Fight for $15: The Importance of Showing our Nation's Caregivers That We Value Their Work

By Elizabeth Johnsen

Last week, thousands of Americans marched across the country for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Led by unions and social justice organizations, the Fight for 15 actions included low-wage workers and their supporters, from fast-food employees to home health aides. They marched in 35 states and 190 cities, unified in a common goal: to secure $15 an hour as the new minimum wage.

The importance of this campaign–or more accurately put, the importance of the work and the people behind it–hits close to home. Over the past three years, I have watched, worked with, and grown close to a group of home health aides who deserve far more than the $13.38 an hour they are paid for the invaluable job they do: keeping my mother happy, healthy, and alive.


Partner News: Native American Women’s Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Protesting Fossil Fuels

Our Creative Change alumni (CC alumni) are making headlines this month, shaking up the dialog on fossil fuels, bringing Native American women’s rights to the stage, and touring the country with their music and film. Meanwhile, our 2015 Communications Institute Fellows (CI Fellows) are continuing to push the dialogue on criminal justice reform, engaging with notables such as U.S. Senator Cory Booker and TV personality Tavis Smiley. Check out the incredible work these inspiring individuals have achieved in the past month:


Taking a Closer Look: A New Take on Class and Poverty

Women's Building mural in San Francisco (Photo by Flickr/superk8nyc, CC 2.0)

People with disabilities continue to have to make difficult and untenable choices around employment and seeking support--and face additional challenges for economic opportunity.


Partner News: Fair Housing, NYC Public Design, and More

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New Research: Understanding Attitudes on Inequality, Discrimination, and Opportunity

9 in 10 Americans see discrimination as a serious problem

Our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full opportunity. Yet 6 in 10 Americans report experiencing unfair treatment because of what they look like, their life history, or their income level. We’re in a unique moment to turn that tide, with an overwhelming number of Americans hungry for change, according to findings in the Opportunity Survey.

View the new website with insight into opinions on inequality and audiences that will help drive lasting change.


Supreme Court Argument Reaffirms the Case for Disparate Impact

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a very important fair housing case, and the justices’ comments from the bench have had court watchers buzzing ever since. Here’s my take on what the legal back-and-forth in the case does and does not mean.


Why the Supreme Court Should Preserve a Strong and Effective Fair Housing Act

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Open, inclusive communities free of discrimination are critical to our national success and central to our values of equal opportunity for all. Our country has made significant progress toward that goal, due in large part to the Fair Housing Act. But much work remains before the Act’s vision is a reality across our nation. That’s why it’s troubling that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering weakening the Act. And why it should think again.


Building a Better Border Means Relating to Communities

President Obama recently stood in front of the nation and made a historic, and much anticipated, announcement on immigration policy. His executive action will spare millions of mothers, fathers, workers and students from the threat of deportation, and was the result of the work of a mobilized and passionate immigrant rights movement.


Narrative & Messaging & Ferguson

This blog post was submitted by Cleo Stern, Fall 2014 Home Opportunity Intern.

We know that narrative and messaging are powerful. Narratives tell us a story that frames specific values and messages within a broader movement. These stories and messages are persuasive and instill us with common values, beliefs, and ideas.


Hollaback & Harassment

Unless you’ve been on a TV/Internet fast for the past week, you’ve probably heard about the Hollaback video. And the inevitable backlash, from all sides. 

Just in case you have recently returned from a trip to the Himalayas, or my grandmother’s house (seriously, no wifi and a 3G dead zone?), Hollaback, an anti-street harassment group, recently released a video:


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