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Social Justice Links for the Curious Mind

1. Nation of Change
NationofChange is a 501(c)3 nonprofit news organization that provides an online magazine, daily newsletter, and community platform free to the public. We report 24/7 on critical issues affecting our democracy with a focus on positive solutions to social and political problems.
We are committed to peace, social equality, human rights, and environmental conservation. We believe that dedicated individuals armed with knowledge and fueled by compassion and optimism can enact dramatic change even in a world fraught with corruption and injustice.
NationofChange accepts no advertisements or corporate financing. We are directly funded by small donations from the public whom we serve. We believe that this distinction is essential to the production of reliable journalism and truly independent thought.

2.  http://www.bravenewfoundation.org/

–for blogs, news, new media strategies and more!  [from their website: ] “The vision of Brave New Foundation is an open democratic society that encourages rigorous debate, opportunity and justice for all.  Our mission is to champion social justice issues by using a model of media, education, and grassroots volunteer involvement that inspires, empowers, motivates and teaches civic participation and makes a difference.”

a. Links to social change oriented group allied with the Brave New  Foundation: http://www.bravenewfoundation.org/about/friends/

b. also they make many very informative and thought-provoking films available at www.bravenewfilms.org Check out their ever-growing library of free
videos.

3.  Reader Supported News

Reader Supported News is a new service by the creator of Truthout, Marc Ash. I started Truthout in downtown Los Angeles in the summer of 2000, as the Democratic
convention unfolded a few blocks away. I did so without realizing that I would fail, and as a result, I succeeded. Truthout built its following among readers who wanted to better understand the most important stories of the day, but had grown tired of the hype and sales-pitching of the big corporate outlets.

Reader Supported News (RSN) will carry forward the core concept that the reader is
best served by financial control of the news service they depend on. No outside
investment capital was used in the startup of RSN. No advertising money will be
accepted by RSN. No grants will be sought by RSN. We like having the reader as
our boss.

The service is free to all – even if you cannot contribute, we are honored to have
you join us as a reader. RSN will not be a non-profit.  Non-profits are great and do wonderful work, but a board of directors ultimately rules the roost and that can lead to anything.  Contributions made to RSN are not tax-deductible. This is a new experiment: can an organization serve the community and still pay its taxes? The answer should
be yes.”  — Marc Ash:  An Introduction to Reader Supported News, 24 September 09

“After 15 years of political organizing, I helped Marc Ash start Truthout in early 2001. George W. Bush, with the assistance of the Supreme Court, had just stolen the presidency. I met Marc while helping organize a march against the inauguration of George Bush in Los Angeles. For months Truthout was a labor of love, nobody made a dime as we built a new,
progressive news voice, and I remained there for close to nine years.

I am proud of the work I did at Truthout, and am happy to continue that work at Reader Supported News. Like John Cory,I am angry, and believe that one way to take our government back is to inform the public of the truth. That was the mission we began at Truthout, and it is the mission we are continuing to follow at Reader Supported News.

Over the years I have worked with many Heroes in the fight for Peace and Justice. Phillip Berrigan and Mitch Snyder taught me that it wasn’t about what I could do alone, but what we could do together. Phil was more patient than Mitch, he knew that victory was a long way off, and that each changed mind put us one step closer to a peaceful, just world. That is one of the reasons I am at Reader Supported News, because I can reach more people
than I could by organizing a protest. I am committed to fighting for a world without war, poverty and injustice. But it is not about what I can do, it is about what you can do with the information we provide you. Join us in taking back the truth. The corporate media has redefined the truth for so many of our friends and family, it is up to us to lead them back to the real truth.

