#BlackLivesMatter: It’s More Than a Hashtag

Written by Alvin Young This week, I had the opportunity to join the Progressive Technology Project’s webinar on #BlackLivesMatter. BLM Co-Founder, Alicia Garza, explained how #BlackLivesMatter is a tool to address the dehumanization of black people throughout the United States. Armed with a robust social media strategy, #BlackLivesMatter provides a platform for the voiceless, and the millions oppressed […]

Considering Structure and Bias on Oscar Sunday

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld I’m a fan of movies and the award shows that honor them. So I was upset – like much of the rest of the twitterverse  – that Selma was snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced last month. Entertainment experts claimed that for Selma’s director, Ava DuVernay, being shut out of the Oscar nominations was […]

Nonprofits Talking Taxes

A Common Conversation for the Common Good On December 8th, Project Team member Kim Klein hosted this webinar about how Nonprofits need to see themselves as a “common good lobby” to advocate for the ideas that people are more important than profit, that some things are simply not for sale, and that our job is […]

Project Team Member Kim Klein Interviewed in Real Change News!

Real Change is a Seattle-based newspaper that seeks to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. In this interview with Real Change founder Timothy Harris, BMP Project Team Member Kim Klein speaks about her work on the Commons, taxes, and nonprofit funding. They discuss public responsibility and public funding, and […]

Kim Klein and the Commons: Reflecting on Haiti

Written by Kim Klein For obvious reasons, the celebration and glee of Carnival was suspended in Haiti this year. It’s as if the Lenten somberness of tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday started when the earthquake took such an unbelievable toll on Haiti. Just as religious reflection can lead people to a more commons-centered orientation, we saw people […]

Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

As the year draws to a close, we wish you a happy holiday season and a joyful New Year! In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some great news with you from Detroit: After 18 months of working closely with Project Team member Linda Campbell on issues of food justice in Detroit, […]

Alliances for Change Featured in Jesse Smith Noyes Newsletter

Workers’ centers, youth-based action groups, and urban justice organizations are among those changing the face of traditional community organizing. Many of these groups engage a range of approaches beyond targeted campaign work—from service delivery to media ownership to voter engagement. Jesse Smith Noyes featured a piece about their grantees whose work was cited as examples of organizing […]

Kim Klein and the Commons: Paying for Pollution

Today’s morning paper had this headline, “Fish Fail Mercury Test” with the subhead, “Toxin found in 100 percent of samples from streams across the U.S.; industrial pollution blamed.”  Basically, a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday described testing fish from nearly 300 streams across the country and finding mercury in EVERY SINGLE FISH of […]

Citizen Engagement as a Force for Social Transformation

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen?  Paolo Friere, the great Brazilian educator, said that we have a vocation, a calling, to be fully human.  This is a good summary of engagement – I am citizen of the world – I have rights and responsibilities to myself and others.  As we see all […]

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