2014 LRAN Call for Proposals

2014 LRAN Conference Call for Proposals

The Labor Research Action Network will be having its 4th annual conference in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17, 2014. The LRAN conference is an opportunity for academics, labor leaders, activists, and supporters to think creatively and daringly about the future of the labor movement. It’s a space to question fundamental assumptions, reflect critically on victories and challenges, and propose new pathways that can propel our movement forward. We are particularly interested in joint presentations with academics and practitioners who have collaborated on research and organizing projects.

LRAN is now accepting proposals for panels, papers, and posters. All proposals are due February 15, 2014.

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Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: The Benefits of Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 2:00pm–3:00pm ET

Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: The Benefits of Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing

Featured Speakers:
Niki Jagpal, Research and Policy Director, NCRP
Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
John Esterle, Executive Director, The Whitman Institute
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Celebrating the Growing Healthcare is a Human Right Movement

We invite you to a Human Rights Day event co-organized by NESRI and the Poverty Initiative to honor Ms. Franzen, a member of the Vermont Workers' Center and a key leader in Vermont’'s pioneering Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign. Ms. Franzen is the former President of the Vermont Workers' Center and long-time disability rights activist, exemplifies the power of people to effectuate change in their communities and in their state. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign began in Vermont where, in the midst of intense debate about the Affordable Care Act, it succeeded in passing the country'’s first state-wide universal health care law. Community members like Ms. Franzen have reignited the movement for universal, publicly financed health care in the United States, and communities in Maryland, Maine, and Pennsylvania have now picked up the torch, starting their own Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns, with other states poised to follow. We will be joined at this event by representatives from Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maryland, Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maine, and Healthcare Is a Human Right-Pennsylvania, which collectively form the vanguard of a new human rights movement for universal health care.

We ask you to join us on Human Rights Day in re-committing to the principle that human rights begin at home and honoring Ms. Franzen for her leadership in this historic health care breakthrough.  The event will take place on December 10th at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Wine and light snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Laura Gosa, development director, at laura@nesri.org, or visit NESRI online.

 

On the evening of December 10th, Human Rights Day, NESRI will be honoring Peg Franzen, a longtime leader of the Vermont Workers' Center.

Devoting herself to the Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare is a Human Right campaign, Ms. Franzen worked with other members until they successfully passed the nation's first statewide universal health care law. 

We will be joined by representatives from Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland, Healthcare is a Human Right-Maine, and Healthcare is a Human Right-Pennsylvania in celebrating the example Ms. Franzen has set: ordinary people enacting change in their own communities, and beyond.

We hope you will join us.

 

Church Center for the United Nations

777 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017

(44th Street and 1st Avenue)

 

For further information, contact Laura Gosa, development director, at laura@nesri.org

- See more at: http://www.nesri.org/events/2013/celebrating-the-growing-healthcare-is-a-human-right-movement#sthash.RGBNpnsL.dpuf

On the evening of December 10th, Human Rights Day, NESRI will be honoring Peg Franzen, a longtime leader of the Vermont Workers' Center.

Devoting herself to the Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare is a Human Right campaign, Ms. Franzen worked with other members until they successfully passed the nation's first statewide universal health care law. 

We will be joined by representatives from Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland, Healthcare is a Human Right-Maine, and Healthcare is a Human Right-Pennsylvania in celebrating the example Ms. Franzen has set: ordinary people enacting change in their own communities, and beyond.

We hope you will join us.

 

Church Center for the United Nations

777 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017

(44th Street and 1st Avenue)

 

For further information, contact Laura Gosa, development director, at laura@nesri.org

- See more at: http://www.nesri.org/events/2013/celebrating-the-growing-healthcare-is-a-human-right-movement#sthash.RGBNpnsL.dpuf
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WKKF to invest $5M for Family Engagement Innovations

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has announced a $5 million investment to identify and cultivate innovations in the growing field of family engagement. The goal is to remove barriers faced by low-income families and support children’s educational success from birth to 8 years old.

We believe that supporting such efforts will help schools, communities and families make a positive impact on children’s learning and development. The work must address the needs of vulnerable parents as well as their children.

DEADLINE: Interested nonprofits or public entities with nonprofit partners should complete initial submissions of intent by Sept. 23, 2013, for possible funding of up to $500,000 for one to three years.

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NFG Board Appoints Dennis Quirin as New President

The Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Quirin as our new President.  Dennis comes to this position with two decades of experience as an activist, organizer, fundraiser and grantmaker working for social change.

We are thrilled that Dennis is joining NFG. He is a talented and highly-respected individual with considerable experience working with nonprofits, designing and implementing strategic programs, and working effectively with diverse stakeholders.  Most recently, Dennis designed and led the Race & Equity Collaborative at the Proteus Fund, a multi-city funding strategy supporting the growth of city-level alliances working at the intersection of racial justice and voter engagement.  His leadership efforts included developing a funding approach to help build new racial justice capacity in cities across the country, designing and convening funder briefings, and playing a strategic leadership role on voter engagement, race and social justice in funder convenings. 

 

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Texas Contractors Say Playing By The Rules Doesn't Pay

Homes in Texas are cheap — at least compared with much of the country. You can buy a brand new, five-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house near Fort Worth for just $160,000.

But that affordability comes at a price — to workers, many of whom are in the country illegally and make $12 an hour or less, but also to business owners.

Let's say you own a big Texas construction firm, and you want to run your business the right way. You try your darndest to hire only legal workers and pay them a decent salary plus benefits.

Most importantly you pay all your taxes, Social Security, unemployment — everything you're supposed to — just like a normal company in other industries.

So, how's that working out?

"There's no way you can compete," says Stan Marek, CEO of the Marek Family of Companies, one of the largest commercial interior contractors in Texas. They've been in business 75 years, but Marek says the past four have been extremely difficult.

"When someone is paying less per hour, no workman's comp, no payroll taxes, [no] unemployment — we can't overcome that," he says.

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Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Like almost everything in the Texas, the construction industry in the Lone Star State is big. One in every 13 workers here is employed in the state's $54 billion-per-year construction industry.

Homebuilding and commercial construction may be an economic driver for the state, but it's also an industry riddled with hazards. Years of illegal immigration have pushed wages down, and accidents and wage fraud are common. Of the nearly 1 million workers laboring in construction here, approximately half are undocumented.

Many of those workers have been in the U.S. for years, even decades. This critical mass of eager, mostly Hispanic workers means it's possible for a family from New York or California to move to Texas and buy a brand new, five-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home for $160,000.

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