What you can do to help is to spread the news we provide. The right-wing
echo chamber is effective at spreading lies. Help us spread the truth.”  — Scott Galindez:  Why I joined Reader Supported News, 15 March 10

a.  http://www.readersupportednews.org/godot

“Writing for Godot is the sister site of Reader Supported News. Writing for Godot is a
forum where our readers can post their own essays. The concept for Writing for
Godot is drawn from Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s 1952 masterpiece “Waiting
for Godot.” 
Beckett’s story centers around two men, Estragon and Vladimir. They wait beneath a tree each day for Godot. At the end of each day, a child with innocent eyes arrives and tells them that Godot will not come today, but that Godot will come
tomorrow. “Are you sure he will come tomorrow?” ask Estragon and Vladimir. “Yes,” replies the boy, but Godot never comes. Others however, do come, and the play unfolds.

Critics have noted that Estragon and Vladimir represent humanity and that Godot
represents God. Some say, and Beckett did, that man waits for God but God never
comes. Interestingly, as Estragon and Vladimir wait without result for Godot to
arrive, they contemplate suicide. Not surprising in that the horrors of World
War II, a suicide attempt by all mankind, had only receded seven years earlier.

God represents many things to many people. However, in a universal sense, divinity
might be equated with social justice and order, tolerance and compassion. Such
are the things God represents to man. I have spent the past nine years of my life writing for social justice and order, tolerance and compassion – “Writing for Godot.” I’ve come to understand that Godot will not come today.  Perhaps he will come tomorrow…” [from:  http://www.readersupportednews.org/godot ]

4. In These Times

In These Times is a nonprofit and independent newsmagazine committed to political and economic democracy and opposed to the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values. In These Times is dedicated to reporting the news with the highest journalistic standards; to informing and analyzing movements for social, environmental and economic justice; and to providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

5.   www.colorofchange.org

[from this website:]  “What Is ColorOfChange.org?  ColorOfChange.org exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice. Our goal is to empower our members – Black Americans and our allies – to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.

We were heart-broken and outraged by the catastrophe that followed Hurricane Katrina. And we were devastated to realize that no African-American organization or coalition had
the capacity to respond on the necessary scale.

Hurricane Katrina made it clear that our lack of a political voice has life-and-death consequences. With no one to speak for them, hundreds of thousands of people – largely Black, poor, and elderly – were left behind to die. But it wasn’t just Black folks.  Poor, sick, and elderly people of every color were abandoned too. We are not alone, and when we work to protect Black lives and interests, we do the same for all who have been left behind in political silence.

ColorOfChange.org is comprised of Black folks from every economic class, as well as those of every color who seek to help our voices be heard. Our members are united behind a
simple, powerful pledge: we will do all we can to make sure all Americans are represented, served, and protected – regardless of race or class.

What We Do

Using the Internet, we enable our members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. We keep them informed about the most pressing issues for Black people in America and give them ways to act. We lobby elected representatives using email, the telephone, and face-to-face meetings.

We bring attention to the needs and concerns of Black folks by holding coordinated events in different parts of the country, running TV and print advertisements, and demanding  that the news media cover our issues. We also work with other groups – online efforts and other organizations that are doing related work – to magnify our impact.

When we come together and speak with one voice, we cannot be ignored.”

6.   http://boldprogressives.org/news

Boldprogressives.org provides more news—where information is collected and analyzed from a progressive perspective, which is quite different than the perspective of corporate-controlled media.

7.  The Southern Poverty Law Center

[from their website: ] “The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes –free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools.
We are based in Montgomery, Ala., the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement, and have offices in Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Fla., and Jackson, Miss.”

a.  Of special interest to many in the WISR community is the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance programhttp://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/teaching-tolerance “Our Teaching Tolerance [ http://www.tolerance.org/ ]  program is working to foster school
environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. The program points to the future, helping teachers prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources, we reach hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through our award-winning TeachingTolerance magazine [ http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/archives ], multimedia teachingkits, online curricula, professional development resources like our Teaching Diverse Students Initiative and special projects like Mix It Up at Lunch Day. These materials are provided to educators at no cost.”[ from their website ]

 

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