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Nina Holzer (MSSA/MNO)
Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University
Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences
Master of Science in Social Administration
Master of Nonprofit Organizations


I am a graduate student at CWRU's Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations pursuing a dual-degree in Social Administration (Macro - Community and Social Development) and Nonprofit Management. My blog is a collection of issues and ideas that motivate me to think critically about systems of oppression in the world around me. I hope these topics will inspire you to read, analyze, and work to fight for social justice and equality in the world around you.

Check out my linkedin to learn more about the nonprofits I have worked for and the projects I have been a part of!
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With national leaders up for election for nearly half of the world’s population this year, 2014 will be a telling time for democracy. Of 50 democratic nations voting, 25 will be voting for a president, including the European Union. For Fiji, this year marks the country’s first democratic elections since its president approved the new constitution last year. But some countries’ political instability will make election seasons volatile. Turkey’s incumbent prime minister faces corruption allegations, with elections coming up in August. And already, Bangladesh’s election season provoked protests against the government, which led up to polling day on January 5. 
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With national leaders up for election for nearly half of the world’s population this year, 2014 will be a telling time for democracy. Of 50 democratic nations voting, 25 will be voting for a president, including the European Union. For Fiji, this year marks the country’s first democratic elections since its president approved the new constitution last year. But some countries’ political instability will make election seasons volatile. Turkey’s incumbent prime minister faces corruption allegations, with elections coming up in August. And already, Bangladesh’s election season provoked protests against the government, which led up to polling day on January 5. 

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The Daily Cartoon by Tom Toro: http://nyr.kr/Lkf0FO

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The Daily Cartoon by Tom Toro: http://nyr.kr/Lkf0FO

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Pete Seeger’s Heavy Folk

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Ben Greenman on Pete Seeger’s view of the folk tradition: http://nyr.kr/1mTdTsx

“His music—which kept folk traditions alive, which delivered messages about the limits and pitfalls of contemporary society, which spanned the decades without quite taking into account the new developments…

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Obama goes it alone: ‘America does not stand still, and neither will I’
(Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP)
President Obama warned Congress he won’t wait to take action on his agenda, vowing in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.  
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Obama goes it alone: ‘America does not stand still, and neither will I’

(Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP)

President Obama warned Congress he won’t wait to take action on his agenda, vowing in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.  

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New Education for All Global Monitoring Report out today shows the global learning crisis is costing $129 billion a year. Policy-makers need to support teachers to make sure all children, regardless of their circumstances, are learning.http://bit.ly/1buGfWG  #TeachLearn 

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New Education for All Global Monitoring Report out today shows the global learning crisis is costing $129 billion a year. Policy-makers need to support teachers to make sure all children, regardless of their circumstances, are learning.http://bit.ly/1buGfWG  #TeachLearn 

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State of the Union: Obama plays politics to tackle ‘stalled’ progress
• Obama aims to bolster Democrats for 2014 midterm elections• Gloomy domestic prognosis focuses on stalled bills• Speech also touches on Iran sanctions and NSA surveillance
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State of the Union: Obama plays politics to tackle ‘stalled’ progress

• Obama aims to bolster Democrats for 2014 midterm elections
• Gloomy domestic prognosis focuses on stalled bills
• Speech also touches on Iran sanctions and NSA surveillance

Click here for more coverage 

Photograph: Rex

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Get the full story on these breathtaking images in this talk from photographer Jimmy Nelson, who took them as part of his project Before They Pass Away, an effort to document 31 of the world’s unique tribes.

Watch the whole talk here»

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New Dr. Martens

New Dr. Martens

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Former President Bill Clinton just opened the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York. A focus area for CGI, he says, is to create “networks of cooperation” to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Former President Bill Clinton just opened the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York. A focus area for CGI, he says, is to create “networks of cooperation” to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

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It is surely not my fault that I was born, as with so many others, into a social status over which I had little control. But this is hardly the point, and regardless of our own direct culpability for the system, or lack thereof, the simple and incontestable fact is that we all have to deal with the residue of past actions. We clean up the effects of past pollution. We remove asbestos from old buildings for the sake of public health, even when we didn’t put the material there ourselves. We pay off government debts, even though much of the spending that created them happened long ago. And of course, we have no problem reaping the benefits of past actions for which we weren’t responsible. Few people refuse to accept money or property from others who bequeath such things to them upon death, out of a concern that they wouldn’t want to accept something they hadn’t earned. We love to accept things we didn’t earn, such as inheritance, but we have a problem taking responsibility for the things that have benefited us while harming others. Just as a house or farm left to you upon the death of a parent is an asset that you get to use, so too is racial privilege; and if you get to use an asset, you have to pay the debt accumulated, which allowed the asset to exist in the first place.
Tim Wise, White Like Me