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Waiting for the Bat Signal: The Passing of a Parenting Legend

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Not a week passes that a breastfeeding mother is asked to cover up, take it to the bathroom, or leave a store entirely. But La Leche League is still normalizing nursing, still supporting breastfeeding rights

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 12.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Civic Science -- Renewing the link between science and democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.08.2014 | Science
Harry Boyte

Science is not value neutral. It depends on democratic values of cooperation, free inquiry, and a commonwealth of knowledge.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

From Kigali to Cooperstown: The First Retreat of Rwandan Genocide Survivors Living in America

Samantha Lakin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Samantha Lakin

Survivors of genocide have specific needs that are different than others who experienced conflict and war, especially in Rwanda. The genocide in Rwanda was intimate which makes the scars deeper and the recovery much harder, and it is time that the world recognizes this fact.

After Ferguson: Are Christians Even On the Same Page? Progress Requires Working Together

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

As the country continues to sort through the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, few are surprised that some of the most outspoken commentators are those from the faith community.

Was Jesus a Grassroots Community Organizer?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.

Ferguson: Taking Steps to Support a Path Forward

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As events continue to unfold in Ferguson, Mo., there are three questions we must ask ourselves: What are we to make of what is happening there? How can Ferguson not be the victim of empty promises of aid and justice that so often come after tragic events? And how can the community productively move forward?

Creating 1854

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Jack Schimmelman

As I write this article, President Obama is a neighbor, just some miles down the road. Meanwhile, in my old age, intimate with infirmities, I have decided to create an original opera specifically for Martha's Vineyard, nature's poem.

How Long, Michael Brown, How Long?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Norma Cook Everist

We need to do more than remember headlines, lest names change but headlines be merely repeated.

From the Front Lines of Ferguson: A Community Organizer Explains How People of Faith Can Help

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

I had the chance to interview Wes Lathrop, the Department Directer of Power, as he worked on the front lines of Ferguson. POWER is an affiliate of The PICO National Network, the largest faith-based community organizing organization in the country.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Putting the Community Into Community Engagement

Karen Pittman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community?

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

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 lesbian-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 association...

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.