In Observations on 12/09/2013 at 9:27 pm
Anniversary of Poverty Speech Renews Battle Over Helping the Poor – Government – The Chronicle of Philanthropy-
Mobilizing the Poor
The Center for Community Change, which promotes grass-roots organizing, also wants the public to hear more from people who are suffering economically from public policies or corporate activities.
The center plans to start a campaign next year to cut poverty by 20 percent over 12 years. One of its key goals: to mobilize 1 million low-income people who are not now politically active to win policy changes at the state and local levels that could serve as models for national action.
“There needs to be a movement of low-income folks, just as the civil-rights movement drove the pressure put on [President John F.] Kennedy and Johnson in the ’60s to address both civil rights and poverty,” says Steven Savner, director of public policy. The campaign aims to make poverty a major issue in the 2016 presidential debates.
In Observations on 12/07/2013 at 11:25 am
How the Government Gives – NYTimes.com.
Too often when Congress considers legislation limiting the charitable deduction, the conversation is overly simplistic — pretending that all charitable giving is supporting local soup kitchens. The lobbying arm for the charitable sector has not helped the situation. While it purports to represent both donors and charities, it has focused its efforts on preserving the maximum charitable deduction for donors, while paying scant attention to closing the loopholes that divert resources away from true charities.