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Bits & Pieces: Non-Profits, Free Speech, and More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From non-profits, to consensus process, and free speech; these are a few of the stories that caught my eye this week.

How Small Non-Profits Communicate
Non-profit Marketing Guide has authored an article on a survey of small non-profits.  The survey examines how small non-profits communicate and you can read about it here.

How Consensus Can Kill a Movement
Occupy Wall Street discusses the dangers of the consensus process and how it can prevent a movement from progressing.  You can read the post here.

What Free Speech Really Means
I was so happy to see someone finally write this post.  Here Katie J.M. Baker breaks down what free speech in America means and how the majority misinterpret this right.

Campaigns Aren’t What they Use to Be
In Do Campaigns Still WorkSeth Masket explores recent studies that suggest candidates have very little control over how the public perceives them.

The outcome of the election was very well explained by “the fundamentals,” including the economy, conditions of foreign policy, and other aspects of the political environment over which the candidates have little to no power. This is all very consistent with decades of political science research suggesting that campaigns only have minimal effects on voters.

How the Tea Party Set Florida Back 50 Years
Stephanie Mencimer has written a heartbreaking article for Mother Jones on how the Tea Party has negatively impacted Florida.  From record high number of disabled children dying in geriatric nursing homes to the erosion of environmental protections; it could take the state a decade to get back on the track.

The tea party’s influence may be waning, but that might not matter in the end. “I don’t think it’s insurmountable to recover from dismantling 50 years’ worth of great government structures that made society in Florida better,” says Rep. Pafford. “But it could be a decade before we really begin to address some of these issues. It’s gonna take dollars.” Pafford thinks the biggest task ahead is “rebuilding the confidence of the average Floridian that an elected person like the governor can actually do good things.” What’s happened here, he says, “is really an incredible example of how government should not work. Hopefully people can learn from Florida’s tea party experiment.” (read more here)

What Happens If SCOTUS Overturns Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?
The Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear a case that could lead to the repeal of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Sahil Kapur explores the dire consequences that action would have on minority voters.


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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.
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