Laurie Jones Neighbors

Justice-Minded and Critically Prepared Communities Can Transform the World

What would our neighborhoods, cities, and states look like if those developing policies and programs in the public sector were directly representative of the most impacted, had strong political, technical, and analytical capacity, and prioritized authentic collaboration with constituents and communities?

How can we ensure that we have a steady stream of new public leaders from low-income communities and communities of color and that we are preparing first-generation college students, immigrants, and others for justice-minded political action through movements and civic engagement? 

Foundations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other advocacy groups can contribute to innovative, stable, and prosperous communities for everyone by focusing on power-building for those who are most at risk for displacement, disenfranchisement, and limited opportunities due to racial and economic disparities. 

I work with organizations to develop and evaluate programs that help to achieve this vision by transforming structural barriers impacting low-income communities and communities of color. 

 

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You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.
— Grace Lee Boggs