Stories

Democracy/Civic Engagement

  • Celebrating a Year of Successes

    As we begin a New Year, we’d like to toast all of our grantee partners across the South for a very successful 2015. Here are a few of the year’s achievements:

    Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice’s policy expertise and research helped boost awareness of predatory lending practices to the national level. The White House asked Legal Director Shay Farley to convene a roundtable of...
  • Ivan Parra: Early Orientation

    An experienced community organizer and trainer, Ivan Kohar Parra cofounded three organizations that engage hundreds of grassroots leaders in social change. He is cofounder of the Latino Credit Union, a member-owned non-profit financial institution offering a full package of ethical, bilingual financial services, affordable credit options and financial education to thousands of immigrants....

  • Hollis Watkins: Music as an Organizing Tool

    A veteran of the civil rights movement, Hollis Watkins founded Southern Echo, a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective, accountable grassroots leadership in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region.

    Watkins and Southern Echo have been instrumental in challenging redistricting in Mississippi, protecting communities from landfills and...

  • Mayra Rangel: Challenges of Being a Leader

    At age 16, Mayra Rangel walked through the desert for six days to escape poverty and find a job to support her family back in Mexico. Her activism began in 2011 when the Alabama legislature passed HB56, the nation’s strictest immigration law. She helped the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice defeat many parts of the bill. Since then, she has continued to volunteer, organize, register...