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The Riches of Nature v. Private Property: An Interview With Gerardo Cerdas

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell July 1, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of...

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 06.20.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Raising Hope Across Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell June 17, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movem...

Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic Not Cured with Departure of Secretary Shinseki

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

Don't get me wrong. I have no beef with public servants, and I'm not looking for a referendum on bureaucrats. But, I do think we expect too much from government and too little from ourselves.

'Back to the Grassroots': Building a Movement for Sexual and Economic Rights

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Anne Lim, interviewed by Deepa Panchang   Anne Lim is from Quezon City, Philippines, where she serves as Executive Director of GALANG, a le...

Naked Storytelling

Molly Hayward | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Molly Hayward

I have learned that I need not look beyond my own city to establish the community -- of men and women -- that cares deeply about this issue. I don't need to make a global appeal for support. I can turn to my neighbor and ask for her or his hand first.

How Philanthropy Contributed to Improved Conditions for Tomato Pickers

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Laborers, mostly immigrants, are now less likely to be abused, and they experience better working conditions and receive higher pay.

It's Time to Talk: Ending Burnout in Movements for Social Change

Justin Haaheim | Posted 04.25.2014 | Green
Justin Haaheim

It's like trying to run a marathon on no sleep and a twisted ankle, and continuing to do things this way is keeping us from winning victories. We are facing a crisis of planetary proportions. We have got to do better than this.

Gender Equity for Rural Haitian Women: An Interview With Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Moment of Papay

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

  Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu April 22, 2014 The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer ass...

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

Power of Organizing Rooted in Participatory Action Research

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

El Museo del Barrio offered a warm, welcoming space consistent with the spirit of the day. Working with social justice oriented childcare and interpretation collectives and community food cooperatives contributed to an inclusive and participatory event that celebrated the strengths of the many communities that were there.

Spike Is Right! Crooked Landlords Terrorize Brooklyn Tenants (Pt 1)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.

My Brother's Keeper: Better With Secret Sauce

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Many applauded when President Obama announced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper. According to the White House: "By the time they hit fourth gr...

Local Community Initiatives to Prevent Emergence of Terrorism in Africa

Jacques Sebisaho | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Jacques Sebisaho

Africa is becoming a niche for armed group terrorist organizations and drug cartel recruiters. Its disillusioned and disenfranchised youth are an easy...

This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project gives $1,000 away, every day, to change-makers all over the world who are creating more peaceful, just and sustainable communi...

Our New Goal: 5,000 Trained Public Innovators Ready to Change the Country

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

We've put this stake in the ground to counter the growing toxic public discourse, division and mistrust in our society. There is an urgent need to make community a common enterprise.

Want to Fight Sexual Violence? Look to the Labor Movement

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

As an anti-rape activist, I propose taking a look at our sisters in the labor movement and learning by example to build our constituencies and gain momentum on difficult and long-ignored workplace violence issues.

Erin Monday on Storytelling and Collaboration at the Heart of Your Social Strategy

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Jonha Revesencio

This is the first post of the Social Storytelling Series -- a series which aims to highlight individuals and organizations that embrace the power of social media to empower their communities through impactful storytelling.

The TIF Illumination Project at One Year

Tom Tresser | Posted 04.16.2014 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

The TIF Illumination Project is an effort of a group of volunteers in Chicago to expose a decades-old finance scheme that annually extracts almost 500 million dollars of property taxes and places it in a program controlled by the mayor.

Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

Robert West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Robert West

Speaking from the position of "them and those," a position I remember all to well, I say...Check the help, and free yourself!

Responding to the Saviour Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part I)

Robert West | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Robert West

After much contemplation, I chose, despite hearing many tales of woe accompanied by dire warnings (e.g., low wages and burnout), to pursue a social work degree to better position myself to understand, serve and learn from causes and communities I hold near and dear to my heart.

4 Organizing Trends You'll See in 2014

Laura Barrett | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Community organizing is changing. It's more social media driven and younger. Immigration advocacy alone has brought a new sector of young leaders int...

War on Poverty at 50: Religion's Roots and Lessons

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty reminds us how intractable that effort can be. This anniversary also recalls how religion has motivated, shaped and sustained this effort, in many ways prefiguring the campaign.

Roll in My Chair

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

As a wheelchair user and college student, I became frustrated with how the general public perceives and treats people with disabilities. In 2011, I founded a program called A Day in a Wheelchair on Trinity College's campus.

From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

Without the social capital that network represents, our current goal -- to harness the energy generated by the Equal Voice into a lasting, family-led membership-based organization -- would be out of reach.