The Common Good

Results for Community Organizing

Storytelling and Social Change
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism. ...

Church Power!
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kendall Clark Baker Building community and clout through congregation-based organizing. In any genuine comm ...

Multiplying Loaves
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:07pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry A small congregation in Kentucky demonstrates how your church may have more money—and power—than you think. ...

Doing it the Hard Way
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley Gamaliel's Ana Garcia-Ashley is the first woman of color to lead a national community organizing network, faith-based ...

Won't Get Fooled Again
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

In an attempt to discredit the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a young conservative activist created a fake Facebook page and website for a non-existent environmental group. Then, posing as someone interest ...

Why Liberty Needs Justice: A Response to the Tea Party-Occupy Film
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2012 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Poisoning Eden
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Denali DeGraf Indigenous communities -- and local church leaders -- stand against open-pit mining that threatens to despoil Patagonia. ...

For Gulf Coast Residents, the Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:24pm | Type: Blog

For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major topic of news reports all over the world. For three months last year the Gulf Coast oil spill was the major t ...

Glenn Beck and Teachable Moments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/06/glenn-beck-and-teachable-moments/"></a>It was announced today that Glenn Beck will <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

Remembering Judy Bonds, Mountain Defender
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">This past Monday, January 3, anti-mountaintop removal activist Judy Bonds exhaled her last breath from the homeland she loved. This pa ...

Why Does Glenn Beck Hate Community Organizers?
Originally Posted: 05/19/2011 - 3:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Main Reason: They upend the power structure to give people at the bottom a better chance. ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

Wall Street and the Crisis of Urban Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As an urban minister and a political professional, there have been two big news stories that I have followed with some level interest recently. As an urban minister and a politi ...

Imagining a New Way
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel 'Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together.' Some years ago, ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...

Lessons from the Jena 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What lessons do we take away from the Jena 6 story? Six young men won't be dragging a felony conviction into adult life. That's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/29/the-jena-6-ar ...

'This Is What Power Is'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alexie Torres-Fleming How I learned the real meaning of strength -- from the unlikeliest of people. I was born ...

Breaking Boundaries
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston Seven ways to build a movement that includes poor and rich. The Jesus movement included every ...

Why Stories Matter
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marshall Ganz The art and craft of social change. I grew up in Bakersfield, California, where my father was a ...

MLK Day Altar Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be an official part of the inauguration activities. ...

'Veggie Delite': Tomato Pickers Win Wage Increase from Subway
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

As the third largest fast-food chain in the world adds its name to a <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=1346">growing list of giants to deliver wage increases and working conditi ...

Campaign Community Organizers as the Foundation for Future Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constantly amazed at my fellow volunteers of all ages, races, and economic groups. As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constant ...

I Am Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Whenever John McCain and Sarah Palin would ask: "Who is Barack Obama?" I would cringe. The implication to me was pretty clear. Obama is an outsider. Obama is not your typical American. ...

In Defense of Community Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sarah Palin appeared poised and confident in her speech on Wednesday evening.</p> Sarah Palin appeared poised and confident in her speech on Wednesday evening. I have th ...

Palin Owes Some Good People An Apology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning I got an e-mail from a former member of our Sojourners community. Wednesday morning I got an e-mail from a former member of our Sojourners community. Perry Perki ...

César Chávez Saved My Life
Originally Posted: 05/12/2011 - 10:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Nane Alejandrez had plenty of opportunities to die. Instead he chose life, and brought generations of Latino youngsters ...

Green Hair, Gray Hair
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank What do you get when you mix punk rockers with senior citizens? On a grocery delivery day ...

Revealing Hidden Histories
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank In addition to providing services to the elderly, We Are Family helps volunteers tap in to the history of African-American communities in Washington, D.C. Th ...

The Woman Who Planted Trees
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mark Betz Catholic Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai won ...

Who Answers at 2-1-1?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Kate Bowman Who do you call when the marshals have tossed all your be ...

Self-Interest, Solidarity, and Power
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann For organizers: Theology 101. These days all four of the big Alinsky-style associations ...

Communities of Character
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

George Schultze-Grijalva Organizing around common values When faced with contemporary social justice questions ...

Saul Alinsky Goes to Church
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev Faith-based community organizing is taking off---with benefits for both community and church. ...

A Real House Party
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev The East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) literally have rebuilt an entire community by securing the funding to erect 2,300 s ...

Hot Tea and Union Organizing
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Helene Slessarev Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), a faith-based organizing network in Baltimore, won the first munic ...

Healing Through Art
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bronwyn Shiffer Women's project leads to transformation. Evelyn came in at 9 a.m., all smiles and ready t ...

To Follow the Carpenter of Nazareth
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Perry Bush For a century and a half, workers and church people have organized together. "Religion," ...

Taking Action
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kent Paterson Sewer Pipes and Hope In Spanish, "Las Palmeras" means place of the date palms. At firs ...

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeffrey Brown A community responds to violence. During a funeral in 1992 gang members invaded a church in Bost ...

Urban Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Wirth Neighbors work together to take back their streets. "I miss having my children do the things ...

A Community of Integrity
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Meeker-Lowry Building hope in the inner city of Boston S treets of Hope is a great book not only bec ...