The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (4/30-5/1, 2004)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Mon Nov 17 19:22:19 MST 2003


Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
presents

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded:
Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex Conference

April 30-May 1, 2004
University of California-Santa Barbara

Updated Registration Information and Program

Social justice organizations within the U.S. largely operate the 
501(c)3 non-profit model.  This conference will address the impact of 
the non-profit industrial complex on social justice movements, 
including anti-violence organizing.  Activists often have difficulty 
conceiving of developing organizing structures outside this model. 
Yet we know that social justice movements in other countries often 
reject this model as counterproductive toward creating real social 
change.

This conference will explore the following issues.

* What is the history of how the non-profit model developed, and what 
reasons did it develop?  How did it impact the direction of social 
justice organizing?
* How has funding from foundations impacted the course of social 
justice movements?
* How does 501(c)3 status impact social justice organizations' 
relationship to the state?  How does non-profit status allow the 
state to co-opt our movements?
* Are there ways the non-profit model can be used subversively to 
support more radical visions for social change?
* What are the alternatives for building viable social justice 
movements?  How do we fund the movement outside the non-profit 
structure?
* What models for organizing outside the NGO/non-profit model exist 
outside the U.S. that may help us?

This conference will bring together activists to both assess the 
impact of non-profit industrial complex on social justice movements, 
and consider alternative possibilities for social justice organizing. 
There are no simple answers to these questions, but we hope to 
provide a space where we can collectively analyze and strategize 
around these issues.

This conference is particularly timely because social justice 
organizations across the country are critically re-thinking their 
investment in the 501c3 system.  Particularly with funding cuts from 
foundations as result of the current economic crisis, as well as 
increased surveillance on social justice groups through "homeland 
security," social justice organizations are assessing if there are 
other possibilities for funding social change that do not so heavily 
rely upon state structures.  This conference will provide a space for 
us to address these issues and envision new possibilities and  models 
for future organizing.

WHO IS THIS CONFERENCE FOR?

This conference is for anti-violence activists, social justice 
activists, and people working within non-profits who want to struggle 
with these issues.

Contact Information:
Andrea Smith
Program in American Culture
3700 Haven Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-231-1845

website: www.incite-national.org
(Note: web site information will be posted by November 1, 2003.)

Draft Conference Schedule

Rather than organized around pre-set workshops, this conference will 
be organized around small discussion groups so that all participants 
will have ample opportunity to share their experiences, analyses and 
strategies.  (Note: all speakers are confirmed, but additional 
speakers may be added to the program.)

Friday, April 30
5-7 PM  Registration

7-10 PM  Social Justice Movements and Non-Profits -- Historical Context
* Speakers: Ruthie Gilmore, Critical Resistance
Suzanne Pharr, Highlander Center
Madonna Thunder Hawk, Women of All Red Nations
Paula Rojas (Chile): Sista II Sista
* The speakers will address the impact of the non-profit/NGO model on 
social justice movements in the U.S. and globally.  What were some of 
the organizing models of both anti-violence and other social justice 
movements prior to the growth  of the non-profit model?  Can these 
models inform our organizing today?  How has the non-profit model 
shifting the focus of the anti-violence movement from organizing to 
social service delivery?  What has been the impact of the NGO model 
on organizing in non-U.S. countries?  What can we learn from models 
that come out of a non-U.S. context?

Saturday, May 1
8-9 AM  Registration

9-10:45  What is the Non-Profit Industrial Complex?
* Speaker: Dylan Rodriguez, Critical Resistance
Christine Ahn, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and 
author of "Foundation Trustee Fees: Use and Abuse"
Anannya Bhattacharjee, World Social Forum-India
Elham Bayour (Palestine): Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
Surina Kahn, former direction of the International Gay & Lesbian 
Human Rights Commission
* The speakers will address the relationship between the non-profit 
system, capitalism, and the state.  How do foundations function as 
form of structural adjustments which actually take money from the 
poor to benefit the wealthy classes?  How as the NGO model served to 
promote U.S. imperialism abroad?  How has the non-profit system 
allowed the state to co-opt social justice struggles?  In particular, 
how has reliance on foundation and state funding impacted the 
anti-violence movement?

11:00-12:45  Working Groups

12:45-2:30 Lunch

2:30-4:15  Alternatives to the Non-Profit Model
* Organizations: Sista II Sista (Brooklyn, New York)
Project South (Atlanta, Georgia)
CREA (India)
San Francisco Women Against Rape (California)
* These organizations will discuss their attempts to struggle with 
the non-profit system.  What are the alternatives to  foundation 
funding?  Are there ways to work within the non-profit model and use 
it subversively for radial political goals?  How have movements in 
other countries reframed this issues that might be informative to 
social justice organizations within the U.S.?  How do anti-violence 
organizations who do receive federal, state or foundation monies 
struggle with doing anti-violence work within a radical political 
framework?

