Archives for July 2012

Small Town’s Frontline Battle Against Chase/CVS/Armstrong

  Written & contributed by Shepard Bliss Small town Sebastopol residents in Northern California have been waging a fierce David vs. Goliath struggle against the powerful Chase Bank, CVS Pharmacy, and Armstrong Development for over two years. The implications of this struggle extend beyond this one town, as big business continues to seek to expand […]

Top 5 Occupy Wall Street Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Written & contributed by Jane Smith If you are interested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, you know that it can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes there are demonstrations held in Denver, while others are being held the same day in Los Angeles. Protesters are often uprooted by police officials or asked to move […]

Get Inspired with a Webinar on the Roadmap Strategy

Michael Nagler, of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, outlines a strategy for combining all of our current movements, which seek to create change–from Occupy to the Keystone XL–into one unstoppable movement. The leverage point of this movement would be on shifting our perspectives, changing our ideas about how different we are from one another. Through that Nagler […]

Organizing or Mobilizing

There are important differences between organizing and mobilizing. For social change to be effective, each one is needed. Clarifying these two concepts helps us see the innate process people go through in creating change.  I have been struggling lately to get more clarity on the concepts of organizing and mobilizing. These are terms of art […]

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

In the second part of this three-part series, Tony Martignetti talks to Dalya Massachi about some key points that you might want to include in your grant proposal, such as encouraging the funder to see your organization as a “solid investment.” Overall, in part two Dalya gives ways for you to make an unforgettable impression […]

august 2012

WEST COAST fearlessMeditation I | Practice of the Body CXC | Center for Transformative Change | Berkeley, CA Friday | September 14, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm Register   Center for Third World Organizing | New Directions Dinner Asian Cultural Center | Oakland, CA Thursday | August 9, 2012 | 6:30pm More Info     EAST COAST […]

AIDS Returns to the U.S. Spotlight

There are people who have lived with AIDS for decades, a disease that people were so terrified of in the ’80s and ’90s that they wouldn’t use the same water fountain as folks who had it. Recently, there have been strong prospects for a cure for AIDS. Ways to get tested have also expanded. You […]

Dr. Herbert Benson on the Mind/Body Connection

In terms of healing, many of us believe that the mind has an affect on the body–that if we think good thoughts, for instance, we’ll avoid the cold that everyone else seems to be getting. There’s some truth in that. The mind can affect the body.  People who meditate, can, over a long period of […]


This talk was given by a non-Muslim expressing the power of, and appreciation for, practices across traditions. “All of the great traditions of personal transformation have built into them–no matter how they’re playing out in the forms of mass religion–they all have built into them an intention, a practice that invites surrender of the will, […]

Into the Light of the Dark, Black Night

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.   Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only waiting for this moment to be […]

Zaltho Foundation | Seeds of Peace

Founded in 1994 by Claude AnShin Thomas, the Zaltho Foundation, headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts (with a meditation center in Mary Esther, Florida) is a spiritually-based foundation committed to ending violence by encouraging and establishing socially engaged projects in communities, organizations, and families, with an emphasis on the most important ingredient, the individual. When Claude AnShin […]

Welcome | july 2012

Every year around this time, the staff of XC goes on spiritual retreat. Our July issue reflects this by including reprints of some of our favorite stories from the past. This year is no different. In order to revitalize ourselves and gain perspective, we’re turning inward. And, as an offering for you to do the […]