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Weekly Reader October 11, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Summit speakers stress collaboration as key to fighting hunger By: Ken Kamp, Baptist Standard

“Figure out where there is common ground. Lean into what you agree on,” Alan Cohen, president and chief executive officer of the Child Poverty Action Lab in Dallas told summit participants.

The Child Poverty Action Lab seeks to develop partnerships “to work collaboratively to reduce by half child poverty in our generation,” he explained.

“We attack the problem from multiple angles,” Cohen said, addressing issues related to basic needs, family structures, safe surroundings, education and living-wage jobs.

Some individuals and organizations are motivated to eliminate child poverty because they recognize it as a moral imperative, he noted. Others see it as an economic issue, recognizing that childhood poverty costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion annually, and every $1 spent to fight child poverty lowers future costs by $7.

Demanding that everyone approach the problem from the same perspective and for the same reason is “a collaboration killer,” Cohen said.

“We can fundamentally change the future,” he insisted, but it only happens when people are willing to find areas of agreement."

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2. Five Healthy Choices Abi Ferrin Makes in a Day

By: D Magazine, Kimber Westphall

"More than a decade later, her mission to empower women is as strong as ever. The brand recently partnered with Texas Women’s Foundation to open a sister nonprofit company, Love & Freedom, which will provide trauma-informed transition employment and training for women who were formerly trafficked or abused. She also teamed up with New Friends, New Life on a new product launch that uses fabric remnants and upcycling. (The Mariposa loop scarf necklace will be unveiled later this month.)

“People don’t realize how prevalent this problem is in our own city, and how easy it is for these women to get trapped in the system and fall through the cracks,” Ferrin says. “Together we are creating awareness and offering a permanent pathway out. The women in our pilot program have quickly become consultants to help us understand all the issues they face and to develop a program that truly works for them and many to follow.”

Why is empowering other women important to you, and your well-being? Looking back, I realize that creating my Freedom Project in 2005 was the first step toward finding my own healing from trauma that I had incurred in an abusive relationship. Our most recent empowerment program has given me so much life.

All the bad news out there can affect mental health, so being an active part of change in my own community has been a wellness game changer. What I have discovered both from my own journey and watching these women transform over 15 years is that when a woman who has lost hope is given an opportunity, she almost always wants to give back to other women in seemingly hopeless situations. The inspiration and support I have received from leading this program far outweighs what I have given and motivates me to keep fighting and not give up!"

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3. Meet Pushpa

By: The Savhera Blog

"She is originally from Maharastra, but for the last 35 years she has been living in Delhi on GB Road, the large and infamous red-light district. Savhera would not exist but for her.  Because Pushpa courageously raised her voice two years ago, new beginnings have been birthed today for eleven survivors of sexual exploitation around the world.

It was in May 2017 that Dr. Vanessa Bouché sat down on the floor of a medical clinic run by Shakti Vahini, Savhera’s NGO partner in Delhi. On one side of the room were a handful of university students from Texas on a study abroad program to learn about transnational human trafficking. On the other side of the room were women stuck in the brothels of GB Road, all of whom were trafficked there under false pretenses at some point in their lives.

As part of the study abroad experience, Dr. Bouché and the students would sit and talk to the women that happened to be there. Sometimes it was only one woman, sometimes it was 15.  That day, one of the women–Pushpa–spoke up, “Why should we talk to you? People come here to exploit us for our bodies, but you and people like you exploit us for our stories. They want us to tell all about ourselves, so they can publish books and articles, and yet we’re stuck here.”

Dr. Bouché affirmed those feelings and asked through the interpreter what she needed. 

“We need dignified employment to get out of this dirty business!” "

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4. Five Ethical Principles for Humanitarian Innovation

By: SSIR, Peter Batali, Ajoma Christopher & Katie Drew

"Based on this experience, UNHCR and CTEN developed a pragmatic, refugee-led, “good enough” approach to experimentation in humanitarian contexts. We believe a wide range of organizations, including grassroots community organizations and big-tech multinationals, can apply this approach to ensure that the people they aim to help hold the reigns of the experimentation process.

1. Collaborate Authentically and Build Intentional Partnerships

2. Avoid Technocratic Language

3. Don’t Assume Caution Is Best

4. Choose Experiment Participants Based on Values

5. Monitor Community Feedback and Adapt

While it’s imperative that social innovators follow standards such as do no harm, it’s also not for outsiders to decide what harm looks like and how to mitigate it. Otherwise, organizations risk exacerbating power imbalances and limiting ethical experimentation to those who know the code or understand the standards. Ethical practice, in short, is a byproduct of strong communication practices, dynamic feedback mechanisms, and community-centered project design, and if we do it well, we can open new pathways to effective, community-led innovation."

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5. Here Is Dallas’ New City Council Committee Structure

By: D Magazine, Shawn Shinneman

"Here’s how everything breaks down:

New: 1. Government Performance and Financial Management 2. Workforce, Education, and Equity 3. Public Safety 4. Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture 5. Transportation and Infrastructure 6. Economic Development 7. Housing and Homelessness Solutions 8. Environment and Sustainability

Old: 1. Government Performance and Financial Management 2. Economic Development and Housing 3. Public Safety and Criminal Justice 4. Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture 5. Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure, and Sustainability 6. Human and Social Needs"

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