SO, YOU WANT TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR START UP A BUSINESS?

Here are some more websites for black women (or anyone else) who desires to serve the public and make a change in this world. I often write essays which seem to concentrate on the doom-and-gloom that is so often prevalent in the lives of many black women. But, life for us black women is not always so down. We live in most glorious times. We can speak in ways that our foremothers could only dream of.

Black women have so many options before them, so much they can partake of to better this world for themselves, and for the lives of many others.

I will devote my blog more to the many choices, and chances, black women have to raise themselves up as the wonderful, beautiful women I know they are and can aspire to be.

There are many in the world who do not speak up for us black women. There are those who do, and I thank them.

But, in the end, it up to us black women to speak up for ourselves, to grab the world by the throat (and by the balls) and demand that it do right by us. This is as much our world as it is everyone else’s. We must take our lives into our hands and do our utmost to make for ourselves a world that we can with pride and resolve, leave  to all our daughters (and sons) who will come after us.

And what better way to do that than to enter the world of politics.

Many so-called black leaders do not speak for us.

If they did, why is it that when I ask the black woman/man on the street, if they have heard of the Jena 6, many of them say,  “Yes”, but when I ask them of  Megan Williams, the Newark 7, Dunbar Village, the many missing black women and girls, many answer me that they have never heard of these incidents or women.

I lay half of that blame at the feet of the so-called black leaders for not speaking up for black women and addressing our concerns, and I also put that at the feet of the black community (men, as well as women) who do not often have the best interests of black women at heart.

Black women, this is the YEAR.

This is a year that we cannot afford to be left behind any longer.

We must raise our voices so that we may be heard.

American society at large does not care very much for our welfare as we see in how the (in)justice system treats (rather mistreats) black women. [A white woman who is raped will see her attacker on average receive a sentence of a minimum of 10 years in prison. A black woman who is raped will see her attacker receive a sentence of a minimum of 2 years!] This is how little regard America has for black women and girls. Therefore, black women must organize, connect, and become a collective voice for all of us.

And what better way to do that than to go into the world of politics.

Politics is not for everyone, but, for those of you who do desire to toss your hats into the proverbial ring, here are more websites for you to click onto to help get you started to become a public servant for those you have the greatest love for, those whom this country has the most contempt for, those whom this country has the least love for————-BLACK WOMEN.

For those black women who desire to flex their entrepreneurial skills, I have also listed organizations which give micro-business small loans and micro-business grants for those of you who wish to start-up a new business. Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to the unemployed, to poor entrepreneurs and to others living in poverty who are not considered bankable. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. Microcredit is a part of microfinance, which is the provision of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.The concept of microcredit can be traced back to portions of the Marshall Plan at the end of World War II in the middle of the 20th century or even back to the mid-1800s and the writings  of abolitionist/legal theorist Lysander Spooner  who wrote concerning the benefits of numerous small loans for entrepreneurial activities to the poor as a way to alleviate poverty. It is also tied to New York’s Providence Fund. However, in its most recent incarnation it can be linked to several organizations starting in the 1970s and onward, most notably the organization  Grameen Bank founded by Mohammed Yunus, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering work in microcredit.Women have become the focus of many microcredit institutions and agencies worldwide. The reasoning behind this is the observation that loans to women tend to more often benefit the whole family than loans to men do. It has also been observed that giving women the control and the responsibility of small loans raises their socio-economic status, which is seen as a positive change to many of the current relationships of gender and class.By helping ourselves, we will then be able to reach back and help other black women as well.

It is  out there, ladies.

Please do whatever you can to make the most of all that is before you in this world.

You only get one life.

Make it the best and the most productive you can while you live.

We live in a beautiful, glorious time.

Carpe diem, ladies.

It is out there, yours for the taking.

Let no one, even your own selves, stop you.

Peace.

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*ACCION, USA

This organization offers small business loans to low- and moderate-income businesses. In addition they also provide microloans to up-and-coming businesses. Their mission statement:

ACCION USA is a private, nonprofit organization that provides microloans and other financial services to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who are unable to access bank credit for their small businesses. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs–often minorities and women–can build assets, better provide for their families, and strengthen their communities.

