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Why We Support the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

#OccupyWallStreet is clearly a people’s movement.  However, the media has attempted to undermine its legitimacy by minimizing its goals and effectiveness, and they have missed the power of this movement in addressing various issues and becoming a force in various cities, sectors, and elections.  As CEO Melissa L. Bradley comments, Tides is proud of #OccupyWallStreet and looks forward to the future of the movement.
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We're Just Getting Started: Preventing Massive Budget Cuts

Remember the nasty national deficit debate back in August? The fight is not over. President Obama and Congress punted the issue to a committee charged with reducing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  The most critical questions the Gang of Twelve must address is how much more cuts can Americans bear? What are the alternatives to massive cuts?  In an effort to shed more light on this issue, Tides and the Greenlining Institute will co-host the first of a series of conference calls, “Beyond Politics: Navigating a New Reality,” with keynote speaker Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities.
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Melissa L. Bradley: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Video)

In this video blog, Tides CEO Melissa L. Bradley comments on the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, reflecting on how King's lessons can be applied to our current moment of wealth disparity and economic crisis.
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Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes

Did you walk on the sidewalk, drive on a road, eat in a clean restaurant, or drink clean water from your faucet today?  Were you thinking: “What a great day to be a taxpayer!”?  We often forget the structures and services we depend on everyday are paid for by taxes.    However, over the past several years, with this year being the worst, the word “taxes” has been surgically sown to the word “cuts.”  In this guest post, Kim Klein and Anne Ryan offer their thoughts on the California State Budget and what nonprofits can do to focus on revenue.
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Corporate America Untaxed: Tax Avoidance on the Rise

America’s richest multinational corporations are avoiding $60 billion a year in taxes by hiding $1 trillion in profits overseas.  All the while, Fortune 100 corporations alone received close to $90 billion in taxpayer-funded federal contracts. And yet Congress is looking to cut the deficit by cutting Medicare, Social Security, food safety, education and health without collecting another dime from these huge, wealthy corporations.  It’s unpatriotic, it’s unfair and we can’t afford it.  It should be illegal.
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The Racial Opportunity Gap

The recession that was supposed to have ended in 2009 has become a depression for many communities of color. The Pew Research Center's astounding report "Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, Hispanics" is the most recent to draw this conclusion. Consider it's findings. The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households.  From 2005 to 2009, inflation-adjusted median wealth fell by 66% among Hispanic households and 53% among black households, compared with just 16% among white households. This is the biggest racial wealth divide this country has seen in the past 25 years.
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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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Listen: Harvest of Empire

On May 26, Tides was pleased to host our first Tides Learning Community event, Harvest Of Empire: Community Briefing on Immigration, in conjunction with Atlantic Philanthropies, Demos, Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.  The event was held at Demos in New York City and gathered a packed audience from diverse backgrounds in philanthropy, advocacy, journalism, and others.  Panelists included Eduardo López of EVS Communications, Deepak Bhargava of the Center for Community Change, Anthony Romero of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion; the panel was moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Vargas.  This inaugural Tides Learning Community program highlighted justice as one of Tides’ four primary issue areas for 2011, which broadly includes racial, social, and economic justice.
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Breaking Down Barriers on the Road to Prosperity at Netroots Nation 2011

Panel discussion featuring Melissa Bradley, Tides; Barry Kendall, Progressive Ideas Network (moderator); Rha Goddess, Opportunity Agenda; Liz Shuler, AFL/CIO secretary/treasurer; and researcher Anat Shenker-Osorio.
  • Why is inequality bad for our economy overall?
  • How does inequality affect people’s lives?
  • Why is there such extreme inequality in America?
  • Why isn’t tackling inequality a higher priority for progressives, and for the nation?

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