The non-profit sector in this country is a $1.3 trillion industry, and the world's seventh-largest economy. It encompasses more than 1.5 million organizations everything from museums and hospitals to think tanks and church charities. So what happens to grassroots groups when they enter the world of 501(c)3s? The authors of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex would argue that their political goals take a back seat to satisfying government and foundation mandates.
The book, from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, is a collection of essays by more than 25 activists and scholars who are rethinking what the "non-profit industrial complex" will mean for long-term progress and change. According to the Colorado Women's Agenda, the essayists describe "a system of relationships between the state, the owning classes, foundations, and social service and social justice organizations that results in the surveillance, control, derailment and everyday management of political movements."
Join a discussion of Revolution with the Women's Agenda tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blackberries Ice Cream and Coffee, 710 East Sixth Avenue; for more information, call 303-863-7336.
Third Friday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. Starts: March 21. Continues through June 6, 2008