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Long Trek to CSTI: Was It Worth It?

Long Trek to CSTI: Was It Worth It?

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Oct 01, 2009 01:35 PM |

Joseph Phelan of Miami Workers Center writes about his long trek to CSTI. From Miami through Houston and finally to Portland, Oregon. Was it worth it?

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Making the Organizing Toolbox Accessible

Making the Organizing Toolbox Accessible

Posted by Tomas at Sep 18, 2009 05:05 PM |

What does it mean to be an organization and a movement where all languages and cultures are included? How does this look in practice? Language access at CSTI 2009.

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State Immigration Policy Issues

State Immigration Policy Issues

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 17, 2009 10:40 AM |

An article in the Nonprofit Quarterly by Dan Petegorsky and Kalpana Krishnamurthy

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Trans Justice & My Body

Trans Justice & My Body

Posted by Bernie at Aug 18, 2009 03:20 PM |

Oppression is embedded into our bodies, not just our minds or institutions. We live in an age where we’ve become increasingly reliant on blogs like this to drive social change. It’s spaces like CSTI, though, that give us our best opportunity to change the way bias writes itself into our neuro-pathways.

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Uniting Communities

Uniting Communities

Posted by Tiffany at Aug 05, 2009 02:35 PM |

CSTI participants practice organizing for LGBTQ equality in communities of color...

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Hard for a Trainer, Great For a Movement

Hard for a Trainer, Great For a Movement

Posted by Kathleen at Aug 05, 2009 01:20 PM |

CSTI workshops are difficult to prepare for and a bear to lead, since the participants can't be easily lumped together. But what's difficult for me as a trainer is great for building a movement.

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CSTI Idol?

CSTI Idol?

Posted by Nancy at Aug 02, 2009 04:20 PM |

Step aside Adam Lambert and Kris Allen... here comes CSTI's very own amazing array of talent.

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Real Districts Have Curves

Real Districts Have Curves

Posted by Dan at Aug 02, 2009 09:45 AM |

Sunday morning begins with the Brennan Center's Justin Leavitt laying out why it's so important to Stand Up and Be Counted.

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CSTI Collective Poem

CSTI Collective Poem

Posted by Kalpana at Aug 02, 2009 09:20 AM |

During the Saturday Night Dinner, CSTI participants shared some words about what CSTI taste, feels, sounds, and looks like. Those words were put together into a poem.

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Laying it on the line: Organizational Development in Tough Times

Laying it on the line: Organizational Development in Tough Times

Posted by Alysha at Aug 01, 2009 11:10 PM |

I don’t suppose you can’t get much more relevant than this topic. As I am sure I don’t need to bring to your attention, the economic downtown has many organizations struggling more than ever to make ends meet and to remain effective in their social justice organizing

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Census and Redistricting - VERY Important

Census and Redistricting - VERY Important

Posted by Cathy at Aug 01, 2009 05:30 PM |

I just attended an all-day workshop on these topics - reminded me how crucial it is that all of our communities be counted - and that our organizations MUST weigh in on redistricting process in our states.

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Global Impact of the Economic Collapse

Global Impact of the Economic Collapse

Posted by Cathy at Aug 01, 2009 10:10 AM |

Pancho Arguelles of Colectivo Flatlander talks about the everyday impact of the economic collapse.

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The Bait...And Switch

The Bait...And Switch

Posted by KimF at Aug 01, 2009 07:40 AM |

A generous welcome and an amazing, generous film.

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Building statewide power

Building statewide power

Posted by DanN at Jul 31, 2009 06:15 PM |
Filed under: Workshop

Joe Szakos and Cathy Woodson talk about building statewide power in Virginia.

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Networking is HOT!!

Networking is HOT!!

Posted by George at Jul 31, 2009 05:25 PM |

The value of networking

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The Politics of "Tolerance"

The Politics of "Tolerance"

Posted by Kalpana at Jul 31, 2009 03:20 PM |

Starting off CSTI with Prof. Dan HoSang

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Getting ready for CSTI...

Getting ready for CSTI...

Posted by George at Jul 27, 2009 02:05 PM |

Pre-CSTI thoughts from a Board Member

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Ready (or not) here comes the Census!

Ready (or not) here comes the Census!

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Jul 21, 2009 02:50 PM |

If our organizations aren’t thinking about how we make sure those we work with are counted in the upcoming census, it’s highly unlikely anyone else is thinking about them either and that means fewer federal dollars and less political representation.

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2008 Charitable Donation Dropped Almost 6%

2008 Charitable Donation Dropped Almost 6%

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Jun 12, 2009 05:35 PM |

The Giving USA 2009 will be out in July. This report estimates charitable giving in the U.S in 2008.

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Remembering Dr. George Tiller

Remembering Dr. George Tiller

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Jun 12, 2009 05:13 PM |

Kalpana Krishnamurthy, our Gender Justice Program Director, reflects on meeting Dr. Tiller and his contribution to reproductive rights.

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