Stories

Democracy/Civic Engagement

  • Community Economic Development in South Carolina: Our History, Our Progress, Our Future

    In 1994, the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations was established by four local community development corporations to advance the interests of their industry. But the state’s community economic development industry truly got its start when residents rallied to help each other rebuild after devastation. The organization has since renamed itself South Carolina...

    Bernie Mazyck
  • Community Economic Development is Social Justice at Work

    All too often, economic development excludes community members from the decisions affecting where they live, strains local resources and siphons financial returns to outside developers with no accountability to the community. There is a better way, one that provides communities with the infrastructure and support they need to access capital, address their needs, grow thriving businesses, build...

  • Building, Sharing and Speaking Truth to Power

    With her retirement on the horizon, MRBF Deputy Director Gladys Washington delivered the keynote address to the Greater New Orleans Funders Network 's annual convening on October 22, 2019, which happened to be her birthday. Her remarks are as follows:

    Thank you for having me here today for this convening of visionaries working toward a better Louisiana. The unity among...

    Gladys Washington
  • Raising Voices and Building Power: Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

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    Immigrant communities across the South are living in fear. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pursuing aggressive detention and deportation tactics. The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is uncertain. Elected officials are openly espousing bigoted views and inciting fear of migrants and refugees.

    Fortunately, there are...

    Southeast Immigrant Rights Network
  • MRBF Joins Supreme Court Amicus Brief about Census

    A fair, thorough and accurate census count is vital to nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. The Constitution requires the federal government to count every member of the population every ten years to apportion critical resources, draw district lines and determine congressional seats. The...