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McDonald employee, Sabreal Ealem, asks New Orleans politicians to support a $15/hour minimum wage Town Hall meetings protest healthcare cuts and other critical issues May 1st protests against Trump immigration policies Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, at a recent rally The interdependence of our shrinking world leads social change activists to a global approach

Spring 2017 News

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Bob Lawson  b. 1944 in Midland, Texas In 1966, Bob went to Chicago to work with JOIN (originally an SDS community organizing project building a multi-racial movement of the poor) and organized a group called Uptown ... read more

Michele said yes!

Michele said yes!

When Allison and I started the Alvarez Porter Group in 2009 our vision was to create a community of social justice Organization Development practitioners who could do good work with great ... read more

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

Leading Movement Staff in Tumultuous Times

In moments of great threat and great possibility tensions can be heightened.  The pressure to adapt to change, tighten belts and take effective action exacerbates issues that may have been dormant. ... read more

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

What inspires me now: Neighbors taking action

I am inspired by Tim and Alison Benford, who cancelled their retirement plans and poured their time and passion into organizing their community in Dayton, Ohio. They launched a block ... read more

Summer Reading and Listening

Summer Reading and Listening

Whether you want escape, education or provocation, there are good books and podcasts to get you there.  Here are a few our favorites, and please do add your own in the ... read more

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

Throw out the Praise Sandwich and other ways to improve your feedback

I was having coffee with Laura, a middle school teacher, when she told me she couldn’t remember a time when her administrator had pointed out something she had done well.  She ... read more