May 26, 2015

Inequality

Florida and Texas Say Both “Yes” and “No” to Medicare

Yes and NoRather than expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs as authorized in the ACA, Florida and Texas are fighting to receive billions of dollars of funding under a separate provision of Medicare.

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Annual NGO Ranking Shows “White Savior” Status Quo Remains Intact

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This hard-hitting article from the ironically-named blog “Africa is a Country” voices a number of civil society issues that are transferable to the U.S.—the deep-seated lack of diversity in governance, and the philanthropic savior who profits from systemic oppression during the day and receives charitable praise in the evening for instance. There is much here that may be uncomfortably familiar.

 

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Bob Gates: Preserving the Boy Scouts Means Ending Prohibition against Gay Leaders

Bob Gates Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, in his role as president of the Boy Scouts of America, now says ending the organization’s national prohibition against gay leadership is the only way to save it.

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Freddie Gray’s Death: Due to an Inadequate Supply of Charter Schools in Baltimore? Really?

Freddie GrayThe tragic death of Freddie Gray had roots in Baltimore’s history of racial inequities and problems of police-community relations, but to conclude that an increase in the city’s acceptance of charter schools might be a prominent solution seems like a big, non-racial non sequitur.

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Political Grandstanding Overwhelms Reason at Judiciary Committee Hearing on Policing

RacismNine months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and more than three years after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the House of Representatives finally held a committee hearing on the deteriorating relations between police departments and black communities. Based on the grandstanding that ensued in the hearing, no progress whatsoever was made.

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Operator Responds Personally to Hungry 911 Caller and Generosity in General is Elevated

 

Poverty

Fundraisers should note: there is a theory called “elevation” that suggests that one act of generosity made publiccan have a remarkable ripple effect.

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Affordable Housing to New Castle? Listening for the Voices of Clinton and Cuomo

WestchesterThe current hometown of Hillary and Bill Clinton and Andrew Cuomo seems to be doing it best to frustrate the construction of just about any and all affordable housing. 

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Rezoning NYC for More Affordable Housing May Have Had Opposite Effect

 

NYC ZoningOnce again, the low-income people of New York City neighborhoods who need affordable housing may find that “affordable” leaves them priced out.

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We’re Fed Up! Detroit’s Janitors Join the Battle for a Living Wage

Living wage for janitorsAs a city emerges from bankruptcy, workers see the fight for a living wage as part of the effort to rebuild their city.

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Billions in Hedge Fund Wealth behind the Robin Hood Foundation

 

Paul Tudor JonesThe Hedge Clippers group in New York has produced a tough analysis of the hedge fund billionaires behind the Robin Hood Foundation, suggesting that their philanthropy is outweighed by what they do to promote policies that exacerbate income inequality.

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Making Affordable Housing Political: The Nation’s Burgeoning Crisis

HousingEvery four years, nonprofit housing groups wait…and wait…and wait…to hear a presidential candidate say something meaningful about what they will do to increase affordable housing. This CBPP analysis explains why affordable housing should be a high-priority election issue.

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Why Investing in Community Developers Is Even More Important Now

NewsIf it weren’t for the productive capacities of nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in New Jersey, the state would be short tens of thousands of affordable housing units and billions in economic activity.

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Transforming Racist Courts: Game-Changing Legislation in Missouri

TicketsThe Missouri legislature just sent a bill to Governor Nixon that would sharply curtail the racially discriminatory police and court practices of St. Louis County.

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Fast Food and Living Wages: Can They Coexist?

Fight for $15It was an interesting week that was in the fight over minimum wage.

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Is the Governor’s Plan to Save Detroit Public Schools DOA?

Detroit public schoolsGovernor Snyder of Michigan has proposed a plan that he believes will save the troubled Detroit Public Schools. But the Republican governor’s ideas are meeting with skepticism from many quarters.

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Homeless 25-Year-Old Unarmed Black Man Shot on Venice Beach

Venice BeachThere has been a spate of police shootings of homeless people in L.A., with the latest incident involving an unarmed young black man.

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Why All Nonprofits Should Act to Reduce Over-incarceration

PrisonsStephen Stetson, a policy analyst for Arise Citizens’ Policy Project, ruminates on the prospects of the legislation filed by Alabama’s new Prison Reform Task Force.

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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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