Not Red States and Blue States

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I admit I am so glad that the @$?+£¥ election is over. But I also see how it has left us all with responsibilities and questions.
How do we deal with where women’s issues in general and specifically reproductive rights went during this election season?
How do we take on the lack of reasonable equity in the economy?
What can we do to ensure that climate change is dealt with seriously? 
How do we handle the ways in which communities address their own growing diversity, the continuing lack of jobs, and the presence of overwhelming debt for young graduates?
How do we get politicians to stop believing that talking about saving the middle class without discussing poverty in respectful ways is sufficient? How do we ensure that another national election is not tainted by big money?
All of these issues need strong and well-peopled work and organizing that work is our job as civil society organizations and active citizens of the world.
NPQ would love to hear from you about the issues that you think the election has helped highlight as priorities for us who live in “the United States” instead of that collection of red and blue strongholds our new and old president referenced last night.

  • Shelly

    I really want to know about the future for these “nonprofits” that are funding campaigns ( including propositions across state lines in states). This seems to sully the typically good name of NPOs AND to seriously distort the intentions of the tax status/benefits afforded the sector. Here in CA, we had money laundered from national “nonprofits” (funded by billionaires) to an Arizona “nonprofit” then to the Yes on Prop 32 campaign in the state. While this may not be breaking laws (although with our strict campaign transparency laws in CA, it may actually have broken the law), it is definitely breaking the spirit of the law. That can’t be good for the sector overall.

  • Clark

    This campaign (and Ruth’s comment) serve to reinforce the myth that we are more different than we are alike. If not for the political ecosystem in America which sustains itself by magnifying differences that are actually quite small, we would be able to come to agreement and solve our problems. The myth of red and blue is pretty strong, though.

    Alas, we fall prey to the marketers and offer up laundry lists of perceived differences. Certainly, we have some differences on key issues. One example may “reproductive rights” where it seems what is at risk to some is not their right to reproduce (which they have) but a right to cease reproductive processes once they have started. More accurately, “anti-reproductive rights”, no? Ah, the marketing.

    Rather than posting a laundry list thinly veiled as the stuff the other side just doesn’t get, why don’t we engage our fellow citizens where they are. Rather than focus on the speck in their eye, remove the plank from your own. Then, in due time, the @$?+£¥ will surely come to an end.

  • Karrissa thayer

    I think we have another question to include. How do we convince the legislative body that Continuing Resolutions are more damaging to the not-for-profit landscape? It forces agencies to continually deal with the financial short term and stay in crisis mode instead of being able to plan a more medium-term to long term financial strategy.