November 12, 2016

No more, please…

Each day I promise myself, “no more.” No more writing about the Trump election.

But each day I read more articles and get more terrified.

The economy: “What is lost by burying the trans-pacific trade partnership“…that TPP thing. Wow, this is really scary.

Russia will love us: “The world waits and wonders about Donald Trump“…Oh yippee, Russia will love us. But Germany – who really knows Hitler-type behaviors – is reminding the USA how to behave. Thanks, Angela. We need the reminder.

The extreme arrogance of the USA has always amazed me —- since my first memories at 9 years old, living in France. I think the USA is about to realize that the rest of the world can move on without us at its center or as a partner. Britain will learn the same thing with Brexit. Oh well, who cares, eh? The USA and Britain can play together. And the rest of the world can move on – and beyond us.

I’m listening to Leonard Cohen to begin the day. That won’t really help, of course. But I can hope.

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November 11, 2016

They told me…”don’t say this is sexism.”

Sure…It wasn’t all sexism. But some of it definitely was sexism.

The thing about sexism — and racism and — is that we’re socialized. We don’t even recognize the socialization. Just read The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives. By Shankar Vedantam. Essential reading.

Now read this: “Girls Can Be Anything, Just Not President.” And this isn’t the only article on this topic. Researchers have been writing about this situation for years and years and years.

A little girl cried. A little boy cried. “Why doesn’t anybody like a girl president?”

When will we move beyond this?




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November 10, 2016

More about the US election

Some people don’t like my social commentary blogs. That’s okay. Don’t read them. I have enough other blog categories [governance/boards, fundraising, nonprofit management, etc. etc. and so forth]. Read those.

But I promised myself years ago that my website would do two things:

  • Provide free resources for the nonprofit sector worldwide. And my Free Download Library and monthly newsletter do that.
  • Second, that I would speak out regarding justice and fundamental human rights. Because silence is consent. And I choose to take the risk to speak out. Those are my social commentary blogs.

Today is Thursday, November 10. The second day after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Here are more articles to stimulate thinking:

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November 9, 2016

I’m so deeply sad

I feel the anger. But right now I’m so sad that I’m crying.

Whitelash and women lash…

The voters abandoned by the court

Taking my daughters to vote

Homeless in America

And so much more. Such very great sadness.

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November 4, 2016

Did you vote? Will you vote? You must vote.

Some Americans have already voted because their states have that process. But most states require that visit to the polls.

Sadly, the U.S. has one of the worst voting records in the world. That means people like you and me don’t vote. That’s so sad. Becuase – as world history tells us – people have died to gain the right to vote.

Many of us think this is one of (or the) most important election of a lifetime.

  • I can’t imagine electing someone who denigrates women…
  • Someone who brags about bankruptcy as a good business strategy, when that harms all the individuals and businesses to whom money is owed.
  • Who insults the philanthropy of millions of people through his ignominious so-called “foundation”
  • Who plans to build a wall between countries… Do you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and the joy and pride?
  • Someone who insults people of color and insults the religion of Islam.

I am deeply saddened.

  • I can’t imagine electing an individual who has no direct experience in government of any kind…
  • Someone who has no experience in community service…
  • Someone who has no experience in political negotiation…

Voting is hiring someone. I would never hire someone to be a farmer when the individual has no experience in farming. I urge you not to hire me to do your taxes or build your home or serve as your attorney. I don’t have experience or knowledge in those fields.

I want to hire professionals. I plan to vote for an experienced professional.

Please think long and hard. Please think about community and loving thy neigbhor. Please think about respecting the beliefs and life experiences of others. Please consider the necessary experience to work in government.


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October 21, 2016

The world and my nephew Daniel

I’ve just left #2016IFC, the International Fundraising Congress.

Wonderful seeing colleagues from around the world. Wonderful to get beyond North America and beyond western Europe. So many voices and perspectives and stories and dreams and comitments to caring for the world and its people.

Talking with people outside the U.S. And everyone asks me, “WTF is going on in the U.S.? Who is this Donald Trump? How could anyone support his hate and ignorance and ego and….

So here’s something my nephew Daniel the movie critic posted on Facebook right after the last debate. I’ve highlighted what I consider is the most wonderful statement from Daniel.


