Category: MOVEMENT BUILDING

The Revolution Will Be Blogged: Fostering Youth Activism Through Online Writing

Adrienne Carmack

July 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In an era of polarized politics, heightened activism, and the rise of the “resistance,” the conversation often turns to the actions and attitudes of youth. The infamous millennials are framed as lazy and unengaged (though research tells a different story), and their younger cohort is criticized for its dependence on technology and social […]

Sunday rally planned to mark one-year anniversary of Memphis bridge protest

Wendi C. Thomas

July 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

This article originally appeared on MLK50. On Sunday, organizers will gather at Tom Lee Park to mark the anniversary of the July 10, 2016 protest that shut down the Hernando-Desoto bridge over the Mississippi River. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Coalition of Concerned Citizens will honor “the heroines and heroes who shut down […]

“Take it to the bridge”

Wendi C. Thomas

at 1:43 pm

This article originally appeared on MLK50. MEMPHIS — July 10 marks the anniversary of the largest spontaneous act of civil disobedience in the city’s modern history. The spark: The police killings of two black men in less than 24 hours, Alton Sterling on July 5 in Louisiana and Philando Castile on July 6 in Minnesota. The kindling, though, was the generations-old […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit Has People Talking About Who and What Really is Dividing Us

Center for Community Change

October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Originally published by The Undefeated. Did a Saturday Night Live sketch last week hint at a future hard to envision in today’s bitter political climate — a future in which black and white people join forces against a broken government? That’s what Colleen Wessel-McCoy hopes. She and hundreds of others are working to organize a […]

Shouting Beyond the Feminist Choir

Angela Zhao

August 26, 2015 at 11:41 am

When America celebrates Women’s Equality Day today, perhaps she will post pictures of her inspirational inhabitants on Instagram, or write a long heartfelt post about female empowerment on Facebook, sprinkling a few hashtags here and there. But apart from the familiar public service announcements, what are we doing to push gender equality forward? When the […]

Building Coalitions at the 2015 White House AAPI Youth Forum

Angela Zhao

July 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Last Thursday, July 9th, over 150 Asian American and Pacific Islander college students from across the nation convened at the White House for the 2015 White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders Youth Forum. It was an engaging full-day conference that exceeded the usual program of speakers, workshops and panels to become a […]

Arnie Graf: 2015 Change Champion in Community Organizing

Melissa Hewitt

July 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Kate Casa contributed to this article. It was the mid-1960s and Arnie Graf, a 19-year-old student at the mostly segregated University of Buffalo, found himself witnessing discrimination in a very personal way. “Being Jewish, we had separate fraternities and groups by the charters that were in place,” he recalls. One place that did welcome students […]

Arnie Graf: 2015 Change Champion in Community Organizing

Melissa Hewitt

at 12:08 pm

Kate Casa contributed to this article. It was the mid-1960s and Arnie Graf, a 19-year-old student at the mostly segregated University of Buffalo, found himself witnessing discrimination in a very personal way. “Being Jewish, we had separate fraternities and groups by the charters that were in place,” he recalls. One place that did welcome students […]

Arnie Graf: 2015 Change Champion in Community Organizing

Melissa Hewitt

at 12:08 pm

Kate Casa contributed to this article. It was the mid-1960s and Arnie Graf, a 19-year-old student at the mostly segregated University of Buffalo, found himself witnessing discrimination in a very personal way. “Being Jewish, we had separate fraternities and groups by the charters that were in place,” he recalls. One place that did welcome students […]

Raising America’s Pay

Marisol Bello

June 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

On June 4, the Economic Policy Institute launched “Raising America’s Pay,” a research and public education initiative that seeks to make wage growth an urgent priority. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez delivered the keynote address and Mary Lassen, the Center’s Managing Director, was one of the panelists. Lassen said we need an organized push to put […]

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