Social Commentary

December 12, 2019

Equity. Justice. Respect. DIGNITY…

A very special newsletter… TRANSFORMATION

And check out this article about dignity.

Just imagine if you and I treated others with dignity. Imagine if you and I were treated with dignity. And how about this: Treating everyone with dignity..

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/development-dignity-profound-challenge-international-cooperation/?utm_source=Transformation&utm_campaign=669d58b690-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9f93c95423-669d58b690-407834841

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April 29, 2019

So beautiful…So meaningful…An unjust law is no law…

Have you ever watched The Great Debaters? The movie is sooooo fantastic.

White university against Black College. True.

James L. Farmer, Jr. is on the debate team…And he made the last – and winning – point. Farmer was known as 1 of the big 4 four civil rights leaders of the 60s.

So here was – and still is – the issue…

  • Civil disobedience is anarchy OR is civil disobedience a moral act?
  • Nothing that erodes the rule of law can be moral. OR. An unjust law is no law at all.

And in the movie, the young James Farmer (in college at 14 years of age) says to all those white people… “I have a duty to resist … with murder or civil disobedience. You should hope I choose the later.”

Civil disobedience… I will fight. We will fight. Against racism and sexism. I will embrace others – trans and cis and Latinx and whites. We will embrace and fight. I will resist and resist. Will you?

 

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March 31, 2019

Pictures worth a 1,000 words

Saw an old picture. Decided to gather several together. I call this leadership and respect – and love. Love for others. Love for community. Love for differences.

1968

 

 

 

1968 Olympics Black Power Salute. Mexico City. Tommie Smith & John Carlos.

Colin Kaepernick taking the knee, 2016/

And how about this marvelous New Yorker magazine cover?

Love. Leadership. Courage. Respect. Justice. Speaking out. Taking risks to care for others and everyone.

Thank you.

March 25, 2019

Transformation: Where love meets social justice

Transformation newsletter [Activism. Economics. Intersectionality. Nonviolence. Culture. Love and Sprint. Environment. Care.] Lovely newsletter located at the website openDemocracy.

Check out this article, February 7, 2019: Five behaviors that perpetuate toxic capitalism. Author Suzannah Weiss.

  1.  Praising kids unconditionally.
  2. Pushing kids, even when it takes a toll on them.
  3. Looking down on people who get less done.
  4. Praising people based on money.
  5. Telling people to care about their health so they can work.

This article was originally published at Everyday Feminism. Check out Everyday Feminism.

 

March 13, 2019

Just some dream stuff…

How I wish the world was…

Why I Am a European Patriot,” Roger Cohen. New York Times, Saturday, January 26, 2019

“Patriotism is to nationalism as dienity is to barbarism.”

The End of Likability,” Katha Pollitt. The Nation, January 28/February 4, 2019

“Women dancing, women cursing, women running for president and not apologizing – what is the world  coming to?”

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin,” The Reverand William J. Barber II

“…Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s social life…included parties where white people dressed in blackface…implicating not only a few bad apples but also white elites across social and ideological lines. To African Americans who survived the status quo of racism, this is hardly a surprise. But it does raise again…the question of what it means to repent of America’s racist past and pursue a more perfect union.”

This is a beautiful and deeply sad article.

I wish I could mandate that everyone has to read Ta-Nahsi Coates’ book  Between the World and Me. 

How I wish…

 

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February 11, 2019

Making change in the world

Creating better business value…. Creating better nonprofit value….

Imagine if lots of nonprofits followed what California Green Academy (CalGreen) does to operate its business. (And gosh, just imagine if for-profits behaved this way??!!! WOW!!!!)

I’ll turn back to the nonprofit sector. And the wonderful nonprofits fighting so hard for justice and good ROI and and and….

Hey you nonprofits….Take a look at the Triple Bottom Line... The triple bottom line… an accounting framework with 3 parts: social, environmental (ecological), and financial. And systems thinking. YES! Systems thinking. Read all about it in my book Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last, 3rd edition. (There’s so much more to fundraising than just the asking part…than just the fundraising part…There’s the systems thinking part!!!

Try the CalGreen approach — Using various existing global documents to develop nonprofit corporate policies. How about these:

Why bother to write our own policies for our nonprofits? Our nonprofits can adopt these UN policies – or adopt with some edits. Hey nonprofits worldwide… Let’s be leaders. We can be leaders for the for-profit sector, too.

Hey. Here’s a question: Has your country (or mine) agreed to these – and ratified them by your country’s (or my country’s) legislature/congress/appropriate body?

Hmmm…….

 

December 1, 2018

Annual to-do thing

Imagine showing this video every single year …. for your staff and for your board. Exploring questions. Then talking about the implications and applications for you as individuals, those you serve, and and and …

Better yet, imagine actually doing this live. And sure, staff and board members together.

And how about engaging donors in this? Hmmmm……

Learn about why and how and good and bad and and and on the Internet.

And check out the workshop at 2018 AFP Congress, too.

October 15, 2018

Bob Dylan. Hurricane. Thurgood Marshall. Racism then and now and still!

I was listening to Bob Dylan’s Hurricane the other day.

So I looked up the story on Wikipedia…Rubin Carter…20 years in prison for a crime that he did NOT commit.

We don’t always do so well with “and justice for all.” Racism triumphs over and over and over…

No matter that LBJ worked hard to get the Civil Rights Legislation passed back in 1964 and 1965. No matter that Barack Obama was President for 2 terms.

The day before listening to Bobby sing Hurricane… Tom and I watched the 2017 movie Marshall about Thurgood Marshall and his 1940 case in Bridgeport, CT.

Such sadness and anger about racism. Such admiration for those who fought and fight and will fight. Forever.

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October 4, 2018

I’m crying. Yelling. And so deeply deeply sad.

Larisa Alexandrovna. Journalist, essayist, and poet. Managing Editor of Investigative News of The Raw Story. Twitter: @larisa_a

Larisa is talking about Judge Brett Kavanagh and on and on…   Thank you, Larisa, for allowing me to put this in my blog.


I think I understand now why I am upset about this case. I tried to sleep last night and all I kept thinking is why are they trying to “ram him” through despite the majority of the country and the majority of women saying “no,” and “please stop,” and “wait”… and in that very question I found the answer. It was so simple and so alarming.

They are literally playing out out on the national stage and in real time what it feels like to be overpowered. They won’t take no for an answer. They won’t listen or slow down. They won’t stop. The more we say no, the more angry they get. The more we ask them to stop, the more entitled they feel. This is, I think, what is affecting me and countless other women.

We are being overpowered despite us being in the majority and asking rightfull that they stop or wait. They are saying no and the more we beg, the more aggressive they are getting. Until finally, they play on “ramming” through his nomination while we are supposed to just take it.

This is what is affecting me. This is – I think – what is affecting most women. This overpowering, entitled and demeaning attack on our body politic.

Us: Please stop

Them: no

Us: Wait

Them: no

Us: STOP

Them: NOOOOOOOOOO

Us: Crying

Them: Angry, yelling, ramming

This is why I am upset.


Thank you, again, Larisa. This is deeply caring and deeply sad to me. Thank you.

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October 1, 2018

Management. Government. Society. Community. LIFE!!!

Some favorite YouTube videos.

I use them in my classes at SMUMN – where I teach in the masters program in Philanthropy and Development.

If I were on staff at an institution (instead of being a consultant) – I’d insist all staff watch these together….And then talk.

HEY! What a great way to start a board meeting…periodically watching something like this and talking about the implications for your clients, your donors, your organization, the community, and on and on and on…

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MARVELOUS VIDEOS is about the work that you and I do. The work that pretty much any human being does.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE INSIGHTFUL VIDEOS is about life…your life and mine, and the beneficiaries of our work and the volunteers helping in our organizations, serving on boards.

AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE HUMAN AND HUMANE VIDEOS is about our donors.

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Watch these. Share these. Explore the implications. Learn. Make change. Do and be better.

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Ahmen, “Batman of Social Impact.” Nonprofit leader by day and hip-hop artist by night. His marvelous opening for IFC 2017. I was there. I took the knee with my hand in a fist.[ https://twitter.com/TheResAlliance?lang=en]

#likeagirl “What does it mean to do something like a girl.” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs]

Ash Beckham: We’re all hiding something – coming out of the closet. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSR4xuU07sc]

Brené Brown and vulnerability. [https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability]

“What is Privilege?” The privilege walk is one of the most insightful, saddening things I’ve ever seen or experienced. Better than watching it, you can actually do it. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ]

 

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