Archives for June 2012

july 2012

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel, Writer, Professor, Political Activist

quote | july 2012

  “Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President of the United States, Five-Star General

Ai-jen Poo | Organizing Labor—With Love

Ai-jen Poo does her work from a space invested in connection, relationship, and transformative change. As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she works to make sure that domestic workers, who are often women, often immigrants, and who are often taken for granted, are treated with respect. She “has been organizing immigrant women workers […]

Developing Community for Great Resilience

“For twenty years, The Berkana Institute has worked in friendship and partnership with people around the world who are discovering that there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Co-founded by Margaret Wheatley in 1991, the Berkana Institute focuses on the ability of community to support and create […]

Breathing Lessons

Breath practice during your yoga class may be the last thing you’re concerned about, especially when you’re doing whatever you can to stay in downward dog. Even when the instructor reminds you to breath, you do so dutifully for a few seconds, engage ujjayi breathing, and then return to your regular breath pattern. But yoga […]

Dave Meslin | The Antidote to Apathy

Although Dave Meslin is talking about politics in Canada in this TED Talk, his information is helpful to Western countries across the board. He points out the 7 obstacles that get in the way of individuals and communities who would otherwise do their part in creating social change. We learn that apathy, for instance, may […]

Why Thinking Small Helps Win Big Grant Money

Listen to the first podcast of this 3-part series on grant seeking, which focuses on one of the ways that nonprofits could be more successful in getting the money they need. One of the people interviewed for the series offers this advice: Instead of asking a foundation to fund one large project, break the project […]

july 2012

fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | August 3, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Love in Action | Teacher’s Retreat The Metta Center | Berkeley, CA Saturday | July 28, 2012 | 10:00am-6:00pm More Info   Leadership in Action | Session One Strozzi Institute […]

The Stories Men Tell

Last month folks from the Men’s Story Project (MSP) came to CXC to introduce folks to their organization. Begun by Josie Lehrer, MSP gives space for men to tell their stories in the interest of changing social ideas about masculinity. Part of their mission is “to strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender equality.” […]

adrienne maree brown | why bother?

written in response to a friend who was asking about the point of integrity if the human race is on a downward spiral: wow. this is a lot. i’ve been thinking about this stuff a lot too, and i think when you come to town and we have our date i would love to focus […]

Corporate Front Groups Fight to Make Sure You Can’t Know What’s in Your Food

These days there are folks who want GMOs not to be included on labels, and they’re hoping that voters in California reject the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act in November. But so far most folks are against the idea of not knowing what’s in their food. So what in the world are they cooking […]

The Poor Are Expendable So Reporters Should Not Talk About Them

Wisconsin Senator Eric Hovde (R) believes the press should stop focusing on the way people are struggling through the recession and instead focus on more general things like the country’s debt and other problems. Egberto Willies thinks that’s a problem, and here’s why: I came across the story in the Huffington Post titled “Eric Hovde, […]