Featured Movement Builder: Center for Popular Democracy


Building Movement Project recently launched our Movement Building Portal– a series of resources for folks who end up on our site looking for information on social movement and how to build them.  Part of that project included highlighting some groups who we think are doing great work building movements and making social change in their communities.  This week, we’d like to highlight the Center for Popular Democracy as one of those groups.

CPD was born out of the organizing traditions of Make the Road New York, a membership-based organization of more than 10,000 low-income, primarily immigrant New Yorkers with dynamic community centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Since 1997, MRNY has become one of the most effective forces for racial and economic justice in New York City and State. Founded by Andrew Friedman, co-founder of MRNY, CPD seeks to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with the most innovative community-based organizations, local and state networks, and progressive unions across the country. They seek to do this by building an organizational infrastructure that enhances the capacity of communities to affect change, and by developing and advocating for state and local policies that provide a tangible benefit for the communities CPD serves. 

Head to the Center for Popular Democracy’s website to learn more about their current work, which focuses mostly on pro-worker, pro-immigrant, and racial justice issues.

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