Organizations and centers involved in community-based research in the U.S.
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Center for Research on Social Change

The Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC), formerly named the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC), was founded in 1976. CRSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to undertake empirical investigations into critical social issues in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on how immigration, globalization, economic restructuring, and development of new technologies are shaping and changing the structure and culture of various spheres within societies throughout the world. Institute research seeks to illuminate the lived experiences of people whose social locations are profoundly affected by broad processes of social change. Over the years, research projects at CRSC have helped to establish new research a... [Extend]

Urban Strategies Council

The Urban Strategies Council is a community building support and advocacy organization located in Oakland, California. Founded as a non-profit in 1987, the Council works with stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, and public systems to expand services for children and families, improve health, educational, and other outcomes, and increase employment and economic opportunities. Its mission is to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities.
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InterRelations Collaborative

The InterRelations Collaborative was founded as a research and educational organization in 1991 in response to a rise in intergroup conflict in New York City. In 2001, the Collaborative was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting intergroup relations in immigrant and multi-ethnic communities across New York City.

Over the past several decades, major migrations from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa and Asia have added dramatically to the intergroup diversity of resident populations in large metropolitan areas such as New York City. Increased immigration, however, has occurred during times of declining urban resources (due to federal disinvestment of cities and dismantling of urban programs) prompting different groups t... [Extend]

Special Service for Groups

by urban -- 15/8/2012 09:12:49
Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide community-based solutions to the social and economic issues facing those in greatest need. SSG has evolved into a model organization designed to provide services for diverse groups with maximum efficiency and impact. This is achieved by developing and managing programs which serve our many communities by encouraging their involvement and self-sufficiency. SSG believes that the needs of groups and individuals cross traditional ethnic, racial and other cultural boundaries. SSG serves as a bridge between people with common needs to identify ways to pool resources for the greater good of all.
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Family Independence Initiative

by urban -- 15/8/2012 04:46:10
The Family Independence Initiative (FII) believes that antipoverty efforts must focus on re-establishing social and economic mobility for everyone. The solution is not “bootstrapping” it with no assistance. But it also isn’t about creating more needs-based programs and services. The Family Independence Initiative believes there is a third alternative: Providing resources directly the full spectrum of income families who are taking action to build their own paths toward self-sufficiency.

For families to unleash their potential, they need an environment of mutual support and self-determination, as well as access to resources so that they—not social workers or programs—are the agents of change. Rather than leading with institutional approaches FII seek... [Extend]

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity rooted in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive including economic, human, physical, and environmental growth. It was formed in 1984 when residents of the Dudley Street area came together out of fear and anger to revive their neighborhood that was devastated by arson, disinvestment, neglect and redlining practices, and protect it from outside speculators.
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Detroit Future

by urban -- 15/8/2012 04:38:10
Detroit Future is committed to helping educators, community organizers, artists, and entrepreneurs use media and technology to transform education and economic development in Detroit.
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Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)

by urban -- 15/8/2012 03:48:58
CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California's Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. The organization has made a mark by building grassroots power through an active base of hundreds of community leaders and working collaboratively with more than 280 allied organizations. That resulted in directly engaging more than 17,000 individuals in local, regional, state and national public policy campaigns.
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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

by urban -- 14/8/2012 11:04:12
The mission of BCNC is to ensure that the children, youth, and families that we serve have the resources and support to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. For over 40 years, BCNC has served as a vital link for the Asian immigrant and Asian American community of Greater Boston. BCNC strives to provide the support and resources needed for participants to integrate into American society, while preserving the community's rich culture. Most of those served are immigrant Chinese, with low family incomes and limited English ability.
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Black Mesa Indigenous Support

by urban -- 14/8/2012 10:39:29
Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) is a grassroots, all-volunteer collective committed to supporting the Indigenous peoples of Black Mesa in their resistance to massive coal mining operations and to the forced relocation policies of the US government. We see ourselves as a part of a people powered uprising for a healthy planet liberated from fossil fuel extraction, exploitative economies, racism, and oppression for our generation and generations to come. BMIS stands with the Dineh elders and families of Black Mesa in their declaration that "Coal is the Liver of the Sacred Female Mountain," and joins them in action to ensure that coal remains in the ground.
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