Erin Rubin is the Editorial Coordinator & Community Builder at the Nonprofit Quarterly. Previously, she worked as an administrator at Harvard Business School and as an editorial project manager at Pearson Education, where she helped develop a digital resource library for remedial learners. Erin has also worked with David R. Godine, Publishers, and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, & Writers. As a member of the TEDxBeaconStreet organizing team, she works to communicate innovative ideas and translate them into action
The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians took a cue from the Standing Rock Sioux protest this winter and declined to allow an oil pipeline to run through their land. The pipeline, known as Line 5, was installed in the 1950s thanks to an easement granted by the tribe to the oil company, allowing the pipe to run through tribal land. Unlike most privately owned land, tribal land is sovereign and not subject to eminent domain, so oil companies cannot force use of it for the public good; permission is required from the tribe, generally in the form of such an easement. This easement expired in 2013, and the tribe voted in the first week of 2017 not to renew it, terminating the oil company’s permission to use the land and effectively forcing them to reroute the line. The pipeline is owned by a Canadian company called Enbridge, which owns more than 11,000 miles of pipelines in the U.S. and Canada.
Democrats lost the 2016 election in a big way. Not only did they lose the presidency, they lost House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislatures across the country. Since that election, the public and the pundits have been wondering: How did this happen? There are a lot of ways to answer that question, but part of the blame must fall on gerrymandering. Every ten years, new census results in hand, states redraw the boundaries of their political districts.
State representative David Nangle has refiled a bill requiring certain Massachusetts nonprofits to pay a portion of property taxes in the state House of Representatives, after a similar bill failed to advance in the last legislative session.
India’s Supreme Court ruled to ban political campaigns based on identity politics. This is a good idea in theory, but in a country so defined by its various identities, it may be minimally enforceable.
A fight between credible academia and open-access fraud goes to the courts. Scam artists have moved in on vulnerable academics hoping to advance their careers by creating fake journals and conferences, charging thousands of dollars for “publication” while proving no real advancement.
A scandal surfaced earlier this year regarding nonprofit think tanks and their funding, but there is also a longstanding problem with the selling of scientific research to corporate interests and one recent study on the effects of sugar epitomizes the problem.