The Journey We Share

Published on May 17, 2021.

We can’t be afraid to acknowledge the ups and downs of our lives. Let’s acknowledge them to each other, share our stories, and continue together on our journey to peace and justice.

When We Disagree

Published on May 3, 2021.

Listening to President Biden’s speech to Congress last week (4/28/2021), I was a little nervous. I was remembering when Republican Congressman Joe Wilson shockingly yelled out, “You lie!” at President Obama during his speech in 2009. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels apprehensive when listening to a Presidential speech before Congress now. […]

Saying NO – Sharing power and accountability

Published on April 27, 2021.

Activists are so busy doing. But they have to take the time to stop, rest and reflect. They have to learn how to say, “No.” This is not a luxury; it is the real work activists must do in order to be effective in a complicated world.

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 […]

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