Standing Up Against Intimidation

Published on July 19, 2021.

“We are the armor bearers for Elizabeth City” The Faith & Victory Christian Church (FVCC) [] is a non-denominational church that Bethsaida Ruiz and I visited in June in Elizabeth City, NC. It truly acts as a modern-day church, much like churches of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. You are welcome in their church dressed […]

Update from the Road

Published on July 6, 2021.

Since we left Asheville on June 23rd, my colleague, Bethsaida Ruiz, and I have made our way across North Carolina visiting with four organizations that have been part of our TAKE 10 trainings, our first observation is that all of the groups we have met with do an amazing amount of work with very small […]

The Legacy of the Black Belt – Our Road Trip to Eastern North Carolina

Published on June 22, 2021.

Two weeks, 1,600 miles, 11 hotel stays, 13 organizations.

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 […]

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.

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