May 5, 2015

Inequality

Will this Revolution be “Televised”? Social Media and Civil Rights in the 21st Century

#BlackLivesMatter“Our demand is simple. Stop killing us,” says Johnetta Elzie, one of the social media organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Some Concerns about Obama’s New “My Brother’s Keeper” Nonprofit

ObamaGiven the serial problems uncovered with the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration may come to regret this hands-off approach to basic issues in a nonprofit associated with the most powerful political leader in the world.

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Software Eats the Nonprofit World

Technology and big dataThis thought-provoking talk by Bill Schambra was given at the annual conference of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence. Are techies trying to reshape the social sector in their own image, based on their supreme faith in advanced technology?

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Rodney King and Freddie Gray: Has Anything Changed?

 

Rodney KingTwenty-three years and 2,300 miles separate the stories of L.A.’s Rodney King and Baltimore’s Freddie Gray, but there are some disturbing similarities.

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“Don’t Be Mad” – Talking about Homelessness and Community

Pennies Giving to others reveals the hidden and sometimes forgotten elements of human nature that we all share.

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Knight Cities Challenge in Detroit Leaves Locals as Runners-up

 

Detroit challenge“The Knight Foundation has disregarded community-led innovation to sustain the status quo by funding multi-million and billion dollar corporate and foundation entities in Detroit.”—Stovall and Hill, Knight Cities Challenge finalists

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In Baltimore as in Ferguson, Libraries Remained Open as Sanctuary

 

Library“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” said the director of communications at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

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Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood by the Stats

NewsAs in Ferguson, the reaction in Baltimore to the death in custody of Freddie Gray reveals a much broader set of issues.

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In the Internet Era, Anyone Can Be behind the Code

CodingGirls Who Code was established in 2012 with the goal of closing the gender gap in the fields of technology and engineering.

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SF Making Progress on Vow to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness by 2016

 

HomelessThe effort by San Francisco with the support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mirrors that of Los Angeles and a dozen-plus other cities.

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Creating “Permanently Affordable” Rental Housing in New Orleans

New Orleans HousingUsing a variety of tools and techniques, a nonprofit is working to establish a model of affordable housing in New Orleans, preserving a neighborhood’s legacy of diversity.

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5-Star Hospital Ratings May Not Tell the Whole Story

ERLast week, CMS published on its Hospital Compare website rating results from a patient satisfaction survey conducted in 3,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the latest effort to facilitate better consumer decision-making when it comes to choosing a hospital.

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Debates Diverge over Public, Private & Charter Schools in the Carolinas

NewsIn North Carolina, a legislative committee rejects funding for charter capital expenditures, while in South Carolina, the state attorney general says local school districts must treat private and charter schools the same as public ones.

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Acting Out in Detention: Using the Arts to Connect Young People

News@ct Risk No More Theater interprets stories from the Slate Canyon Youth Center in Provo and Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.

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Alabama’s Justice Moore Wins MLK-Themed Award for Work against Gay Marriage

MooreIt’s troubling to find a group of African-American pastors giving Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore an award for his strident opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage.

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Immigration Brings Economic Benefits to Rural America

Immigration to rural areas is correlated with economic growth, according to U.S. Census and other economic and population indicators. That’s no surprise to us, but it means immigrant rights advocates should be sure to focus attention on more than urban centers.

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A Suicide, Federal Tax Policy, and Wealth Inequality

NewsA man commits suicide while holding a “tax the rich” sign. The House chooses to do the exact opposite, letting the nation’s top 0.2% out of estate tax liabilities.

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Philadelphia Food Desert Study: Dramatic Increase in Healthy Food Options

VegetablesEfforts to shrink the city’s food deserts have been successful, with a 48 percent net increase in full-service groceries from 2005 to 2013. Lessons learned may prove helpful elsewhere.

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The Big Get Bigger: Dynamics of the Wealth Gap of Universities and Colleges

UniversityThe richest universities, even though they did lose assets during the recession, did not have to pinch pennies in their moneymaking capacities and so hit the ground running as the recovery started.

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Will New York’s “No Catcall Zones” Put a Dent in Street Harassment?

CatcallingDoes our society take street harassment seriously?

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Unprecedented Opportunities for Philanthropists

Rights for people with disabilitiesThere is not a single country on earth where people with disabilities don’t face stigmas, challenges, and massive gaps in workforce participation. If you want your philanthropy to help those who are marginalized, isolated, and face discrimination, this is the place to be.

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Prison Healthcare—Should There Be a Profit Motive in the Mix?

On Tuesday, D.C. councilmembers voted down a $66M contract to bring in a new for-profit prison healthcare provider with a poor record on human rights. Score one for the nonprofits.

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GoFundMe Rejects Crowdfunding Campaign for Officer Arrested in Walter Scott Murder

 

Police brutalityAnother white police officer is being charged for an unarmed black man’s murder, but this case feels different.

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Occupy’s “Illuminators” Replace Removed Snowden Statue with Hologram

SnowdenThough living in Russia, Edward Snowden appears to be haunting a park in Brooklyn with the help of local artists trying to spark civic dialogue.

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Nonprofits Work to Come to Terms with Minimum and Living Wage Standards

Minimum wageAs the momentum behind the effort to transform the minimum wage into a “living” wage grows, nonprofit organizations are struggling with the impact of increased labor costs.

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Campus Sexual Assault Receiving More Serious Attention after Rolling Stone Retraction

Women's RightsThe federal government is investigating over 100 colleges across the nation on allegations that they mishandled cases of campus sexual assault.

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Should Inmates in Prison Earn a Living Wage?

Snow fencesThe Massachusetts Department of Corrections paid inmates their daily wage of $3 to $4 per hour for shoveling snow during the historic winter. But don’t be fooled by those numbers; they’re above the national average.

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DC Central Kitchen Releases Manual on Introducing Produce into Food Deserts

SpinachD.C. Central Kitchen has released a guide to replication of its “Healthy Corners” program as a way to fight food deserts.

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Small Farms and Low Income Families Benefit from This New Grant Program

Farmers marketAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the recipients of $31.5 million in grants from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program.

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Clothing Label Campaign Will Reveal Sweatshop of Horrors

Child workingThe Canadian Fair Trader Network’s new campaign reveals the shocking realities of sweatshop workers, starting a dialogue with shoppers on how “the label doesn't tell the whole story.”

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