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If you’ve followed me for longer than a few months, by now you probably know that one of my most favorite things is pairing up with charities and companies that are doing vital things in unorthodox ways for this planet and the people living inside it.  Recently, I did just that with a company called tentree.  If it wasn’t clear by their name, here’s what makes them so rad:  for every single item they sell, every single one, they plant ten trees somewhere in the world.  What’s more, they actually give you a little coin with a reference number so you can SEE where they are being planted, and what kind of impact it will have on the ecosystem and society in which receives them.  I love this.  I Love the outside-the-box thinking, and I Love the push towards reversing the trend towards destruction when it comes to our planet’s forests. 

Bottom line, we do NOT want to see a world without trees, hell, we don’t want to see a world with less trees than we have now.  We need more to survive, and tentree is doing just that.  Please head over and check them out, snatch up some of their beautiful clothing and accessories like the Blackstrap sweatshirt I’m wearing, and in the process, plant some trees. 

Philanthropy: the capitalist art of deception

The rich like to promote their charitable work as a sign of their moral standing, but many of these donations are merely cover, writes Canadian socialist Susan Rosenthal.

Bill Gates is the world’s richest man, with a net worth of £55 billion. In 1998 his company Microsoft was charged with illegal practices, and Gates was condemned as a ruthless monopolist. Four years later, after launching a charitable foundation, Gates was praised as a generous philanthropist.

Not everyone was taken in by this switcheroo. As the saying goes, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. But many workers would be confused — is Bill Gates a class enemy or one of the good guys? Confusion prevents workers from moving decisively against their enemies. Since the 19th century thieving capitalists have used philanthropy to pose as social saints, shape society in their image and create confusion about the nature of capitalism.

Nineteenth century capitalism stood naked before its victims, its crimes on public display — slavery, the extermination of aboriginal peoples, pitiless exploitation, mass starvation, and war. Repulsed by this monster, the oppressed and exploited rebelled against it. A minority cannot rule a majority by force alone; it must convince its victims to submit or confuse them into paralysis. To accomplish this feat, the capitalist class presents itself, not as the scourge of humanity, but as its benefactor, even its saviour. Philanthropy is the key to this transformation.

In The Gospel of Wealth (1889) American steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie argues that the wealthy can undermine social protest by donating to worthy causes.The rich like to promote their charitable work as a sign of their moral standing, but many of these donations are merely cover, writes Canadian socialist Susan Rosenthal.Bill Gates is the world’s richest man, with a net worth of £55 billion. In 1998 his company Microsoft was charged with illegal practices, and Gates was condemned as a ruthless monopolist. Four years later, after launching a charitable foundation, Gates was praised as a generous philanthropist. Not everyone was taken in by this switcheroo. As the saying goes, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. But many workers would be confused — is Bill Gates a class enemy or one of the good guys?

Confusion prevents workers from moving decisively against their enemies. Since the 19th century thieving capitalists have used philanthropy to pose as social saints, shape society in their image and create confusion about the nature of capitalism. Nineteenth century capitalism stood naked before its victims, its crimes on public display — slavery, the extermination of aboriginal peoples, pitiless exploitation, mass starvation, and war. Repulsed by this monster, the oppressed and exploited rebelled against it. A minority cannot rule a majority by force alone; it must convince its victims to submit or confuse them into paralysis. To accomplish this feat, the capitalist class presents itself, not as the scourge of humanity, but as its benefactor, even its saviour. Philanthropy is the key to this transformation.

In The Gospel of Wealth (1889) American steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie argues that the wealthy can undermine social protest by donating to worthy causes…..


Read on:-
http://socialistreview.org.uk/402/philanthropy-capitalist-art-deception

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Friday night saw a multitude of masks and a big turnout for the annual Museum Dance!

As New York City’s longest-running junior benefit, the Museum Dance brings together influential young philanthropists to celebrate and to raise essential funds for the Museum’s scientific and educational programs. 

This year, the theme of the evening was a ”roaring twenties” masquerade. The evening’s events included cocktails and an intimate dinner under the blue whale, followed by an afterparty in the Hall of the Universe featuring a silent auction and music by DJ JUS SKE.

I loved this little outtake with my amazing golden retriever Hobbes from my shoot for tentree the other day.  I love companies and charities that are actually trying to make things better, and planting more trees on this planet is certainly going to help.  What’s even radder is, when I entered my tree codes to find out where my trees were being planted, they were all in Nepal and Tibet.  Talk about good karma for a Buddhist.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, please head over and see what you can find, remember, every item you purchase they will plant ten trees worldwide.  Rad.   Just rad.

Librarian, librarian.

Well, folks, after all the work and angst and searching over the years, I’ve landed a fantastic position. 

And I’m not going to be a librarian. 

As of August 1 (or maybe a bit sooner), I’m transitioning from my role as E-Resources Librarian to Manager of the Funding Information Network here at Foundation Center. The FIN network is a network of libraries, nonprofit resources centers, community foundations, and other central community institutions that support their local nonprofit community by providing access to and training on crucial nonprofit resources through Foundation Center databases and curricula. We’re all across the US and a few places internationally as well. (Find your closest FIN here). 

In my new gig I’ll be armpit deep in strategizing the direction, growth, and engagement of this network. I’ll still be doing plenty of librarianing, no doubt, and you’ll find me in all the usual librarian places–ALA, PLA, etc.The bulk of our network members are public libraries, so hopefully I’ll cross paths with many, many of you in my work. 

It’s a good move for me, and I think perhaps the one I was waiting for, even if I didn’t quite know it. While I’m excited to start sharing more about my day-to-day work again, this blog might start down a different path as well. Haven’t quite figured that out yet, but we’ll see. Thanks as always to all 35k (!!!) of you out there for following and reading along. 

BTW HAPPY MONDAY IT’S ALMOST JUNE OMG. 

Jay Z, Beyonce back Civil Rights Movements in US with Money

The artists have bailed out people arrested by police during Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore and Ferguson.

Rap mogul Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, have discreetly used their his wealth to post bail for people arrested by police during protests across the United States against police brutality and killings of unarmed Black men, an author close to the couple claimed.

“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I… hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson (and he) wired tens of thousands” of dollars within minutes, read one tweet said Dream Hampton, a writer and activist who worked with Jay Z on his 2010 memoir “Decoded.”  

She also tweeted that Jay Z and his pop superstar wife Beyonce wrote a “huge check (sic)” to support the burgeoning “Black Lives Matter” movement aimed at improving police treatment of African Americans, according to The Journal.

The series of tweets revealed Sunday that Jay Z and Beyonce had donated tens of thousands of dollars to bail out protesters, mainly in Baltimore and Ferguson.

The celebrity couple, with an estimated net worth of US$1 billion, was also credited with providing “infrastructure money” for Black Lives Matter chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Ghana.

Source:- http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Jay-Z-Beyonce-Back-Civil-Rights-Movements-in-US-with-Money-20150518-0008.html


Revolutionary Eye:- Saw the comment by
sabelmouse and realised I should have added a link to this article:
Philanthropy: the capitalist art of deception:- http://socialistreview.org.uk/402/philanthropy-capitalist-art-deception

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