Publications and Articles • Organizational Links
Web Resources • Community Initiatives on Racial Inequities
Selected Publications and Articles
American Opportunity: A Communications Toolkit.
The Opportunity Agenda
Leading by Example: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Community Foundations.
California Tomorrow and Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth
Post Racialism or Targeted Universalism
john powell, Kirwan Institute
Social Service and Social Change: A Process Guide.
Building Movement Project
The State of Opportunity in America.
The Opportunity Agenda.
Structural Racism and Community Building
Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
Systems Thinking and Race Primer
Stephen Menendian and Caitlin Watt
Training for Racial Equity and Inclusion: A Guide to Selected Programs
Ilana Shapiro, Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative, The Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change, and Center for Assessment and Policy Development.
Selected Organizations’ Links
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is the professional association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits - to assist nonprofits in fulfilling their mission. The Alliance is a learning community that promotes quality in nonprofit capacity building.
Applied Research Center
The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism. ARC is built on rigorous research and creative use of technology. Our goal is to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it.
Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change
The Roundtable on Community Change was established in 1992 as a forum in which people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs)-including foundation sponsors, directors, technical assistance providers, evaluators, and public sector officials-could meet to discuss the lessons that are being learned by initiatives across the country and to work on common problems they are facing.
Center for Assessment and Policy Development
CAPD’s mission is to help foundations, community collaborations and organizations and governments andpublic systems craft and execute thoughtful responses to pressing social issues. The central theme of our work is positive social change and our goal is to help those we work with develop their capacity to make change. Major areas of CAPD’s work include: leadership and community building, social justice and anti-racism initiatives, systems change, and children and families.
The Center for the Study of White American Culture
The Center supports cultural exploration and self-discovery among white Americans. It encourages dialogue among all racial and cultural groups concerning the role of white American culture in the larger American society. They believe the task of building genuine and authentic relationships across racial and cultural lines is crucial to the future wellbeing of America.
Community Building Institute
The Community Building Institute (CBI) was founded to help communities improve the way they conduct public business to be more inclusive, more collaborative, and more effective. CBI believes that efforts to build vibrant, sustainable, and healthy communities must involve citizens and a wide array of public and private institutions to achieve real change. CBI works directly with communities as well as with federal and state agencies and national foundations with efforts that serve multiple communities.
Everyday Democracy (formerly Study Circles Resource Center) help communities develop their own ability tosolve problems by bringing lots of people together in dialogue across divides of race, income, age, and political viewpoints. They work with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, paying particular attention to the racial and ethnic dimensions of the problems they address.
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
It is the nation's premier civil rights coalition, and has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. LCCR consists of more than 192 national organizations, representing persons of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gays and lesbians and civil liberties and human rights groups. Its mission: to promote the enactment and enforcement of effective civil rights legislation and policy.
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Institute partners with people, communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and engage issues of race and ethnicity in ways that create and expand opportunity for all. We envision a society and world that is fair and just for all people, where opportunity is not limited by race, ethnicity, gender, or class, where democratic ideals inform social policy, and where all people recognize and embrace the universal responsibility that each person has for the welfare of every other person.
Movement Strategy Center
Movement Strategy Center (MSC) is committed to advancing the next generation of leaders for a sustainable progressive movement. We are building local, regional and national networks of young activists across issues, constituencies and geographies. We are helping activists to develop the skills, culture, analysis and vision to work together in broad, cohesive alliances—with a strong emphasis on the leadership of base-building groups working to address the needs of young people, low income communities and communities of color.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The Network is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community,religious, civil rights and labor organizations, and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
is a multi-year project intended to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.
Spirit in Action
Spirit in Action is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a successful movement for social change in the US.
Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement
Established in 2003, the Learning Centre is designed to create a fluid, creative system of documenting community building activity and delivering this learning to organizations. The centre has a threefold purpose: to broadly disseminate knowledge gathered through research and practical experience; to help communities increase their power through learning; and to generate knowledge about community engagement so as to advance the field.
The World Future Society
The World Future Society is an association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society strives to serve as a neutral clearinghouse for ideas about the future. Ideas about the future include forecasts, recommendations, and alternative scenarios. These ideas help people to anticipate what may happen in the next 5, 10, or more years ahead. When people can visualize a better future, then they can begin to create it.
World Trust Educational Services
World Trust, a nonprofit educational organization whose vision is a vibrant, equitable, sustainable world that honors and embraces all people. Learn more about their new film, Cracking the Codes: Race and Relationships in the 21st Century on their website. The three learning components of this new film are: 1-understanding the system of structural racism; 2-conciousness, communication and healing as part of a new vision of building racial equity; 3-effecting change through movement building.
Selected Web Resource Lists
ColorLines published by the Applied Research Center considers racism a structural problem that demands structural, rather than solely person solutions. They cover daily news as it unfolds, sythesizing complicated sotires with multimedia features and breaking open new conversations with investigative reporting.
The Crosspoint is the Net's biggest collection of links in the field of Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Women's rights, Anti-fascism, Shoah, as well as links to Jewish organizations, Migrant organizations, and others.
RacismReview is intended to provide a credible and reliable source of informantion for journalists, students and members of the general public who are seeking solid evidence-based research and analysis of "race," racism, ethnicity, and immigration issues, especially asthey undergird and shape U.S. society within a global settin.
Welcome to SoJust.net, the only document history of social justice, civil rights, equity, peace, and activism. Uncover the history of anti-racism, suffrage, the gay rights movement, labor activism, and other movements through historic speeches, song lyrics, poetry, essays, and other documentary artifacts related to social justice. SoJust.net is brought to you by EdChange and Paul C. Gorski.
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, by James Loewen
From Maine to California, thousands of communities kept out African Americans (or sometimes Chinese Americans, Jewish Americans, etc.) by force, law, or custom. These communities are sometimes called "sundown towns" because some of them posted signs at their city limits. Some towns are still all white on purpose. Search the Sundown Town database.
Sample of Comprehensive Community Initiatives on Racial Inequities
Community Building Initiative, and Crossroads Charlotte
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, Minnesota (St. Paul region)
Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project
Greensboro, North Carolina
Long Island, New York
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Race and Social Justice Initiative
Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination