Community Change

Community Change We support grassroots organizing, progressive policy, justice and opportunity for all people. The Center was founded in 1968 as a living memorial to honor the life and legacy of Robert F.
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Kennedy. The Center strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. We believe that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed go-it-alone politics of the past and building a better America for everyone based on community values.

Mission: To build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives.

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"I vote because kids everywhere are watching and they deserve more." Check out the latest from our communications fellow...
11/01/2020
I vote - Change Wire

"I vote because kids everywhere are watching and they deserve more." Check out the latest from our communications fellow Emily Withnall for #ChangeWire. #BeAVoter to protect our future. https://changewire.org/i-vote/

I vote because I’m a mother whose kids have suffered the consequences of policies and political decisions that negatively affect them. I vote because I’m a single parent who has […]

"Voting is not merely one right among many... It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship. This is why years ...
11/01/2020
For Black Americans, Being Voters Is Who We Are

"Voting is not merely one right among many... It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship. This is why years later, my organization calls on people not merely to vote but to be voters." Community Change president Dorian Warren for The Nation Magazine: https://bit.ly/3owP79z

Voting is not merely one right among many, an act reducible to pulling a lever. It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship.

"Major social movements driven by young activists around climate change, gun safety and Black Lives Matter protests have...
11/01/2020
Gen Z, Millennial voters embrace activism and voting, as youth turnout surges ahead of Election Day

"Major social movements driven by young activists around climate change, gun safety and Black Lives Matter protests have led to an explosion of civic awareness among younger Americans, who are on track to turn out to vote in record numbers this election." https://wapo.st/35Sv3WF

Data on early voters and recent polling suggest voters under 30 could break their historic 2008 turnout this fall.

Black, brown, Asian, and Latinx people are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. More than ever, we must #StandWithImmigra...
11/01/2020

Black, brown, Asian, and Latinx people are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. More than ever, we must #StandWithImmigrants and pledge to #BeAVoter, to ensure a future of dignity and respect for our families. https://bit.ly/3g88XT8

"Just two days from Nov. 3, at least 92 million people have already voted – about two-thirds of the total votes counted ...
11/01/2020
Voting across the US live updates: 92 million have voted; rock-solid-red Texas could be in play; undelivered ballots found in Florida

"Just two days from Nov. 3, at least 92 million people have already voted – about two-thirds of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida." #VOTE #BeAVoter https://bit.ly/3jJcklf

Early, in-person voting ended Saturday in five states and was expected to end Sunday in Florida, New York and Wisconsin. News you need to know.

ICYMI: "Like King, Black Lives Matter won’t stop marching. We represent 'the language of the unheard.' We will shout out...
10/31/2020
I’ve Been Marching With BLM for Seven Years, It is a Nonviolent Movement - Change Wire

ICYMI: "Like King, Black Lives Matter won’t stop marching. We represent 'the language of the unheard.' We will shout out and hit the streets until we’re heard." Our communications fellow Darryl Wellington writes about #BlackLivesMatter for #ChangeWire: https://bit.ly/31RlLIY

I couldn’t say how many Black Lives Matter marches, speeches, talks and fundraisers I have attended in New Mexico and South Carolina. We’ve been hitting the streets since 2014, shortly […]

“Black lives and minority lives and women’s lives don’t matter to a lot of people, and that’s why I wore it, to say: Our...
10/31/2020
“Shouting without speaking:” Shelby County voters make a statement with fashion choices

“Black lives and minority lives and women’s lives don’t matter to a lot of people, and that’s why I wore it, to say: Our lives do matter, our voice matters, our choices matter.” https://bit.ly/3kJgaw5

In an election year unlike any other in modern memory, and during a time when rallies, debate watch parties and other traditional avenues of expressing political support have been severely curtailed, the electorate still has something to say. Only now, they’re wearing it.

"Unapologetically rooted in Black culture, politics, and intellectual traditions, System Check is a weekly show that ask...
10/31/2020
Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back

"Unapologetically rooted in Black culture, politics, and intellectual traditions, System Check is a weekly show that asks important questions, offers provocative commentary, and welcomes insights from unexpected sources." https://bit.ly/2J4R1hb

On The Nation’s new podcast, System Check, hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren set about diagnosing and repairing our malfunctioning democracy.

