This summer, we’ve employed our inside-outside strategy to amplify the grassroots voices of our partners and uplift the power of low-income people. In June, we helped exert “outside” pressure as we joined thousands of people demanding a stronger democracy and better policies at the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington. Several of our partners showed up and spoke out; some of their reflections and calls to action are documented in this episode of Melissa Harris-Perry’s news program The Takeaway.
Reverend James Woodley (MORE Justice) and CC Organizer Kayla Gilchrist.
This month, we and several of our partners engaged the “inside” of Washington politics at an event we co-hosted with the Urban Institute, A Community Forum: How the American Rescue Plan is Helping Advance Equity. Representatives of our partners Ohio Organizing Collaborative, Parent Voices Oakland, Maine People’s Alliance, MOSES, and MORE Justice joined representatives from the Biden-Harris administration, members of Congress, representatives from local and state governments, and other community organizations to explore how communities worked together to deliver “the most equitable recovery of any federal stimulus package in U.S. history” through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Participants discussed how they shaped public investments, highlighting narratives of underserved communities and persistence. The discussion was informed by the White House’s May 2022 report, “Advancing Equity Through the American Rescue Plan.” You can watch a video of the full forum on Community Change/Action’s YouTube page.
Dorian in conversation with (L to R): Erica Crawley (Franklin County, OH Board of Commissioners); Clarissa Doutherd (Parent Voices Oakland); Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson (Children’s Defense Fund); LaNoral Thomas (SEIU).
Our partners had these opportunities to shine thanks to our phenomenal staff members, who continue to approach this work with joy, strategic sophistication, creativity, and a whole lot of heart. Many thanks to each and every one of you who touched both of these events in ways big and small.