Niki Okuk on Cooperative Economics in African-American Communities

In her engrossing TED Talk, business owner Niki Okuk explores three key themes: racism, economic oppression, and privilege, and how they relate to cooperate economics. Okuk, who runs tire recycling company Rco Tires, shares her personal story of starting the business, but puts it in larger, historical context. “So a lot of people ask, ‘How…

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How Nonprofits Can Use Text Messaging

Alexa Lemzy Have you tried mobile fundraising or contacting your supporters via text? Alexa Lemzy shares some ways you can get started in today’s post. ~Kristina Guest Post by Alexa Lemzy Texting is one of the most effective ways to communicate to a large number of people. Nonprofits and charity organizations that want to effectively reach more…

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Montgomery Museum to Honor 4,000 Lynching Victims

  September 16, 2017; Guardian Readers will recall we recently published excerpts from a letter written by Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation which advances the prospect that if this country is unable to acknowledge its past, a future free from systemic and embedded racism will be almost impossible. In that light, this Montgomery museum…

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Jewish Nonprofits Beware: Here Come the Millennials

“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” by Kevin Jarrett September 11, 2017; Forward The American Jewish community’s well-established network of advocacy, social service, and fundraising organizations now has to deal with demands for change that might threaten their viability. Fueled by the growing force of millennial activism, the same dynamic that…

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Food Banks Take Up Health Equity

“Healthy food pantry options” by Salvation Army USA West September 18, 2017; WAMU It’s common knowledge that eating healthfully in the U.S. is more expensive than eating junk, and low-income neighborhoods are often bereft of stores that sell fruits, vegetables, and other healthful choices. Many low-income residents get assistance from food pantries, but the pantries…

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A Rejoinder and Response to “Does Africa Need International Observers?”

Credit: Brittany Danisch September 4, 2017; This is Africa In the context of Kenya’s contested recent elections, Socrates Mbamalu asks a pertinent question: “Does Africa need international observers?” But the rest of his text tells the tale of the discrepancies between perceived and actual election observer mandates and of Africa’s complicity in international observers’ continued…

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