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Peace & Justice

A Different Approach to School Readiness

Using a strengths-based approach, Smart From the Start works to promote school readiness and eliminate the educational achievement gap among children in Boston’s lowest 10% income families. They provide an array of wrap-around services to give families the tools and resources they need to create stability in their lives and enable parents and caregivers...
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New Conversations in Social Equity: Kelly McGowan on Participatory Leadership and Occupy Wall Street

In September, I attended an Art of Hosting gathering called the Art of Participatory Leadership and Social Change in New York City. The hosting team for this event called the gathering around the question, “What is the new conversation in social justice and equity that you are longing to have?” A few weeks later,...
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Recognizing Workers’ Rights as Human Rights

In partnership with community groups, workers' rights groups, and concerned citizens, Sugar Law Center provides legal advocacy and technical support to empower individuals and communities seeking systemic change with regard to economic and social justice. Sugar Law has been instrumental in many fair-employment, mass-layoff, and environmental justice cases.
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The Heidelberg Project – Historic Art Environment and Cultural Village, Potential Economic Engine for the City of Detroit

The Heidelberg Project is an open-air art environment in Detroit’s East Side. I first encountered it when I was maybe 10 years old. My father's company maintained several properties in Detroit. Each weekend we would drive from site to site to check the progress of the previous week's work. With its famous polka dot...
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What Greater Boston Interfaith Organization Gets Right: Listening to Members, Cultivating Leaders from Within

On June 30th, the 29th graduating class from the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization’s Moving from Debt to Assets (MFDTA) program wore colorful scarves instead of caps and gowns. With hennaed fingertips, palms and soles, 25 Somali-American women celebrated their first step on the road to financial freedom.
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Envisioning a Million Points of Light

Prosperity Candle invests in women entrepreneurs in distressed areas of the world—places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Rwanda—who are excited to start their own businesses producing candles for local and international markets. The company was founded to empower women entrepreneurs in places of conflict so that they may not only survive, but thrive.
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David Crowley Discusses His Work With Social Capital Inc.

On May 7th, 2009 David Crowley, President and Founder of Social Capital Inc., participated in NPi’s community dialogue at the Boston Public Library. NPi community dialogues bring together local leaders to discuss lessons learned, current projects, and potential collaborations. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.
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Hilary Allen Discusses Her Work with the Boston Center For Community and Justice

BCCJ is a leadership development organization. We run two programs: one is called “LeadBoston” for adult professionals, and the youth program that we run for high schoolers is called “InIt” or the “Leadership Initiative.” So you might be thinking what’s leadership development? For BCCJ, we are trying to advance a community of socially responsible...
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NPi Podcast: Racism and Inequity in 21st Century America

This is the fifth in a series of podcasts from NPi’s community dialogue featuring three Boston-based social justice organizations. In this edition, Hilary Allen (Community Engagement Manager at the Boston Center for Community and Justice), David Crowley (President and Founder of Social Capital Inc.), and Kaia Stern (Director of the Prison Studies Project/Pathways Home)...
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Street Talk, Suite Talk: A Rap Opera About Conflict, Community, and Personal Transformation

Street Talk, Suite Talk has been developed through a collaborative process involving Anna, seven young poet-rappers, seven dancers, composer Jakov Jakoulov, and violinist Mark Berger. Advisors to the project include Anthony Toombs of Project Joy and Robert Macy from the On-Track Initiative, part of the Center for Trauma Psychology.
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NPi Podcast: David Crowley and Kaia Stern share early inspiration for their work

NPi Podcast: David Crowley and Kaia Stern share early inspiration for their work

This is the second in a series of podcasts from NPi's May 2009 community dialogue featuring three Boston-based social justice organizations.
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NPi Podcast: In an Economic Recession, An Illusion of Scarcity and Abundance of Resources

