One for the Money, Two for the Show

Why SSIR Analysis of Low Voter Turnout Just Doesn’t Cut It Written by Noelia Mann With election season in full swing, things are getting pretty hairy: metaphorical (and not so metaphorical) punches have been thrown, a projected $10 billion will be spent and the circus has comfortably settled down in town. But are the players going “full out” for a meager […]

Feeling Triggered Over “Diversity”

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by a trio of social psychologists raised fresh doubts about whether corporate diversity initiatives really work. To be sure, this isn’t a new concern. Various advocates for civil rights and greater workplace diversity have critiqued many diversity programs as really just “window dressing.” Moreover, legal […]

On Executive Orders and Movement Building: Immigration Reform and Gun Control

Written by Jesse McGleughlin President Obama recently announced new executive action on gun control. According to a White House fact sheet  published on Monday, the executive orders would expand background checks, increase mental health services and reporting, and shape the future of gun technology. Obama’s call for an executive order comes on the heels of his […]

Are We All Intersectional Now?

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Frances wrote earlier this year about our struggles to tease out “intersectionality” the buzzword from intersectionality as an analytic approach that moves beyond single-issue organizing and advocacy. The release of our latest report The New Now  is based on interviews with organizers and activists in New Mexico and Ohio who are bringing an intersectional approach […]

Collaborating for Social Change: 5 Lessons from a Collective Effort to End Homelessness in CT

Written by Tina Law According to its most recent study in 2013, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness estimates that more than 600,000 individuals experience homelessness across the country. In Connecticut, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and community providers are coming together in a campaign to end homelessness in their state. In our latest report, Coordinating Collaboration: A Mid-Point Learning Assessment […]

Black Love in Cleveland

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This past weekend, I had the honor to attend the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland. It was a historic gathering of more than a thousand black organizers, activists and families from around the country. Given the justified outrage over people being pepper sprayed by cops after the conference ended and the media’s bias in reporting on the […]

Winning: Rights and Respect

Written by Frances Kunreuther In reproductive justice circles, the victory of the Respect ABQ Women campaign received a flurry of attention in the fall of 2013  when Albuquerque voters defeated a ban on late-term abortions. The Building Movement Project  went back to talk to five leaders in that Campaign to understand why they won. The Respect ABQ Women report points out […]

Beyond the Wedding Cake: The Fight Continues

Written by Alex Nguyen 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 also fully legalizing these unions throughout […]

Detroit: The Inequality Landscape

Written by Linda Campbell I experience inequality when my 40 year plus near perfect driving record causes my insurance rates to be 3x that of my suburban peers. I experience inequality when the police respond to an accidentally tripped house alarm in less than 5 minutes at my daughter’s midtown condo. I experience inequality when […]

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