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Tag: Frances Kunreuther

Winning: Rights and Respect

In reproductive justice circles, the victory of the Respect ABQ Women campaign received a flurry of attention in the fall of 2013  when Albuquerque voters defeated a ban on late-term abortions. The Building Movement Project  went back to talk to five leaders in that Campaign to understand why they...more

The Respect ABQ Women Campaign

The Respect ABQ Women campaign sent shock waves through the reproductive rights community with its resounding defeat of a ballot initiative banning late-term abortion in Albuquerque. When anti-abortion groups filed their petitions in early July 2013, polls indicated that the ban would easily pass. Yet by the vote in November, a...more

Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

This blog post is due to the courtesy of NCRP  NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, is an important addition to the philanthropic sector, making the case for why social change funders should invest in leadership development. At the Building Movement Project, we have written about generational...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

The New Now Executive Summary

The recent victories related to the rights of LGBT people have been astounding. The success on LGBT issues, especially marriage equality, is often attributed to a coordinated, unwavering, laser-sharp focus on changing policy at both the state and federal levels. So it is interesting that a different approach is also...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

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

Detroit: The City vs The State – Another Round

Residents must be gaining some power in Detroit. Because each time they start to organize something, the state tries to intervene to usurp their gains. This time it is the Community Benefits Agreement ordinance. The Detroit People’s Platform introduced the need for a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance to...more

Common Good in New Mexico

This Halloween I was in New Mexico presenting at the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers conference with my colleagues Andrea Plaza executive director of Encuentro, Jenny Metzler head of Health Care for the Homeless and Alicia Maldonado (our Building Movement consultant). We were there to talk about the role that...more

Surprise! Boomers are Aging

Even though we’re not going back to school, we at the Building Movement Project have entered the fall thinking about the year ahead. We are meeting on leadership, service and social change, and movement building; and like everyone else, our plate stays full and we only wish we...more

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