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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

Media Advocate Edidiong “Didi” Adiakpan, 19, of San Antonio, TX

“The legacy of our...

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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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Tides Announces New Chief Executive Officer

San Francisco, CA – Tides is proud to announce the appointment of Kriss Deiglmeier as its new CEO.

Kriss is recognized as a pioneer in the social innovation field and most recently was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford University, Palo Alto. For the past ten years she established CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field.  Kriss has more than 20 years of senior management experience that spans the social enterprise, business, nonprofit,...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

I was too young to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to understand how the presence of one person’s life on this planet can change the very nature of humanity. For me, that understanding came through the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918-2013.  He was what I think of as a “beautiful leader.”
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Great Full Service, Furnished, Shared Spaces at Thoreau Center

Come be part of this thriving space of similarly minded organizations and businesses working to make our communities better places. For 17 years, the Thoreau Center has been home to over 65 organizations who have the opportunity to learn from one another, celebrate successes and tackle challenges as each works to meet their own mission.

We have a variety of well lit work spaces available within Tides’ offices. Starting with two-person suites and able to accommodate larger organizations,...

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The #TimeIsNow to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

The summer of 2013 was a critical turning point for the immigration rights movement, led by the nation’s largest immigration reform collaborative – Alliance for Citizenship (A4C), a project of The Advocacy Fund. Momentum continues to be on their side as they fight for legalization with a path to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million aspiring citizens. There were moments of elation in late June when the Senate passed historic immigration reform legislation by a 2 to 1 vote, followed by the intense ground war in key congressional districts across the country to tee up a vote in the House this fall. The Alliance for Citizenship and its partners are determined to pass immigration reform this year—and once and for all, put an end to a broken system that tears apart families through heartless deportations and establishes a roadmap for immigrants to come out from the shadows and gives them access to full citizenship.
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Tides Awards 2013 Pizzigati Prize to Fair Elections Pioneer Micah Altman

Politicians have been gerrymandering legislative districts — and distorting democracy — for almost as long as the United States has been a nation. But average American citizens now have a powerful tool to challenge those distortions, thanks to the talent and vision of the seventh annual winner of the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.
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Creating Social Change Leaders

The social sector invests heavily in the tools of social change. But tools don’t build or fix things. People do. Specifically, it’s social change leaders with vision — shaped by love and intellect — that wield tools effectively. We must invest in developing highly effective social change leaders to create a more just and equitable society.
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Interview with Cynthia Chavez of LeaderSpring

LeaderSpring's mission is to foster a powerful, equity-driven social sector by strengthening leaders and organizations; developing communities of leaders; and transforming the systems in which they work. Since 1997, LeaderSpring has awarded almost 200 exceptional leaders and their agencies with an intensive program of leadership development, management skills training, customized mentoring, and networking.
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Ending Modern Slavery

After stepping off the podium at the United Nations, President Obama made a special commitment – to ending modern day slavery. Not just in remote corners of the developing world. But here in this country as well. Many of the slaves today are girls. Born in this country. Hidden in plain view.

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