Missy Crutchfield: In Chattanooga, this moment and this man turned everything around, singularly…

In Chattanooga, this moment and this man turned everything around, singularly…In the wake of the tragic shooting in my hometown Chattanooga, Tennessee, this moment and this man reminded our community and our country that #WeAreOne In Chattanooga, this moment and this man turned everything around, singularly… In the wake of the tragic shooting in my […]

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Grandson Arun Gandhi Makes Statement on Chattanooga Shooting

Arun Gandhi Chair Gandhi Global Center for Peace The recent shooting of four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was another senseless act, in the milieu of a senseless war that has turned into a war of vengeance and prejudice. My heart goes out to victims on both sides. Hate, prejudice and destruction is not what civilization […]

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Exclusive: In Wake of Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting, Islamic Society Releases Statement

Chattanooga, Tennessee the latest location in a string of mass shootings in recent years, 4 Marines killed, the shooter dead, and many questions remain. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.” As […]

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“Healthy People” The Kindness Boomerang: How You Can Change the World in One Day!

Missy Crutchfield Editor-in-Chief Melissa Turner Executive Editor Princess Diana reminds us: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” This video brilliantly captures the “Ripple Effect” we like to use to describe the power of living Mahatma […]

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“Healthy Spirit” Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?

Missy Crutchfield Editor-in-Chief Melissa Turner Executive Editor “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to […]

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PETA: The Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks

PETA has scoured the country and ranked the MOST Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks. Did your hometown team make the list?
The post The Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks appeared first on PETA.

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Dr. Mohsin Ali of Chattanooga: Stop Gun Violence

Editor’s Note: Dr. Mohsin Ali is the man in Gandhi’s Be Magazine Editor-in-Chief Missy Crutchfield’s blog titled “In Chattanooga, this moment and this man turned everything around, singularly…” A week apart, Youssef Abdulazeez and John Houser added their names to the dreadful and dreadfully long list of mentally unstable men with a stash of guns and […]

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Missy Crutchfield: How Can You Make a Difference In Chattanooga and Cities Around the World? +PlusLight (Just Add Light)

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Envision a world of light and love. Surround yourself, your family, your city, your country. +Light Moving Toward Love. #WeAreOne With our work at Gandhi Global Center for Peace, we launched a campaign last year to encourage people around the world to pray for peace, light and love in their homes, their communities, their cities, […]

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The Interdependence Project: Make a Wish

My mom recently heard about an organization that grants senior citizens’ wishes, like those groups that send terminally ill children and their families to Disney World, but this was for regular …

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Wayne Pacelle: Breaking News: Obama Announces Landmark Commercial Trade Ban on Ivory

It is estimated that one elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes. At that rate, this iconic species may go extinct in little more than a few decades. Photo by Alamy

With Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will take urgently needed steps to curtail wildlife trafficking and address the devastating elephant poaching crisis, issuing a proposed rule that will establish a near-complete ban on the commercial ivory trade in America. The president made his remarks just minutes ago in . . . 

The post Breaking News: Obama Announces Landmark Commercial Trade Ban on Ivory appeared first on A Humane Nation.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: SPLC’s Hatewatch: Louisiana theater killer harbored extremist ideas

One day after John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., a picture is emerging online of a man caught up with a number of far-right ideas and fascinated about “the power of the lone wolf.”

“Do not mistake yourselves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this website. I do not want to discourage the last hope for the best, but you must realize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that come forth in ALL situations,” Houser wrote on a forum dedicated to the New York chapter of Golden Dawn, Greece’s far-right neo-Nazi political party. “Look within yourselves.”

Read more on Hatewatch.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: After SPLC complaint, DOJ finds Georgia program violates disabilities act

It’s difficult for students with behavioral disabilities in Georgia to not feel singled out.

The state often segregates them from other students, placing them in dirty, run-down schools – including some that black students attended during the Jim Crow era. These schools frequently lack gymnasiums, labs and playgrounds. Sometimes the classes aren’t even taught by a teacher. Instead, students may spend their day taking computer-based courses.

