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  • Work with your local government for positive community changes

    Bureaucracy exists everywhere, but most famously in government, which makes some people shy away from working for change in that setting. But we say: take heart! Read on and learn how to work with local government to bring positive transformation to your community.

    Setting: Citywide

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    Organization/people involved

    VOCAL-NY
    Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

    What they did

    VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization advocating for social justice for all New Yorkers, has worked on a range of issues—from affordable housing for people living with HIV and AIDS to improving drug policy. No matter what issue they’re tackling, they rely on a toolbox of tried-and-tested methods that involve as many people as possible to achieve meaningful goals.

    How you can do it

    Alyssa Aguilera, VOCAL-NY’s political director, highlighted for us the best ways to carry out a successful campaign:

    Photo credit: VOCAL-NY (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders)

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