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Community Organizing

Mr. President: We don't Need Gestures; We Need Action to Ban the Box

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

This movement by formerly incarcerated people and their families is about more than jobs. It's about housing -- our political inclusion and our right to full citizenship. It is about our dignity.

A Copernican Revolution Needed for Democratic School Reform

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

If we see organizing as "citizen politics," the practices of diverse people negotiating differences, working together for some common good, and developing political skills in the process, it can be taken into professions, schools, colleges -- and also electoral politics and government.

Three Steps to Help You Build a Community That Supports Your Business

Lirone Glikman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Lirone Glikman

People have always congregated in communities, and for many good reasons: it builds confidence, can create part of your identity, and provides a sense of belonging. Not to mention that being a part of something that is bigger than yourself drives people to be more active.

Paul Wellstone's Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

While serving in the Senate, Wellstone remained an organizer. He was frequently on picket lines and at rallies sponsored by labor, community, environmental and other progressive groups. His speeches, often appearing to be delivered completely off-the-cuff, would crescendo wildly into loud, short jeremiads expressing indignation at whatever wrongs the rally was addressing.

Education as a New Frontier of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

Organizing is transformational. It takes time. It involves investing in people's growth, connections with others, intellectual capacities, ability to act effectively in public -- their civic agency. At the heart of organizing is building productive relationships.

Beyond Prayers and Protests: Building Trust Among the Police and Community in Downtown Los Angeles

Delonte Gholston | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Delonte Gholston

On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

It's About Us, Not Him

Gordon Whitman | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Gordon Whitman

It wasn't until I saw the picture of Pope Francis through the window of his plane, preparing to depart, that it sunk in how hard the man had worked during his brief trip to the United States.

Goats, Chickens and Compost: Volunteering With Earth Matter on Governors Island

Rebecca Louie | Posted 09.16.2016 | Green
Rebecca Louie

I started volunteering with Earth Matter several years ago because I was drawn to the chickens, rabbits and goats. Aggressive squirrels, threatening rats and dive-bombing pigeons made up most of my wildlife interactions in NYC, and I longed to be around creatures more friendly and fun.

To Stop Climate Change, We Must Grow Movements of Moral Force

Benjamin Franta | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Franta

There are some who dismiss humankind's ability to rise to the challenge of stopping climate change, and they tend to proclaim themselves (often rather seriously) as realists. In truth: they are merely apologists for failure, and ignorant of history as well.

Kids' Artwork Piling Up Already? DorothyTheOrganizer Is Here to Help

Dorothy Breininger | Posted 09.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dorothy Breininger

Photo organization projects are the most thought-about, yet most procrastinated projects many people encounter. How do you tackle this assignment? Here's one strategy.

Chicago Is Not Broke -- Funding the City We Deserve

Tom Tresser | Posted 09.02.2016 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I'd like to offer three pots of money available to the city that would wipe out that forecast deficit and replace it with a surplus.

Laws vs. Justice: School Rescinds Gay Woman's Job Offer

Dani Tinker | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Dani Tinker

I woke up a few days ago and saw that my high school rescinded a gay woman's job offer. My first thought was, "is that even legal?" It was followed quickly by, 'wow, they just pissed off an army of highly intelligent, passionate folks, poised to fight injustice. You can bet this won't pass quietly.'

A Post-Katrina Disaster Checklist: Water, Food, Community Organizing

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

When Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast ten years ago, the fundamentals of disaster relief poured in: water, sanitation, food, shelter. But looking back, we can see that the most effective tool for the hardest hit was something else altogether: community organizing.

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

As Voting War Shifts to Carolina Courtroom, Thousands March for Voting Rights

Yael Bromberg | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Thousands of people took to the streets of Winston-Salem this week calling attention to the voter suppression law that is on trial, and reminding us all how precious our vote is, especially in an era of Big Money.

Emerging Reality of Gas Infrastructure: Destination Export

Craig Altemose | Posted 07.09.2016 | Green
Craig Altemose

The people represented by those community groups are your true average New Englanders, worried about their energy bills and the future of our planet.

Community Development Priorities for Your Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 07.07.2016 | Business
Daphne Mallory

At your finger tips lies the power to create better communities. It's the gift inherent in building any solid family business. You have to decide what it is you want. What changes do you want to see?

Independence Day 2.0: More Democracy Every Day!

Lisa Schirch | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

On this July 4th, let's declare our independence from bad meetings. It's time to demand that we all be heard when we gather, not just on election day, but everyday.

17 Ways We Can Work Toward Justice for All

Nina Flores | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Nina Flores

Legalizing same-sex marriage is a huge victory, but it is not the finish line of justice. Inequality takes many forms, and people are still waiting on their ability to live freely, safely, or, just to live.

It Really Can Happen in Detroit - But Not Without You

Jerry Ashton | Posted 06.30.2016 | Black Voices
Jerry Ashton

Much like stubborn weeds growing between breaks in the sidewalk, Detroiters simply will not let their city fall away into disrepair or allow buildings to stay abandoned.

The Pope and the Politics of Hope

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Harry Boyte

Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si, is a bold and brilliant challenge to business as usual. Already, conservatives and liberals alike have mounted rebuttals in ways that illustrate the limits of their own ideologies.

Faith in Our Streets

Geoffrey Nelson-Blake | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Geoffrey Nelson-Blake

There may be fewer people in the pews but faith is playing a powerful role in our streets.

An Interfaith Vision For The Future Of Faith

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 05.07.2016 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

The world is in need of people of moral and ethical courage -- the time is now for interfaith leaders to claim their prophetic voice and lead.

Community Organizing and the Next Stage of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Expert-led knowledge power is on the march, embodied in "Big Data," predictive technologies, and movements like translational science. All seek to fix people and problems from the outside, and view everyday citizens as largely ignorant and passive.

Populism2015: Construction Crew for Democracy

Michael Winship | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

To the blare of sounding brass and booming drums, some 800 activists and community organizers from around the country recently converged on Washington, D.C.