Building a movement led by everyday people to create change in their communities and across the country.

We envision a nationwide social movement led by everyday people and inspired by the conviction that we can create a society in which everyone has enough to thrive and achieve their full potential. Learn More >>

Our Work

Only social movements can create social change.

The Center’s mission is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better.
History: In 2012, the Center for Community Change marked the 45th anniversary of its founding.
People: We are from red states and blue; we are both youthful and seasoned; and we represent the rich diversity of America’s immigrants, recent and from decades past, as well as its native population. Together, we work with vigor and vision to end poverty and exclusion in America.
Movement Building: View all of our campaigns.
CCCAction is our sister organization. Visit our site to know more information.



We unite groups in coalition and collaborate on common goals.



We elevate collaborative work for national impact.



We provide resources that let grassroots groups do more.



We train people to advocate for themselves.

180 Grassroots Ambassadors. CCC trains these “super volunteers” to be leaders and storytellers with the skills to organize others, the creativity to drive strategy, and the resilience to build movements.
With campaigns in 17 states, we fight to defend the anti-poverty programs that keep tens of millions of Americans fed and healthy.
90 Pieces by our Writing Fellows. CCC creates a platform for writers who come from low-income backgrounds and speak from their own experiences with poverty, inequality, and the struggle to make ends meet. Publications from the Washington Post to The Undefeated to CNN featured them in 2016.

Focus Areas

Fifteen years ago, grassroots groups gearing up to change welfare reform realized that economic justice could not be won without wage equality and worker protections for undocumented immigrants. The new millennium saw an increase in vitriol directed against immigrants, who often were blamed for the fact that – whether the economy was up or down – for most people, the opportunity for a solid middle-class life continued to recede. Learn More >>  

The Latest

The Austin Bomber case shows we are quick to label POCs, but not whites, when they do wrong

The citizens of Austin were terrorized by a series of bombings that left two people dead, and injuring others. The suspect ultimately blew himself up in a suicide bombing when cornered by police, injuring…

Ideas of MLK, RFK still needed today

When President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1964, his audacious goal was to end poverty in the richest country in the world by our bicentennial in 1976. Four years later, assassins killed two of the most powerful voices of this movement, and with them, our nation’s commitment to ending poverty.

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Happy Birthday, CCC!

The Center for Community Change turns 50 this year! The staff and extended family of CCC have special birthday messages for the organization that is facing a major milestone in transformational change. These wishes come from the change-makers who are building power in our communities, and injecting new energy into the movement. Join us in celebrating the years of change ahead! #CCCat50

On the Road with the Water Protectors of the Rolling Resistance

[embed][/embed] Mni Wiconi is a battle cry: Water is Life. And members of the Rolling Resistance are fighting for their lives on a daily basis. They are fighting for the…

Our Students Need a Quality Education, Not More Policing

Last Saturday, I marched for our lives. I marched because I believe schools should be a welcoming place of education and growth, not fear and violence. Our children are in…

Representing the future is now, as seen through our black and brown youth

[embed][/embed] Now, more than ever, we must encourage youth to step into leadership. This is the way to cultivate power in our communities that need their voices heard. I had…

IN: Nevada

Transparent government goes hand in hand with civic engagement

In May 2017, the City of Henderson announced it was removing Police Chief Patrick Moers because he promoted a charity foundation to local businesses. That was the party line until,…

Prepping the PLAN: Organizer Dulce Valencia talks voter registration and the importance of hope in 2018

It’s late afternoon at the office of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), and I’m interrupting a big work session. Specifically, I’m interrupting activist and organizer Dulce Valencia’s “Magnificent…

Justice for Dreamers Delayed is Justice Denied

Last week, we were heartened when Democrats stood up for immigrants and people of color against a white nationalist President and the Republicans that enable him.

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