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.
Learning from our forebears to protect human rights
The legacy of civil rights activist, Dorothy Cotton and the Citizen Education Project.
We’ll hear from Laura Braca who helped start the Dorothy Cotton Institute to take Cotton’s method for fostering civil rights to inspire and support people who want to protect global human rights.
Letters, Poetry and a Jail Cell
How a sort of pen pal program connects thousands of people who are incarcerated through books, poetry, art, and journaling, and transforms the people who receive the letters as well as those who write them.
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."
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.