These are the stories of visionaries at the Center for Transformative Action who believe the world is abundant with solutions to the world’s most difficult issues.
Bringing city folks to their fresh water source
The crew at Discover Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY is bringing as many people as possible onto the water to become invested in it to make knowledgeable decisions about this resource we’re all dependent on.
Discover Cayuga Lake successfully graduated from CTA's fiscal sponsorship and became it's own 501(c)3!
How this political cartoonist found asylum from an authoritarian regime
One small non-profit in rural upstate New York is pursuing justice on a global scale by providing sanctuary to persecuted writers and artists.
Meet a political cartoonist from Nicaragua who, with the support of Ithaca City of Asylum, could continue to report on the atrocities of the authoritarian regime of his home country even while he’s exiled in the US.
Providing psychological, legal support to queer detainees
Much of the social justice work around immigrants detained at the border focuses on reunifying families.
On this episode, check out one organization trying to protect and empower one group they say gets lost in the immigration debate: detainees who are LGBTQ and HIV positive.
Meet the Queer Detainees Empowerment Project.
Growing justice from the ground up
Meet a group that successfully graduated from the support of CTA's fiscal sponsorship and became it's own 501(c)3!
We're heading to the Youth Farm! The folks here empower teens from different social and economic backgrounds to see how they're essential to building equitable food systems.
"They're the most important voices we have," says Katie Church, director. "We provide guidance, but we want to give them a space to critically think and explore things. We set the table."
Building community and the arts with adults with memory loss
Dealing with memory loss can be difficult for people experiencing it and their caregivers. Old memories, activities, and communication styles don't make sense in the same way. The arts act as a gateway into accessing those old memories and creating new ones. So, Memory Maker Project facilitates those cultural opportunities and helps families find the language to have conversations with their loved ones dealing with memory loss.
Ending gender-based violence, uniting women, confronting leaders
Domestic violence is devastatingly pervasive. In Indo-Caribbean communities, the cause of it has direct ties to a history of colonization.
So, the women of Jahajee Sisters are changing a culture of domestic violence by empowering themselves to become leaders in their temples and communities.
Eloquent description and examples of transformative action
Anke Wessels provides a great introduction to the tenets of transformative action in this podcast. The interview format works very well, too. I highly recommend it if you'd like to think in new ways about social challenges.