Accion USA offers the following:

Online Small Business Loan Application,

  • Loans ranging from $500 to $25,000 for most business needs
  • For a new business (i.e. less than one year of operations), the maximum loan amount is $10,000. A business plan and one year of cash flow projections are required. For more information on how to write a business plan please click here.
  • Competitive interest rates
  • 1 – 60 month terms

And launched Your Money and You, a multi-lingual financial literacy program geared towards low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

Website:   http://www.accionusa.org/site/c.lvKVL9MUIsG/b.1359227/k.55A6/Small_Business_Loans__Microlending.htm

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*DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY

An organization  whose mission statement provides a portal:

“for development information and knowledge sharing worldwide. The tools of this Web site bring together people and organizations around the globe who are working to improve life in developing countries.”

Click on, “America/multi-regional country (2606). Per the site: 

Snapshot for America, regional/multi-country
AiDA contains 2,606  unique records for activities in America, regional/multi-country. The results in this view are grouped by sector, based on sector classifications assigned by sources. Some activities are classified for multiple sectors and some have no sectors assigned. Participating organizations have mapped their sectors to the OECD-DAC Creditor Reporting System Purpose codes. The sector groupings used by AiDA are based on the top level CRS categories. It also lists the 10 donors with the most records found in AiDA

Website:   http://www.developmentgateway.org/index.do

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*KIVA

Kiva is an organization whose motto is:

Loans that change lives.

They give loans to women, allowing the lender to lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world, thereby empowering themselves to lift themselves up out of poverty. Kiva’s mission statement: 

 Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.”

Website:   http://www.kiva.org/

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*WOMEN’S WORLD BANKING

Considered by Forbes magazine as the world’s top microfinance institution, Women’s World Banking has had 10 of its Network Members named to Forbes’s first-ever list of the world’s top 50 (MicroFinanceInstitutions) MFIs. Women’s World Banking’s mission statement is as follows:  

Women’s World Banking’s mission is to expand the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women entrepreneurs by helping them access financial services and information.

Events:

WWB and Morgan Stanley Host Microfinance and the Capital Markets

New York, February 20-22, 2008

This three-day event will feature perspectives from investment bank professionals, microfinance institutions (MFIs) and microfinance investors on key strategic issues and funding strategies.

Website:   http://www.swwb.org/

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*WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN SCHOOL AT YALE UNIVERSITY

With its Eagleton Institute of Leadership, this program from Yale, is one of the highest regarded schools for political leadership in the country.

Their motto:

COME. LEARN. CHANGE THE WORLD

I cannot agree more with this statement.

Events:

The 2008 Summer Session
JULY 16 – 20
Wed – Sun inclusive
APPLY NOW! Apply for Summer 2008 at
any time between now and
May 1, 2008, however,
review of applications will
not begin until January 08.
CHECK TRAINING PAGE
for UPDATED INFO!

Website:  http://www.wcsyale.org/

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*50-50 by 2020:  EQUAL REPRESENTATION BY GOVERNMENT:

An organization whose goal is a ratio of 50% women and 50% men in government by 2020, recognizing the 1ooth Anniversary of the enactment of the 19TH Amnendment in 1920. The 50-50 home site’s motto:

Equal representation is the essence of democracy

Go to their site, click on “Campaign Training” and you will receive much information to help you prepare to enter the world of politics.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (A synopsis on 50-50):  http://www.ergd.org/Women.Elected.to.Office.Presentation.pdf

Website:   http://ergd.org/

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OTHER MICROLOAN WEBSITES:

FINCA INTERNATIONAL:

http://www.villagebanking.org/site/c.erKPI2PCIoE/b.2394109/k.BEA3/Home.htm

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2 responses to “SO, YOU WANT TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR START UP A BUSINESS?

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Robert Michel

  2. I am really inspired by you. You are doing a great job. Truly, I would stand on behalf of the service program from now onwards.

    Best regards.

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