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Grand Opening Event for Water Station on Pajarito Mesa

Recently, the New York Times covered the SouthWest Organizing Project’s efforts to deliver water services to the Pajarito Mesa in Albuquerque, NM. The SouthWest Organizing Project is directed by Building Movement Project Team Member, Robby Rodriguez, and works primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of land and resources. See a stunning photo/audio slideshow of the grand opening event for the filling station on Pajarito Mesa on the Albuquerque Journal. more

SWOP’s Community Organizing Efforts Featured in NY Times

For over 10 years, the Southwest Organizing Project in Albuquerque, NM has worked hard to deliver water services to the Pajarito Mesa. A recent NY Times article takes a look at life on the Mesa, featuring SWOP organizer Sandra Montes who gave the Times a tour of the area and explained the organizing history, which has resulted in a water filling station, mobile health clinics and other services. SWOP is directed by Building Movement Project Team Member, Robby Rodriguez, and works primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of land and resources. more

Making Social Change

The Building Movement Project developed this set of case studies as a response to numerous requests from groups looking for real-life examples of the often-challenging process of incorporating social change models into social service work. The case studies - geared toward practitioners, board members, and funders interested in this work - include organizational profiles, a reflection guide and additional web resources.


Making Social Change Case Studies: Additional Web Resources

We’ve received a great deal of positive feedback from readers not only about Making Social Change: Case Studies of Nonprofit Social Service Providers, but also about the usefulness of the supplemental resources available for download via the case studies web page. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to point all of you towards our Additional Web Resources page in case you hadn’t had the chance yet to explore it on your own! The Additional Web Resources page adds further depth to the stories highlighted in Making Social Change by offering access to the actual tools and models used by the featured organizations to facilitate their social change goals. more

Retirement USA

Last week, the Building Movement Project signed on as a supporter of Retirement USA, a national initiative that is working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees. The initiative has developed 12 Principles for a New Retirement System which provide a framework for a future system in which employers, workers, and the government would share responsibility for the retirement security for all American workers. more

ROPE Bakers Invited to Inauguration Day

The four-man baking team of Detroit-based organization ROPE, which stands for Reaching Our Potential Everyday, has been invited to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009. ROPE is a baking employment project of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which has been a BMP partner for over 4 years. Also check out the reports from our Project Team around the country of the reactions in their communities on election night. more

Social Service and Social Change

Social Service and Social Change: A Process Guide was developed for staff and board members of non-profit service organizations who are interested in learning how to incorporate progressive social change values and practices into their work, using step-by-step process to identify how to address systemic problems through social change work within the context of their usual services and activities, and how to decide which strategies and actions will work best for them. more

Nonprofit Service Organizations and Civic Engagement

A report on a meeting of practitioners and funders that looks at how to move civic engagement forward in nonprofit service organizations and address some of the challenges that arise. The meeting was co-sponsored by Carnegie Corporation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Alliance for Children and Families, Minnesota Council on Nonprofits, and Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project. more

Social Service, Social Change

This report examines some of the initial signs of change that had surfaced in the initial groups working with the Building Movement Project in Detroit several years ago. These observations provide some insight into the process, and some of the transformations and challenges that had occurred up until that point. more

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