What to Do When They Keep Us From Voting

Published on April 1, 2021.

Stacey Abrams and LaTosha Brown sure shook a lot of folks up. They followed Organizing 101: go to the people to get them to the polls, listen, make sure they understand the issues, be patient, be helpful and keep at it. Stacey went to Black churches and organized the women. She focused on three core […]

It Can’t Be Just Pretend

Published on March 17, 2021.

We Know What We Want, But How Do We Get There? Vision without action is “just pretend,” as a young activist told me.  A vision works only if we create a plan for how to accomplish it – a road map to get to our goal.  Because we know the place we’re moving toward, we […]

Change is Coming

Published on March 1, 2021.

The Biden/Harris administration has a lot going on. Dealing with the pandemic, the economy, climate change, infrastructure, cybersecurity, immigration, a $15 minimum wage….exactly what we call dealing with “complex change.” There are some lessons I hope they have learned that we teach in leadership training. Are you prepared to manage change? Too often, real change […]

A Wait List for White People

Published on February 18, 2021.

Diversity is Intentional

This Time, We’ll Do It Differently!

Published on December 15, 2020.

Community organizations are frequently working in a reactive and defensive posture, holding back bad things from happening. The challenge is allowing enough time and space to learn to do things differently.

Is Every Day a Crisis?

Published on December 9, 2020.

In times of economic turmoil, organizers and activists rarely have the time to think about how to take advantage of the opportunities before us and build on our organization’s strengths.

Keep Moving Toward the Vision!

Published on November 9, 2020.

It is with great hope that I write today. Hope for a better tomorrow and for a better future. Because of the work I do I get the privilege of seeing huge wins and changes happening when people join together and follow their vision toward big transformations. We need to continue to focus on the […]


Published on October 26, 2020.

In September, media reported that more money was being spent on political ads in North Carolina than any other state. It is one of six states where 9 out of 10 of all ad dollars are going to this contested presidency. Not only is the presidential race close, but the Senate, the governor’s race and […]

Time for Compassion

Published on October 20, 2020.

Like many people who grew up in poverty in this country, I was embarrassed and ashamed about my background. Not until after I had spent time in Nicaragua in the 1980s, where people understood poverty in a very different way, did I decide to “come out of the closet” as a poor person back home. […]

No Matter What Happens

Published on October 13, 2020.

As we sit here in anticipation of an election that will change our history for generations to come, I feel both excited and afraid of what could happen. The divisiveness of our country, the fear of voter suppression and possible violence sits heavily on my mind, as I’m sure it does yours. But no matter […]

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