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Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: January 2014

“Life’s most urgent and persistent question is what are you doing for others”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy New Year to our Newsbrief readers! May 2014 bring you renewal, connections, joy and peace to you!

As we begin 2014 we are very busy at LLC. But we pause to reflect the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this month and those who fought for civil rights and justice in the 1960s. Miriam’s interesting article a few months back shared her reflections leadership after watching the fictional play “Mountaintop” based on the last moments of Dr. Kings life. But we remember that change takes many minds working in concert. We remember those working for civil and racial justice today on the ongoing struggles that we currently face. This month also marks the 5 year anniversary of the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant at Oakland’s fruitvale Bart station. Although we are still working towards social and racial justice, it’s important to lift up the stories of change.  We dedicate this newsletter to the memory of racial and civil rights activists and hope that 2014 will continue to mark another historical year for social change and leadership.  


Newsbrief...

On Leadership and Community Change
What are some of the goals you have for your social change and leadership work in 2014? Colorlines, has published stories this month from activists in their community that share reflections from their racial justice bucket list for 2014. If you are compelled by one or many of these stories, the activists each have a “how to get involved” in their cause section. It’s a must read to start off 2014!

Conference proposals are due February 14, 2014 for the Research Justice Symposium hosted by the DataCenter and The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program. The conference on Community Engaged Scholarship will hosted at UC Berkeley on April 24, 2014. I also wanted to share an interesting story of community self-empowerment and dignity coming out of the homeless rights movement in the state of Utah. Statewide, Utah has reduced homelessness by 78%  by state led efforts to get folks into housing- for free. This is a great example of placing a stake in the ground and working to accomplish a goal- like Utah’s goal for eliminating homelessness by 2015.

Leadership and Equity….
This month as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacies of civil rights advocates that have followed, I wanted to share an article that discusses Dr. King’s final book and work as an anti-poverty and income inequality crusader. In light of Oxfam’s recent publication before the 2014 World Economic Forum, with findings that prove that the richest 85 people own more wealth than 50% of humanity, Dr.King’s work once again is  incredibly relevant. Dr. King was a supporter of a universal income meaning that families would be  guaranteed a certain amount per year to spend. Read these articles as you reflect on how income inequality impacts the work that you do. 

A Woman's Nation, released an important and timely report on the status of women and girls in the USA. The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, focuses on gender inequities and how women, often single mothers, are struggling to run a households and make it by. The report with contributions from women’s activists from Hillary Clinton to Beyonce, discuss how women make up more than 75% of minimum wage workers and how 40% of of all households with children under the age of 18 have mothers who are the sole or primary income supporter. This is an important read for those who are interested in gender equity and equity more broadly. 
 

Top Articles:

On Leadership and Gratitude….
Title: Racial Justice Bucket List 2014
Author: Rosana Cruz
Date: January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1inV8Qj

Title: Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship
Author: DataCenter and The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program
Date:January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1dVj4XS
 

Title: Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes
Author: Nation of Change
Date: January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1eTh5RE

On Leadership and Equity…
Title: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Solution to Poverty
Author: The Atlantic
Date: January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1f7qO9g
 

Title: Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic InequalityAuthor: Oxfam
Date: January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1c4yuc0

Title: Oxfam: World’s Richest 1% Owns Half of Global Wealth
Author: NPR
Date: January 2014
Source: http://n.pr/1dPXkhF

Title: The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
Author: Multiple
Date: January 2014
Source: http://bit.ly/1aJTbZD

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