Looking Back to 1965, Looking Ahead to 2015

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This weekend, the movie Selma opens nationwide. The film’s release doesn’t just launch the latest awards-season buzz; it connects directly to the movement moment we’re in, and kicks off a year where we’ll be marking several 50-year milestones that harken back to the movements of the 1960s. The actual history of movements is always […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Written by Caitlin Endyke An estimated 92 million shoppers took advantage of holiday deals on Black Friday this year.  Yet as those of us too full from Thanksgiving leftovers to brave the box-store crowds watched the usual reports of long lines and record sales on news broadcasts throughout the day, a few other stories stood […]

Movement Building Resources

At Building Movement Project, we work to strengthen the role of US nonprofits as they build a movement toward progressive social change.  While our focus is working with other organizations to help them integrate social change activities into their work, we have compiled a group of resources that may be useful for those coming to […]

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

While the purpose of this page is mainly to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building, below you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study. Key […]

History of Social Movements in the United States

The history of the United States provides rich examples for social movements and movement building. Below are some resources that you might find useful for a historical outline of modern social movements in the US. Interactive timeline of US social movements, from SAALT The Labor MovementSee also: NPR’s history of the labor movementImportant groups:o     […]

The ABC’s of U.S. Tax Policy: An Historical Perspective

Amata Miller, IHM, 1990 revised by Catherine Pinkerton, CSJ, 1997 From the days of George Washington to that of the present Administration, taxes have been a subject of national controversy. In his farewell address to Congress in 1796, our first President put the issue starkly before the legislators of the heavily indebted new nation: “It […]

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