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To all the volunteers that told me to keep going for my education. Thank you for the limitless time and dedication you gave me when I needed it most.




Grassroots Civil Rights Movement

The best practices of a grassroots civil rights movement are community-building, communication, involvement, and raising awareness. Fundraising activities are necessary to build a strong grassroots civil rights movement. Stakeholder engagement is an important part of running a civil rights movement and can help make programs and activities that people can join to inspire change. Collaboration with the private sector (Centre for Public Impact, 2018) helps provide resources and capacities that can expand civil rights movements. Political commitment is required to support specific issues that can be agreed upon by both the Democrats and Republicans. Public services might include food stamps/EBT, child support, unemployment, transportation, free/reduced lunch for dependent children, free pre-K –12 public education, etcetera (Centre for Public Impact, 2018). Public confidence comes from good ratings, meeting fundraising quotas, and making lasting impacts in community programs. These values can be contributed to the case studies on “the US state of Georgia’s pre-kindergarten programme” because it talks about the methods of public change. This case study is like my professional life grassroots organization of the poor people’s campaign.


Poor People’s Campaign

In my professional life, I have joined the Florida poor people’s campaign which is a nonpartisan organization that advocates uplifting poor people from the issues they face every day. The major challenges of the grassroots Florida poor people’s campaign are distance, time-scheduled meetings, state-wide fundraising, and visibility. Many of the people that are in the Florida poor people’s campaign are from around the state in different cities. The distance between local groups can cause a problem when fundraising for certain programs and social events. However, the national poor people’s campaign helps bring people to the “March on Washington D.C.” every summer from different US states. I was fortunate to be granted a free trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the positive social change we need in Florida.


Getting volunteers involved in the process of civil rights change is important because we need to give people a voice. However, a challenge is a distance between volunteers. At this moment the Florida poor people’s campaign relies on professionals in their fields to advocate at their workplaces, churches, schools, and community about the issues poor people in America face. We inspire change and give members a chance to talk about the issues that are significant to Florida. For instance, we talked about the challenge of raising minimum wage standards to $15 dollars an hour. Currently, the Florida state government raised the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour for state employees that are working OPS positions. This was an amazing change that helped raise the wages of state workers.



Timing is everything. Many grassroots organizations that are nonpartisan or partisan must work around the busy schedules of their members. The organizations that I am involved in are usually scheduled during the afternoons to help accommodate individuals that work a full-time schedule. The challenge of positive social change in the poor people’s campaign is waiting patiently for legislation to pass that change situations for poor people. Nationally shared recognition that government policy has created new pathways for change (Rothstein, 2017) is a challenge of the poor people’s campaign. This type of challenge takes time and patience to create policies that can be implemented in government departments that will help.


Fundraising. The poor people’s campaign of Florida does not raise money for specific in-person programs because our branches are spaced out across the state. The primary funds for the Florida poor people’s campaign come from the national organization and donations. This is a challenge to spread the word about the political legislation that we need to change for the poor people of Florida. The best practice for this is to gain funds through the political commitments of professionals in the public and private sectors. Implementation of a modern and efficient system must recognize the agencies and congressional personnel that make necessary investments into campaign policy issues (Centre for Public Impact, 2017).



Visibility. Showing recognition to these congressional members and professionals that make policy changes to help the poor resolve their disputes can help uplift the lower class and expand the middle class. The best practices for positive social change are to raise the lower class and expand the middle class, which will help the local and state economy. Creating policies that make new jobs for the poor and helping people gain access to affordable living standards. The poor people’s campaign needs to become more visible in the state of Florida. Most of the visibility comes from the national organization that holds virtual broadcast sessions on the issues of the poor. Visibility helps establish the level of public confidence in such a project (Centre for Public Impact, 2017).


Conclusion. The best practices in public policy and administration are creating stakeholder engagement, political commitment, and public confidence. These practices can be established through methods of dividing time for policy creation, fundraising, and visibility of public policies. The poor people’s campaign is a grassroots nonpartisan campaign that works to help the poor people of the nation and create new pathways to alleviate poverty. The local and state government has a direct correlation to helping people that are experiencing poverty. For example, individuals that are working to make their disputed payment plans, food stamps, free public education, transportation, unemployment, reduced insurance, and more. Creating clear objectives to establish new public policies can help make attainable steps toward grassroots organizational goals.

