“Cuba, a communist time capsule, drew me in immediately,” explains Pulitzer Center grantee Yana Paskova, who grew up in communist Bulgaria until age 12 when her family emigrated to the U.S. “I observed life (in Cuba) as a native of the Soviet bloc, noticing the nuanced decorum of communism, the censure and control that are often masqueraded as people’s choice.”

In a revealing photo gallery for National Geographic, Yana takes fraying and faded family photos from pre-1989 Bulgaria and overlays them with images of present-day Cuba, one forlorn communist era juxtaposed on top of another.

“Creating layers in photography is something that has attracted me throughout my career,” says Yana. “They have an ability to intensify both style and meaning, whether through luck and journalistic reflex in a single image or through combining multiple frames.“


For thousands of years, Alaska’s archaeological heritage was safely secured in cold storage, so to speak. Tools, ancient wood structures, even burial grounds have been preserved by the permafrost. But as the planet warms, that heritage is threatened. In a fascinating piece for Smithsonian and Hakai, Pulitzer Center grantee Eli Kintisch reports from Walakpa Bay about efforts to rescue this trove before it all washes away.

Eli profiles archaeologist Anne Jensen, who, for three decades, has tried to find and tell the stories locked in frozen dirt on Alaska’s North Slope, the home of the Iñupiat, as they are known today. “But as much as Jensen wishes she could do just that, her most important work on this thawing, eroding land is simply trying to protect what’s left of Walakpa, and other vanishing sites, from a warming climate,” writes Eli.

“The Arctic coastline is on the front lines of climate change. As the length of time ice stays fastened to it has plummeted, the shoreline here has eroded faster than almost anywhere else in the world,” he says. The remains of Iñupiat civilization are being swept out to sea, and Jensen tells Eli, “It’s like a library’s on fire.”

If you are teacher, and you would like to use Eli’s reporting in your classroom, click on our Lesson Builder for a lesson plan designed by our education staff. Or you can use the Lesson Builder to design your own, drawing from our growing archive of reporting on climate science and many other topics. It’s easy to use—and it’s free.    


A remarkable 5 percent of Sri Lanka’s population has signed up to donate their eyes after death. As Pulitzer Center grantee Ross Velton explains in this video and story for the BBC Magazine, this makes the island nation one of the world’s leading suppliers of donated corneas, the transparent front layer of the eye.

“There are enough eyes for Sri Lankan patients, with plenty left over to be sent abroad,” says Ross.

Buddhist monks have played a key role in encouraging donations and teaching people to see them as an act of giving, or "dana”, that will help them to be reincarnated into a better life. As one university student tells Ross as she fills out a donor form at Sri Lanka’s National Eye Bank, “If I donate my eyes in this life, I’ll have better vision in my next life.”


At a gathering of some 4,000 health professionals and academic researchers for the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia last week, four Pulitzer Center grantees—Ameto Akpe, Ana Santos, Laura Bassett and Jennifer Gonzalez—spoke about the importance of thoughtful stories with broad audience appeal and strategic reach. The panel was moderated by grantee Jina Moore.

For our grantees, the conference was also an opportunity to learn from experts and share their findings. Laura produced a timely piece for Huffington Post on how the alarming spread of the Zika virus is likely to result in many unsafe abortions and another on how drone technology might be used to deliver contraceptives to women in rural Africa. Ameto, meanwhile, surveyed the maternal health landscape in Nigeria for Frontiers News.


Students from the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School, one of our D.C. education partners, have been working on a photography project inspired by double exposure portraits by Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman and her photo collaboration The Empathy Gap Project.

We’ll exhibit the students’ photography here at the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm. Several students will also speak about their work. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP here.

Until next week,

Tom Hundley
Senior Editor

How to engage people living on the edge in social change

The Center for Community Change released new research about how to communicate with and engage individuals living on the edge. also did a Q&A with CCC Executive Director Deepak Bhargava.

Here are some highlights:

“First, Americans who are struggling do not see themselves in abstract language like “the poor” or ‘poverty.’”

“The entry point is connecting with common lived experiences such as not being paid enough to cover the bills, making difficult tradeoffs between basic necessities, inadequate or irregular work hours or not being able to save for retirement or college. Then you have to quickly connect it to shared values. In our research, the most powerful value was family — not only do people identify family as a primary identity but it is the fear or reality of not being able to provide enough for family members that motivates people to get into the debate or take action.”

Then there’s this page which you better believe I’ve printed and hung up on my wall:

Associated Press: President Obama Mulls Massive Move On Immigration.

Associated Press: President Obama Mulls Massive Move On Immigration.



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Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United Stateswithout threat of deportation,…

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Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives.

The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. We believe that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed “on your own” mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values.

Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. Together, our expert staff and dynamic partners confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow.

