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October 19, 2020 Nissa Tzun

Let’s Keep Each Other Safe by Banding Together for a National Day of Action, Oct. 22

We all deserve to live in a country where we are safe in our homes, at our places of work, and all the places in between. But for a long […]

A Letter to My Daughter: Dear Baby Girl, It’s Okay to Feel Scared Right Now

Topacio Marrero

  My 9-year-old daughter is questioning a lot of what is going on in our world right now. I explain to her the importance of Black Lives Matter and answer […]

Why the 2020 Census Should Matter to You

Topacio Marrero

The 2020 census started last week and there is a lot of buzzing around it: what is it? Why is it important? I had those same questions, but after some […]

It is time for the minimum wage to Increase in Florida, across the country

Ayanna Albertson

For most of my childhood and adolescence, I was under the impression that financial success was merely a decision. That “if you want better, you’ll do better”, and “if you […]

Welcome Home: Navigating the holidays without a home

Michael Jackson

“What are you and your son doing for the holidays?” This question, innocently asked, is an emotional minefield for me and families like mine across the country coping with homelessness. […]

Welcome Home: A Narrative Journey for Safe and Fair Housing for All

Michael Jackson

Today we introduce a new column on Change Wire: The Welcome Home series. As Community Change, its partners Race Forward and Policy Link and other front line housing and racial […]

If Trump succeeds in destroying our health care, protections for millions of people with pre-existing conditions could disappear

Mikka Macdonald

President Donald Trump has defined his time in office in opposition to people who work for a living. Time and time again, the American people have watched him turn his […]

AOC’s poverty package meets reality in America

Sharisse Tracey

If you live in New York, as I do, it is hard to not notice and hear about house freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Although, I somehow doubt that she is […]

Voices of Everyday Leaders

Debbie Weingarten

Part 2: The Fight for Medicaid by Colorado’s Disability Community In 2017, when Medicaid was once again on the congressional chopping block, the largest national organization for civil rights for […]

Marching 230 miles to the steps of the Supreme Court, reminding America #HomeIsHere

Cristina Rayas

On Sunday, more than 160 Dreamers and allies arrived in Washington, D.C., after marching 230 miles starting in New York. Step by step, their journey reminds all of us that […]

Unámonos para honrar la memoria y seguir la lucha de nuestro gran Congresista Cummings

Grecia Lima

El fallecimiento del Congresista Elijah Cummings, legislador demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes por el Séptimo Distrito de Maryland, es una gran pérdida para el Congreso y para los defensores de […]

We need Presidential candidates to detail their commitment to achieving quality, affordable and culturally relevant child care for all families

Danielle Atkinson

Trending with the hashtag #WhatMamasWant, hundreds of mothers in Michigan organized a forum on issues that impact their lives and then gathered to watch the two-day Democratic presidential debates in […]

How The Gig Economy is Changing Work As We Know It

Catherine Bugayong

As the gig economy continues to grow, how has it changed the way we think of work, the economy, and laborers? In this episode of “A Living Wage,” Catherine Bugayong […]

How Community Organizing Helped Me Branch Out While Staying Grounded in My Roots

Jamal Meneide

We all want to see our communities grow into places where all families can thrive. Correia’s reflections reveal how his experience with community engagement and organizing can result in environmental justice and overall powerful change.

Healthcare is a Human Right. Here’s Why it Should Be Accessible to Everyone.

Michael Jackson

For my family, the high costs of healthcare and its inaccessibility meant a stressful late night call from my son from a hospital bed and thousands of dollars in avoidable […]

How They See Us: The Impacts of Implicit Biases in Healthcare

Michael Jackson

It should’ve been the happiest time of my life. I was happily married, had a wonderful son, and had just started as a PhD student at a prestigious Ivy League […]

“When They See Us” Through the Eyes of a 13-year-old Girl

Sharisse Tracey

“I don’t want to watch this, Mommy, it is making me mad and I already know how it will end,” said my recently turned 13 year-old daughter with folded arms. […]

My Family’s Curse

Jamal Meneide

When thinking about the American dream, we often believes that merit in equals results out—if you work hard enough, you deserve what you get. But is that always the case? […]

Out on the Town: Paying Our Restaurant Workers (A Living Wage: Episode 3)

Catherine Bugayong

Going out is such a special treat, and it’s a whole team of people that make this experience so enjoyable. In this episode of “A Living Wage,” I hit the […]

Advocacy Network Holds Presidential Candidates Accountable to Bold Immigration Solutions

Sophie Maisterra Navratil

Earlier this summer, FIRM Action, Community Change Action, and CHIRLA Action Fund hosted the Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum to elevate the voices of immigrants and engage presidential candidates in […]

Resist normalizing violence in any form

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Riley Howell and  Kendrick Castillo are heroes, yes. They are martyrs too. They are also victims. On April 30,  a lone gunman entered a campus building at the University of […]

On Motherhood and Movement Work: Women leaders approach both with ferocity and love

Nicole Melaku

As I sat on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico for a retreat with fellow immigrant rights leaders from the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), I couldn’t help but be […]

White rage: What is it leading to and where will it end?

