July 14, 2014

Inequality

Civil Disobedience Underway to Fight Detroit Water Shutoffs

DetroitEvents in Detroit’s bankruptcy dynamic Increasingly look like a civil rights crisis. The Detroit Water Brigade and others have taken to civil disobedience to stop the water shutoffs on tens of thousands of poor residential customers.

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Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Gaza Due to Warfare

GazaConditions have always been difficult in Gaza, where supplies barely if ever get through crossings controlled by Israeli and Egyptian authorities. Now, with daily bombardments, the humanitarian aid challenge in Gaza is deeper and more difficult.

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Glenn Greenwald Reveals NSA/FBI Surveillance of Muslim-American Activists’ Emails

newsMore Edward Snowden/Glenn Greenwald revelations: The U.S. government monitored the email accounts of five Muslim-American activists in apparent violation of FISA standards for email surveillance.

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NAMI Reports 80% Unemployment for People with Serious Mental Illness

No workAccording to NAMI, employment rates for people with serious mental illness are on the decline, with 17.8 percent of people receiving public mental health services employed in 2012 as compared to 23 percent in 2003. But, they say, there is an opportunity to turn that around!

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Further Franchise Follies for Dan Snyder’s DC NFL Team

RedskinsMemo to Dan Snyder and the people he recruits to blog for his revamped public relations effort to defend his NFL team’s use of a racial slur as its name: Time’s up. Recruiting politically liberal bloggers and coming up with new charitable efforts for Native Americans won’t undo the racism built into the team’s name.

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Mikey Likes It! CEO Faces Questions about Big Compensation in Small Nonprofit

Money“Mikey” Weinstein’s salary as CEO absorbs nearly half of the revenues of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2005.  Combative and generating virulent critics from the religious right for his dogged advocacy for church/state separation, Weinstein might be well advised to change some of the financial and governing practices of the organization free of nagging questions about his compensation and the board’s oversight. 

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Shocking Documentary on Teens in Solitary Confinement Raises Additional Questions About its Use

SCThe result of a year of in-depth reporting in spite of limited access by many facilities, CIR recently released a new documentary that looks at the different ways that prisons, jails, and juvenile halls in the U.S. use solitary confinement with teens.

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Water Crisis in Detroit: Who’s Being Shut Off and Who’s Not?

DetroitDetroit’s revitalization and rebirth as it emerges from municipal bankruptcy should not be done on the backs of the city’s poorest citizens. Representative John Conyers has called on President Obama to step in and stem the inhumane water shutoffs that are affecting thousands of low-income Detroiters.

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UN Declares Detroit Water Shutoffs Violate Human Rights

FaucetThe United Nations and Congressman John Conyers believe that the plans of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to cut off water to 150,000 customers are inhumane and, according to the UN, a potential violation of human rights. Will we “save” Detroit from its bankruptcy, $5 billion of which is DWSD indebtedness, and ignore a potentially serious violation of the human rights of many of its poorest citizens?

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The State of the American Dream: Safer, Smarter, Poorer

NewsAccording to a report examining the state of opportunity in the United States, the wellbeing of the average American has tripled over the past 40 years, showing marked progress in community safety and access to education. The one area of regression? The economy.

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Parody Website Challenges Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

Free speech is often exceptionally uncomfortable for those who find themselves on the receiving end of scathing public criticism. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has come to the defense of a parody website, KevynOrr.com, that lampoons Detroit’s Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr and criticizes the plan to pull Detroit out of bankruptcy in response to a charge of trademark infringement by Orr’s former employer, the Jones Day law firm.

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Preliminary Medicaid Penalties Hit Nonprofit Teaching Hospitals Hardest

NewsThe hospitals with the highest rate of patient infections and injuries occurring in the facility will have their Medicaid payment rates docked starting in October. Many of these will be teaching hospitals and, therefore, often nonprofits.

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Searching for Juneteenth: The State of Black Museums — Part II

AAThis is the second of a two-part series on how African-American museums in the U.S. are faring amidst the competition for foundation, charitable, and governmental resources. Part I was an overview of the issues and challenges facing black museums; this piece examines the sources of funding and the strategies that some museums are using to survive and thrive.

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The 10 Hottest Jobs and the Challenge They Present to Nonprofit Service Providers

JobsIf a recent forecast holds true, many additional jobs will open up in personal care type professions. These are fields where nonprofits are often very competitive and known for their quality. But they are also fields in which salaries tend to be low. Can the nonprofit sector try to get ahead of the trend by ensuring that they offer living wages and excellent working conditions?

