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Beyond Ferguson: The New Majority Opportunity by Kathryn Snyder

"This is a defining moment in our country."

Rev. Al Sharpton, at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri

August 17, 2014

Three police killings of unarmed black men have dominated national headlines in just two months. Eric Garner, 43, was killed by an NYPD officer who placed him in an illegal chokehold while questioning him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. In Ohio, an open carry state, John Craw...

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Michael Brown: From Tragic Moment to Triumphant Movement by Toby Thompkins

Like Michael Brown, I have been over 6-feet tall and 300-pounds since I was 18-years-old. I know what it means to be the “Big Black Man” in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old, 6’4, 300-plus-pound, black male exposed America’s deepest fault line. It has raised questions about many complex social problems such as, police ...
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Five Reasons Lava Mae is Unusually Successful

Lava Mae is not typical. It’s a group that has been in operation for only a couple months, but they’ve been written about in newspapers all over the world. Many people want to replicate their system. As a Tides project, we couldn’t be more proud of them. ...
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Spotlight on Maker Ed: Making a Successful Tides Project

There has been a lot of attention on teaching American kids about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning- attention that goes all the way to the top. President Obama launched an “educate to innovate” campaign to help move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement.  And one of Tides' fiscally sponsored projects, Maker Ed, has used thi...
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From San Francisco to the World: Sharing space at Thoreau Center helps EMERGENCY USA provide better medical care internationally

Author: Eric Talbert via Bay Area International Link (BAIL) I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of Tides’ Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over 60 organizations working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. ...
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The Rest is Up to You: A Tale of Social Justice Parenting

My father came to America in September...
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The troubling state of crime and criminal justice for Latinos in America

Note: This is a guest post from one of Tides' projects, Californians for Safety and Justice, edited for clarity. “Cumulative disadvantage.” That’s the term we used – and troubling discovery we made – in a new report about Latino experiences with crime and the justice system. Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos reveals th...
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Currents with Kriss: The Community Costs of Business Isolation

Currents with Kriss is a regular column by Tides CEO Kriss Deiglmeier. Introduction ...
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2014 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award Winners Announced

The Colin Higgins Foundation recently announced its 14th Annual Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners who are being recognized for their extraordinary personal leadership and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. HIV/AIDS Activist Jacques Agbobly, 16, of Chicago, IL Transgender Rights Leader Ashton Lee, 17, of Manteca, CA ...
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The Political Climate on Climate

By Ben Malley, The Advocacy Fund

While the impacts of climate change play out around us, the US House of Representatives, with its more than 100 climate deniers, remains the most anti-environment House of all time. According to the latest League of Conservation Voters scorecard, House Republicans cast an anti-environment vote more than 90 percent of the time in 2013, voting to weaken the Clean Air Act 20 times and weaken the Clean Water Act 37 times. With very little prospect of this changing in the upcoming election, climate groups continue to face the prospect of a House that is not only unresponsive, but antagonistic to the urgent need to address climate change.

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