Center. Community. Change. 2015 Annual Report

Apr 15, 2016
  • Description

Real change happens when communities most affected by injustice are organized and motivated. The powerful movements over the past year that brought us marriage equality, the fight for a $15 minimum wage, courageous voices in Congress calling for the expansion of Social Security, more and better jobs born out of innovative community-labor partnerships -- all of these took root at the grassroots. While grassroots organizations draw energy and power from their deep community ties, they don't necessarily intersect with others groups doing complementary work. That's where the Center for Community Change comes in. With staff and organizers around the country, we identify and connect the most creative, innovative and powerful models, providing them with resources, expertise, strategy, training and support to shape social movements and bring about meaningful change. With nearly 50 years of experience, CCC is a center for the community organizing field, building community and developing strong leaders, and changing policy, culture, and people's lives for the better. Though all the different facets of our work may seem complex, we can boil it down to one simple phrase: We do what it takes. This report includes examples of just that -- pushing the limits of what we thought possible to create the change we want to see. We highlight some of the wide-ranging work done by CCC and our 501(c)(4) sister organization, the Center for Community Change Action, with our extraordinary grassroots partners and national allies. This work is the foundation for our 2016 campaigns to marshal our communities' votes and raise our voices in vibrant movements for true democracy and a fair economy in which everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.