The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. It believes that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to building new politics based on community values. Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center’s mission is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better.
CCC seeks to:
- Amplify Community Voices: CCC leverages its relationships with grassroots community leaders, ethnic and mainstream media and national opinion makers to advocate for low-income people.
- Combine Grassroots Power to Win: CCC is a catalyst for action by bringing together grassroots groups and leaders across race and ethnicity, issues and geography to learn from one another and join forces on common causes.
- Build the Social Movements of Tomorrow: CCC finds and nurtures the leaders and ideas of tomorrow by bringing together creative thinkers from the grassroots to the ivory tower to develop innovative solutions and a vision for an America where we’re all in it together.
It accomplishes these goals through its:
- Campaign for Community Values, a national coalition of more than 300 grassroots community organizations that seeks to influence public policy;
- Field-Building activities, in which it works to strengthen the field of community-led, grassroots organizations;
- Issue Campaigns on health care, housing, immigration and worker justice;
- Electoral Organizing, in which it funds and trains grassroots community organizations to engage in electoral organizing and in registering, turning out and staying connected to voters; and
- Leadership Development, in which it trains and mentors new community organizers and provides leadership support for mid-career organizers.
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