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Community Activism

Community Engagement for Collective Impact: Lessons From Alaska

Karen Pittman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

People who run collective impact efforts say one of their toughest tasks is keeping community engagement going beyond the "summits" where everyone gets fired up. What does it mean to keep communities engaged in the mission that they've signed on for? Why is it so hard to do this well?

Learning Los Angeles: Judy Baca, Artist as Activist

Julia Wasson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

From 1974-1975, Baca organized, hired and trained teams of at-risk youth, many of them gang members and part of the justice system, to execute this story at a time when there were no Hispanic members on the City Council or the School Board. Today, Baca and Padilla work non-stop.

Learning Los Angeles: Andy Lipkis on Making Our Cities More Like Forests

Julia Wasson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

Andy's drive to repair the smog-damaged woods of the local mountains became a 40-year passion for addressing pollution, drought, and global warming through systems that mimic natural forests.

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.

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.

ELEVATE Atlanta: Reclaiming Communities Through the Arts

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

The arts bring people together that would not normally be connected. It is programs like Atlanta's ELEVATE, a program whose mission is to initiate positive urban growth through arts economics -- or the concept of culture being a driving force for commerce.

Define : Beauty Event Unites Fashion and Social Responsibility

Margaret Lucas | Posted 11.27.2011 | San Francisco
Margaret Lucas

How do you define beauty?  Do you define it through physicality? Through wealth or success? Is it something that radiates from inside the soul?  Or is it simply that which inspires us?



A Holiday Story Of Community Solidarity Revisited: Mont. Townsfolk Unite Against Anti-Semitism

Patrick Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Patrick Sauer

For one holiday season, Billings was the most amazing place on Earth.

Benevolent Lawyers Hitting the Streets

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I recently had the opportunity to check out the legal clinic of an organization called Street Justice, a group of attorneys who came together to help underserved individuals discover their protections under the laws of the land.

Darnell Canada Refuses to Wait for Obama to Create Jobs for New York City

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Somehow in the middle of a recession, Darnell Canada, President of REBUILD, has been creating hundreds of jobs for those who are hardest to employ.

What's All This Fuss About Service?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

What's all this fuss I hear about Service lately? I mean, who cares, really? Perhaps that's the real question: Who cares? Do you care? Having rea...

Growling and Kicking for Social Change

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

We need to not only tap the power, the knowledge, the wisdom of age; we need to do that in a way that works for older adults across all economic, social, racial and ethnic lines.

Saving the World (Starting With the South Bronx)

Majora Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Majora Carter

When people ask me what I do for a living, my short answer is, "I'm working to save the world, starting in the South Bronx." Yes, the South Bronx is...

Guerilla Aid!

Barton Brooks | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barton Brooks

I imagine everything we do is based on a feeling, and on that day it all became clear for me. These children were going about their day in poverty - but happy - and their indifference to their need struck me. I no longer saw "global poverty" as a Sally Struthers infomercial that made