Milk Not Jails

To help solve an economic crisis, an organization in Upstate New York proposed a combination of dairy products and ex-cons.  What’s plentiful in upstate New York? Cows and prison inmates, to name a few things. Reformists in the two communities don’t make natural allies, but organizer Lauren Melodia is trying to do just that. “I […]

Rockwood Leadership Institute | Supporting Leaders in Leadership

Founded in 2000, Rockwood Leadership Institute’s mission is to provide individuals, organizations and networks in the social benefit sector with powerful and effective training in leadership and collaboration.

ACRJ | A Holistic Stance for Reproductive Justice

ACRJ (Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) defines reproductive justice as “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls,” a holistic way of approaching reproductive rights. And because there is no way to separate reproductive rights from that which affects them including, health care, the environment and social justice nor […]

Occupying the Nation’s Attention, If Not Its Cities

Occupy woke us up to the blatant truth about the relationship between the haves and the have nots. And although the tents are gone, as Scott Neuman writes in this article, the movement itself continues. What surfaced last fall will not be forgotten or dismissed. What we saw was the beginning of transformation. Most of […]

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 […]

China’s Migrant Children

In this YES! magazine article, adapted from Lily Yeh’s book, Awakening Creativity: Dandelion School Blossoms, learn about the hardships and successes of the children of China’s migrant workers. A chance meeting in 2003 brought me together with Zheng Hong. Zheng Hong, who holds a PhD in Paleontology, had just earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration […]

Inside an Occupy Affinity Group

Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss Our new Occupy Affinity Group (AG) recently met at “Mr. Mom’s” comfortable home. His four-month-old daughter mostly sleeps in a nearby swinging crib. Sometimes she rises and nestles into his chest, occasionally spitting up a white, milky substance over his dark shirt. This evokes memories, as well as a […]

Practical Tips for Occupiers

However you are supporting the Occupy movement, by camping, protesting or some other means, here are a few supportive links to help you keep keepin’ on. (On December 6th Occupy protestors will begin Occupying foreclosed homes with the intention of making this the next step in the movement: Occupy Wall Street Goes Home.) Resources for […]

Occupy’s 2nd Anniversary in Sebastopol

Written & Contributed by Shepherd Bliss  We celebrated Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS) second monthly anniversary in small town Sebastopol, with its less than 8000 residents, in Northern California on November 17. We packed a City Council meeting where over two-dozen people spoke in favor of Occupy Sebastopol (OS) and the five-member Council supported it. Though […]

Majora Carter Group | Gone Green

The Bronx River, the only fresh water river in New York City, has over the past few years undergone tremendous change. From about the 1840s up until 2007, industrial waste and sewage was regularly dumped into the river–a river previously considered so pure that the New York City Board of Aldermen were interested in using […]

Art, an Alternative to Foreclosure

Original article, “Bus stops that became homes overnight,” by Anna Edwards appeared August 24, 2011 in the UK’s Daily Mail Not all protest is about marching or boycotting, there is also protest through art.  Some protesters vent their fury with angry banners, others boycott, while some create petitions.But two artists came up with a far […]

Prisoners Helping Prisoners Rebuild Lives

Original article posted on prison by forrest_hill, April 21, 2011 “The San Quentin T.R.U.S.T. for the Development of Incarcerated Men is a group of 25 incarcerated men who have taken on the task of changing themselves and others from liabilities into assets to themselves, their families, and their communities. The goal of the T.R.U.S.T. is to […]

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