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May 2009 E-newsletter

In this issue: Community Organizing Has Always Looked Good; Western States Center's 2008 Highlights; and May Day 2009

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Dear Friend,

Step aside The New York Times! We’ve always known that community organizing looked good. Read all about the community organizers of our current leadership development and community organizing class. Also in this issue – we’re releasing our 2008 Annual Highlights and summing up May Day rallies around our region. 

Dan Petegorsky,
Executive Director

Community Organizing Has Always Looked Good 

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An article in the Fashion and Style section of The New York Times in April was titled “Community Organizing Never Looked So Good.”  Here at Western States Center, we disagree: in fact it’s looked good for a long time. Read more...

Western States Center's 2008 Highlights

Annual Highlights

In 2008 Western States Center turned 21 as the country turned not just a page but volumes of history by electing Barack Obama as President. His challenges are immense as the economy continues to cause hardship for millions. On the brighter side the Center had a very good year and we are proud to report our accomplishments. Download here (PDF).

May Day 2009: Gaining Traction for Real CAUSA Immigration Reform?May Day

May Day, the traditional workers’ holiday, has been celebrated with special fervor in the last few years by immigrant workers, who are using the holiday to publicly demand fair treatment. Since we saw millions take to the streets in 2006, the annual protests have continued to evolve. May Day 2009 had some telling clues about the status of comprehensive immigration reform.  Read more...

(Photos by CAUSA, Erik Sorenson, Communication Director)

Western States Center Needs You!

Building long-term strategies for progressive social change requires resources. Together, we know that we can make a difference. There are several ways you can help Western States Center. Find out today!

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