Category: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Donald Trump’s Cuban-American Problem

Thomas Kennedy

October 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

Photo credit: Jonathan DeCamps Originally published on The Huffington Post. Weeks before the presidential election, Donald Trump’s bid for the White House could be unraveling before our eyes. Revelation upon revelation continue to show Trump as a sketchy candidate whose candidacy we as Americans must question. Florida, as always, is one of the key states […]

Miami-Dade Elected Leaders Will Be Tested This November. But Will They Listen to the Wishes of the Voters?

Thomas Kennedy

August 30, 2016 at 11:13 am

Photo credits to Damian Gadal.  Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Miami Dade County has for too long been a place where money means political influence and this can be seen in the daily lives of people who make up this vibrant community. Developers have pushed out working class people as traditional Miami neighborhoods gentrify and […]

Free Turkeys! Just In Time For Republican National Convention

Thomas Kennedy

July 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Photo credits to Amanda via Flickr Creative Commons. Originally published on The Huffington Post.  A friend of mine recalls going outside of her office in South Miami one morning only to encounter a Thanksgiving turkey give-away hosted by the group Libre Initiative, which was handing out the holiday staple to members of the community. It […]

Domestic Workers Help Our Families Thrive, Let’s Help Them Thrive Too

Thomas Kennedy

July 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Originally published on the Huffington Post.  The United States claims to be a nation founded on family values with working families often cited as the engine that moves us forward. In an increasingly competitive labor force in which time is a luxury, families often depend on domestic workers to take care of their children and […]

After Supreme Court Immigration Ruling, Latinos Have a Moral Duty to Fight Back In November

Thomas Kennedy

June 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Millions of hardworking families across this country have been anxiously waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s plan to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants in this country. On Thursday, with one simple sentence, the justices crushed the hopes and dreams of those families: “The judgment […]

Immigrants Are the (Not-So) Secret Weapon in the Race for President

Thomas Kennedy

June 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Knocking on a stranger’s door and asking them to register to vote is a strange experience. In a diverse city like Miami where one can find someone from any nationality or political background behind that door, it can be both a rewarding experience and a challenging one. It can […]

This May Day, We Fight to Keep Our Families Together

Thomas Kennedy

April 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Originally published on The Huffington Post.  Growing up undocumented was a stressful experience. I lived with the nagging fear that any little mistake, any circumstantial event that found me in the wrong place at the wrong time, could potentially end with the deportation of my parents and I and everything we had worked so hard […]

Reflections from the Trump Rally That Didn’t Happen

Guest Blogger

March 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Written by John V. Moore A few minutes after it was announced that Donald Trump would hold a Chicago rally on March 11 at UIC Pavilion, someone created a Facebook page titled Trump Rally Protest-Chicago which amassed thousands of RSVPs within hours. As a proud progressive, I added my name to the RSVP list because […]

Why are we still waiting? Ban the Box Actions in 17 cities

Jamilah Sabur

September 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Community can be many things, but in its most intimate, immediate sense, community is about people sharing common interests, pursuing a common goal, and coming together to ensure that their humanity is recognized and celebrated. Today, a community of individuals united by the experience of incarceration – of themselves or a loved one – will […]

Fight for $15 Expands to Fight for Good Jobs

Community Change Action

April 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

This piece originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org. On Wednesday morning, holding a sign that read “Show me $15 and a union,” Letrice Donaldson marched with around 200 people under gray skies through East Memphis, Tennessee. Letrice, 34, is an adjunct professor who is just a few weeks away from receiving her Ph.D. in history from the […]

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