Welcome to our evolving work

Click to Read our Spring 2022 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter — Carl Anthony UC Berkeley Lecture

Summer 2018 Newsletter – U.S. Edition — Exploring Opportunities for Social Justice

Summer 2018 Newsletter – Global Edition — Paloma Pavel in Japan

Carl Anthony in Conversation with Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker

A Learning Action Guide  on Climate Justice: Feb. 16, 2017 Community Meeting

New Year’s 2017 Newsletter from Breakthrough Communities and Earth House Center

November 2016 Climate Justice Pilot Project “Think and Do” Tank!

Random Kindness & Breakthrough Communities Featured in Huffington Post Article

Maria Shriver Video Comments on Random Kindness Book

Desmond Tutu on Random Acts of Kindness

Breakthrough Communities News and Events


Anna Deavere Smith

Position Paper:

A Call to Action Creating Economic Opportunity
for Bay Area Marginalized & Safety Net Communities
By Carl Anthony and M. Paloma Pavel, with Chris Schildt


     a resource kit for building healthy and just communities

June 2020: Experiencing the tragic violence of America’s broken promises:

Image from a news report in the Guardian.com newspaper

George Floyd — Killed by police
while in custody and handcuffed

New Village Press announces Carl Anthony book:
The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race
In this work, Carl Anthony shares his perspectives as an African-American child in post-World War II Philadelphia; a student and civil rights activist in 1960s Harlem; a traveling student of West African architecture; and an architect, planner, and environmental justice advocate in Berkeley. He contextualizes this within American urbanism and human origins, making profoundly personal both African American and American urban histories as well as planetary origins and environmental issues, to not only bring a new worldview to people of color, but to set forth a truly inclusive vision of our shared planetary future.  read more…

from MIT Press: a major review of metro equity innovation

“As we re-imagine the future of our cities and of the planet,Breakthrough Communities offers proven strategies that demonstrate that every voice matters. These are grounded visions of hope and possibility, where social justice forges a new road for economic and environmental sustainability.” —  Danny Glover

Click to preview book on MIT Press web site

MIT Press
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Position Paper:

Planning healthy communities for people of color in California in response to sustainable communities and climate protection act (Calif. SB375)

By Carl Anthony and M. Paloma Pavel, PhD

Breakthrough Communities April 2011 Newsletter

MIT Press Interviews Breakthrough Communities Team (podcast)

Growing Smarter overview of metro equity issues, edited by Robert D. Bullard, from MIT Press


Metro Equity Leadership Network Building Multi-Racial Leadership for Sustainable Metropolitan Communities. You are invited to join us.