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.

Connect

Connect

We unite groups in coalition and collaborate on common goals.

Organize

Organize

We elevate collaborative work for national impact.

Build

Build

We provide resources that let grassroots groups do more.

Amplify

Amplify

We train people to advocate for themselves.

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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.
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With campaigns in 17 states, we fight to defend the anti-poverty programs that keep tens of millions of Americans fed and healthy.
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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

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5 Organizers 5 Decades

Follow 5 organizers through 5 decades at Center for Community Change: Syd Beame, Garland Yates, Mary Brooks, Angelica Salas, and Grecia Lima.

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CCC/A Path To Power

Over the past two years, we have led the Center for Community Change and the Center for Community Change Action (CCC/A) through a period of extraordinary turmoil in our country. We campaigned to defend immigrant communities and protect the social safety net, won positive changes on jobs, child care, and housing at the state and local level—even in this dismal climate—and we are ramping up our largest effort ever to mobilize infrequent voters of color in 2018.

Center for Community Change Announces Dorian Warren as Next President

For Immediate Release    July 11, 2018 Contact: Jeff Parcher,703.314.6778, [email protected] Or Marisol Bello, 202.997.3208, [email protected] Center for Community Change Announces Dorian Warren as Next President The grassroots activist, political scientist and…

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Introducing Dorian Warren as Next CCC President

Get to know our next president! Dorian Warren is a grassroots activist, political scientist and media personality who will continue to advance racial, gender and economic justice in the Center for Community Change’s 50th anniversary year.

Why progressives need to mobilize against Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Donald Trump selected a clear partisan as his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who announced his resignation at the end of the Supreme Court’s term. Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh is an Republican Washington insider who is such a committed conservative there is little chance he will uphold the values of fairness, equal voice, dignity and freedom that are embedded in America’s democracy.

What You Don’t Know About West Virginia

This is a revolutionary moment in America. 1863 is a podcast designed to capture the thoughts and struggles of the next generation of leaders, folks who are trying to create a new nation, one community at a time - through social movements, politics, economic development, and other means. Our stories will center on the voices and experiences of people from Appalachia and the Rust Belt. Thanks for listening.

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]https://youtu.be/MsYqr7eqEwI[/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…

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