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Rick Cohen is a commentator on the politics of nonprofits and foundations, writer for Nonprofit Quarterly, editor of NPQ's Cohen Report, former executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
The Courage of Humanitarian Aid Workers in Gaza
Secretary of State John Kerry announced $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza. He didn't explain how the aid would get there and who on the ground would distribute it to people in need. A blog diary from an aid worker employed by American Near East Refugee Aid describes the challenges faced and the courage needed in delivering aid amidst the Israeli bombardment.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Unjustly Enriched by Sterling's Racism: Owners of Pro Sports Teams Should Pay
If Donald and Shelley Sterling get to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, they will have enriched themselves immensely as a result of Donald's racist rant to V. Stiviano. The increased vastly increased value of the Clippers will vault the value of all other professional sports franchises will surge as well--an unjust enrichment from racism that should be devoted to anti-racism activism.
Friday, January 24, 2014(1 comments)
Republican Gubernatorial Campaign Strategy: Play the Charter School Card
Here is the new conservative Republican gubernatorial campaign strategy: Show up at charter schools, make a show, hint that charters are the solution to public school problems, and sidestep other public school issues. Like others, Texas AG Greg Abbott, who’s currently campaigning to succeed Rick Perry in Austin, is following this playbook to the hilt. It's a strategy of charter schools leading to school privatization.
Remembering When Democrats Used to Take on Poverty
Democrats used to fearlessly address poverty. Proud Democrats think of their connection to FDR's New Deal and LBJ's War on Poverty. Now the word "poverty" isn't even mentioned by our presidential ticket. The focus is on protecting the middle class, not tackling poverty. So it was Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan who gave a campaign speech on poverty, not the Democrats. How disappointing!
Friday, September 28, 2012(1 comments)
Endorsed by the CForward PAC, How Progressive Are the Nonprofit Eight?
The first national PAC dedicated to supporting nonprofit-friendly candidates--CForward--has endorsed its first slate of eight men and women running for national, state, and local offices. Do candidates supportive of the nonprofit sector mean anything for dealing with this country's deep social and economic problems. Are nonprofit candidates progressive? Does it matter if they are or they aren't?