Peace, Power & Love
I sign all my letters, my emails and blogs with these three words. So, it seems fitting to begin 2023 writing about it. What do I mean when I sign: Peace, Power, Love?
Stepping Into the Fear
Are you afraid to take the next step to becoming a leader?
From Student to Volunteer to Employee
My former colleague, Lia Kaz, started as an intern for Spirit in Action’s project, We the People: Working Together. Lia wrote this blog when she moved on in 2017. It is such a great blog about learning to be an […]
How to Keep the Conversation Going
A Different Way That Empowers As I and my colleagues at Piedmont Peace Project began to do workshops on classism and racism, white middle- and upper-class folks were often upset. They felt they were being accused of being “bad or […]
My Surprising Harvard Experience – Teaching Organizing 101
In 1993 I received a Public Policy Fellowship from Harvard University. The Vice President of Harvard, John Shattuck, knew me from an award I had received honoring unsung heroes from the Petra Foundation.
A Precarious Life – On the Slippery Slope of Class
I live in a nice house, drive a nice car, and have nice things – the way I always dreamed of living. It’s been a long struggle to get to this place.
Stepping Stones – The Family Stories We Tell About Ourselves – Storytelling Part 3
This is the third part of a three part series on storytelling and community organizing. I often tell people that while I grew up in poverty, I also grew up with wealth – a richness of many generations of my […]
Stepping Stones – After the KKK Attack – Storytelling Part 2
This is the second part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. One of the things we work on in the storytelling workshop is how to make the first line capture the attention of the audience and the […]
Stepping Stones – Storytelling – Part 1
This is the first part of a three-part series on storytelling for community organizing. Indigenous communities have used stories for teaching and passing down information for thousands of years. Today, science is catching up and starting to understand the importance […]