Sharing ideas and experiences of grassroots activism and philanthropy for economic, environmental, and social justice.

24 Sep 2009
by Colin Greer
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Politics of Calm Revisited

President Obama is keeping his cool on health care and most other progressive issues despite the fact that forceful words and strong convictions may actually fare better with the American public. Three years ago, millions of immigrant protesters rocked the country by voicing their discontent over proposed immigration reform. I wrote a piece on openDemocracy lamenting the...

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21 Sep 2009
by Colin Greer
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The Truth About Health Care

After Joe Wilson’s inappropriate “You Lie!” outburst in Congress during President Obama’s health care speech, I submitted the following letter to the editor to The New York Times. In all the fuss of wanting to prove that Obama did not lie about wanting to provide health care for undocumented immigrants, public health care advocates have failed...

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16 Apr 2009
by Colin Greer
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Diversity is Not a Dirty Word

The idea that charitable foundations should be required to hire more minority employees, was regrettably framed as a “threat” to philanthropy in an article in The Economist a few weeks ago. Specifically, The Economist article deals with a recommendation from the Greenlining Institute and the Philanthropy Roundtablethat foundations should be sensitive to diversity in the hiring of their employees. These suggestions have...

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30 Mar 2009
by Colin Greer
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No, This is Not a Test

Philanthropy has work to do. And it’s not simply to be charitable and feed the hungry. The scale of United States national debt is so big – we’re talking $11-14 trillion – and there is national, state, and municipal deficits too. Meanwhile, the amount of money held in most foundations for social justice and community-based...

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