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Tag: Civic Participation

Integrating Civic Engagement for Nonprofits

On a snowy second-day of Spring, I facilitated a workshop with BMP Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld at the UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit in Washington DC. UnidosUS, formerly NCLR, was established in 1968 to serve the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in... more

Post-Election Wake-Up Call

In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, I was left wondering how many nonprofits had registered and turned out voters. This year’s midterms will probably be remembered for the apparent contradiction of progressive ballot measures winning alongside conservative legislators. But this election should be remembered for the... more

Nonprofit Vote on Election Day

There's less than 24 hours until Election Day kicks off tomorrow morning. Since Building Movement Project believes that nonprofit organizations should serve as robust sites of democratic practice, we're encouraging all our nonprofit friends to check out Nonprofit Vote for info on how you can help get members of your community to the polls tomorrow. more

BMP Spotted at NYC’s first Participatory Budgeting Vote

Building Movement Project served on the Steering Committee for New York City's first use of Participatory Budgeting. Four city council members each pledged at least $1,000,000 of their discretionary budgets to be used for specific projects that would be voted on directly by district residents. We sent three delegates from Detroit to the corresponding international conference that coincided with the final project vote at the end of March. One of them is spotted in a video that follows two budget delegates as they find out if their project won enough votes to get city funding.


Women of SNCC: Passing the Torch, Preserving the Flame


On Sunday, January 15th more than 60 Detroit area women and girl activists and advocates representing a variety of causes and racial ethnic groups, gathered to celebrate the historic role of women in the fight for peace and justice. Hosted by the Building Movement Project Detroit and the M.L.K. Day 2012 Committee, the event honored five women members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council (SNCC) with family ties rooted in Detroit. Sharing personal stories documented in the book “Hands on the Freedom Plow”, younger women and next generation activists were transported back to the pre- Civil Rights days of terror and oppression as experienced by African Americans, especially those who were caught in the exploitative share cropping system. The women spoke of the courage and vision of many of those community members who braved retaliation and the threat of death simply to register and vote. more

News from the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce

The Building Movement Project recently partnered with the Detroit Food Justice Task Force to help them bring “healthy, affordable foods to all of the city’s people”. Check out this update from the Task Force, where they talk about the successes of their “Cook, Eat, Talk” program, which seeks to facilitate discussion and provide resources for access to healthy, local food for all Detroiters. more

Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation—New Research from the Field

Learn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting. Professor Kelly LeRoux will discuss a new study that tracked the outcomes of nonprofit service providers that contacted their clients/constituents about voting. more

Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

Neighborhood Centers, in partnership with the Berkana Institute, have combined a how-to guide on the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a method of engaging community with other materials in a boxed kit called Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities. Follow the link to find out more about what's included in the toolkit, and how to order one. more

Alliance for Children and Families Civic Engagement Survey

One of BMP’s partners, Alliance for Children and Families is looking to develop an evaluation tool to measure the impact of civic engagement and the first step in this process is asking nonprofit social service providers to complete this online survey in order to get a sense of knowledge and practices in civic engagement. If that applies to you, please take a few moments to respond to the survey and share with other groups in your network: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CivicEngagementI. more

A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box

This recent Yes! Magazine article, written by our friends at Demos, describes how we can help bridge the gap in voter participation by enforcing an already existing law that links voter registration to public assistance programs. more

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