Race and Power discussion

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Wed Jul 24 16:42:01 CDT 2002


[ed:  this could be an interesting opportunity.  Thanks to Kathy for
sending it.]

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Date sent:      	Tue, 23 Jul 2002 17:14:32 -0600
From:           	"Staudt, Kathleen" <kstaudt at utep.edu>
Subject:        	FW: Subject: Race and Power
To:             	"'randy.stoecker at utoledo.edu'" 
<randy.stoecker at utoledo.edu>


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From: Ruth McCambridge, Editor In Chief - Nonprofit Quarterly
[mailto:editorinchief at nonprofitquarterly.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 4:15 PM
To: kstaudt at utep.edu
Subject: Subject: Race and Power


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July 2002, Issue 13

Dear Colleague:

Do you ever try to write a simple note and find that it eludes you 
even
after many drafts? So it goes with me today.  

Actually, this is not really a note but an invitation to an informal
t=EAt= e- =E0 -t=EAtes.

If you could just imagine that you are sitting in front of the TV or 
over
a newspaper with your best buddy when you see or read something 
that sets
you off. You voice this in a way that exhibits what you truly believe
about the topic at hand. You uphold it with examples presented in a
passionate (slightly overexcited) manner but you leave plenty of 
room for
an alternate point of view to be expressed so the two of you won't 
have to
stop talking for good.

That's the kind of talk we want to hear - and we want to hear it about 
the
article we have attached from the most recent issue of the Nonprofit
Quarterly.

The thing is that, ever since we interviewed Lani Guinier--I have 
been
thinking about what she proposes in the article--a new and (she 
says)
potentially far more effective way for us working in nonprofits of 
every
stripe to approach race and power issues in this country. 

At first I thought her proposal might be a bit too simplistic and then I
realized I was thinking quite often about what she said and at the 
oddest
times. I was beginning to use her language. She had captured 
something in
my imagination and experience that held promise. 

I'm interested to hear if you feel the same.

We have invited a few other friends to get the conversation started 
but we
want to hear from you, in particular. So read the featured article by 
Lani
Guinier, "Tracking the Miner's Canary," and join us in the NPQ 
Learning
Center on-line discussion.  Also check out the "Recommended 
Resources"
we've included with this issue of our e-newsletter.

Sincerely,
Ruth

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1. Feature Article: "Tracking the Miner's Canary," an interview with 
Lani
Guinier 2. NPQ Learning Center Forum 3. Recommended 
Resources
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1) Featured Article: "Tracking the Miner's Canary", an interview with 
Lani
Guinier http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/315.htm

2) Nonprofit Quarterly Learning Center Forum. 
What are your reactions to both the analysis and proposals that 
Guinier
makes in this article? What, in your own experience, affirms her 
proposal
for "transformative multiracial communities" as a way of mobilizing
generative power, creative experimentation (or risk-taking), and 
critically
reframing issues of race and power? What would you want to add to 
her
analysis or proposals?

Join us in the NPQ Learning Center on-line by participating in a 
forum on
this topic: 
http://www.npqlearningcenter.org

3) Recommended Resources: 
A. Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a non-
partisan,
multiracial, national, nonprofit organization convened over a decade 
ago
by major civil rights, civil liberties and anti-poverty groups. 
PRRAC's
mission is to generate, gather and disseminate information on the
relationship between race and poverty, and to promote policies and
practices that alleviate conditions caused by that interaction. 
PRRAC
publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Poverty & Race. 
http://www.prrac.org

B. Colorlines Magazine, published by the Applied Research Center, 
is the
first national, multi-racial magazine devoted to covering the politics 
and
creations of communities of color.
http://www.arc.org/C_Lines/ArcColorLines.html

C. Applied Research Center is a product of the vision of activists 
and
academics recognizing the need for solid research into the issues 
and
practice of community organizing. Based in Oakland, California, 
ARC has been
a catalyst for a range of research and popular education initiatives
grounded in the realities of communities of color since 1981. 
http://www.arc.org/

D. "Race and Poverty: Our Private Obsession, Our Public Sin," 
Forum Report
(Oct. 1995) published by Institute for Race & Poverty. On-line: 
http://www1.umn.edu/irp/publications/race.htm

E. The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond describes itself as 
"a
national collective of experienced organizers and educators 
dedicated to
building an effective movement for social change." Founded in 
1980, the
New Orleans-based People's Institute conducts workshops and 
provides
technical assistance to organizations and communities taking up the
challenge of Undoing Racism. http://www.thepeoplesinstitute.org/

F. Out of the Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Comprehensive 
Community
Initiatives is a project examining race and community revitalization.
Offering "a race-centered analysis," the project is premised on the
concept "that race and racism amount to far more than a problem of
interpersonal relationships; they are active generators of the 
economic,
physical and other problems of place that the community 
revitalization."
On-line: http://www.aspenroundtable.org/Article_Index.html


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