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A Toolbox for the Work of “Remaking America”

I was among the almost two million who withstood the cold January 20th to watch President Obama take the oath, and one of the quieting throngs of euphoric, dancing masses, as the Washington Post later characterized it, whose mood “changed palpably” when President Obama began to speak. According to the Post, it was as if people realized “it’s time to get serious” – as if we all turned to each other and said, “There’s a lot of work to do; let’s get to work.” Returning home I found a Happy New Year greeting from Effective Communities in my e-mail inbox. Effective Communities is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that, with Ford funding, has been documenting the disparities that impede our progress toward greater racial equity and social justice, and promoting thoughtful dialogue on how we can address them. Clicking on the Just Philanthropy link, I realized I was opening a toolbox – and that all over the country such resources exist. Not only are “we are the change we have been waiting for,” as Obama said repeatedly during the campaign, we have what we need to accomplish that change. Take a look at this “toolbox”!

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