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Today our top story comes from Labor Notes.
Jamie Partridge writes:
The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in every state, are being organized to persuade Congress, which must vote by March 27, to keep Saturday delivery.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is ripping apart the postal service. His mantra is “shrink to survive.” Over the past two years, he’s eliminated 60,000 union jobs and closed 70 mail-processing facilities. On July 1, he changed delivery standards, eliminating overnight first-class mail. Since September, he’s eliminated 6,500 full-time postmaster positions, mostly in rural post offices, and closed 500 of them.
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Yesterday Jezebel published an article titled “World’s Top Fashion Weeks Nearly 90% White.”
According to the article:
Kate Rushing, a contributor to StyleMinutes, a Web site devoted to fashion which also tracks models’ appearances in runway shows, compiled data on the racial diversity of the big four fashion weeks. And in the season just ended, nearly nine out of ten models booked at New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks were white.
Also, we have another article from Women Under Siege titled “The Devil’s In The Data: How Rape Culture Shapes Rape Stats.”
Amelia Hoover Green writes:
Rape statistics gleaned from police reports and other self-report sources are biased—usually not politically or intentionally, but in the statistical sense. In addition to dramatically undercounting rape, they overrepresent some victims and underrepresent others. We just don’t know which victims, or by how much.
One thing we do know: Despite an avalanche of media attention to every false claim of rape, the number of rape cases that go unreported dwarfs—to the point of meaninglessness—the number of false reports.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today we have a post from Waging Nonviolence titled “Is working in non-profits really about making change?”
Rebecca Manksi writes:
Many youth who grow up thinking they will “serve society,” like myself, are reared on an idealization of NGO work. They develop an assumption that working in an NGO is probably the best way to strive for change, be effective, and get paid to do what you love at the same time. But, that’s not necessarily the case. Because foundation support comes and goes over the years, even the “stars” of the NGO world often find the non-profit field a far from stable source of income.
More importantly, NGO space is not necessarily the space of radical change. As Andrea Smith writes in the introduction to The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, in order to garner funding, NGOs must frame everything they do as a “success”, and thus “become stuck in having to repeat the same strategies because we insisted to funders they were successful, even if they were not.” To retain support, NGOs must promote only their own work, and often undercut the efforts of the very people with whom they should ally (or merge) with. At its worst, competition between those who should be working with one another, turns cutthroat. At best, the focus on self-promotion for the sake of survival, creates a culture which “prevents activists from having collaborative dialogues where we can honestly share our failures as well as our successes.”
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