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2014 Year in Review to End Mass Incarceration

Zully Rodriguez

January 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I am a new organizer to the Center for Community Change, but I have been in the movement for social justice for seven years. It was only in this past year that I found the words to share what happened to me 20 years ago. When I was a teenager, my father was arrested and […]

Retail Workers’ Rights: It’s a Family Issue

Guest Blogger

December 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post. By: Mark Ortiz “There has to be a law against this,” I said to my mom when she called to vent to me about working 12 days in a row at her job in Texas–the state I grew up in. This feeling that workers should be […]

The livelihood of our families at the heart of our #OneStruggle

Olivia Chow

November 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Can we talk about these last few days? They have been emotional. We ended last week taking part in rallies and events across the country celebrating the long anticipated administrative relief announced by President Obama for millions of families. Last night, the St. Louis County prosecutor in the case of Michael Brown’s murder announced that […]

We Can’t Survive on $7.25

Tamika Middleton

September 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

This piece originally appeared on At 6 a.m. last Thursday, a small group of people gathered at the Burger King on the corner of North Avenue and Hunt Street in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. They were fast food workers, home care workers, and those who support their cause. By the time the sun came […]

Reflection on Ferguson, Missouri

Center for Community Change

September 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Field Organizer Tammy Thomas-Miles went to Ferguson, Missouri over the Labor Day weekend as part of a strategy session with other organizers. Here is Tammy’s first person account of the trip. It took me 18 hours to get to Ferguson, Missouri from Florida in a van packed with young people and we did not know […]

When Enough Gets to Be Enough

Tamika Middleton

August 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

This blog was originally posted on the Voices for Human Needs blog.  On Monday night, thousands of people marched through downtown Atlanta in the pouring rain.  Most of them I had never seen. The march was multiracial (though mostly Black) and multigenerational (though mostly collegestudents). Protesters wore suits and dresses, caps and gowns, shorts and sneakers. Many of […]

Lessons from the 2013 immigration reform battle

Guest Blogger

July 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

This blog was originally posted on the Netroots Foundation website. Olivia Chow, Digital Campaign Manager at the Center for Community Change, and Emilia Gutierrez, Digital Director of Reform Immigration for America, will be hosting a training session at the upcoming Netroots Nation conference (July 17-20 in Detroit, Michigan.) The session, titled “Stories from the field: […]

Anatomy of a Veto

Gary Sandusky

June 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Gary Sandusky is a Senior Field Organizer at the Center for Community Change. In 2009, Center for Community Change assigned me to work closely with the Alliance for a Just Society director, LeeAnn Hall, on building a new, statewide social and economic justice organization based in Montana.  LeeAnn and I had been close colleagues dating […]

Raising America’s Pay

Community Change Action

June 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

On June 4, the Economic Policy Institute launched “Raising America’s Pay,” a research and public education initiative that seeks to make wage growth an urgent priority. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez delivered the keynote address and Mary Lassen, the Center’s Managing Director, was one of the panelists. Lassen said we need an organized push to put […]

Minimum Wage Momentum!

Community Change Action

June 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

Pictured here: People cheer the moment the minimum wage bill passes in the Seattle City Council. There have been a lot of minimum wage victories in the news lately. Yesterday, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last week, Michigan’s governor signed into law a bill that […]

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