Bridging Differences and Movements

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld 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, local groups turn to collaboration as a strategy for […]

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 […]

Reflections on the Penas for the Common Good

Written by Alicia Lueras Maldonado 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 common good, and […]

Update from the 3rd Peña for the Common Good

Written by Alicia Lueras Maldonado 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 and possibilities. It was […]

Update from the 2nd Pena for the Common Good

Written by Alicia Lueras Maldonado 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 experiences – […]

Penas for the Common Good

Written by Alicia Lueras Maldonado 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.” The idea of “peñas” came out of a […]

Relationships Are (the) Work

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld 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 social change sector. Relationship building was a […]

Kicking off 2014: Lessons from New Mexico

Written by Frances Kunreuther 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 to fulfill the promise […]

Court Rulings Must Lead to Broader Alliance Building

Written by Frances Kunreuther 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 […]

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