10/31/2020
System Check

NEW ✨ Introducing System Check, a podcast from The Nation Magazine uncovering the harmful systems in our democracy. From #ElectionDay to #InaugurationDay, our president Dorian Warren & cohost Melissa Harris-Perry talk #voting, #poverty, #immigration, #housing & uplift those fighting for a more just future. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts for a new episode every Friday. https://bit.ly/3jvWOcg

Lights are blinking. Alarms are blaring. The dashboard of our democracy is warning us that it is time to check our systems. On System Check, the latest podcast from The Nation, hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren turn down the frenzy and tune into some remarkable folk with the wit and wisdo...

Nothing will stop us from exercising our right to vote this election season! We determine our future, and we envision an...
10/30/2020

Nothing will stop us from exercising our right to vote this election season! We determine our future, and we envision an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from, everyone has the #FreedomToThrive. ✊🏽

"Voting is not merely one right among many... It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship. This is why years ...
10/30/2020
For Black Americans, Being Voters Is Who We Are

"Voting is not merely one right among many... It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship. This is why years later, my organization calls on people not merely to vote but to be voters." Community Change president Dorian Warren for The Nation Magazine: https://bit.ly/3owP79z

Voting is not merely one right among many, an act reducible to pulling a lever. It is an identity that is a marker of full citizenship.

"Major social movements driven by young activists around climate change, gun safety and Black Lives Matter protests have...
10/30/2020
Gen Z, Millennial voters embrace activism and voting, as youth turnout surges ahead of Election Day

"Major social movements driven by young activists around climate change, gun safety and Black Lives Matter protests have led to an explosion of civic awareness among younger Americans, who are on track to turn out to vote in record numbers this election." https://wapo.st/35Sv3WF

Data on early voters and recent polling suggest voters under 30 could break their historic 2008 turnout this fall.

The failed response to #COVID19 has cost 227K lives, infected millions & has thousands reeling to get by as the pandemic...
10/30/2020

The failed response to #COVID19 has cost 227K lives, infected millions & has thousands reeling to get by as the pandemic continues. We need leaders that take bold action to ensure the safety & security of ALL during and after the pandemic. #BeAVoter and #VoteYourPower!

"Like King, Black Lives Matter won’t stop marching. We represent 'the language of the unheard.' We will shout out and hi...
10/29/2020
I’ve Been Marching With BLM for Seven Years, It is a Nonviolent Movement - Change Wire

"Like King, Black Lives Matter won’t stop marching. We represent 'the language of the unheard.' We will shout out and hit the streets until we’re heard." Our communications fellow Darryl Wellington writes about #BlackLivesMatter for #ChangeWire: https://bit.ly/31RlLIY

I couldn’t say how many Black Lives Matter marches, speeches, talks and fundraisers I have attended in New Mexico and South Carolina. We’ve been hitting the streets since 2014, shortly […]

"Thursday, October 29 is Latina Equal Pay Day—the approximate day in 2020 when the average Latina finally catches up to ...
10/29/2020

"Thursday, October 29 is Latina Equal Pay Day—the approximate day in 2020 when the average Latina finally catches up to what the average white, non-Hispanic man earned in just 2019 alone." #LatinaEqualPayDay https://bit.ly/2HOAPAl

"The turnout has been remarkable... As of yesterday, roughly 70 million ballots had already been cast nationwide — more ...
10/29/2020
An Early-Voting Cascade

"The turnout has been remarkable... As of yesterday, roughly 70 million ballots had already been cast nationwide — more than 50 percent of the overall turnout in 2016." https://nyti.ms/35Lckfo

Seventy million votes are now cast, over half of total 2016 turnout: This is your morning tip sheet.

10/29/2020
System Check

NEW ✨ Introducing System Check, a podcast from The Nation Magazine uncovering the harmful systems in our democracy. From #ElectionDay to #InaugurationDay, our president Dorian Warren & cohost Melissa Harris-Perry talk #voting, #poverty, #immigration, #housing & uplift those fighting for a more just future. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts for a new episode every Friday. https://bit.ly/3jvWOcg

Lights are blinking. Alarms are blaring. The dashboard of our democracy is warning us that it is time to check our systems. On System Check, the latest podcast from The Nation, hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren turn down the frenzy and tune into some remarkable folk with the wit and wisdo...

