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EDA FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER - Engage & Change the World
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
•  EDA FUNDRAISING DRIVE - Goals for 2019
•  SHARING WHAT EDA IS ABOUT - Simplified
•  WE REPRESENT OUR MEMBERS - At-Large Trustees
Dear <<First Name>>,

First, we want to give a shout out to everyone who has been participating in EDA's Monday evening Inquiry Calls on Zoom. It's been inspiring, educational and engaging – not to mention a fun thing to do during the chilly winter months. We're looking forward to our continued conversations up to the end of June. Please drop in any Monday at 8pm Eastern.  

On January 22nd, we launched our first fundraising drive and sent you an email entitled Calling All Supporters. We hope you had the opportunity to read and act on it. The first article outlines how your donation will be put to good use – it concerns helping to create a sustainable future. We can't do this without you.

Ever wonder how to tell others about EDA in a way that's straightforward and easy to remember? We've included a concise description in this newsletter that's simple to share with others. 

And lastly, your At-Large Trustees have a special message for members in the last article.

Stay warm! 
The EDA Team
– EDA FUNDRAISING DRIVE –
Goals for 2019

After developing our business structure in 2018, EDA is holding its first fundraising drive. We wanted you to know about our financial goals for 2019 and why we are working hard now to fund these projects:

  • To develop a new website, one that is more comprehensive and reflects where we are now as a an organization. This is an important tool for our public outreach, signing up new members and generating public funding for EDA.
  • To create and maintain an interactive GIS map on the website which overlays US congressional districts with the bioregions in which they operate. This will help our research team further its analysis, allow the advocacy team to target its work across the US and create unique interactive features on our website which will attract popular attention.
  • To pre-test our advocacy training program this summer before offering it formally in Oakland in October at our annual conference. This training is meant to inspire potential advocates and give them tools to take the critical message of sustainability, and how to achieve it, to their legislators.
  • To develop short videos of our core message for public education and outreach
  • To raise funds for administrative costs, including paying our Managing Director and Director of Development a small salary, and hiring a Director of Communications and Chief of Staff.

These are some of the critical expenses we are facing. As a startup organization, we face major challenges. Your financial support is deeply appreciated. Your donation can also be tax deductible.

DONATE NOW
– SIMPLIFIED –
Sharing What EDA is About
ECONOMIC: Relating to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services (1)
DEMOCRACY: A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them (1); the practice or principles of social equality (2)
ADVOCATES: People who publicly support or recommend a particular cause or policy (2)

EDA: An organization that publicly supports and recommends that our systems for producing, distributing and consuming goods and services are governed by all people for the benefit of all people
 
In our view this requires many interrelated steps. Among them:
  • Gradually redistributing economic power, meaning both the authority to make decisions and the capital to finance projects, from the very few to the many 
  • Transitioning to an increasingly local economy based on bioregions where citizens understand their resources and maintain them sustainably
  • Making sure that all people, including future generations, have the necessary opportunities and resources to build fruitful, satisfying lives
1. Merriam Webster Dictionary
2. Oxford English Dictionary
– AT-LARGE TRUSTEES –
We Represent EDA Members

We trust that EDA’s monthly newsletters have helped keep you current on what your Board has been up to since the Convention in Philadelphia last summer. As a new organization, we want to make sure that our focus, as it’s being refined, reflects your values and vision. As we spelled out in the Cooperative Charter, EDA’s mandate is to advocate for legislative and economic change to ensure that people’s basic needs can be sustainably and equitably met within their respective bioregions, with a primary focus on food, water and energy.

WE VALUE YOUR FEEDBACK
It is also the mandate of the At-Large Trustees on our Board to represent the interests of EDA members. In that vein, your At-Large Trustees will be providing information, offering suggestions, and most importantly, asking for your feedback. We will be doing this through Loomio surveys, EDA newsletters, or email. The first survey will be out soon. We’ll keep these short, as we value your time as well as your thoughts.

WE VALUE OUR MEMBERS
In the meantime, we want to thank each of you for taking this journey with us, and a special thanks to those of you participating in one or more of current group projects: inquiry, website, branding, advocacy and video. Other groups and committees will continue to form as needed, and we encourage you to get involved. Your thoughts and concerns are always welcomed.

Feel free to write to us anytime, on the Loomio thread Talk to Your Trustees, or to EDAAtLarge@outlook.com… and keep a look out for the survey.

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