How to Talk About the Executive Orders on Policing

A central goal of any community is the safety and security of its members. Police can play an important role in achieving this goal when they work within the community with mutual trust and respect, and strive for positive community relationships.


Talking about the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch could serve on the High Court for a half-century, ruling on questions of equal opportunity, free speech and religion, voting rights, environmental protection, privacy, reproductive rights and beyond. It is crucial that he gets a rigorous vetting by the United States Senate, including clear and candid responses about his approach to the law.

For those of us committed to a fair Supreme Court that protects Americans’ fundamental freedoms, experience points to several lessons for talking about the judicial confirmation process:


Partner News: Starting 2017 Loudly and with Purpose

This past weekend marked the beginning of a new, challenging era for social justice advocates. It also saw what may have been the largest demonstration in U.S. history - millions of women, men, and children marching together across the nation (and the world) to be heard. Yet the real work lies in the dedication and continued efforts of the activists, advocates, community leaders, artists, and cultural strategists who devote themselves to social justice day in and day out. We are honored to be connected with many of them, and hope to uplift their incredible work each month in Partner News. This month, we are celebrating…


Transformative change is still possible. Even today.

The morning after election day, we sent out a letter titled “The Road Ahead for Social Justice” reminding you all that “transformative positive change is possible, even amidst the ashes of this divisive and ugly election.” Today, on the morning of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, we stand by these words. And we would like to go further by saying that we are standing with you in this new fight, in this new era, in this new reality. We are here for you as a resource and a partner. We are here to listen, to hold space for transformative dialogue, to amplify your work, and to build an already growing network.


Partner News: Moving Forward with Determination and Resolve

Our last month of Partner News for 2016, we find strength in the fact that our partners are facing the new reality that is Donald Trump’s presidential election with courage, unflappable determination, and resolve. Whether defending sanctuary cities across the country, continuing the fight to keep immigrant families together or launching audacious cultural campaigns such as Blights Out for President, we draw energy and hope from our partners’ continued and new fight for opportunity, equality, inclusion, and common decency to each other, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or ability.


5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Conversations

Candied yams aren’t the only thing getting sticky this holiday season.

Coming together to be with friends and family can be a wonderful time of reflection and enjoyment—but after such a contentious election and with so many people feeling so much is at stake, it can also be a conversation minefield. Engaging constructively with folks whose views and experiences lead them to champion narratives that feel anathema to our own can be a challenge. However, by taking a step back and starting conversations with shared values, we can find points of connection that move us forward together and make sure that the fireworks don’t come out until the Fourth of July.


The Road Ahead for Social Justice

Americans are waking up to a stunning reality. Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. For those of us committed to social justice and opportunity for all, we may be entering one of the most challenging eras of our lives. But I am confident that, as a community, we will rise to the occasion.  We will not only endure, but prevail.


Equal Justice for All: Dogs, Water Cannons, and Collective Memory

Image by Josh YoderWhat is our democracy without our right to peacefully protest? Our justice system is supposed to keep all communities safe and treat all people fairly, even when groups come together to speak out against the unjust: segregation, wars, racial profiling, and corporate greed. These most basic first amendment rights also apply to the Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors and their allies, gathering to pray at a camp known as Oceti Sakowin (near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation) that stands in the way of the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).


Partner News: Standing Rock, Drug Policy, and More!

Although the presidential debates and campaigns seem to be all that anyone’s talking about these days, our partners have accomplished work that is duly attention-worthy. Our network is making real and tangible change on the frontlines of racial justice, immigration and criminal justice reform, and anti-poverty work.


Social Justice Rock, Talk, and Hip Hop

October is the month for music. A cadre of our Creative Change alumni are hitting the stage, flocking to musical festivals, and leading rallies for social justice from the Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia to the streets of Boston.

Hector Flores, Leah Gallegos, and David Flores (CC ’16) of the L.A.-based band Las Cafeteras have announced their fall national tour schedule with shows in cities across the United States and Canada. The tour, named "The People's Party,” celebrates the struggle for peace and justice by highlighting local work in the name of this mission. In addition, Las Cafeteras is collaborating with PICO Network to highlight immigrant rights work in six cities across the country and to Get Out the Vote. The activists will also be organizing a National Day of Action with Detention Watch Network in Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the human rights abuses of private detention centers and to end incarceration of migrant families. Learn more about Las Cafeteras!


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