Deepak Bhargava–Videos

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Deepak Bhargava: Obama’s Poverty Agenda


 Advancing Change in the Age of Obama, Part I – Liberty Hill


Advancing Change in the Age of Obama, Part II – Liberty Hill


 Deepak Bhargava CCC Center For Community Change




 Background Articles and Videos

 Center for Community Change

“…Center for Community Change Non-profit organization that recruits and trains activists to spearhead leftwing political issue campaigns Favors expanded rights for illegal aliens in the U.S. Founded in 1968, the Center for Community Change (CCC) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains activists to spearhead leftist “political issue campaigns” and promotes increased funding for social welfare programs by bringing “attention to major national issues related to poverty.” CCC bases its training programs on the techniques taught by the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky. Following Alinsky’s blueprint for establishing “grassroots” organizations to agitate for social change, CCC states that it has “nurtured thousands of local groups and leaders” across the United States. Notable CCC Board members include: Heather Booth, who is closely allied with the radical organization ACORN and is the co-founder and President of the Midwest Academy Paul Booth (Heather Booth’s husband), a founder and former National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, and the onetime President of the Chicago-based Citizen Action, a group formed in 1969 by trainees from Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation Peter Edelman, Board President of New Israel Fund, Board Member of the Public Welfare Foundation, and husband of Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman Sara Gould, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women Former Rep. Ron Dellums (D-California), the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee 1993-97. (A letter written by a Dellums staffer to Grenada’s Marxist dictator discovered by U.S. troops as they liberated the island stated besides that toppled Marxist, “The only other person that I know of that [Dellums] expresses such admiration for is Fidel [Castro].”) Cecelia Munoz, Vice President of the National Council of La Raza Sandra L. Ferniza, Arizona State University’s Director of the Office of Public Affairs The Executive Director of CCC is Deepak Bhargava, who previously worked in various capacities at ACORN. The Center’s campaign organizer is Drew Astolfi, who also serves as the Director of Faith Action for Community Equity, a faith-based multicultural organization that seeks to “challenge” the “systems” — most notably free-market capitalism – “that perpetuate poverty and injustice.” CCC identifies the following as some of its major concerns: Immigration: CCC endorses the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, which advocates amnesty for, unionization of, and increased voter participation by illegal immigrants “as a way to create political power.” Generation Change: This is CCC’s “new effort to recruit, train and support tomorrow’s grassroots organizers and leaders.” Native American Project: This is “the heart of [CCC’s] efforts to build grassroots leadership, organizational capacity, and a more unified voice among Native Americans for social and economic justice.” Assistance for the Neediest: “In the mid-1990s, policymakers in Washington set out to reform the nation’s welfare program. … Today, more people are poor, and those who are poor have slipped deeper into poverty.” The Center for Community Change is a member of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, which is led by Leslie Cagan, a longtime committed socialist who aligns her politics with those of Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba. The Center is financially supported by such foundations as the Ahmanson Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Woods Fund of Chicago. ”

 Center for Community Change

“…The Center for Community Change (CCC) is one of the larger community building organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1968 in response to civil rights concerns of the 1960s. Its purpose, according to its Web site, has been “to help establish and develop community organizations across the country, ‘bring attention to major national issues related to poverty,’ and ‘help insure that government programs are responsive to community needs.'” The Center typically works in urban areas, especially communities of color, and attempts to form autonomous citizen-based groups to work on local issues of concern. It has, for example, had projects in New Orleans, Columbus, Ohio, and Kentucky. The organization’s “Leadership Directory” has information on opportunities, such as internships and training programs, in several areas of making community and national change, such as community organizing, service learning, union organizing, non-partisan electoral engagement, and youth/student organizing. The opportunities include those for youth as well as experienced professionals. …” “…Fair Immigration Reform Movement CCC launched the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) as its immigrant rights project in 2000. FIRM has acted as an advocacy umbrella for many organizations, helped build coalitions, and provided technical assistance. In January 2007, FIRM collected signatures from 250 organizations nationwide supporting comprehensive immigration reform, addressed to majority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. …”

 Center for Community Change


Deepak Bhargava

“…Deepak Bhargava is Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that affect their lives. During his tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Bhargava has sharpened the Center’s focus on grassroots community organizing as the central strategy for social justice and on public policy change as the key lever to improve poor people’s lives. He conceived and led the Center’s work on immigration reform, which has resulted in the creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a leading grassroots network pressing for changes in the country’s immigration laws. He has spearheaded the creation of innovative new projects like Generation Change, a program that recruits, trains and places the next generation of community organizers, and the Community Voting Project, which brings large numbers of low-income voters into the electoral process. Mr. Bhargava has also overseen a dramatic internal transformation of the organization over the past years, resulting in a younger, more diverse board and staff, a new physical home at 1536 U Street, and greater focus of the organization’s work on strengthening and aligning community organizations towards policy change. Mr. Bhargava has provided intellectual leadership on a variety of issues including the future of the progressive movement in the United States, poverty, racial justice, immigration reform, community organizing, and economic justice. He has written on these issues for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect. His groundbreaking article co-authored with Jean Hardisty, “Wrong About the Right,” influenced how many progressives think about the strategies necessary to achieve lasting social change. Mr. Bhargava has testified before Congress on over 20 occasions. …”


Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 “…The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR), also known as CCIR/NAOC or New American Opportunity Campaign is a non-profit immigrant rights advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, established in 2003 to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was instrumental in the 2004 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, modeled after the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement and acts as an umbrella organization for a number of national and local immigrant rights organizations for advocacy and coalition building. The New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC) was a campaign launched by CCIR in 2004. Soon, the campaign became the core project of the coalition and NAOC became a better known name than CCIR. CCIR consolidated its identity into the single “Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” name in 2007. …”


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