“Rest is as necessary as breath” Octavia Raheem By Bethel Tsegaye & Bianca Edwards Last week at Community Change’s annual Cross Movement Convening, amidst the hustle of workshops, meetings and actions – there was one room where partners and staff could come to quiet the noise, to be present in their bodies, to take a … Continued
Reparations, Black joy, and organizational development were some of the focal points of the Black Freedom Collective (BFC) 2022 Family Reunion. The collective, composed of 29 partners from across the country, convened in Washington, D.C. at the end of July to reconnect, push for transformational change and celebrate their wins while being their authentic selves … Continued
Disparities in fundraising are unrelenting for Black-led organizations and can be compounded by inequitable access and interpersonal bias to name a few barriers. “Historically, Black-led organizations have not been funded or had access to major or private funders at the same rate as white-led organizations,” says Maya Simpkins, Senior Development Strategist with Community Change Action. … Continued
The next big wave of change will be powered by your circle of friends. If you’ve ever told a friend about a candidate or reminded a neighbor to vote, then you’ve already used relational organizing. One recent success of relational organizing was how voters leveraged their relationships to turn Georgia Blue in 2020. Our partners, … Continued
Healing justice is the first step a Black person can take to walk fully, and powerfully in our Blackness. Additionally, it is an integral part of the broader work that so many Black-led organizations do to build healthy movements in communities across the nation. “Black liberation is the healing piece,” said Healer Bianca Edwards, founder … Continued
This summer, the Black Freedom Collective (BFC) and Community Change launched F.U.L.L. — For Us, Learned and Liberated.
For Black and brown renters working two jobs to earn the minimum $17/hourly needed to afford one or two-bedroom apartments in Louisiana, the financial burden is immense. Natural disasters and the recent actions of local energy company Entergy, makes living and thriving even harder for Black and brown families in the state.