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The Future Of Social Movements

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.

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

Yael Bromberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | 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.

From Here to Eternity, Changing the Animal Control Universe for Community Cats

Becky Robinson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Becky Robinson

As New Horizons makes its final approach, it does so due to the corrective measures its advocates used to help it reach its target. Similarly, the insights, inspiration, and new information collected at the Best Friends National Conference will help advocates reach our target.

Grassroots Organization That Came From a Place of Pain

Tenille Livingston | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Tenille Livingston

Cheryl 'Action' Jackson has been rolling out the red carpet for those in her community for over seven years and giving every family the celebrity trea...

Populism2015: Construction Crew for Democracy

Michael Winship | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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.

Grassroots Miami Overcomes Elements With Good Vibes

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 04.25.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

The 4th annual Grassroots music festival in Key Biscayne overcome every obstacle that came it's way.

Open Letter to Bob Geldof and Tribe

Mariéme Jamme | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Mariéme Jamme

Here is my problem and also the problem of many voices in Africa and outside -- we are really dissatisfied with the way celebrities like you think that they can just wake up and decide to do things on the name of Africa.

Nonprofit Advocates Making Big Change, Millions of Vehicles at a Time

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Did corporate and governmental leaders play a part in achieving this success? Absolutely. But would it have happened at all if not for the tenacity and savvy work of environmental NGOs and their supporters? Not a chance.

Ebola and the Mobile African

Lottie Ntim | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Lottie Ntim

As the battle against the Ebola rages on, it's safe to say that threats to African mobility, while problematic, have taken us back to the roots of what we do well: Building resilient communities through innovative workarounds.

A Week of Hope

Ellen van Bever | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Ellen van Bever

Tomorrow will be the culmination of a week of actions for Mothers Out Front. Each day this week we have stood out in front of the Massachusetts State House in order to make a public statement about how urgent and critical the effects of climate change are to the future of our children.

Change is Possible!

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

After growing demands from the grassroots over recent years for bipartisan problem solving to address the nation's continuing economic woes -- from wage and income stagnation to growing asset inequality -- Americans are tired of waiting for a fix.

Mayday

Jay Mandle | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The Mayday PAC is a political action committee that "aims to elect a Congress committed to fundamental reform in the way political campaigns are funde...

The Kurdish Experiment in Radical Decentralism and Why Kobani Must Be Saved

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

My father's impassioned plea for military assistance from November 1956 is more relevant today than ever. As long as organized Kurdish resistance continues, we must make the demand for arms to the Kurds our insistent cry.

Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

J. Redwing Keyssar | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
J. Redwing Keyssar

None of us will "get out of here alive." So why not work as hard as we possibly can to transform the culture of dying in America from one of fear and pain and anxiety and excessive spending of health care dollars, to one of acceptance and understanding?

GOP.com Got a Facelift

Dieter Holger | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
Dieter Holger

Obviously strategists hope this new website design will help with the diversity-appeal facelift they desperately need. Still, this is an earnest attempt at appearing less racist, sexist, and religious.

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.

It's Not Just Ferguson... Is It?

Isa Freeling | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Isa Freeling

The call to pay close attention to race at this moment is a hot button issue with long simmering resentments now bubbling up to the surface and at a boil. The new awareness that sometime, while we were sleeping, police departments suited up like a military force, has awakened people to a perception of threat.

Power in Collective Parish Development: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Like the expatriated Jews camped along the banks of the Chedar River in Babylon, we think of our citizenship as located in another kingdom, a kingdom not of this world. But until we see the new Jerusalem, God calls us to roll up our sleeves and build better parks, better homes and better schools.

Building a Community of Creative Collaborators

Barry Segal | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Martin Segal, Managing Director, Segal Family Foundation (SFF). Martin is the son of Barry Segal, founder of SFF. Our grassr...

Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

My hope is that the dialogue we have begun will help to re-connect us to an understanding of civil society as a deeply human construct, as a facilitator of empowering social relationships. In this, it will be crucial to reflect on the role of our own organisations. For only solutions that are at once pragmatic and radical will be sufficient to meet the challenges we face.

The Roots of #Ferguson

Laura Barrett | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.

And Now for a Bit of Good News: La Guarimba International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The 2014 program seems to run through a very specific leitmotif, a theme that asks the audience, but also the human race in general to respect the environment around us -- before it overtakes us.

It's Time to Speak Your Peace!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Want to get on the peace train, regardless of your politics, philosophy or religion? Fantastic. There are thousands of ways to get involved.

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

Tea Iced!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Senator Thad Cochran pulled off an upset of sorts, by defeating his Tea Party primary challenger in the rematch atmosphere of a "top two" runoff election. His chance of victory had been seen by many (at least before the election results began coming in) as increasingly unlikely -- which is why the political world is abuzz over what just happened down in the Magnolia State.