Even when these students attend regular schools, they may be relegated to a wing of the school with a separate entrance – preventing them from interacting with other children. One school even had a metal detector in the entrance for the students with disabilities, but not the entrance for other students.

“School is like a prison where I am in the weird class,” one student told federal investigators. Another described feeling like an “outcast.” A parent was even more direct: “It’s a warehouse for kids the school system doesn’t want or know how to deal with.”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported these findings earlier this month after investigating a discrimination complaint filed by the SPLC in 2011. The DOJ found that the state’s program for students with disabilities, the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS), was unnecessarily segregating these students – a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law 25 years ago this month.

The DOJ found that “nearly all” of the 5,000 students in the GNETS program could be integrated with students without disabilities. In a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal and the state attorney general, the DOJ urges the state to develop a plan to address the violations, warning that a lawsuit is possible if the state continues to break the law.

The SPLC has filed numerous civil rights complaints and lawsuits under the ADA to help students with disabilities in the Deep South obtain the services required under the law. In New Orleans, for example, the SPLC last year reached a landmark agreement to settle a suit alleging that children with disabilities were frequently left behind by the city’s system of charter schools – discouraged from attending many schools, subjected to disciplinary removals without respect for their rights, and denied important services.

‘Too many children are languishing’
The DOJ’s action could be felt beyond Georgia. By finding that an entire state program violates the ADA – a remarkably broad use of the act – other states may apply new, and potentially stricter, scrutiny to their programs for students with disabilities.

 

“We’re glad that the Department of Justice has taken action to ensure that these students have equal access to a quality education and hope that the state takes the findings seriously,” said Rhonda Brownstein, SPLC legal director. “Too many children are languishing under this discriminatory program.”

School funding is at the root of much of the segregation. When the SPLC filed its complaint four years ago, it described how the state’s funding scheme encourages districts to needlessly segregate students with disabilities to receive more money.

The DOJ found that the state was “unnecessarily relying on, and creating incentives for school districts to choose, a segregated GNETS program to provide behavioral and mental health services.”

The DOJ’s letter noted that Georgia spends almost $70 million annually to serve the nearly 5,000 students in this program. It cited a state audit that found in 2009 the state could have spent a minimum of $42 million to serve these students in regular schools rather than segregating them, which cost $58 million at that time.

Because they were segregated, the DOJ found, students were denied “some of the most basic elements of a typical childhood school experience.” Its letter details how these students often long for simple school experiences: One student wanted a locker like “normal” high school students.  Another desperately wanted to have her picture included in a yearbook – just like her friends who are not in the program.

“We hope that what has happened in Georgia will spur other states to take steps to ensure they’re complying with disabilities law,” Brownstein said. “These students shouldn’t be shunned and stigmatized by their school district.”

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90 Years Later, Scopes Trial Festival Relives Infamous Court Case About Evolution

It’s a colorful story of Creationists meet Evolutionists… Northerners meet Southerners… The world centers in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee for one week in the summer of 1925 where a young teacher by the name of Scopes is tried for teaching Evolution, but it ends up being a trial of all the participants from […]

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Navdanya: How Monsanto wrote and broke laws to enter India

By Dr Vandana Shiva — 21 July 2015

Source: http://vandanashiva.com/?p=260
Citizens of the United States are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90% of American citizens want […]

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Union of Concerned Scientists: What We Learn From A New Clean Power Plan Grid Report

Much heat and smoke has been produced over the EPA Clean Power Plan rule. PJM, the grid operator serving the region from Chicago, through the Ohio Valley to Washington D.C. and Norfolk finds no need for alarm. This is one independent authority that has provided more clarity on grid reliability impacts from the CPP than […]

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ONE: The world’s women need more

Global progress on gender equality has been slow and insufficient. 20 years ago, The Beijing Platform for Action, a global framework for women’s rights, laid out 12 critical areas to address to bring about gender equality. While some progress has been made in education, political participation, and labor participation, in terms of economic progress (i.e…

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Fellowship of Reconciliation: Momentous August: FOR-USA Apology & Delegation to Japan

Last August at the IFOR Centennial Celebration in Konstanz, Germany, Isaac Beachy, then NC vice chair, made a formal apology to members of Japan FOR on behalf of FOR-USA for the horrific bombin…

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Amnesty International: It’s Time for Chile to Change Its Restrictive Abortion Laws

By Leah Schmidt, Identity and Discrimination Unit, Amnesty International USA In July 2013, an 11-year-old girl became pregnant after having been raped repeatedly for two years by her stepfather. However, ending the pregnancy was not an option for her. In … Please continue reading.

