A short and touching documentary about one the services we provide at the Center: the food delivery program. It was produced by Sam Pullen and our friend and professional documentary film-maker, Aaron Nee.



Get Empathy: Bringing A Community to High School Students


January 22nd, 2018

I first got involved in social justice work at the age of 14, the summer after my freshman year of high school. I was totally politicized by a youth-led service learning trip to New Orleans that I went on with … Continue reading



Resistance Guide: A Gift and a Struggle


January 22nd, 2018

Last year, during my senior year of college at Occidental, I was tasked with writing a senior thesis— a capstone research project that served as a graduation requirement for the Urban and Environment Policy program. I wanted this project to … Continue reading



House Journal 2017


January 22nd, 2018

It is amazing that the Trump election and inauguration was over a year ago. The Center for the Working poor (aka the Center), has been dramatically affected by these cycles of Trump and the protest movement. In the weeks after … Continue reading



Building a Community of Vulnerability and Common Struggle


January 22nd, 2018

We’re doing a three hour workshop called Get Empathy with students at New Roads, a high school in Santa Monica. It’s program is designed to create a space where people can learn how to tell their stories and listen to … Continue reading



CENTER UPDATE 2017


January 18th, 2018

The election of Trump was like somebody threw a political bomb into the middle of a crowded room. For undocumented people, it meant fear of losing DACA and being deported. For labor unions and the working poor, it meant losing … Continue reading



CENTER UPDATE 2016: STILL OTHER SEEDS FELL ON GOOD SOIL


January 9th, 2017

Many have asked how I am feeling after Trump was elected to President of the US. The largest natural disaster in my lifetime just hit my community. It reminds me of both the day after my father died in my … Continue reading



The Center has had some Organizational Babies: Welcome the Momentum Community


January 9th, 2017

The Center for the Working Poor has been a leader in developing “non violent action”, or some people say “big ass protest” and a weird specialty in helping groups over the years that want to go on hunger strike for … Continue reading



House Journal 2016


January 9th, 2017

The House has been more active than usual—its seems like a renaissance of activity at the Center for the Working Poor that includes more centering prayer activities, collective social outings, and board games. Over the last year, we have had … Continue reading



HOUSE JOURNAL 2015: CENTER FOR THE WORKING POOR


December 26th, 2015

The Center for the Working Poor in the last year has had a lot of coming and going. After forming 99Rise in our living room just after the Occupy movement in 2012, we have held weekly meetings at the Center. … Continue reading



Paul and Mark Engler’s New Book: This is an Uprising


December 26th, 2015

This is an Uprising

This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the 21st Century By Paul Engler Praise for the Book: “Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable. A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.” –Naomi Klein “This is a landmark book. [It] puts a name … Continue reading







House Journal 2017

January 22nd, 2018

It is amazing that the Trump election and inauguration was over a year ago. The Center for the Working poor (aka the Center), has been dramatically affected by these cycles of Trump and the protest movement. In the weeks after … Continue reading

CENTER UPDATE 2016: STILL OTHER SEEDS FELL ON GOOD SOIL

January 9th, 2017

Many have asked how I am feeling after Trump was elected to President of the US. The largest natural disaster in my lifetime just hit my community. It reminds me of both the day after my father died in my … Continue reading

Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next

August 5th, 2013

You may find the original article in Yes! Magazine or read the full text below. It was also published on Truthout.org. Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next Monday, 24 … Continue reading

Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?

August 5th, 2013

I wrote this article with my brother Mark Engler about strategy in the movement to combat climate change. It was published in Dissent magazine and Truthout.org. You can read the complete article below or read it on Truthout.org: Climate of … Continue reading

Keeping the flame alive: an appeal for our movement and community

December 18th, 2012

Dear Friends, In our journey to build a more just, a more democratic, and a more sustainable world, there are many challenges: cynicism, fear, despairs. But this holiday season, we are lifted up by the words Dr. Martin Luther King … Continue reading

Christmas Update From Paul Engler & The Center

December 17th, 2012

The Center for the Working Poor, (aka the Burning Bush Community), continues to share in the wonderful mix of serving the poor, communal living, prayer and meditation, and nonviolent movement organizing that distinguishes our beautiful home. In addition to delivering … Continue reading

The Rise of 99Rise | The Nation

November 5th, 2012

By Isabelle Nastasia The impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowing unlimited and anonymous campaign spending has been profound and could yet be decisive in this election. With an estimated $9.8 billion … Continue reading

A Moment of Hope for a New Movement: Update from the Center for the Working Poor

December 15th, 2011

By Paul Engler Every once in a while, a rare and special moment comes when you realize that you are doing more than turning out for just another protest. Instead, you realize that you are in the middle of true … Continue reading