The Ferguson Protests Worked

Were the riots costly and destructive? Yes. But reform never would have happened without the unrest. FERGUSON, Mo. — Nearly a half-century ago, a University of Missouri law professor named T.E. Lauer issued a warning. Missouri’s network of municipal courts, he wrote, were “a modern anomaly” generally “overlooked or ignored as the misshapen stepchildren of […]

In The Age Of #BlackLivesMatter, The NAACP Tries To Reach A Younger Generation

Nat Williams, Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, was recently interviewed by NPR in regard to recent events in Baltimore and Ferguson, and the role that NAACP needs to play in moving the Black Lives Matter movement: Listen to the full interview here. [Nat Chioke Williams is president of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in Washington, D.C., which […]

ROC’s Next Fight for Fair Wages

Friend — wage justice is on the menu. That’s a fact. It’s also the title of a new short New York Times video featuring ROC’s co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman discussing what’s next in the fight for fair wages for restaurant workers.     In the video Saru talks with New York Times columnist and […]

The New American Slavery: H-2 Visa Program

“The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government […]

BreakOUT! 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Check out this video featuring BreakOUT! for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, along with The Nation article, A Movement Lab in New Orleans, featuring some of their work. Also check out for the real story of New Orleans, including a showcase of BreakOUT!’s research that demonstrates many of the disparities faced by LGBTQ youth of color in New […]

A Living Wage for Caregivers

[There are 2.5 million domestic workers in the United States — nannies, housekeepers and caregivers — and although domestic work is the nation’s fastest growing occupation, with a million new jobs expected within the next 10 years, this work remains hidden in a poorly regulated shadow economy in which abuses are rampant. One-quarter of domestic […]

Montgomery County Council Votes Unanimously for Earning Paid Sick Days!

We are proud to announce that two of our grantee partners, CASA de Maryland and Jews United for Justice were part of the coalition that helped bring about this law. A Message from the Community Foundation We are very pleased to share the news that this week The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to pass legislation […]