Amazing Things Happened When 206 Ugly Vacant Lots In Philly Were Landscaped

By Melissa Breyer, Treehugger.com -

Almost one in five American adults report some form of mental illness; more than 16 million adults experience depression alone every year. Yet patient mental health services only account for an [...]

Chicago-Based Assata’s Daughters Announces Food Justice Through Gardening Project

By Imani Jackson, Blackyouthproject.com -

Assata’s Daughters is a Chicago-based collective that embraces a Black radical perspective to serve their Washington Park community. One of their newest programs is a food justice-oriented [...]

Pennsylvania Community Finds Its Bearings In Trump Era

By Jon Jeter, Mintpressnews.com -

TITUSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA — Shoehorned between the state line and the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner, the city of Titusville is as red as America gets, a place where virtually [...]

Lifting Up Community Voices To Tackle Injustice

By Jean Trounstine, Truthout.org -

Lillie A. Estes calls herself a "community strategist." Others see her as a force of nature. She has lived in Richmond, Virginia, for 35 years, where she builds and develops innovative alliances [...]

Community Members Defy El Cajon Ordinance Against Feeding Homeless

By Bella Ross, thedailyaztec.com -

By Bella Ross for The Daily Aztec - “We call it ‘Break the Ban,’” said Mark Lane, a 1989 San Diego State alumnus and the primary organizer of the event. On Oct. 27, the city of El Cajon passed an [...]

How Ceasefire Has Changed This Organizer And Baltimore

By Lisa Snowden-McCray, www.baltimorebeat.com -

By Lisa Snowden-McCray for Baltimore Beat. Baltimore, MD - Just a few days after the second 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire weekend, which ran from Nov. 3-5, Erricka Bridgeford and I are sitting in [...]

Using Public Spaces To Organize Communities

By Sam Allen, transitionnetwork.org -

By Sam Allen for Transition Network - One summer night in 2014, Lucille Burns, a 34-year-old mother, was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight. Tamar Manasseh, a mother of two who had [...]

Perverse Mobility: From BaltimoreGhetto To HabanaStation

By Cliff DuRand, www.popularresistance.org -

By Cliff DuRand for The Center for Global Justice. Last year’s film hit in Cuba was “HabanaStation”, directed by Ian Padron. It is the touching story of a developing friendship between two boys [...]

New Economic Vision: Amish Culture, Occupy & Start-Ups

By Alexa Clay, www.nationofchange.org -

By Alexa Clay for Nation of Change. If markets and industrial production have become separated from society and community, the task now seems to be figuring out how to envelop production within [...]

Woman Is Trying to Make World A Better Place, One Community Center At A Time

By Sarah Lazare, www.alternet.org -

By Sarah Lazare for AlterNet - Five years ago, Janet Wilson was one of thousands of people who flocked to New York’s Zuccotti Park to participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement that would [...]

In A Broke And Crumbling City, This Woman Is Building An Urban Paradise

By Kate Abbey-Lambertz, www.huffingtonpost.com -

By Kate Abbey-Lambertz for The Huffington Post - DETROIT — In a neighborhood that has lost its school, library, streetlights, many businesses and a huge chunk of its population, one woman is [...]

Public Art Fest Made A Real Change In A Detroit Neighborhood

Kate Abbey-Lamberts, www.huffingtonpost.com -

Kate Abbey-Lamberts for The Huffington Post - A public art festival that brought dozens of murals to a Detroit neighborhood last week also sparked a subtler, but no less inspiring, change in [...]

Here’s How To Cop Watch

By Muna Mire, www.thenation.com -

By Muna Mire in The Nation - In academic circles, copwatching is considered a form of sousveillance, which translates from the French to “watching from below” and refers to recording or [...]

Big Dreams And Bold Steps Toward A Police-Free Future

By Rachel Herzing, www.truth-out.org -

By Rachel Herzing in Trth Out - Projects such as the Harm Free Zone project in Durham, North Carolina, and Audre Lorde Project's Safe OUTside the System Safe Neighborhood Campaign are testing [...]

Communities Organizing Own Emergency Medical Service To Avoid Police

By Candice Bernd, www.truth-out.org -

By Candice Bernd in Truth Out - When Jens Rushing was working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for a 911 service in one small Texas city, he was dispatched on a call where he witnessed a [...]