CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | DC recently repealed an initiative which many of its Black and brown and low-income residents supported. Here are other places across the US where it’s legal to reverse the vote of citizens. (Citylab, 10/12)
Citizen-initiated ballot measures like Initiative 77, whose short life flamed out dramatically in D.C. this year, give citizens a voice in deciding real policy matters at both the state and local levels. Recent ones have addressed everything from raising minimum wages, to extending term limits, to legalizing cannabis. And in the past two election cycles, there’s been a pronounced increase in activity: 2016 saw the highest number of citizen-initiated measures on ballots in a decade (76); and the 2018 cycle seems to be continuing the trend—69 of the 154 statewide measures on the ballot this year are citizen-initiated, according to the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. But there’s been an equal and opposite response from lawmakers who are able to use their legislative power to limit, block, or reverse the votes, both preemptively, and after the fact.
– How opportunity zones, which were created to spur investment in low-income areas, are catching the interest of fund managers. (Chronicle, 10/15 – Subscription needed)
LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Funders for LGBTQ Issues has issued a special report, The Philanthropic Closet: LGBTQ People in Philanthropy, which found that gay, lesbian, and bisexual people make up 16.2% of the staff and board at participating foundations, and transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people only make up 2%. (Funders for LGBTQ Issues, 10/15)
NONPROFITS | Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and why the sector must stop intellectualizing and take more actions. (Nonprofit AF, 10/8)
BUSINESS | Meet our new class of Women Who Mean Business honorees (WBJ, 10/8)
HEALTH | New research suggests that the differences in when women start families is caused by inequality, and as it deepens, the parents’ circumstances could have an impact on their children’s futures. (NYT, 8/4)
Here’s where you can pick apples and pumpkins around the region.