CCC was born out of the chaos and heartbreak of 1968: the civil rights, voting rights, and peace movements; the Poor People’s campaign; the rising voices of women, Native Americans, Latino farmworkers, and LGBT people calling for justice; and the stunning assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Since then, we have dedicated ourselves to building power. We have used the tools of protest from the outside and persuasion from the inside to weight the scale in favor of people struggling to make ends meet. Over these 50 years, CCC and our partners won big — from shaping the modern food stamps program and leading the fight against redlining to launching the $1.2 billion housing trust fund movement and bringing the demand for immigrant rights to the mainstream.
Still, social change is not linear. Today, these victories face unprecedented threats — but we are not backing down. CCC and our sister advocacy organization, CCCAction, are stepping into the next 50 years with a renewed determination to build from protest to power, focusing on new forms of organizing to enact a bold governing agenda.
Join us as we celebrate our first 50 years and draw courage from the heroes of the last half-century as we step into the next one. Join us in building a world where everyone thrives.
Were you a part of our journey as staff or Board member? Click here to engage with our CCC alumni group!
Follow 5 organizers through 5 decades at Center for Community Change: Syd Beame, Garland Yates, Mary Brooks, Angelica Salas, and Grecia Lima.
The Institute for Policy Studies audits the issues Dr. King prioritized to see where America stands—then and now
Walkthough the last 50 years of change with us in this interactive timeline, starting from the 1960s to present day.
At the center of our stories is change. As the Center for Community Change turns 50 this year, celebrate the progress we have made together, and join us for the years of change to come. #CCCat50
The Center for Community Change turns 50 this year! The staff and extended family of CCC have special birthday messages for the organization that is facing a major milestone in transformational change. These wishes come from the change-makers who are building power in our communities, and injecting new energy into the movement. Join us in celebrating the years of change ahead! #CCCat50