What We Believe

Only by challenging the “on your own” mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values can we achieve social and economic justice.

  • We believe that everyone should have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives and be fully engaged in our democracy.
  • We believe in an America that honors the diversity of our racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as our experiences, talents and dreams.
  • We believe that only together – by sharing our hopes, connecting with each other, and taking action together – can we change our communities and nation for the better.

What We Do

Amplify Community Voices: We ensure that grassroots voices are heard in Washington and shape the national conversation about building a better America.

  • Strong community-based organizations and their brilliant leaders are our source of great ideas and real power. We strengthen the local power of these groups and elevate their voices from the grassroots to the national level.
  • We deliver the grassroots message with authentic voices. We leverage our relationships with grassroots community leaders, ethnic and mainstream media, and national opinion makers to advocate for low-income people.

Combine Grassroots Power to Win: We unite grassroots groups and leaders across race and ethnicity, issues and geography to solve some of the most pressing problems facing low-income people today.

  • We bring together grassroots leaders to learn from one another and our expert staff, and to join forces on common causes.
  • We are a catalyst for action. Leveraging one of the broadest and most diverse networks of community based organizations, we’ve built a 40 year history of winning real improvements to the lives of low-income families.

Build the Social Movements of Tomorrow: We find and nurture the brilliant leaders and great ideas of tomorrow.

  • We nurture the next generation of leaders. We discover opportunity and potential where others don’t. Thousands of organizers and community leaders touch the Center for Community Change each year – we are dedicated to finding the stars of tomorrow and preparing them to lead.
  • We incubate the ideas that will shape a better tomorrow. We bring together the most creative thinkers from the grassroots to the ivory tower to develop innovative solutions and a vision for an America where we’re all in it together.

anonymous asked:

(different anon, I was the one who followed you and sent asks on rogueleader) Honestly I've been noticing that drawing blogs get more interactions and replies than text blogs. You know, when they go "OMG this is so good, reply later" in the tags. I'm a very chill mod and I love this community but it really pisses me off.

I think it pisses everyone off except those that get to interact with said drawn-art blogs.

They don’t think saying “This blog is so CUTE SIGNAL BOOST FOLLOW THEM ART IS SO GOOD” shows favoritism? Gee, that’ll help reap in new members, now they’re gonna compare their blog to those CUTE-SIGNAL-BOOST-worthy blogs. I think it shows their priorities enough, too.

Unless you happen to be signal boosted by someone well-known and popular, you’re invisible. And to be signal boosted, you guessed it, gotta have the cutes, the good art, or the connection with Popular Artist A or B. 

I’m normally chill, I usually don’t care unless there’s really something malicious going on. But trying to convince me text and RP blogs do well, without even interacting with me once after my brief return? I call BS. 

This is a community that expects someone else to interact with the non-cute blogs, wants to show that they want to be inclusive, but don’t do jack. 

I loved the community, once, until I realized friendship there was built on art.

That’s why I want nothing to do with them now.

City of Miami Beach Proclaims January 27, 2016 Miami Beach Community Health Center Day


Representatives of Board of Directors and administration of Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) were on hand at the City’s January 27, 2016 Presentation and Awards Commission meeting to receive an official proclamation from Mayor Philip Levine declaring “Miami Beach Community Health Center Day.” The proclamation acknowledged MBCHC’s history in the community, assistance to residents with enrolling in affordable health coverage, and high level of clinical care the Center provides. “As the Miami Beach Community Health Center, it is indeed an honor to be publicly recognized by the City of Miami Beach for our work,” said Trudy Edwards, Director of Grant and Project Development.

Originally founded in 1977 as the Stanley C. Myers Community Health Center, the Center changed its name to Miami Beach Community Health Center in 2001. In August 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized MBCHC as a high value federally qualified community health center resulting in MBCHC receiving the highest award in the state of Florida out of 44 FQHCs and the seventh highest award in the nation out of more than 1,153 FQHCs for “achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement.“ Miami Beach Community Health Center is a member of the City’s Health Advisory Committee.

About Miami Beach Community Health Center: Since 1977, MBCHC has been dedicated to helping the uninsured and underinsured in South Florida obtain affordable, quality medical care. MBCHC is the only full-service ambulatory care health center in Miami Beach offering patients a sliding fee schedule. MBCHC is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a Primary Care Medical Home by the Joint Commission. Visit for more information.

About the City of Miami Beach: Miami Beach blends the pleasures of a tropical island life with that of a sophisticated metropolis. The 7.2 square mile island city is the pulse of South Florida. From walkable neighborhoods, white sandy beaches, clear aquamarine waters, and an extensive park system to its rich Art Deco and MiMo architectural history and diverse entertainment and cultural offerings, Miami Beach is where everyone wants to come to live, work and play. Visit for more information.

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