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Date: February 16, 2017

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“A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist (and Philly native!) claiming that change comes from the ground up   Third in a series on grant writing for social justice Every big idea starts small, at least in execution, and small projects often provide grant writers’ first successful submissions and project…

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Date: February 9, 2017

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The Trouble with Trolling

It’s easy to think of trolls as crazed narcissistic psychopathic sadists, but anyone can be a troll. It’s an activity, not an identity, because the Internet is a deceptively “safe place” to put negativity and leave it like it never existed. Chronic trolls, however, do fit certain patterns: mostly Internet-savvy white males and other bored disaffected demographics. And, in the rarest of occasions, trolls are working their paid jobs. The…

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A banner at the Women's March on Philadelphia on January 21, 2017.

Date: January 31, 2017

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Kant Touch This: Corporations Learn to Be Kind

Many economic realities changed ten days ago when President Trump got to work. One thing, however, did not. It may soon appear that thinning government budgets led to more corporations and foundations funding social justice initiatives, but the market was already swinging that way. The Ford Foundation spent most of 2015 cutting more than half of their initiatives to focus solely on addressing the causes of inequality. The MacArthur Foundation hopes…

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Date: January 26, 2017

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What’s Your Deal?: Grant Writing Just Got Sexy

You’ve voted. You’ve read your feed. You’ve called your members of Congress. You’ve donated all you can – a few dollars after indulgent self-care and preparing for the apocalypse – but it’s doesn’t seem enough. So why clear out your couch cushions when you could be earning free money for the causes you support? After the federal government changed hands last week, early indications were that discretionary funding – the main source of grants…

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Women's March Philadelphia

The Resistance Will Be Commodified

It’s nearly official: the Women’s Marches were the largest one-day protest in U.S. history. A politics professor estimates in his open spreadsheet that more than 3.3 million people – one out of every 100 Americans – marched in every state, while more than 450,000 filled the nation’s capital. Protesters marched more than 6 million miles; that distance on a treadmill motor turbine would have powered 35 city blocks for a month. In addition,…

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