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Stories - Poverty

Many are unaware that racism rooted in structural inequities has a significant impact on our food system.  From food production, to processing to consumption – systemic inequities show up in this...
What better way to spend the day, Saturday, December 2nd  than with a broad diversity of people from across Connecticut who want to make our towns, cities and state even greater places to live – who...
What better way to spend the day, Saturday, December 2nd  than with a broad diversity of people from across Connecticut who want to make our towns, cities and state even greater places to live – who...
While our nation’s civic fabric has frayed, the backbone of our country—its people—has demonstrated a resilience in community that has inspired powerful change. On October 19-20, civic engagement...
Everyone wants to live in a place where they have the chance to thrive. Read about three communities that are working to address poverty and build a thriving community.
Everyone wants to live in a place where they have the chance to thrive. Check out some key stories of change from communities addressing poverty and building prosperity, as well as some resources...
Erie, Pa., has been hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs, leaving 17% of individuals and 11% of families living in poverty. The dialogue-to-change process has made space for residents to voice...
There are big changes happening in the rural town of Hoffman, Minn. Just five years ago, Main Street storefronts stood empty and the population was in a steady decline. Now, local residents are...
Over one-fifth of residents in Neshoba County, Miss., live in poverty, and they are working together to turn those numbers around.  Residents were inspired to take action after over 100 people...
Two communities have organized residents to come together in dialogue and have found creative ways to encourage healthy lifestyles and bring jobs to their towns.
After moving back to her once thriving community, Muriel Krusemark was devastated by the lack of community involvement. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Muriel has helped turn her town's...
In its first year, Turning the Tide on Poverty launched 30 "study circles" with more than 250 participants taking part across five southern states.
As part of “Turning the Tide,” an anti-poverty dialogue-to-action initiative, residents in Neshoba County, Miss., are working on a number of action ideas, including starting community gardens and...
Inspired by her leadership training in the Horizons anti-poverty program in Stanford, Mont., Sandee Hungate is pursuing a new business venture: opening a local clothing store.
Vince Two Eagles tells his story of how he got involved in the Wagner (S.D.) Horizons Racism Study Circles and shares his insights on how to direct change to benefit everyone in a community.
Horizons, an anti-poverty program that includes dialogues, has provided the structure and tools to make hope a reality for 40 communities in Washington state. “The entire Horizons Program has created...
Following the motto "Grow, change or die," residents of Tyndall, S.D., who took part in study circles as part of the Horizons initiative are now working on several projects to address poverty and...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.