June 26, 2015

With Our Hearts

Mother Emanuel AME Church
Charleston, South Carolina 
We speak their names:

     Rev. Clementa Pinckney
     Cynthia Hurd
     Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
     Tywanza Sanders
     Ethel Lance
     Susie Jackson
     DePayne Middleton Doctor
     Rev. Daniel Simmons
     Myra Thompson

Our hearts remain with their loved ones, Mother Emanuel AME Church, the Charleston community and our nation.   

Love that bears all things finds strength in unity, hope, faith and community.

"Our beating heart.  The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate...there’s no better example of this tradition than Mother Emanuel -- a church built by blacks seeking liberty, burned to the ground because its founder sought to end slavery, only to rise up again, a Phoenix from these ashes."  
                                                                                   —President Barack Obama
Watch and listen: 


Take time in silence, reflect and then connect with others.  In the days ahead create a commitment for progress in love not hate.  We can do more to realize a society where all are safe from harm.

update:  June 30, 2015

June 10, 2015

What Works

What is community development?  Community Development is a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with its active participation and fullest possible reliance upon the community's initiative. In a mix of persistent challenges with affordable housing, income stability, educational opportunity as well as health there has been an undeniable fight to improve conditions. This is a great for refllection on #What Works.  

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Investing in What Works for America's Communities is a collection of essays on people, place and purspose by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Franciso and the Low Income Investement Fund to share experiences from the field and leadership in the landscape of community development.   Read more here