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Fellowship of Reconciliation: Job Opening: FOR’s Director of Operations

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR USA), founded in 1915, is the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America. With chapters and national staff located throughout the United States and headquarters in Nyack, New York, FOR-USA is part of an international FOR network with branches in more than 40 countries. 

As an interfaith organization, FOR-USA’s mission is to organize, train, and grow a diverse movement that welcomes all people of conscience to end structures of violence and war, and create peace through the transformative power of nonviolence.

  

TITLE OF POSITION: Director of Operations

The Director of Operations (DOO) supports the work of FOR-USA out of the New York headquarters. The DOO ensures that daily operations are running smoothly, including management of assets, accounting, and payroll. The DOO also attends to office management, including oversight of facilities management staff and technological systems.  

The DOO will be responsible for the development of FOR’s financial management strategy including improvements in systems and insuring that the ED, National Council and staff have regular, usable reports and analysis to support informed decision making.

The DOO will be charged with developing and implementing improved procedures both in the finance and general operational realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with operational experience and a proven track record of careful, detail-oriented management to contribute as a key team member in a responsive, mission-driven organization.

Overview of Responsibilities:

Strategy and Leadership

  • Contribute to the development of FOR’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the ED informed of all critical issues.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking and lease negotiations.
  • Acts as on-site lead in New York office.

Finance and Operations

  • Advise the ED and member of the National Council on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters. Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters
  • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
  • Regularly maintain and assess the effectiveness or relative obsolescence of technological systems. Work with consultants to insure that IT systems are up-to-date, integrated and efficient.
  • Partner with the ED in planning, coordinating, and executing the annual budget process. 
  • Work with outside audit firms to insure timely production of annual audit.
  • Insure that all regulatory requirements, including tax filings, state registrations for solicitations and other obligations are met.
  • Manage and report on FOR’s assets and oversee consolidation of subsidiary 501c3s with main unit.
  • Provide analytical support to FOR’s internal management team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, pension plan, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.

Team Supervision and Development

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning, collaboration and a commitment to quality.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals. Support staff development and process salary adjustments as set by the ED and National Council.

 

Qualifications

  • Business or Accounting degree mandatory, a master’s in business administration is preferred
  • CPA preferred
  • Minimum 8 years experience in a senior management role ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience, proven track record of success
  • At least 3 years accounting experience, particularly using cloud based software, preferably Fund-EZ
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring and coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial team player who is flexible and can remain non-anxious in a fast paced, responsive environment
  • Self reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, FOR’s National Council, and staff
  • Passion for FOR’s mission

Other

  • Regular work hours are 9:00AM-5:00PM.
  • Other related responsibilities as assigned.  

Reports to:  Executive Director

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $60,000-72,000. Benefits include generous paid vacation, sick, personal days, and designated holidays, and pension plan.  FOR USA provides health insurance, with employee contribution of 30% of premium.

To Apply:  

Please email a resume, cover letter and three references to jobs@forusa.org

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be considered as they are received.

 

FOR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.           

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ONE: So, you want to start a nonprofit?

Have you ever wondered how successful nonprofits are started? Curious about what it takes to be able to positively impact thousands of people around the world? Ever wanted to do that yourself? Well, Erin Zaikis, founder of the Sundara Fund, is here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at starting—and running—a successful global nonprofit.  Before founding…

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ONE: Nigeria is on its way to being polio-free

Today marks a great milestone in global health: Nigeria has been polio-free for one year! This is the longest Nigeria has ever gone without a case. To put this milestone in context, back in 1988, polio was widespread around the world, paralyzing more than 1,000 children every day. Today, polio has been reduced by 99%,…

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