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Why is this okay?

Cholene has just been back down in the post-Katrina tent city in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If the world weren’t so screwed up, the situation of the people she was visiting with would be front page news.
Met a grandmother living in a car with her autistic grandson. His parents and her husband are dead. She had to give up her FEMA trailer because her young grandson (about my size but 11) has seizures and the trailer was too small. FEMA made her turn it in before they would accept her application for a disabled equipped trailer. Met a woman living with two sons who was abused and thrown out of her FEMA trailer by her drunk husband. She had surgery before the storm and is so worried about her medical bills that she wants to give her FEMA money to the hospital. She is getting kicked out of the tent in two weeks as they are closing the tent city, and FEMA only allows one trailer per family but her husband will not give her a divorce. Shantrell [a friend of Cholene’s and lawyer] is trying to help. There is more, but these are the highlights. No insurance payments and no FEMA help.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Let’s Make Bernie Sanders a Bestseller!

As the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders continues to climb in the polls, crushing online fundraising records and frustrating party insiders and pundits along the way, we’re looking to put Bernie’s message on bestseller lists everywhere in time for the national debates this fall!With the second Democratic debate to be held on November 14th in Des Moines, it’s […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..
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