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The Revolution Will Not Be Funded by Incite! Women of Color Agai...
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: social-change
Read in March, 2011

I just finished the introduction (by Andrea Smith) and was amazed. Granted, going into the book, I was unfamiliar with the history of the nonprofit system. But whoa! Smith weaves INCITE!'s journey for funding with the history of the nonprofit system. She documents the history of corporations/foundations to explicitly control social change movements. It's accomplished by (a) funneling activists from community organizing to a career model of social service (magnified problem see Social Service or Social Change by P. Kivel), (b) by fragmenting social movements and having nonprofits compete for resources (when really their struggles are interlinked), (c) justifying and masking exploitative business practices with philanthropy ("see nike isn't all bad"), (d) nonprofit work can't be too "radical," so they tend to encourage oppressive solutions (antiviolence movement using the prison system because of state funding), and (e) lots, lots more.

Anyway, the introduction is a must read, and I'm really excited about the rest!

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