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The Revolution Will Not Be Funded by Incite! Women of Color Agai...
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May 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: sociology, politics
Read from May 21 to June 27, 2012

This book provides an important and very necessary critique of the current state of the non-profit industrial complex. Activists from a variety of current and former non-profit organizations discuss the difficulties social activists face in attempting to keep their organizations afloat while resisting the temptations of professionalizing and bending to funders' dictates. Other activists discuss the differences between social service organizations and social justice/change organizations and how a focus on social services can be used to take our energies away from changing the social institutions and structures which are creating and perpetuating oppression. For many years, I have been involved in "community service", whether it be with Literacy Volunteers, after-school programming, or outreach to undocumented workers. Although I felt I was helping people and providing important services, I often felt a sinking, nagging feeling that I was not changing anything and that these social services would have to exist indefinitely if the systems which created the need for them were not dismantled. The authors of the articles in this compilation address ways in which you can work for social change, either inside of or outside of the non-profit complex, and provide detailed descriptions of their strategies, successes, and failures. Overall, this is a very hopeful and encouraging book for any individual who wants to work for social justice and is at the same time weary of the current non-profit structures in place. Highly recommend!!

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