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Ft. Lauderdale, FL

After meeting for several months, trust and solidarity grew among members. In one case, an elderly couple offered an in-law apartment in their house to a father and son who were in serious financial trouble.

Greenfield, MA

A group in Greenfield, MA that calls themselves “The Neighbors” has been meeting monthly for four years. They incorporate fun and food into their monthly meetings –and have a lengthy check-in at each meeting.

Featured Circle: Greenbelt, MD

Contact Lore Rosenthal to get involved with the Greenbelt Common Security Clubs (lore@simplicity-matters.org). The first Greenbelt Common Security Circle finished the curriculum over the summer of 2011 and has continued meeting for learning, mutual aid, and social action. A second Circle began in the fall of 2011. They ended with an extended “Gifts & Needs Exercise” […]

The 99% Spring Is Here!

Across the country Resilience Circles are hosting 99% Spring trainings to share stories about the economy, learn the history of nonviolent direct action, and connect with local campaigns to bring about change.

Columbus, OH

A church in Columbus Ohio brings people together every Sunday to help them get through crises of health care, job loss, housing and financial struggles that resulted from the economic crisis. Every couple of months they organize a community fair with extensive offers of help and expert advice on issues ranging from unemployment to health […]

Circles Overturning Citizens United

Jennifer Robinson describes herself as an introvert. “I’m not really the kind of person who likes doing presentations,” she says. But earlier this year Jennifer found herself in front of her city council, reading a letter supporting an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Small Group Organizing and Coalition Building

By Thomas Atwood, Resilience Circle Facilitator Our resilience circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City has supported the American Dream campaign since we first learned that the RC National Network was a sponsor in August of last year. We hosted house parties that joined with roughly 22,000 other Americans to develop the priorities that eventually became the Contract […]

“People Are Courageous and Want to Tell the Truth”

“People were courageous, very open…really telling the truth. People are hurting in many different ways. Resilience Circles is an idea whose time is now.” – Bay Area organizer Gary Horvitz

Community Values, Inner Work, and Resilience Circles

“As individuals and as a community, we are to pursue justice and work toward creating a communal life that embodies our highest values.”

Resilience Circles & Occupy Wall Street

Resilience Circle facilitators Aaron Castle and Candace Anderson produced this video at Occupy Palo Alto, asking people: “What does Occupy Wall Street mean to you?”