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Tag: Alliance Building

Beyond the Wedding Cake: The Fight Continues

In its monumental decision this past Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is a legal right protected by the Constitution. The Obergefell v. Hodges ruling effectively reverses bans on same-sex marriages in states where these laws have been enacted while...more

Reflections on the Peñas for the Common Good

As the year comes to an end, it's a good time to reflect on the past year and think about the work ahead of us. Our last Peña for the Common Good was the perfect opportunity to gather our thoughts and share ideas and reflections about the...more

Update from the 3rd Peña for the Common Good

As we sat in the community room behind the St. Martin's Coffee Shop on the corner of Lomas and 2nd Street listening to Mark Allison, former Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, give a bit of history on the building I was filled with hope...more

Update from the 2nd Peña for the Common Good

On June 12th, we hosted our 2nd Peña for the Common Good at the beautiful campus of South Valley Academy, a public charter school in the South Valley of Albuquerque. As we sat in that institution of learning – listening to parents, alumni and staff share their personal...more

Peña for the Common Good

On Friday, May 2nd, over 25 nonprofit service providers, advocates and community organizers joined together in what was the first of a series of "peñas" to honor and celebrate our work, build relationships and have a deeper dialogue about the "common good."

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Relationships Are (the) Work

Lately, I’ve been thinking about relationships. Maybe it’s that my partner just proposed to me. Or maybe it was the time with our Project Team earlier this month working, laughing, and struggling together. Either way, it’s becoming clear how important relationships are in the...more

The New Bottom Line

After the economic crash of 2008, policies at the federal level did little to impact the hardest hit communities or to hold banks accountable for the malfeasance that led to the recession. By 2010, big banks were posting record profits while job losses and foreclosures continued unabated. Recognizing the immense challenges to...more

Kicking off 2014: Lessons from New Mexico

Starting a new year calls for optimism and hope.  Here in New York City we are looking forward to the work of our new Mayor, Bill de Blasio who promises to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. But we have also been learning what it takes...more

Court Rulings Must Lead to Broader Alliance Building

Our new report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement was conceived over a year ago. Little did we think then it would be released the same week that the Supreme Court would be deciding two cases on same-sex marriage and challenges to affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. The SCOTUS decisions only confirm what we heard for LGBT leaders of advocacy and organizing groups – that the vision of the community is ready to expand to include full rights for LGBT people and stronger alliances with all justice movements.

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