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Tag: Policy

Racial Wealth Learning Simulation: Webinar Re-Cap

This piece is a follow-up to a recent Tools to Engage webinar hosted by the Building Movement Project. The Building Movement Project (BMP) recently hosted a webinar designed to help listeners gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of hunger and the connections between racial equity,... more

A Deeper Dive into Advocacy: Webinar Re-Cap

This piece is a follow-up to a recent Tools to Engage webinar hosted by the Building Movement Project. Now, more than ever, direct service organizations are being called upon to advocate for individuals as well as for policy change. By integrating service and social change, organizations can continue... more

Resisting Nonprofit Complicity in Family Separations

Family separations at the US/Mexico border have been at the forefront of the national conversation over the last several months, with good reason. Amid daily reports of terror and trauma at the border, many of us are asking “What can we do?” For nonprofits, this question takes... more

On Executive Orders and Movement Building: Immigration Reform and Gun Control

President Obama recently announced new executive action on gun control. According to a White House fact sheet  published on Monday, the executive orders would expand background checks, increase mental health services and reporting, and shape the future of gun technology. Obama’s call for an executive order comes... more

Building Movement Detroit Video: “People’s Atlas” Convening

As part of Building Movement Detroit's Uniting Detroiters project, the BMP Detroit team is building a "People's Atlas"- an interactive set of resources that will serve as a multimedia illustration of the progressive movement in the city. On August 10th of this year, community residents and project participants came together to discuss citizens' right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit. The discussion of these ideas was framed by a series of existing and participant-created maps of the city, giving participants the opportunity to think about space and place differently. Check out this video, put together by the planning team, to see the results! more

Detroit Accountable Community Governance Event

In July, 2012 William Copeland and Rayven Roberts represented EMEAC at the Accountable Community Governance Convening held by the South by Southwest Experiment in Jackson, Mississippi. This event, to be held at The Commons on Thursday, August 30th from 6-8pm, will serve as a community report back. But furthermore will be a discussion about what does Accountable Community Governance look like in Detroit. more

Uniting Detroiters Convening

Please join the BMP Detroit team for the second Uniting Detroiters Convening on August 10, 2012, at the Solanus Casey Center (1780 Mount Elliot Street) from 10am to 3pm to discuss our right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit. more

Spotlight On: Nonprofits Talking Taxes

How many times have you heard someone at your nonprofit say, "We just have to do more with less"? The recent financial downturn, cuts to government services and rising costs have led nonprofit organizations across the country into a state of crisis. How do you continue to provide your much needed services when funding streams seem to have run dry? Where do you turn? The answer, according to Project Team member and renowned fundraising trainer, Kim Klein, is taxes. She started the Nonprofits Talking Taxes program to encourage California nonprofits to become active in the debate surrounding CA budget and tax policy reform. Through monthly webinars, workshops, and free trainings, Kim educates nonprofit staffers on the particulars of taxes and how a reform in tax policy could help bring an end to the nonprofit budget crisis. Not located in California? Kim's trainings provide a base of information that's helpful to people across the country who want to become more active in the tax debate.


Really Talking About Taxes

Can we shed a positive light on Tax Day? Yes, says project team member Kim Klein in her most recent blog post from Kim Klein and the Commons. She argues that we should use Tax Day as an opportunity to discuss all the great things that our tax dollars pay for, as well as the common good they serve to protect. She highlights the work of many other organizations who are working towards highlighting the positive aspects of taxes, and discusses how the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to play a role in this conversation.


Budget 101 and other great resources from the Coalition on Human Needs

While congress may have reached a debt deal, many questions still remain about the federal budget and the impact that it will have on the social services that many of us either provide or rely on. The Coalition for Human Needs has a host of resources to help service providers understand the federal budget and facilitate staff and community conversations around budget impact and advocacy. more

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