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Crossing Over: An Eye-Opening Read


After finishing the book Crossing Over by Ruben Martínez, there was one story that I couldn’t get out of my head. The nonfiction book follows the journeys of many immigrant families as they embark on their trek from their small hometown in the south of Mexico to different destinations across the United States. While many Read More >>

Darkest Before the Dawn


Originally posted on Fox News Latino. Rudy Lopez, Senior Organizer at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, participated as a core faster in the Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship, going without food for 22 days. Yesterday, Rudy wrapped up a six-week, cross-country bus tour with a rally on the National Mall Read More >>

Politicians must stop dancing to the mantra of ‘It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World’


Originally posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog. In 1966, the “King of Soul,” James Brown, proclaimed, “It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world!” And ever since, there hasn’t been a Brown biographer or reality singing competition that has not placed those lyrics front and center in American culture. As an African American woman and a mom, Read More >>

Of Love And Politics, And Jeb Bush’s Surprising Statement


This post originally appeared as an op-ed in Fox News Latino. It was the immigrant and Latino vote that helped President Obama win the White House in 2008 and 2012 because of his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. After five years of relentless deportations under his administration, our President is destroying the immigrant communities who Read More >>

Frances Perkins: Equal pay trailblazer


Frances Perkins, former Secretary of Labor and first woman to hold a Presidential cabinet appointment, began her career fighting poverty in some of the most impoverished communities in New York and Philadelphia. Perkins was known for her determination, boldness, and ability to find common ground between people with wildly different viewpoints. One of Perkins’ first Read More >>

Space in the movement for everyone


By: Diana Colin Education is key to escaping poverty – that’s why Diana Colin started organizing as a student volunteer. Now she’s the California staff organizer with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). I started organizing in 2007. At that point, I wasn’t aware what kind of access undocumented students had Read More >>

Why I Give to CCC


After reading a New York Times op-ed by Arthur C. Brooks in which he discusses why he enjoys fund-raising, I began to think about why I give money to the Center for Community Change. In his article, Brooks says people who donate money feel like problem solvers and that naturally, problem solvers feel happier than Read More >>

Standing up for caregivers


By: Jeannie Brown Virjeana “Jeannie” Brown is an organizer with the Montana Organizing Project working to protect and expand Social Security. She is also running for Montana’s 67th House District. For years, I had a great job with Gallatin County that had good pay, benefits, a retirement plan, sick leave and vacation time. Then in Read More >>

The Life-Long Stigma of Being an Ex-Prisoner


We like to think that in the United States, all people have rights and equality; all people have a voice. However, there are 65 million Americans and 60,000 D.C. natives that would beg to differ. These are the people that struggle under the life-long stigma that comes with the label “ex-convict.” Ex-prisoners have paid their Read More >>

A right way and wrong way to make money


By: Pam Bournival Pam Bournival is a manufactured homeowner and an activist with MHAction, a program of the Center for Community Change that organizes and mobilizes the residents of manufactured home communities — especially those marketed toward seniors, veterans and people with disabilities – to fight for policies that protect the economic and retirement security of those homeowners. Read More >>