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Lillie A. Estes

“What are the things that impact people and prevent them from moving forward?” That is the question that has always interested Lillie Estes in her work for social justice.

Not a Christian, or Patriot?

"The fact is that some groups of people have done terrible things to others in the name of their religion does not mean that these faiths are fundamentally bad, nor that all who profess that faith are to be blamed." This article by Randy Ruffin of Warrenton, Virginia, was written in response to the criticism aimed at President Obama's patriotism and faith and was picked up in The Culpeper Star Exponent

A place at the table

I was born in a thatched roof, bamboo hut in a small jungle village in northern Laos, where there was no electricity or running water. In 1978 my family was resettled in the United States as political refugees. Growing up as an immigrant child in America in a pre-dominantly white community in the mid-west, in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War, was hard.

Memory, legacy & social change

April 2015 marks 150 years since Emancipation and the end of the American Civil War, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights march and the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Despite great strides toward racial healing, the wounds of history and systemic racism and discrimination along ethnic or religious lines continue to hinder efforts to build healthy, inclusive communities in societies around the world.

Module 1

An overview  by Rob Corcoran
Initiatives of Change: building trust in the heart of community

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Change is good!

John Taylor was one of more than 150 people who applied for the job of Hope in the Cities program coordinator. He joined the team just two months ago and writes, "As family members shared the job description with me I sat in wonderment and awe as I first began learning about Initiatives of Change on their website."

2012-2013 IofC USA Financial Review

Document date: 
5 Sep 2014


Waking in Oak Creek

Initiatives of Change, in partnership with DC Interfaith Professionals, will host a community screening and conversation of Waking in Oak Creek, a film produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not in Our Town: Working Together for Safe Inclusive Communities Initiative.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Solving problems before they happen

Bill Hamilton, a native Texan with 40 years’ experience in executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Texas state government, has just joined the Initiatives of Change USA board. Bill is also actively involved in local, regional, and state government and civic initiatives in the Austin/Capital Area region and served as mayor of Rollingwood.

Someone is knocking at the door

Oscar Contreras was born in Guatemala and has been in the United States since 1995. Since 2007 he has been a program host at WBTK 1380AM, the Latino Family Christian Radio Station in Richmond, VA. He writes: "Tens of thousands of children are now banging on our door and it looks like they are looking for a refuge and protection. Something is going on and it is happening on our doorstep."