“This was by far the best debate of the three, at least in terms of substance. I have two major takeaways.
  • While I’ve been an open Hillary supporter since it became apparent Bernie no longer had the math to win, tonight was the moment I decided (realized?) she really might be a great President. Between the three debates, we’ve seen Hillary stand up to five hours worth of a clinically insane man lying to her face, lying to the country, and insulting her in every way imaginable. Her poise in those five hours is truly an act of superhuman resolve and composure. And tonight, in a debate that dug much deeper into the issues than mere soundbites, she so clearly has ideas, passion, and optimism–at a time where almost no Americans have optimism–and she really knows what the fuck she’s talking about. My vote for Hillary Clinton switched tonight from an act of necessity to an act of pride and excitement. 
  • We’ve collectively been joking that 2016 might be the year of the apocalypse because of this election. We saw all the signs–Cleveland won a championship! The Cubs might win the World Series! David Bowie and Prince checked out at just the right time! Over the last 2-3 weeks, it’s become pretty obvious that Hillary Clinton will win this election, and it likely will be one of the larger landslides in history. Many of us put our apocalypse predictions on hold over these past weeks. But tonight emphatically proved that the apocalypse is probably still coming, and it’s not because Trump might win, or that “they’re both so bad we’re screwed either way.” No, the apocalypse might still come because Donald Trump will refuse to lose. It can’t be overstated how terrifying this idea is. I’ll turn it over to my boy, Bruce Springsteen, who weighed in on this earlier this week:
“…He’s such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes. He’s such an unreflective person. He simply has no sense of decency, no sense of responsibility about him. The words that he’s been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic process… I think it’s very dangerous. He does have a lot of people’s ears, and I don’t think he’s going to go quietly, gently into the good night, I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can, and I don’t know what that’s going to mean, but we’ll find out shortly.”

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October 16, 2016

Happy birthday

October 16, 1916…. 100 years old today

Planned Parenthood

100 years of fighting for basic human rights for women

And throughout those years, almost constant attacks. Political. Social. Religious. And terrorism plain and simple.

Congratulations and thank you to all the women and men who’ve fought for so long – and continue to fight – basic human rights.

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September 17, 2016

Thank you Garrison Keilor

Read this amazing piece from Garrison Keilor, in the Washington Post.  My friend Rory Green forwarded this to me. Knowing how angry I would be. Knowing how this would resonate with me. How sad I would be. How sad I am.

Read this. Think about this. Ask yourself about Hillary. Ask yourself about women you don’t know. Ask yourself about the women you do know. And look in the mirror. Only then can you think about Hillary.

Thank you, Mr. Keilor for this marvelous piece. Thank you for seeing and knowing.

“I saw Hillary once working a rope line for more than an hour, a Secret Service man holding her firmly by the hips as she leaned over the rope and reached intothe mass of arms and hands reaching out to her …. Read the rest.

“So it’s no surprise she pushed herself to the point of collapse the other day. What’s odd is the perspective, expressed in several stories…. Read the whole story.

“I’ve never gone fishing with her, which is how you really get to know someone, but I did sit next to her at dinner once…. I was impressed by her smarts, even more by her discipline.

“I don’t have that discipline. Most people don’t…. Read the rest. It’s sooooooo good.

“The woman who does not conceal her own intelligence is a fine American tradition…but none has been subjected to the steady hectoring that Mrs. Clinton has. ….Keilor reminds us to wake up and behave.

“Extremism has poked its head into the mainstream, aided by the Internet….Keep reading!

“Someday historians will get this right and look back at the steady pitter-pat of scandals that turned out to be nothing, nada….READ THIS piece all the way through. And share it.

Thank you Mr. Keilor. This is a keeper. Forever. Thank you. 

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September 8, 2016

Great piece.

Hillary Clinton is on “Humans of New York” — explaining why she comes across as aloof…

Yes, sexism exists. Yes, unless you’ve experienced this kind of harassment, you don’t know what it’s actually like. For women. For people of color. For our transgender colleagues and our lesbian and gay friends and those who don’t have lots of financial resources…

Read it all… Here’s the start, from Hillary…

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down ……” Read the rest of this story at Humans of New York.


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August 12, 2016

Our world. Our country. Your nonprofit. And…

Gun violence. Political nonsense. Fascism. Racism. Sexism. Nationalism. Islamophobia. Building walls, even real ones. Shooting Black men and boys. Shooting police. Who is punished?

So what are you doing about all this? What am I doing? What are our nonprofits doing?

Business as usual doesn’t work anymore. Sticking to your knitting is pretty awful.

Transformation is needed. Everywhere. And certainly here in the USA where I live.

Transformation…where love meets social justice

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