This is the fourth in a series of podcasts from NPi’s community dialogue featuring three Boston-based social justice organizations. In this edition, Hilary Allen (Community Engagement Manager at the Boston Center for Community and Justice, David Crowley (President and Founder of Social Capital Inc.), and Kaia Stern (Director of the Prison Studies Project/Pathways Home)...
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NPi Podcast: Pros and Cons of Online Tools in Community Organizing

This is the third in a series of podcasts from NPi’s May 2009 community dialogue featuring three Boston-based social justice organizations.
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Joe Finn on the Housing First Movement and Long-Term Solutions to Homelessness (Part 1 of the MHSA Story)

Throughout the 17 years he has worked on homelessness issues, Joe Finn has focused much of his energy on the expansion of permanent supportive housing opportunities for individuals, including the chronically homeless, the most difficult segment of the homeless population to serve.
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Reflections on Advocacy and Leadership from the Mass Housing and Shelter Alliance Team (Part II of the MHSA Story)

After speaking with Joe Finn, President and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, about MHSA’s history, current work, and the Housing First movement, I sat down with more MHSA staff to ask some of the bigger questions about what it is like working on such a cause as ending homelessness every...
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A Conversation with Bill Walczak, Co-Founder and CEO of Codman Square Health Center

Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass. serves as a resource for improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of the Boston community. The Health Center was conceived by a group of neighborhood activists in the 1970s, including Bill Walczak, who joined together to improve the neighborhood and deliver badly needed health care services.
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A Conversation with Tina Chéry of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute was founded in 1994 to assist and support families of homicide victims in the City of Boston. Today, the Peace Institute works with schools, families (both of victims and offenders), and communities to promote peace and unity.
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Joseph Porcelli Discusses His Work With Neighbors for Neighbors

The medium that we’re playing with in our space is really the neighborhood. One of our core values is that we believe that the solutions to problems, the innovative things people can do with and for each other, lay in our communities themselves, where we live.
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Kaia Stern Discusses Her Work at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

We have a variety of initiatives that really could all be framed under the inclusion project. What are policies and practices that include people and what are those that exclude people, whether that’s from human community or from civic membership and participation?
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The Young People’s Project: A Math Literacy Organization Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement

With its roots firmly set in both the American Civil Rights Movement and Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Young People’s Project (YPP) promotes social justice using math literacy. Its programs have spread nationwide, teaching high school students to teach themselves and instilling in college students the value of giving back.
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VIDEO: NPi speaks with The Young People’s Project

In this video, learn about The Young People's Project, a nationwide organization teaching high school students to teach themselves and instilling in college students the value of giving back.
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A Conversation with Doreen Treacy, Director of the CivicHealth Institute at DotWell, Dorchester, Mass

Doreen Treacy is the Director of the DotWell CivicHealth Institute, where she works with other community activists to build social capital in the community... What we are still seeing in Codman Square are the residual effects of financial redlining from the 70s through early 90s. Those residual effects take a really, really long time...
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Empowering Individuals in Shelters and Transitional Living Through Mentoring

F.A.M.I.L.Y Movement currently provides educational opportunities to over 150 women in the Boston area. F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement workshops focus on a wide range of topics including self-esteem, professionalism, parenting, and financial education.
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May 7th, 2009 NPi community dialogue reflections, podcast, and photos

Our speakers Hilary Allen of the Boston Center for Community & Justice; David Crowley of Social Capital Inc.; and Kaia Stern of the Pathways Home Project at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School shared stories on how rebuilding lives after incarceration, creating community within diverse neighborhoods, and...
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December 11th, 2008 NPi community dialogue reflections, video, and photos

Thanks to everyone who turned out (in spite of the rain) for last night’s event at the Boston Public Library. Video by Nishima Chudasama. We enjoyed hearing our three speakers Herbert Gleason, lawyer and former corporation counsel for the City of Boston, 1968-1979; Melvin B. Miller, Editor and Publisher of the Bay State Banner; and...
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