Arusha Centre and Calgary Dollars

Think Global…Act Local

is the Arusha Centre’s mantra

 

The Arusha Centre was created in 1972…it’s changed over the years. Located in the Old Y Centre on 12th avenue.

Arusha takes its name from the Arusha Declaration, a set of principles drafted by the governing party of Tanzania in 1967 as a guide toward economic and social development.
“Creating local solutions to global problems. If we can solve issues here, we can do that on a global level”
“Arusha Centre is about taking information to action. It’s a hub for social action,” says Sharon Stevens, Arusha Centre Coordinator.

Arusha Centre defines social justice as the belief in an equitable, compassionate world where difference is understood and valued, and where human dignity, the Earth, our ancestors and future generations are respected
Arusha operates a number of programs including an Info-Active Resource Centre. This has resources for members, member groups, educators, students, media and the general public.
Film action series and this week showed, “Wal-Town” to commemorate the Buy Nothing day.

One of their major programs is the Calgary Dollars system which is an alternative, or complimentary currency system. It allows people and business to have another option for consumption of goods and services. This is funded
Also involved in local projects like the Calgary Housing Action Initiative, CATCO, the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary.

There is a Happy Hour session on the last Friday of every month at the Arusha Centre’s office. People interested in social justice are encouraged to attend.

The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and programming on local and global social justice issues.


Join ArushaGroup and Individual Members of Arusha have access to a number of services and rental products through the Arusha Office.
Cash, Cheque, or Calgary Dollars acepted.
To join, please visit us at the Old Y Centre (#106, 223 - 12 Avenue SW) phone us at (403) 270-3200 or email arusha@arusha.org for more information.

Individual Memberships
Fee: $10 for three years. 100% Calgary Dollars acepted.
Library loans: movies 1 week, books 4 weeks.
Photocopies: $.06 each paper included, up to 1000 copies
Colour printing:$.50 each 8.5x11, $1 each 11x17, paper included up to 1000 copies

Community Memberships
The following services can only be used to advance social justice or environmental sustainability. Community Memberships must be primarily focussed on these issues.

Fee: $25 for three years. 100% Calgary Dollars are accepted.

 

 

 

The Old Y Building
#106, 223 - 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0G9

Phone: (403) 270-3200
Fax: (403) 270-8832

Email: arusha@arusha.org


 

The Arusha and Calgary Dollars staff are (left to right): Melissa Centofanti, Sharon Stevens, Gerald Wheatley, Tina Adams, Corrine Younie, Kirti Bhadresa

 

About The Arusha Centre
The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and programming on local and global social justice issues. View reports on the Arusha Affliation Policy and the Staff Collective Agreement below.
Arusha Statement on activism and civic engagementThe Arusha Centre is a transparent, non-profit, charitable organization committed to moving social justice forward through non-violence by providing infrastructure support to individuals, member groups, and social justice movements. Representatives of Arusha do not participate in actions which contravene the law and recognize that any illegal activities are of their own volition.
The Arusha Centre abides by the directives under the Canada Revenue Agency including advocacy and is subject to regular audits.
We define social justice as:
The belief in an equitable, compassionate world where difference is understood and valued, and where human dignity, the Earth, our ancestors and future generations are respected.
The efforts to create this world through:

  • elimination of the root causes of oppression and exploitation both in society's structures and in social interactions
  • developing inclusive and equitable alternatives
  • building sustainable communities

As educators and social change facilitators, we consistently strive to link our actions to these values and principles. We try to:

  • provide opportunities for, and remove barriers to, individual and community participation, self-determination and empowerment, especially for those who have been marginalised
  • acknowledge, respect and actively value diversity, based on the belief in inherent human dignity
  • challenge unjust internal and external assumptions and structures and work toward socially just alternatives
  • connect social, economic and ecological issues, both locally and globally
  • create meaningful partnerships that foster social justice internally and externally.