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Community Organizing Profiled on NPR

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Today, National Public Radio is beginning a multi-part analysis of the impact of grassroots organizing on the Obama Administration, and telling the story of the Virginia Organizing Project (VOP). Check it out!  About The Series: Throughout the upcoming year, NPR will follow some of these community groups to see what, if anything, they are able to do with their newfound influence. This is the first report in the occasional series.


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Community Organizing Resources

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The Ford Foundation sponsored Grantcraft website has may resources for community organizing.

The Ford Foundation sponsored Grantcraft website has many resources for community organizing. You will find print and film resources on organizing in general as well as materials on some of the major branches of organizing in the United States: congregation- or faith-based, education, immigration, and youth organizing. They also have a GRANTCRAFT GUIDE designed to help funders understand why funding CO is important. 


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Organizers for America

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"Organizers for America" is a new website where organizing groups, unions, social justice organizations and allies can list organizer jobs in one location. Organizers can look for jobs and post their resumes --- all for free.

Please pass the word around. 
http://www.organizersforamerica.org

This is a service to all of organizing by the National Organizers Alliance. 
Walter Davis, Executive Director


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Rachel Maddow's smart commentary on the sad state of our election system.

Nov. 2: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explains, before it was declared unconstitutional in 1964, voters in some states had to pay to cast their ballots. Is waiting upwards of 8 hours just to vote a new version of the old poll tax? How many Americans can't afford to spend hours online waiting to vote.

"This is a poll tax. How much do you get paid for an hour of work? Do you have the kind of job that would be delighted to give…

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The Daily Show uses its tongue-in-cheek style of reporting to shed light on the good work of community organizers like ACORN's Bertha Lewis, while at the same time exposing the flawed and disturbing logic of conservatives like Palin, Giuliani, and Matthew Vadum.

See the video here>>

 


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Brave New Films Exposes the Truth About ACORN

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Brave New Films released a new short film yesterday debunking the smears against ACORN. Help spread the word how ACORN is bolstering democracy NOT threatening it. Watch the clip and pass it on.  Do your part to defuse these poisonous allegations before they hurt more people.  


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In Defense of Community Organizing

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In her acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention,  Vice Presidential nominee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said,

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

Nominally, her words were an assault on Barack Obama's early career as a  community organizer on Chicago's south side. But the impact reaches  farther than that and is a direct affront to the thousands who have  dedicated their…

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Jailing journalists is unacceptable in a democracy. But that's exactly what is happening at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Award winning journalist and host of "Democracy Now" Amy Goodman was arrested by St. Paul police while covering a protest outside the Republican National Convention. Though clearly identified as press, Goodman was charged with "obstruction of a legal process and interference with a 'peace officer.'" Two of her producers were arrested for…

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The Critical Educator Network is entered into a contest with a website called ideablob.com , an organization that gives money to non-profits. Once a month, the organizations that garners the most votes from people over the Internet wins $10,000 in startup funds. We won our round of the competition with many of your votes and now we are headed to the finals to see who is going to win the $10,000. Voting starts Friday, August 22nd and ends Sunday, August 31st. There is a problem with the vote setup, so please

The Critical Educator Network is entered into a contest with a website called  ideablob.com , an organization that gives money to non-profits. Once a month, the organizations that garners the most votes from people over the Internet wins $10,000 in startup funds. We won our round of the competition with many of your votes and now we are headed to the finals to see who is going to win the $10,000. Voting starts Friday, August 22nd and ends Sunday, August 31st. There is a problem with the…

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Referendum on Torture

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Debate Over Role of Psychologists in Military Interrogations Comes to a Head at APA Annual Convention

From Democracy Now! The debate over the role that psychologists should play in military interrogations heated up this weekend at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. After years of back-and-forth discussion and several resignations from the association, APA members are now voting on a referendum that could make any participation in coercive prisoner interrogations a violation of their code of ethics. Meanwhile, California became the first state in the nation…

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