Our communities need an administration that will #StandWithImmigrants, acknowledges that #BlackLivesMatter, centers the ...
10/28/2020

Our communities need an administration that will #StandWithImmigrants, acknowledges that #BlackLivesMatter, centers the needs of our families, and respects a woman's choice to choose. #WeVoteWeWin

"D.C. opened the doors Tuesday at early voting centers across the city to long lines of citizens waiting to cast their b...
10/27/2020
In-Person Early Voting Begins Tuesday in DC: How to Cast Your Ballot

"D.C. opened the doors Tuesday at early voting centers across the city to long lines of citizens waiting to cast their ballots in-person for the presidency, city council and more." DC, #VoteEarly! https://bit.ly/3dZq7CZ

D.C. opened the doors Tuesday at early voting centers across the city to long lines of citizens waiting to cast their ballots in-person for the presidency, city council and more. Thirty-two early voting centers, including six Super Vote Centers that can accommodate larger crowds, are located in all....

8 days until #ElectionDay! Read our October Newsletter: The Power of Voting to learn about the races that we are impacti...
10/26/2020

8 days until #ElectionDay! Read our October Newsletter: The Power of Voting to learn about the races that we are impacting across the country, how our voices amplify the issues, and why #childcare and economic stability are always connected: https://bit.ly/31NBZ6a

10/26/2020
Housing is Essential for All of Us

Housing is essential for all of us. And now we are facing a new stage in our decades-long housing crisis. Now, more than ever, we are having unprecedented national conversations about how not all families have an equal opportunity for stable, safe housing in America. Find out from the leaders of the movement for housing justice why we are boldly talking about race in America. Organizers, advocates and community leaders are collecting research and new tools that will allow us to collectively shift the current discussions and debates around housing to advance a vision of racial justice and homes for all.

Join us, and learn more at https://housingnarrative.org/

Video produced by Community Change Communications Fellow Mai Nolasco.

"Unapologetically rooted in Black culture, politics, and intellectual traditions, System Check is a weekly show that ask...
10/26/2020
Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back

"Unapologetically rooted in Black culture, politics, and intellectual traditions, System Check is a weekly show that asks important questions, offers provocative commentary, and welcomes insights from unexpected sources." Melissa Harris-Perry Dorian Warren https://bit.ly/2J4R1hb

On The Nation’s new podcast, System Check, hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren set about diagnosing and repairing our malfunctioning democracy.

“Black lives and minority lives and women’s lives don’t matter to a lot of people, and that’s why I wore it, to say: Our...
10/26/2020
“Shouting without speaking:” Shelby County voters make a statement with fashion choices

“Black lives and minority lives and women’s lives don’t matter to a lot of people, and that’s why I wore it, to say: Our lives do matter, our voice matters, our choices matter.” https://bit.ly/3kJgaw5

In an election year unlike any other in modern memory, and during a time when rallies, debate watch parties and other traditional avenues of expressing political support have been severely curtailed, the electorate still has something to say. Only now, they’re wearing it.

Immigrant, Black, brown, Asian, & Latinx families are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. More than ever, we must make o...
10/26/2020

Immigrant, Black, brown, Asian, & Latinx families are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. More than ever, we must make our voices heard & ensure our communities receive the resources they need.

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Change happens through our votes. This election season, we have a powerful opportunity to band together & #vote for thos...
10/25/2020

Change happens through our votes. This election season, we have a powerful opportunity to band together & #vote for those who will listen to and march alongside our communities. #BeAVoter for the people and values you want to see in the world. https://bit.ly/2Hj5IfK

“The child care providers are taking a loss, the parents are taking a loss, and it’s not benefitting the child in any wa...
10/24/2020
Running on Empty

“The child care providers are taking a loss, the parents are taking a loss, and it’s not benefitting the child in any way.” Read about our #childcare partners SPACEs In Action & Parent Voices Oakland, by Bryce Covert for The American Prospect: https://bit.ly/3m6nfa2

Small-business owners providing child care struggled to survive with low pay and long hours before the pandemic. Now they’re verging on collapse.

ICYMI 👉🏾 "While Methodist’s decision to eradicate so much debt lifted a financial and psychological burden for thousands...
10/24/2020
It’s been a year since Methodist erased $56,000 in debt for these women. How are they now? - MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

ICYMI 👉🏾 "While Methodist’s decision to eradicate so much debt lifted a financial and psychological burden for thousands of residents, it only addresses one piece of one of the myriad systems." https://bit.ly/37zHskq

Carrie Barrett (left) and Marilyn Boyd (right) both had their debt to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare cancelled in 2019, just weeks after an MLK50:

Change happens through our votes. This election season, we have a powerful opportunity to band together & #vote for thos...
10/23/2020

Change happens through our votes. This election season, we have a powerful opportunity to band together & #vote for those who will listen to and march alongside our communities. #BeAVoter for the people and values you want to see in the world. https://bit.ly/2Hj5IfK

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