From The Root accessed 12/9/2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In one lunch hour, you could create a tipping point for their campaign.
A whopping 52% of fast-food employees’ families are forced to rely on public assistance to put food on the table or see a doctor. That means American taxpayers are putting about $7 billion a year into fast food corporate profits. Workers are taking an enormous risk -- for all of us. They're asking us to give just one lunch hour to show solidarity and help spread their movement to new cities. Search for a rally near you and sign up to attend or to help organize. Find a Rally!
Source: Low Pay is Not OK
"Within the report you can read about processes that engaged thousands of NPA members in shaping our strategy of winning the battle of big ideas; build a new set of deep and long-term alliances; and develop our vision of the new economy."
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Idelisse on Social Transformation Project
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Read updates about this issue, which is vital to organizing and our democracy, by clicking here:
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Employers can list jobs, internships and volunteer positions (please no partisan political jobs). Job seekers can search the listings and post resumes.
If you have any questions about this service, call 301-270-0640 or visit the website National Organizers Alliance, which provides this site as a service to organizing groups. NOA, of which I am a member, is an excellent resource for and about organizing.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Social Change through Civic Participation
Grantmakers who fund community organizing say it’s the best option when you want to promote civic engagement and support lasting solutions to a community’s problems. Yet many funders, concerned about the ability to measure its impact and effectiveness, hesitate to take up community organizing as a strategy. In this guide, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker’s special role in fostering change.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
So last Sunday I was driving through Vero Beach and noticed a Circuit City store that was going out of business. Now I know that I've blogged here in the past about the anti-employee policies of Circuit City. Not too long ago, in a supposedly cost-savings measure, the company fired a bunch of senior employees, then invited them to re-apply for their jobs at lower wages. A real cold thing to do. So when I saw the "Going Out of Business" sign I figured I'd help them by participating in their demise.
But then I got inside the store and saw the workers. These people were soon to be added to the 10 million unemployed Americans. I began to feel guilty. I wished many of them good luck in the future. I didn't buy any toys.
Yesterday, back home in St. Petersburg, too thick-headed to have learned my lesson, I was again wooed by my eternal curse to go into a Sound Advice store that was also going out of business. I survey the carnage of strewn boxes of merchandise and depressed employees. I felt like a witness to a train wreck. I felt like I do when I'm driving down the road and I can't resist staring at the accident in the other lane. I felt like a vulture picking over the bones of a dead animal. I quickly headed to my car.
So what have I learned? I've learned that we are all in for a long stretch of store closings and business failures in our communities. I've learned that my petty consumerism is a curse. I've learned that going out of business sales are not about catching a few bargains and finding new toys. I've learned that they are about human misery and families that are hurting. And I've learned that I can't participate in the carnage.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
It is a rare opportunity to bear witness to the power of community organizing. Seldom in this country's history have we seen the craft reach the heights of its potential--the Civil Rights Movement, the passage of the Community Reinvestment Act and, maybe arguably, one or two other times. But last night I witnessed, as an adult when I can truly appreciate it, the power of the people united through community organizing. I, perhaps like many of you, are still in a bit of a shock. Regardless of the extent to which we may or may not agree with President-elect Obama politically (from either side of the political spectrum), we must appreciate the historic election of someone whose own lifetime began under the disenfranchisement of African Americans. Less than half a century ago Barack Obama would have had difficulty even trying to vote in the southern United States. I am also the parent of a 16 year old multi-racial (including African American) daughter. She could not bear the ambiguity of the early returns, and could not sleep once the result was decided. I remain, this morning, overwhelmed by the momentousness of this election.
As we dissect what happened, I hope we appreciate how the lessons of community organizing, which include fundraising, and its leadership by a 47 year old community organizer who perhaps finally figured out how to organize, brought about this historic result. My congratulations and thanks go out to ACORN and all the other community organizers who put into play, in magnificent form, time-honored community organizing practices to register voters and organize against voter suppression. It is a new morning in the United States and, for the moment, it belongs to community organizing.
From the COMM-ORG website, comm-org.wisc.edu:
"COMM-ORG was founded in 1995 by Wendy Plotkin and is now moderated and edited by Randy Stoecker. It's mission is to link academics and activists, and theory and practice, toward the goal of improving community organizing and its related crafts. The project is supported by the University of Wisconsin Department of Rural Sociology and the University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. Everything here is free and accessible."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
No matter what happens in the presidential election, America will change. We are about to experience a seismic shift in the tectonic plates of the American consciousness that we will remember all of our lives.
If Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to win the presidency, America will change. Many of us will weep as we witness the culmination of a 400-year struggle for civil rights.
If Barack Obama loses the presidency after having such a large statistical lead, America will change. Doubts will be cast on our electoral process; centuries-old animosities will reach fever-pitch; people will rise up. We will live with the consequences for a long time.
And if some awful event occurs between now and the election, America will change. And for the rest of our lives we will tell the story of where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.
When life changing historical events happen in America they usually come by surprise. This one will happen in the next 15 days. I will spend that time hoping and praying for my country.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The decline of the American union movement over the past 2 decades has emboldened management, encouraged reckless business practices, and sucked the life out of American families. We can't fix our economy if working Americans don't have a place at the table.
For this reason I am a strong supporter of Employee Free Choice Act. In a nutshell, the Act would enact measures to hold anti-union employers accountable and to guarantee workers a free and fair chance to form a union, rights that have been slowly eroding through unfair business practices and hostile legislation over the past 20 years. The bill is currently making its way through both the House and the Senate, and has a real chance of passing in 2009.
For more information visit American Rights at Work, http://www.americanrightsatwork.org/