In The Works – May 2015

by Public Works on June 17, 2015 in In the Works

It has been a busy spring and May was no exception.

Elaine and Marcia travelled to Sacramento, California where they led three workshops for the annual conference of the California Association of Food Banks and did some work with the California budget and Policy Center as well.

Elaine also travelled to Virginia to lead a workshop for the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.

Marcia and Elaine also visited Denver, Colorado to join forces with the Bell Policy Center to launch a set of in-state research on attitudes about government. While there they also had a blast with staff of the Colorado Fiscal Institute and some allied organizations during a Public Works-led workshop on how to use numbers more effectively in support of adequate funding for state government. And, as if they weren’t’ busy enough in the Mile High City, Elaine and Marcia also led a workshop for attendees of the American Federation of Teachers’ Public Employees Division convention. One woman approached us the next day in the lobby to say that our workshop helped her see that she should stop feeling ashamed to be a public sector employee and that she must be part of the solution by speaking out about the important, community-oriented work being done every day by government employees.

Because everything is bigger in Texas, Anika Fassia got married in May in not one, but TWO ceremonies with family and close friends.  If rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck, Anika and Shawn are set for a long and happy life as a married couple when one of their ceremonies was almost washed away in historic floods.

After getting married, Anika headed to D.C. As a member of the Experts of Color Network through the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Anika was awarded a Fellowship with the OpEd Project that began at the end of May.  The goal of the OpEd Project is to train underrepresented experts, especially women and people of color, to take thought leadership positions in their fields.  Fellows are matched with high-level journalist mentors with the goal of increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. Be on the look out for Anika’s OpEds in the near future!

The Anti-Yelp for Public Employees

by Public Works on June 17, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

We all need an occasional pat on the back. We like to know that our efforts are appreciated and that others notice when we go the extra mile. Sadly, many public-sector employees hear a lot more negative comments than positive … Continue reading

Infrastructure: The Blockbuster Movie

by Public Works on June 17, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

Maybe a few weeks ago you went to see Hollywood’s first summer blockbuster of the year, San Andreas, and you got to watch a lot of roads and bridges get destroyed. It may make for a fun movie, but when … Continue reading

Connecting with Millennials

by Public Works on June 16, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

The Millennial generation tends to be more civic-minded and more likely to get involved with and contribute to causes than their parents’ generation. That’s why many nonprofits are looking for ways to connect with these young adults. At the American … Continue reading

What Happened to “Middle Class?”

by Public Works on June 16, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

The number of contenders for the 2016 presidential election keeps growing. Turns out there’s one thing all of these hopefuls have in common: none of them want to use the term “middle class.” The would-be candidates are opting for phrases … Continue reading

A Much-Needed History Lesson on Baltimore

by Public Works on June 16, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

If you’ve asked yourself, “What the heck was all that rioting in Baltimore about?” or if you think it was just about problems with policing, we can’t recommend strongly enough that your read this article on the Economic Policy Institute’s … Continue reading

Classism at State Parks?

by Public Works on June 16, 2015 in June 2015 eNewsletter

State parks are among some of our nation’s greatest treasures. Not only are they important for conservation, they also provide an affordable way for the public to reconnect with nature. But many state legislatures have cut funding for state parks … Continue reading