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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.

Nelson Mandela's Job Title

Laura Barrett | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Organizers don't pound the drum on their own behalf, they are too busy winning issues. But at moments like this, the importance of organizing is revealed. It moved a nation, and our world through the genius of it's foremost practitioner, Nelson Mandela.

Millennial Raptivist Organizes Community's Voice

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Looking around his West Philly community a 19-year-old do-gooder held his first community event, aiming to both recreate the look and feel of memorable childhood block parties, and bring warmth to an otherwise 'cold block.'

White on White: We All Have a Role in Working for Racial Justice

Susan Naimark | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

We have a critical role to play in ensuring equal opportunity for all in this country. And we have an inspiring model to look to for that role, a small yet mighty grassroots organization in Boston that celebrates its 45th anniversary this week.

3 Ways Community Activists Could Make Education Better

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Teachers that are maximizing the time spent with students to bridge learning gaps and scaffold instruction for skill acquisition would greatly benefit from these partnerships and so would our students.

Joining Forces to Win

Ana María Archila | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ana María Archila

The most successful community campaigns present a new vision for change, a creativity and fearlessness to promote policies many have thought unachievable, as well as a canny understanding of how to navigate local political forces.

Activist's Handbook: A Checklist for Social Change Organizing

Steve Early | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Steve Early

Randy Shaw's Activist's Handbook is a book with legs. First published in the early 1990s, it has now been updated as a guide to "winning social change...

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Going Public: The American Commonwealth

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Harry Boyte

Civic revitalization is needed inside institutions and also beyond them, in renewing concern for the shared public world. We need to remember that the American promise is a commonwealth democracy, built and sustained by the labors of all.

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.