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Trump v. Hawaii: Will the Establishment Clause Continue To Protect Religious Minorities From Discrimination?Posted by Guest Blogger on May 22, 2018
On April 25, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Trump v. Hawaii, a case challenging President Trump’s third and latest ban on travel for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries. The Court’s decision will most immediately impact the individuals who are barred indefinitely from coming to the United States, as well as their family members and extended communities here in the United States. But more broadly, the outcome in this case will have important repercussions for the ongoing meaningfulness of the First Amendment’s most basic protection against religious discrimination.
Get Connected: The Top 5 Reasons to Read “The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political OrganizationsPosted by Leslie Barnes on May 18, 2018
Nonprofits play a pivotal role in shaping policy. But did you know they also have the right to engage with lawmakers, voters and candidates even in an election year? Read Bolder Advocacy’s 5 reasons to download your copy of “The Connection” today!
Posted by Alexa Pinto on May 16, 2018
It would be hard to imagine a more volatile and politically charged atmosphere than the one we are entering during this midterm election season. Virtually all organizations, regardless of size, mission, or policy orientation will be affected by the decisions made by the American people on November 6. Many groups will be actively and directly involved in putting their issues in front of voters and candidates in the months leading up to the votes in both primary and general elections. They know that they can ill-afford to be absent from the political process, particularly in 2018.
But there are also many 501(c)(3) organizations that are uncertain about their right to get involved and unclear about the rules that govern their participation. In our experience, we have found that sometimes caution can get in the way of active citizenship. But experience has also taught us that with encouragement, education, and rock-solid information, every nonprofit group can take its rightful place in the national conversation that will occur this year.
Posted by Alexa Pinto on May 15, 2018
Last Thursday, the FEC has issued an advisory opinion that allows a federal candidate to use campaign funds to cover childcare expenses incurred during a campaign. Liuba Gretchen Shirley, who is running for New York’s 2nd District on Long Island, requested that the FEC allow her to use campaign funds to pay a babysitter for her two children while she ran for office.
Posted by Sara Matlin on May 11, 2018
In April 2018, I had the privilege of traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide training and technical assistance in Spanish to Puerto Rican nonprofit organizations. El Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud (the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico) invited Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy to offer a workshop about the rights (and responsibilities) of nonprofit organizations to impact public policy. El Instituto had organized this event as part of the debut of their Children’s Budget, which analyzes the impact of Puerto Rican and Federal budget cuts on the island’s youth and families. After the training, I provided in-depth technical assistance sessions to both groups considering starting a nonprofit, as well as savvy organizations like Espacios Abiertos (Open Spaces).