Center for Community Change
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|Type||Not for Profit|
|Origins||Response to Civil Rights Concerns|
|Urban areas across the U.S.|
|Mission||Establish and develop community organizations across the country, 'bring attention to major national issues related to poverty|
The Center for Community Change (CCC) is one of the larger community building organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1968 in response to civil rights concerns of the 1960s. Its purpose, according to its Web site, has been "to help establish and develop community organizations across the country, 'bring attention to major national issues related to poverty,' and 'help insure that government programs are responsive to community needs.'"
The Center typically works in urban areas, especially communities of color, and attempts to form autonomous citizen-based groups to work on local issues of concern. It has, for example, had projects in New Orleans, Columbus, Ohio, and Kentucky.
The organization's "Leadership Directory" has information on opportunities, such as internships and training programs, in several areas of making community and national change, such as community organizing, service learning, union organizing, non-partisan electoral engagement, and youth/student organizing. The opportunities include those for youth as well as experienced professionals.
Fair Immigration Reform Movement
CCC launched the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) as its immigrant rights project in 2000. FIRM has acted as an advocacy umbrella for many organizations, helped build coalitions, and provided technical assistance. In January 2007, FIRM collected signatures from 250 organizations nationwide supporting comprehensive immigration reform, addressed to majority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.