4:30-6:15 Working Groups

6:30-7 Closing Plenary - Next Steps


Conference Logistics:
The conference will be on the campus of University of 
California-Santa Barbara.  Detailed information about the conference 
will be sent to confirmed participants.

Lodging:
We have blocked rooms in three hotels in Goleta, close to the UCSB 
campus and the airport.  Please make your own hotel reservations 
directly.  The rates posted are guaranteed until the date listed, and 
you should say that you are attending the INCITE! conference for
these discount rates.  Additional Helpful information on lodging in 
the Santa Barbara area is listed on the UCSB web site: 
www.admit.ucsb.edu/vcen/index.asp

Hotels
* Best Western South Coast Inn
5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
Reservations: 805 967 3200
Rate: $98 + tax /night, Sunday ñThursday; $108 + tax/night, Friday & Saturday
Number of blocked rooms: 30 (10 singles and 20 doubles)
Reservations must be made by March 29, 2003

* Holiday Inn
5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
Reservations: 805 964 6241
Rate: $119.99
Number of blocked rooms: 60

* Motel 6
5897 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
Reservations: 805 964 3596
Rates: Single: $72.99 - Double: $78.99
Number of blocked rooms: 10 single, 10 double

Transportation between Hotels, Campus and Airports:
We plan to provide shuttle service between the hotels and campus, 
once in the morning and once at the end of the day.  All 3 hotels are 
in walking distance from each other.  Best Western South Coast Inn 
and Holiday Inn provide shuttles to campus and/or airport.  Motel 6 
does not provide shuttle service but there is a bus stop across the 
street from Motel 6 for a bus to the campus.

Free/lower cost housing MAY be available in student dorm rooms (you 
will need to bring a sleeping bag).  Please indicate your need on 
the registration form.

Transportation to Santa Barbara:
By Plane: The closest airport is located about a mile from the UCSB 
campus.  Most major airlines fly into this airport with  connections 
to San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, LA, etc.  You can also 
fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), about  2.5 hours 
away from Santa Barbara.  From LAX, you can take the Santa Barbara 
Airbus or rent a car and drive to SB.  The (www.sbairbus.com) (phone: 
800-423-1618) provides several daily bus trips from LAX to Santa 
Barbara.

By Train: Santa Barbara is served by Amtrak Train, with Santa Barbara 
& Goleta stops (1-800-872-7245).
By Bus: Santa Barbara is also served by Greyhound bus (805) 965-7551 
or (800) 454-2487.

By Car: General Driving Directions
Traveling south on Highway 101: Take the Storke Road/Glen Annie Road 
exit off US 101 approximately twelve miles north of Santa Barbara. 
Turn right on Storke Road and proceed two miles to El Colegio Road. 
Turn left on El Colegio Road and proceed to the campus West Gate
entrance.  Traveling north on Highway 101: Take the Airport/UCSB exit 
(Highway 217) off U.S. 101 approximately eight miles north of Santa 
Barbara to the campus East Gate.

Registration
Please print out form and mail it in

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 300.  NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED 
AFTER APRIL 1, 2004.  PLEASE MAIL IN YOUR REGISTRATION.  REGISTRATION 
WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY PHONE, FAX OR EMAIL.

REGISTRATION FEE: REGISTRATION IS SLIDING SCALE FROM $0-$50, 
DEPENDING ON YOUR ABILITY TO PAY. WE ALSO APPRECIATE ANY ADDITIONAL 
DONATIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO HELP DEFRAY THE EXPENSES OF THIS CONFERENCE.

IF YOU ARE SENDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION, WE 
RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT YOUR PRIORITIZE THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN 
OF COLOR.

Registration form:
Name:

Organization:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

Race/Ethnicity

Special Requests: (day care, language translation, accessibility, 
free/low-cost housing, etc.)

Why are you interested in the conference?:





Checks can be made payable to Center for Human Rights Education
Mail checks and registration forms to:
Andrea Smith
Program in American Culture
3700 Haven Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-231-1845

NO REGISTRATION ACCEPTED BY EMAIL, PHONE OR FAX

Confirmation Packets will be sent to confirmed participants beginning 
February 1, 2004.  Please print neatly so we will be able to send the 
packet to the correct address.

-- 
Yoshie

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