Organize, Learn and Change

Inspired by the occupation of Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Vancouver-based Adbusters called for the occupation of Wall Street in New York City. The call was answered by many and prompted occupations in cities across the globe. Initially the occupation of Wall Street did not garner much attention from traditional media. When they did provide coverage, often their coverage referred to the Occupy Movement as one that lacked clear messaging, leadership and coordination.

 
 
 
Learning Changes, Vol. 4 No. 1 Summer 2013

Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the City of Toronto: Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto

It may be safe to say that poverty has been a part of societal construct from the time human beings transitioned from communal societies to the hierarchical societies in which we now live. In very many cases the hierarchical construct of society has resulted in the creation of the "haves and have-nots". Those in our society who are among the have-nots are often categorized as being poor. Addressing poverty has been the topic of numerous studies and conversations.

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Learning Changes, Vol. 5 No. 1 Winter 2014

Conclusions on the Conclusion of APCOL

It is hard to realize that we are at the end of a five year research project. In the first APCOL newsletter published in the fall of 2009 I wrote:  

“The APCOL project aims to explore and strengthen:

  • Grassroots community organizing work to combat poverty
  • Popular education and informal learning as supports for combating poverty through activist development and campaigns
  • Implementation of low-cost, accessible communication tools to disseminate what is learned.”

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