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    Shifting Our Movement Stance: Exploring “Movement Pivots” in LA

Shifting Our Movement Stance: Exploring “Movement Pivots” in LA

By |Sep 15, 2014|

How do we embody––physically, mentally, and spiritually––the transformation we want to see in our movements and society?

How can we pivot to new ways of being that will strengthen and deepen our movement work?

Those [...]

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    It’s not about the leaks, it’s about the boats that can get us out of the flood.

It’s not about the leaks, it’s about the boats that can get us out of the flood.

By |Aug 28, 2014|

A new leak should point us to what community organizing groups have known for a long time…
 

When you find a leak, do you jump up and point at it? Yell about it? [...]

You v. Structural Racism: Rinku Sen’s Netroots Talk

By |Aug 26, 2014|

This past July I went to Netroots where I was honored to attend powerful sessions like “The Resurgence of Black Feminism” and “Ain’t I an Organizer? How Women of Color are the Future [...]

Supporting Black Leadership for the Whole

By |Aug 21, 2014|

Movement building demands leadership for the whole: leadership grounded in the strength of most impacted communities and able to lead the whole of society. Powerful movements need groups like The Organization for Black [...]

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    Tell Us!! Does Your Organization Do Transformative Practice?

Tell Us!! Does Your Organization Do Transformative Practice?

By |Aug 11, 2014|

This fall MSC will release a new report on organizations and alliances bringing transformative practices into their work.

We want to hear from you!

Please take 2 minutes for our 3-question survey on collective transformative [...]

Healing Justice, Acupuncture & Social Change

By |Aug 4, 2014|

The connections between systemic oppression, health, and healing became clear to me in the summer of 1999 when I was helping to organize a Type 2 diabetes support group at Las Fuentes Health [...]

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    Gentrification on Steroids: The Detroit Water Shut Offs & You

Gentrification on Steroids: The Detroit Water Shut Offs & You

By |Jul 31, 2014|

In the past four months, more than 15,000 Detroit households have had their water shut off, generating a crisis the United Nations calls “a violation of the human right to water and other [...]

My Voice: Youth Leadership & My Brother’s Keeper

By |Jul 25, 2014|

I am a Youth Leader for the Youth Table that has come together to ensure the voices of young people are heard in My Brother’s Keeper and the new national initiatives for boys [...]

Immigrant Children: Debunking The Myths

By |Jul 9, 2014|

“The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks,” writes David Bacon today in In These Times. “All of this [...]

Drunk In Love & Political Imagination: My Week At VONA

By |Jun 30, 2014|

Last week I went to Voices of Our Nation, the week long program for emerging writers of color that co-founder Junot Díaz wrote about in his New Yorker article “MFA v. POC.”

A former [...]

Seven Ways Funders Can Support Racial Justice

By |Jun 27, 2014|

A few months ago I spoke to Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society, who described “disturbing trends in some national foundations; a pulling away from race where they seem to be [...]

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    “This Is About Energy Sovereignty” — One Step Toward Home

“This Is About Energy Sovereignty” — One Step Toward Home

By |Jun 19, 2014|

As someone working to change policies and practice to bring us closer to food sovereignty, I think a lot about land and how our current systems are built on private property ownership. I [...]

Latino Sci-Fi Film Gets a Second Life

By |Jun 17, 2014|

Fifteen years ago, when Alex Rivera came up with the premise for his award-winning science fiction film Sleep Dealer, the idea of telecommuting was futuristic. Since then, we have become accustomed to the [...]

More Art. More Justice. More Community.

By |Jun 11, 2014|

I’m sitting at a corner window at Pico Taco, a mom-and-pop taqueria that’s been North Oakland for more than a minute. The area’s called Temescal now and somebody’s serving up a new kind [...]

Soldiers NO MORE in the War Against Women: A Call to Men

By |Jun 6, 2014|

There is a war against women, and men and boys are trained every day to be the soldiers. Misogynist violence isn’t the biological imperative of men. Misogyny, the worldview that engenders, validates, and normalizes violence against women, is beaten into boys and woven into the fabric of “successful masculinity”. While very few men consciously choose to be horrible to women, the reality is, every day “respectable” and “acceptable” norms of how men interact and treat women are infused with male entitlement and male privilege. Together, these norms contribute to a culture of misogyny, rape, assault, and emotional abuse.

What Kind of Food System Do We Want?

By |Jun 5, 2014|

“Food sovereignty is about people’s right and ability to shape their own food system, including policies, practices, governance, and ownership,” says MSC Innovation Fellow Navina Khanna, who gave the opening words to 600 [...]

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    “Gender As We’ve Known It Is No More” — An Interview with Brown Boi

“Gender As We’ve Known It Is No More” — An Interview with Brown Boi

By |Jun 3, 2014|

Erica Woodland works with Brown Boi Project, an organization seeking to transform the way people of color experience gender and to create healthy models of masculinity. Erica has worked for more than a [...]

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    Rest in Power Maya Angelou: Writer, Survivor, former Sex Worker & Icon of Black Female Determination

Rest in Power Maya Angelou: Writer, Survivor, former Sex Worker & Icon of Black Female Determination

By |May 28, 2014|

We lost a phenomenal writer in Maya Angelou.  While many will remember her as an inspirational poet, I will always recall her as a groundbreaking memoirist. She was the first writer whose multi-volume autobiography gave [...]

Me, My Sister, & the US Census

By |May 23, 2014|

Fear.

That was my first thought when I read the New York Times headline: “More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White.”

Apparently the preliminary data from a new study show that 2.5 million Americans who identified as [...]

Where the Wild Things Are: Courage in Uncertainty

By |May 20, 2014|

Burnt out. That was me in 2009, after thirteen-plus years working in social justice organizations—a walking cliché as a movement worker. Although I had a relatively cushy job as a Development Director at [...]