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Ever since the 2016 presidential election, there have been countless articles, theories, and commentators dissecting it. A level of white dissatisfaction, and, yes, even white rage, played a role in […]

When will Nevada address police violence?

Nissa Tzun

In the last decade, we have seen the issue of police violence resurface on the national platform. Every year since the police shooting of Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009, […]

Bold ideas rooted in the lives, experiences of real people

Center for Community Change

Now you can check out some of the discussions from the event and hear for yourself how power and agency are at the root of economic justice for our communities.

Reminder to Congress: #Not1dollar for Trump’s racist wall

Thomas Kennedy

The government shutdown that just ended was the longest in American history. Speaker Pelosi and Trump engaged in a war centered around Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in funding for […]

Florida makes history as Amendment 4 goes into effect

Thomas Kennedy

Today is a historic day for Florida. The most significant voting rights act in the state’s history and the most significant expansion of the franchise since the civil rights act […]

We as voters will determine the future of our country

Will Holland

In 2016, decades of neglect on behalf of those in political authority caused a surge of bitterness and democratic participation on behalf of industrial workers in forgotten regions of both […]

Our vote is our power

Mikka Macdonald

Representative John Lewis once said, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”  Every day, communities […]

Will Latino’s Turnout to Vote This Year?

Thomas Kennedy

With only days left until the midterm election is finally over, one question lingers in the minds of Democratic operatives working in battleground states across the country. Will Latino turnout […]

Underserved communities find no relief as water rates increase

Jiquanda Johnson

Tia Simpson stood in front of nearly 40 journalists pleading her case for clean and affordable water. The 34-year-old Flint resident endured the aftermath of being exposed to the city’s […]

Supporting Food Entrepreneurs for Equity and Stronger Communities

Christen Hill

We can strengthen our communities by creating food systems that create new jobs and businesses through the people living here. DREAM (Dreaming Out Loud’s Ready for Entrepreneurship Accelerator Modules) is […]

Colin Kaepernick, Christine Blasey Ford, and the America’s Bad Conscience

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

In recent weeks, two Americans galvanized media attention for their bravery, taking  stances that inspired gratitude and support for their causes. Neither is a politician or has run for public […]

How do we work to redeem America’s soul?

Raphael Warnock

This piece originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. From the recent, unabashed public expressions of white supremacy to immoral policies of ripping immigrant children away from their parents to […]

Eager to vote for the first time

Laura Munoz

Voting is a rewarding experience and we are uniting first time voters this November to uplift our communities. You have the duty of electing people who will be representing you […]

What Apple’s $1 trillion value means for working people

Elizabeth Poulos

Last Thursday, it was reported that the wealth of tech-giant Apple had surpassed every other publically traded American firm, setting the record at $1 trillion in value. Many applauded the […]

Florida voters gather at Netroots Nation to unite the vote

Elizabeth Fernandez

I’m at Netroots Nation along with hundreds of political activists who are passionate about creating stronger communities for all. I took this opportunity to ask my fellow activists from Florida […]

Returning citizens served time and paid for their mistakes; let’s give them back their right to vote

Thomas Kennedy

Last week, I experienced first-hand how the state of Florida is systematically disenfranchising black and brown people from voting. I took part in a civil disobedience action in the city […]

The forced trajectory of Trinita Farmer, mother of police homicide victim, Tashii Brown

Nissa Tzun

“He was very creative,” said Trinita Farmer about her son, Tashii Brown, during an interview in her home on March 4, 2018.  Farmer was eager to exhibit his work, which […]

From zero tolerance to zero harm: steps for mending shattered migrant families

Esther Calzada

By Catherine LaBrenz, John Sullivan and Esther Calzada We’ve all seen the excitement in a child’s eyes when they play with their parents in the park, or the calm that […]

Power is when more women and people of color run for office. And win.

Nadia Eldemerdash

With so much depressing news filling my news feed, I’ve found a glimmer of hope talking to Democratic candidates in the primary elections here in Nevada. As in the rest […]

Change Wire: We tell the stories of real people making real change

Marisol Bello

Early this year, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. In a rousing speech accepting the honor, […]

Inside The Statue of Liberty’s Radical Feminist, Pro-Refugee Roots

Alison Stine

America may have rejected a woman to lead the nation, but Lady Liberty’s steadfast arm still leads the way

Hiding in plain sight

Fred McKissack Jr.

Hidden Figures is a treasure, but we need to dig deeper in finding new talent

And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh

Wendi C. Thomas

Wendi C. Thomas is a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change. [View the story “And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh” on Storify]

Monster in the Mission

Mark Ortiz

This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post San Francisco. “The only public housing this city provides is county jails,” Bilal Ali of the Coalition Against Homelessness said at […]

Getting our priorities straight on mass incarceration and perpetuated poverty

Robin Curran

Connection between mass incarceration and perpetuated poverty, why it’s bad not only for individuals but also for communities Did you know that the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than […]

Fighting for the Future of America’s 99%

Deepak Bhargava

Today, with the 2012 elections looming before us, we must ensure that the national movement we’ve helped to build has the clout to make our politicians listen. We will all […]

$40, Why It Is Important

Donna DeLaCruz

Because it's the holiday season, my son Alex came to work today. And he got to come on a very special trip– to see the President argue for a payroll […]

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