"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
In Pensacola, Florida a group of parents became outraged that a Christian right organizer was elected to their local school board and attempted to introduce creationism and bible study into their schools. Those outraged parents united to form the Citizens for Community Values (CCV).
Shortly after a cross burning by Klan members in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, citizens formed an action team to respond to bias-violence that swept through their community. The action team is one program of the Project Harmony group, a group whose message is that Baton Rouge is a loving and caring community that will not tolerate hatred and terrorism.
Groups such as Project Harmony and Citizens for Community Values exist throughout the South. These groups represent hard-working, loving people who care about their community and who are willing to take a stand against intolerance and hatred. Volunteering time, energy and dollars, activists throughout the South work diligently to protect democracy, to mobilize grassroots support for progressive policy, and to fight against bigotry and violence.
The following are examples of successful community-based groups in the South:
Baton Rouge, LA
The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond:
New Orleans, LA
Metropolitan Area Committee:
New Orleans, LA
Citizens for Community Values:
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