References


Centre for Public Impact. (2018, September 10). Pre-K: The US state of Georgia’s

pre-kindergarten programme. https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/pre-k- us-state-georgias-pre-kindergarten-programme/


Centre for Public Impact. (2017, June 20). The FBI virtual case file system.

https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/fbi-virtual-case-file-system/

Jarpe-Ratner, E. (2020). How can we make LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education programmes truly inclusive? A case study of Chicago Public Schools’ policy and curriculum.

Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 20(3), 283-299

https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2019.1650335


Rothstein, Richard. (2017). The color of law: A forgotten history of how our government

segregated America. Liverright Publishing Corporation.

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Positive social change is creating new policies and methods to give the public the resources they need to become successful in their community. My vision for positive social change comes from creating new initiatives that can help individuals realize their potential and goals for their future. Community organizations build the foundations for young people to become comfortable in their own identity and can build a personal character that can be illuminated through small acts of kindness. Social justice reform is my field of expertise which comes from my strong background in justice ministry organizations, political groups, and civil rights movements. Positive social change is a movement that must be accepted by the general public and reflect positive outcomes through policy implementation. My academic goals are to gain a better understanding of how public policies are implemented and the statistical analysis research that helps improve the lives of our citizens. Walden University's mission and vision can help me achieve my goals through active participation in my field of interest. I can grow as an academic scholar professional to determine my own ideas on public policy and create new analyses of current situations.

In my profession, positive social change can be seen in the courtroom when individuals meet to settle a family law case. The legal environment brings legitimacy to the process of building a contractual agreement (Centre for Public Impact, 2017, September 29). The parties agree to make a commitment that will determine the attitude, behaviors, and obligations of each person directly involved in the case. The case manager can organize specific instances where confidentiality and protecting individuals from abuse of their personal data will help alleviate negative changes in a case (Centre for Public Impact, 2017, June 20). Case information is sensitive and must be kept in confidence that all parties will protect personal information. The impact of positive social change can help civil rights initiatives that change our daily lives, from living wages, food security, water, education, and personal identity (Jarpe-Ratner, E., 2020). Walden University's mission is to help students achieve their personalized goals. I can gain the knowledge I need to become a great civil rights leader.

From a holistic point of view, civil rights movements can help promote positive social change in different departments of the government, from the federal, state, and local levels. The goal of the federal government is to make policies that must have specific guidelines to promote their agenda on self-identity, food security, public safety, and other public policy issues. However, the new deals within the federal government must include all citizens and allow different people to qualify for these government programs at the state and local government levels (Sullings, G., 2019, September 2). Civil rights movements create an ideology based on the inclusion and welcoming of citizens to new government lead programs to help them achieve their American aspirations. My vision for positive social change is when our communities come together to make a better standard of living for all people. True inclusion to public programs, uplifting the economic status of low- and middle-income households, and creating new career pathways to help citizens reach their individualized dreams. My academic residencies help me listen to my peers on what they are currently researching. Online residencies give me the opportunity to reach out to different peers that cannot make it to in-person residencies. Peers from online residencies are from around the world and can give a different perspective on public policies that directly affect their geographical location. In-person residencies are great networking opportunities that give me a personalized experience of how we conduct our professional debates and conversations. Residencies are great to build experience with other professionals that know their specific field and determining how your own experiences can relate to their career. Overall, residencies are helpful, intelligence-building, and cultivate your personality. I can achieve my goals for positive social change.

References:

Centre for Public Impact. (2017, September 29). General data protection regulation in the EU.

https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/general-data-protection-regulation-eu/


Centre for Public Impact. (2017, June 20). The FBI virtual case file system.

https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/fbi-virtual-case-file-system/


Jarpe-Ratner, E. (2020) How can we make LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education programmes truly inclusive? A case study of Chicago Public Schools’ policy and curriculum. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 20(3), 283- 299 https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2019.1650335


Sullings, G. (2019, September 2). The US’ GI Bill: The “New deal for veterans.” Centre for Public Impact.

https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/us-gi-bill-new-deal-veterans/

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