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Homeless People and Nonprofits’ Increasing Use of Social Media and Mobile Technology to Connect

MobileHomeless people are increasingly using social media.

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MPs Shocked by Political Campaigning from Oxfam

OxfamA “perfect storm” of its own making is swirling around international aid charity Oxfam.

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Eight States Reduce Recidivism without Social Impact Bonds

JailEight states are implementing system-wide policy changes to reduce prison recidivism and witnessing positive results statewide. Would they do better if they had access to the private investment of Social Impact Bond or Pay for Success financial structures?

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Homeless Social Enterprise in Brooklyn May Need New Location

CannersSure We Can appears to be an admirable organization, operating New York City’s only nonprofit redemption center to which homeless persons can bring empty cans and bottles. Given the expensive Brooklyn real estate market, Sure We Can might need to find a new redemption center location, and that is going to be difficult for a small, not highly capitalized nonprofit.

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Boston Young People Arrested in Transportation Justice Protest

PoliceWith increasing poverty in the suburbs and the cost of housing on the increase, transportation justice issues will be on the plates of many over the next decade.

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The State of Black Museums—Part I

WrightIn the midst of debates over Detroit’s future coming out of an unprecedented big city bankruptcy, the fate of cultural institutions rose to the forefront, largely focused on the future of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Would foundations, would the community rally around an equally important Detroit cultural institution, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History? The future for the Wright Museum reminded us that there are numerous African-American museums throughout the nation facing challenges but playing important roles in their communities and for arts and culture nationally. This is the first of a two-part review of the conditions, challenges, and prospects of African-American museums.

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As Obama Focuses on Black Men and Boys, What About Black Women?

AfricanProminent black men in the U.S. are concerned that President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative excludes black women and girls.

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Gender Diversity: Disturbing Images from Silicon Valley

NewsIn the category of a picture being worth a thousand words, here are two tweets from a recent Apple conference that say it all about the gender diversity of some of the IT firms there.

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New Orleans Becomes Nation’s First All-Charter School System

Closed schoolThe 58 public schools in the New Orleans Recovery School District are now 100-percent charter schools. Is this good, bad, or just an anomaly due to the fact that the public school system was given huge infusions of federal money before being wiped out by Hurricane Katrina?

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White House: Interim Recommendations for My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

ObamaTo address the gaps between boys and young men of color compared to their non-minority counterparts in education, employment, health, and crime, the White House released the interim results of its My Brother’s Keeper initiative. It’s no surprise to us that the recommendations are just about all suggestions for replicating and expanding programs that have long been known and well tested, but in almost all cases, the recommended solutions will depend on private commitments by U.S. foundations, not on new federal funding.

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U.S. Ranks with Haiti, the Congo, and Yemen on Labor Rights—Really?

Labor UnionA new analysis by the International Trade Union Confederation ranks 139 counties on 97 indicators of workers rights. You will be surprised by how low the U.S. ranks on workers’ rights and which other countries rank just as low.

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Are Nonprofits the Future of Work? Rifkin’s New Book Promotes a Redistributive Economy

RifkinJeremy Rifkin’s new book asserts that increased productivity coupled with advances in digital technology will fundamentally change the shape of labor in society, requiring the economy to shift dramatically. Rifkin writes that nonprofits will be at the center of the new world of work.

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Google Discloses the White-male-ness of its Workforce; Vows to Do Better

 

GoogleIn response to growing pressure about the apparent lack of diversity in the workforce of the high-tech sector, Google has taken the step of revealing just how justified that concern really is.

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Detroit Task Force: One-Fifth of City’s Properties are Blighted

DetroitOne of many public-private partnerships developed to rescue the bankrupt city says it will cost $850 million and take up to five years to remove or rehabilitate almost 85,000 blighted properties.

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The Growth of Suburban Homelessness: “Invisible” in Montreal

HomelessnessThe Montreal Gazette has run an article describing the hidden homelessness that exists in suburban Montreal. In Quebec, at least, the major political parties actually discuss how to address homelessness, something that U.S. political parties shy away from.

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Land Preservation Battles in Utah

Devils TowerThe Navajo Nation believes that part of San Juan County, Utah should be preserved for all time as a national conservation area or a national monument. They are opposed by Utah politicians such as Senator Orrin Hatch who think that preserving those lands would be federal overreach.

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