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March This Weekend, Organize for the Next Four Years

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The inauguration isn't the only mass gathering in Washington this weekend. In response to the swearing-in of the new president, thousands upon thousan...

Where Help Is Offered, Lives Are Saved

Deborah Hersman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

Imagine going into a police station with drugs on you. You ask for help, and instead of getting arrested, you get access to treatment. Towns like D...

The Limits of "Clicktivism"

Bruce Hartford | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

It seems fair now to ask, "How effective is clicktivism?"

An Open Letter To My White Family, Friends, Neighbors And Colleagues

Susan Naimark | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Susan Naimark

This is our moment to be the moral compass that our nation needs.

Blowing Up the System

Bob Weidman | Posted 11.13.2016 | Politics
Bob Weidman

Still trying to make sense of the Trump debacle. This is a bit long, but bear with me. My father and grandfather before him had an embroidery compan...

Inauguration Of 4 Day Festival In Los Angeles Celebrates Trans Community Through Film And Beauty; Sparks Interest From City Officials And Celebrities

Alexa Corazón | Posted 10.26.2016 | Los Angeles
Alexa Corazón

An eclectic selection of the best new shorts along with rare gems that reflect the trans experience through film are expected to be showcased in the city of West Hollywood.

West Coast Deals Four Major Blows to Big Oil

Todd Paglia | Posted 10.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Todd Paglia

Fighting oil companies and the railroads is no easy thing, but in the last few weeks there was a win, then another, and another and the rout of the pr...

Putting People First: The Movement for Community-Led Development

John Coonrod | Posted 09.19.2016 | Home
John Coonrod

What will it take to achieve the bold, 2030 global agenda--the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)--adopted one year ago?

Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Trumpism, Consumerism And The Destruction Of Citizenship -- Fighting Back

Harry Boyte | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Donald Trump's candidacy gives rise to many descriptors -- authoritarian, bigoted, divisive. It is also the culmination of long-developing dysfunction...

Listening to the Voices of Young People

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.10.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

"I just hope people see I'm not the only child that's like this," Khalil Bridges said. "There are more children that could use the help I received and...

Nextdoor Is on a Mission to Strengthen Communities

Quora | Posted 07.22.2016 | Technology

What was the inspiration behind Nextdoor and how close to your original vision is the site today? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing...

A Buddhist Call To Action Against the Suffering of Racism

Anurag Gupta | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Anurag Gupta

Buddhist teachings are grounded in principles of interdependence, non-separation, and reverence for life, supported by practices of mindfulness and co...

How to Create a Stellar Community Garden in Six Steps

Pawel Alva Nazaruk | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Pawel Alva Nazaruk

In a quest to find more affordable, fresh and local food, many communities - particularly those in the urban, space-starved metropolitan areas - are moving towards the urban farming model of food production and distribution.

Why Communities in East Africa Need To Be Drivers of Their Own Change

Andy Bryant | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Katy Lindquist, Communications Director at Spark MicroGrants. Photo credit: Spark MicroGrants "An opportunity was opened to...

Brides March Against Domestic Violence

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

The 15th annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk kicked off at Monroe College in the Bronx on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The march is named after Gladys Ricart, who was murdered on her wedding day by her abusive ex-boyfriend on September 26, 1999.

Community Schools: Much More than Wrap Around Services

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Mary Kingston Roche, Reuben Jacobson and Martin Blank, of the Coalition for Community Schools, all contributed to this article. "Wraparound Services...

Hey Sydney! Your Lockouts From an Outsider's Perspective

Jessica Elliott | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home
Jessica Elliott

Hey there, Sydney. It's me. Jess. I know it's been awhile. And sorry I haven't called lately, I've been a little busy. But I couldn't help but think of you as I enjoyed a delicious, hot, fresh kebab on the streets of Hong Kong at 5:00 this morning.

Dona Dijé: Afro-Brazilian Leader in the Fight for Women's Land Rights

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Known to her community as Dona Dijé, at 68 years old, Afro-Brazilian Maria de Jesus Bringelo is one of the most important national leaders of the women babassu nut breakers movement in Brazil.

Victory for U.S. Oceans: Obama Administration Protects East Coast from Offshore Drilling

Andrew Sharpless | Posted 03.17.2017 | Green
Andrew Sharpless

Here's some great news: the United States Government has announced it will remove the Atlantic Ocean from its five-year plan for oil and gas development. This is an important victory for the U.S. Oceans.

Marking a Transition: Lorenzo Jones Works to Build a National Movement for Health, Equity, and Justice

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 02.17.2017 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Over the last 25 years, Lorenzo has played an important leadership role not only in transforming criminal justice policies and drug policies in Connecticut, but also in shaping the development of a national grassroots, bottom-up movement to end mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

Let's Teach Children That Politics Isn't Warfare

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together.

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.02.2017 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.

Breaking: 25K Cases of Water, and Counting, Donated to Flint Residents

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.26.2017 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I want to put clean drinking water into the hands of every person who's in Flint, Michigan. I actually spent about a decade living not too far from Flint, so this really hits close to home for me.

Everyday Ideation: How Families Use 'Cumulative Intelligence' to Take on the Criminal Justice System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
Raj Jayadev

Every week I sit in a room with families whose loved ones are facing criminal charges. It is part support group, part strategic planning session. There are no lawyers in the room and the families have no legal training. But week in, week out, the group translates the legalese to one another, navigates each other through the maze of a court system and finds ways to affect the outcome of cases.