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Sustaining Self in a Life of Institution - Banned Books Week Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gemma Baumer, the winner of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability's Student Essay Contest, sponsored by the Whole Earth Library.  The contest is a commemoration of Banned Books Week and is held in conjunction with The Bay School of San Francisco.  This year's essay contest encouraged students to consider how intellectual freedom relates to the concerns of sustainability such as ecological protection, economic security, democracy, and social justice.
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Preserve Democracy: Expand the Vote, Don’t Restrict It

This year has marked the largest legislative effort to roll back voting rights in more than a century.  In response to record turnout in 2008—specifically among young voters, low-income voters, seniors and voters of color—a dozen states have passed new laws designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.  The Advancement Project's Judith Browne-Dianis comments on these new barriers aimed at neutralizing these surges and systematically disenfranchising already registered voters.
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Broadcasting Opportunity: How Community Radio Powers Social Change

Ninety percent of Americans use radio at least once a week, making it the most common point of connection today.  And thanks to the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, groups will soon have the opportunity to start community radio stations in cities and towns across the country—as early as next summer.  As Danielle Chynoweth of the Prometheus Radio Project notes, this marks the largest expansion of community radio in U.S. history, and in many areas, will be the first such opportunity in more than 30 years.
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London's Burning: Who's Responsible?

"Basically we nearly died!" was my niece Roxana’s Facebook status. It was accompanied by a few seconds of video she’d taken with her phone, showing a group of young men hurling objects and up-ending a car. Initially a response to the fatal police shooting of Londoner Mark Duggan, the riots in London spread throughout the capital and then throughout the country.  During this wave of riots, I’ve observed that those with liberal or center-left views seem more likely than before to see this as individual rather than a societal problem. We had laughed when Margaret Thatcher first told us that there was "no such thing as society," but maybe her words took root.
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Melissa Bradley Talks Gender Equity at the Aspen Ideas Festival

As part of Tides’ 2011 focus on Gender Equity, CEO Melissa Bradley recently spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on a panel entitled, “Why Invest in America's Women?” The panel focused on women’s roles in the economy and workforce, and how changes in policy and culture are needed to improve the lives of diverse women and their families.  The panelists addressed a range of questions from both Martin and the audience, and Melissa herself discussed topics ranging from Title IX to female CEOs, capital investment in women-led initiatives, welfare reform, pay disparities, and innovative workplace solutions and systems of care.
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Support the Social Safety Net, Preserve Charitable Deductions

Tides CEO Melissa Bradley recently signed on to a letter initiated by our colleagues at Independent Sector, and signed by leaders from the nation's leading foundations and non-profit organizations, urging President Obama and Congress to preserve the tax incentives for charitable giving.  As our elected officials in Washington discuss reductions in spending to lower the national debt, the signatories argue against sacrificing our nation's social safety net and entitlement programs, and caution against jeopardizing the non-profit sector's workforce and programs by capping tax incentives for charitable contributions.
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Today: Tides Community Member on NPR's Fresh Air

Today's edition of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross will feature Jose Antonio Vargas, a founder of Define American, a Tides project, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who courageously shared the story of his life as an undocumented immigrant. You can find when it airs in your local NPR station here.
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Last chance to register for the Games for Change Festival 2011

Tides is proud to partner with Games for Change to promote this innovative conference focusing on games and play in education and social change movements.  We invite everyone to check out the Games for Change Festival website and explore the content that will make an impact on you. As a special offer to the Tides community, register with the discount code "tides" to save 10% on registration. All Access passes are extremely limited as we are less than a week away from closing ticket sales.
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Redeeming the Dream

This week,  I joined at least 2,000 workers, who descended upon Oakland’s City Hall to stand in solidarity with workers’ rights/labor struggles in Wisconsin and Ohio.  Yesterday was also the anniversary of the assassination of our beloved, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  King was in Memphis to support striking African American sanitation workers. The night before he was shot, in his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, King explained that the issue that brought him there was, “the refusal of Memphis to be fair...

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What's Next from Melissa Bradley, Tides New CEO

In the long term my goal is to make Tides a world-class leader in social change. While this may initially seem like a huge statement, it is quite possible. With over 20% of our grant making being international, coupled with our over 200 fiscal sponsor projects across the country doing amazing work, this reality is around the corner. With a continued focus on client service, an investment in our infrastructure, and an analysis of new markets and service offerings, we are poised to scale our work and deepen its impact.

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