Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Movement Building

There have been significant resources dedicated to the development of nonprofits’ organizational capacity. However, far less attention has been paid to the capacity of groups to support movement for social change. Here you’ll find resources on how to develop the movement capacity of nonprofit organizations.

#BlackWorkersMatter

This blog was originally posted on DEMOS' PolicyShop Blog.   Two weeks ago, New York City joined ten other states and municipalities in banning the use of credit checks in hiring. Like most forms of 21st century discrimination, weighing the credit histories of job applicants seems innocuous and race-neutral...more

Who’s in charge of transforming Detroit?

This blog post is due to the courtesy of openDemocracy. Bill and Billie Hickey live in Brightmoor, a neighborhood about twenty minutes away from the gentrified Midtown area of Detroit. Most people in Brightmoor live in poverty (50 per cent of residents have an annual income of under $25,000) , and the community...more

Detroiters Stand up to Tax Foreclosures

Faced with the possibility of displacement, Detroiters filled the Detroit City Council on Tuesday, March 24th, to demand that they pass a resolution urging the Wayne County treasurer halt tax foreclosures. As part of an effort to prevent the displacement of 100,000 residents, the Detroit People’s Platform and local...more

#BlackLivesMatter: It’s more than a Hashtag

This week, I had the opportunity to join the Progressive Technology Project’s webinar on #BlackLivesMatter. BLM Co-Founder, Alicia Garza, explained how #BlackLivesMatter is a tool to address the dehumanization of black people throughout the United States. Armed with a robust social media strategy, #BlackLivesMatter provides a platform for...more

Considering Structure and Bias on Oscar Sunday

I’m a fan of movies and the award shows that honor them. So I was upset – like much of the rest of the twitterverse  – that Selma was snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced last month. Entertainment experts claimed that for Selma’s director,...more

Intersectionality: Beyond the Hype

Sean and I have been grappling with how to talk about the (frequently overused) concept of intersectionality. For years, we have admired the pioneering work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, who is credited with coining the term, and of Cathy Cohen, who helped apply the idea of intersectionality to the LGBT...more

Detroit People’s Platform, Reclaiming Martin Luther King for Detroit

Below is a speech given by Aaron Handelsman, on behalf of the Detroit People's Platform, during the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium at the University of Michigan's Detroit Center. Detroit People’s Platform is a membership organization that was birthed through the labor of several...more

Donations Remind that Crises in Detroit Continue

Last week, two Muslim groups donated $100,000 to help Detroit residents whose accounts are past-due with the city’s water department. The announcement from the two organizations – The Michigan Muslim Community Council and Islamic Relief USA – focused on the act of charity as an expression of their faith,...more

Looking Back to 1965, Looking Ahead to 2015

This weekend, the movie Selma opens nationwide. The film’s release doesn’t just launch the latest awards-season buzz; it connects directly to the movement moment we’re in, and kicks off a year where we’ll be marking several 50-year milestones that harken back to...more

Blame and Forgiveness

It is striking to me that in all the tension and cacophony we are experiencing here in New York City and around the country – from the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the police involved in the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and so many other...more

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