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Movement Building

Here you’ll find research, frameworks and examples of how nonprofit organizations collaborate and organize to make a larger impact and sustain lasting change on the issues impacting communities.

Bridging Differences and Movements

Recently, I was in Detroit for a community summit organized by our partners at the Detroit People’s Platform and led a workshop on coalitions and alliances. Since the power imbalances between Detroit’s community members and the city’s corporate and elected leaders are so big,... more

Why Family Definitions Matter

As Pride month came to a close this year, LGBTQ people were reminded that the struggle continues to have our lives and loves be valued equal to straight people. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same sex... more

Systems Change with an Equity Lens

This piece is a follow-up to a recent webinar on systems change and equity developed by the Building Movement Project and Management Assistance Group. Today, in a time of heightened attention to racism, xenophobia, police brutality, sexual harassment, gun violence, Islamophobia, climate change, and more, there is an urgency and... more

Katrina, Sandy, Harvey: Centering Race and Class at the Eye of the Storm

We’ve seen this before. Natural disasters strike and communities of color and those affected by poverty are hit the hardest. As with the storms named Katrina and Sandy, it’s already clear that Harvey’s path of destruction will fall along racial and socioeconomic lines, and... more

Sustaining the Movement for Sustainability

At the Climate March last weekend, over 200,000 people took to the streets of DC, again. This time, they gathered in the name of environmental justice. Thoughtful planning ensured that the “Protectors of Justice”- indigenous, frontline environmental, and climate justice communities- led the march, just as they... more

When Community and Labor Join Forces

On March 31st, I sat down for a fast-paced webinar with two veteran organizers, and I knew our conversation couldn’t come at a more crucial time. With labor regulations under attack at the national level and community groups increasingly under-resourced, people’s movements face new challenges to... more

Permanently Affordable: The Community Land Trust Model

As anyone who has ever lived (or tried to live) in New York City knows, rent price tags are no joke. In NYC, chronic disinvestment in communities of color, and rampant gentrification are just a few of the issues that keep driving prices sky high and forcing long-term residents... more

Reflecting on the Women’s March on Washington

The day after Trump’s inauguration, I was one of the 500,000 or 1.2 million who marched in Washington, D.C.  I was glad to be there, even with the flaws. There was a feeling of optimism reflected in the pussy hats, homemade signs, different issues that were represented, throngs... more

Detroiters Changed the Narrative to Push for Community (not just corporate) Development

Detroit, Michigan, recently became the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance designed to give community members a voice in negotiations with big developers. Large-scale developers often receive financial support from taxpayers in the form of grants, tax abatements, and land transfers. In exchange, they sometimes promise community... more

Building the CBO Movement in Detroit

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld with artwork by Sean Bieri, courtesy of www.metrotimes.com Detroit and many cities across the country that experienced disinvestment, white flight and redlining a generation ago, are now grappling with economic “redevelopment” efforts that notoriously and blatantly bypass communities of color. Since redevelopment... more

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