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Tag: Organizing

Why Creating Change is So Different

What do Laverne Cox, Rinku Sen, Nona Hendryk, and Tarso Luis Ramos have in common?  It’s Creating Change 2014!  Frances and I spent last weekend at the 26th annual Creating Change conference in Houston, Texas put on by the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force. And... more

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Community Organizing

Last week, I participated in a great panel on the lessons that nonprofits can learn from community organizing. The other panelists were Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, the Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn, Prerana Reddy, the Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum... more

Detroit Leaders Create Space for Rejuvenation, Reflection, and Practice

On the evening of October 29, a group of Detroit youth leaders – all under 40 – gathered in the living room of an immaculate home operated by Sister Mary and four other progressive nuns in the Detroit metro area.  At 39, I barely made the age cut off.  But was... more

Building Movement Begins Work in New Mexico!

Greetings from New Mexico! My name is Alicia Lueras Maldonado and I am happy to be working with the Building Movement Project to coordinate their work in the State to bring together organizers, advocates and service providers to work together for change. I am a native New Mexican and passionate... more

Learning How to ACT UP

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld reflects on what it was about the film United in Anger that motivated him to create an accompanying discussion guide for activists and organizers: I first saw the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP a year ago. As I watched the film, I was engrossed in story of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. I was inspired by the successes of this movement that made it possible for an HIV diagnosis to not be an immediate death sentence. But I was also moved to tears by the footage of activists scattering the ashes of those who lost their lives to the virus. When I reflected on the film though, what struck me the most was the willingness of the filmmaker, Jim Hubbard, to explore the internal divisions and debates that struggled to manage in the midst of its fight against widespread indifference by the government, researchers and healthcare industry. Although it would have been tempting to overlook the internal strife in service of a triumphant narrative about ACT UP, this complexity made the film both refreshing and instructive.

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United in Anger

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a moving and inspiring film, and a great resource for organizers and activists of all stripes. This packet of discussion guides is designed to help groups learn from the example of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and apply the lessons of ACT UP’s organizing tactics and campaign strategies to their own movements today. The first guide in the packet is for a single viewing of the full film, with discussion questions and an activity. The second guide splits the film into four sections, for groups of activists who want to watch and reflect on the film over the course of a month of weekly meetings. No matter which discussion guide your organization uses, this film will help your members recommit to organizing and action on the pressing issues of today.

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Podcast: NAMAC Structuring Leadership Telesalon

In December, Caroline McAndrews and Frances Kunreuther led a discussion on our new report, Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision-making in Nonprofit Organizations. The presentation was only open to NAMAC members at the time, but a recording of the event is now open to the public. Continue reading to listen along if you are interested in hearing about examples from our recent study of organizations practicing shared leadership, or how these methods could be applied in your own organization. more

Part of the 99%

Here at BMP, we’re excited to be in New York at the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We’ve been watching for two weeks now as protestors continue to camp in Zuccotti Park to demonstrate their frustration with the current American economic system. While some are critical about the lack of a specific set of demands, what’s most important is that within the multitude of voices coming from downtown, people are standing together and speaking out for social change. more

Stories from the Field: Building Solidarity Across Silos

Two months ago we launched our Stories from the Field series with a case study about developing board readiness for advocacy. This month’s submission, Whatever it Takes: Building Solidarity Across Silos, takes us to Illinois where a newly formed state-wide coalition, Illinois Partners for Human Service, took a savvy approach to building voice, power, and relationships among service providers and associations. more

USSF 2010: BMP reports on our sessions from the forum

Over 15,000 people gathered in Detroit, MI for the second United States Social Forum, with the goal of building a broader social justice movement. BMP reports back on our involvement in the forum, including our two sessions: "Social Service & Social Change: A Movement Building Strategy" and "Emerging Strategies to Re/Claim the Commons". more

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