Grassroots Voices for
Economic Justice

a project of the Center for Community Change Action

Wall of Accomplishments

Retirement Security resolution passes Seattle City Council

Retirement Security resolution passes Seattle City Council

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On June 13, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for the expansion of Social Security and Medicare and the scrapping of the payroll cap. Two Grassroots Ambassadors from Washington CAN! told their stories and testified at the hearing of the full council about the retirement security crisis and the need more »

Groups praise President Obama for Social Security expansion shift

Groups praise President Obama for Social Security expansion shift

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from the Augusta Free Press President Obama’s declaration that Social Security should be expanded, and not cut, has been applauded with great enthusiasm by groups nationwide which work to protect Social Security for everyone. Among the groups praising Obama’s stance were the Center for Community Change (CCC), ONE Northside, Virginia Organizing, Iowa Citizens for Community more »

Mothers Speak Out event in Cincinnati

Mothers Speak Out event in Cincinnati

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The Grassroots Ambassadors of Contact Center and Peaslee Neighborhood Center’s Caregiver Circle Project partnered on May 6 to honor mothers at a “Speak Up & Speak Out Community Forum.” The main theme of the evening was the importance of caregiving. Women leaders spoke on the importance of policy initiatives at local, state and federal levels, more »

Moral Economy Summit in Kansas City

Moral Economy Summit in Kansas City

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On May 18-19th, Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) in Kansas City, MO, convened the “Moral Economy Summit:  Race, Citizenship and Power.” The summit prepared participants, congregations, community and civic leaders to build a moral economy through activating and claiming citizenship; leadership in racial equity and structural inclusion; winning community-led victories, regionally and nationally in gender-and-race-focused policies more »

Grassroots Ambassador David Voigt featured in Chicago Sun Times op-ed by Senator Warren

Grassroots Ambassador David Voigt featured in Chicago Sun Times op-ed by Senator Warren

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Grassroots Ambassador David Voigt is a leader with ONE Northside in Chicago. His story is a perfect example of the need to pass the SAVE Benefits Act (sponsored by Warren in the Senate and Duckworth in the House) that would provide a one-time Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) payment for all Social Security and Veterans more »

OOC launches “Families First: A Guide to Talking with Ohioans about the Economy”

OOC launches “Families First: A Guide to Talking with Ohioans about the Economy”

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On May 11, 75 leaders and allies of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative in Columbus  to launch Families First: A Guide to Talking with Ohioans about the Economy. The guide offers a comprehensive economic justice agenda written and produced by leaders of the OOC in collaboration with Policy Matters Ohio, Progress Ohio, Innovation Ohio and the more »

Victory for jobs campaign in LA

Victory for jobs campaign in LA

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Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE) had a major victory in Los Angeles on April 30 when Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Fix LA Coalition announced a plan that will create jobs for thousands of Los Angeles families struggling to make ends meet. The campaign that led to this victory was a true more »

Op-ed on New Hampshire minimum wage fight

Op-ed on New Hampshire minimum wage fight

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Sarah Jane Knoy, the Executive Director of the Granite State Organizing Project, had  an op-ed published on April 28th in the Nashua Telegraph about the fight for a higher minimum wage in New Hampshire, which GSOP is helping to lead. She writes “With 42 percent of Americans today earning less than $15 per hour and more »

MPA works to raise minimum wage and eliminate tipped wages

MPA works to raise minimum wage and eliminate tipped wages

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Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) has faught against the under-handed tactics of opponents to their campaign to raise the minimum wage and eliminate tipped wages.  In its online publication MPA warns Mainers, “Don’t be fooled by these fake minimum wage ads.” They write, “The website at www.raisethewagenow.com, which has no authorship information, claims that a vote more »

NOC featured for work on minimum wage, criminal justice reform

NOC featured for work on minimum wage, criminal justice reform

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In April, Minneapolis-based Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was featured in an excellent piece in April focused on their growing power and profile. The piece describes their powerful rise and intersectional approach to racial and economic justice: “In 2013, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change was the kind of nonprofit that might disappear without a stroke of more »