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In May of 2004 the radical feminist organization INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, organized an historic conference titled The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex. The conference addressed issues related to funding within the radical movement, specifically the role that large foundations were
playing in re-structuring grassroots organizations to fit within a corporate model.

While attending the most recent INCITE! conference in New Orleans in March of 2005, we learned that in the lead up to the conference they had lost an important $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation because of their principled stance on the issue of Palestine. In their spirit of defiance and commitment to truly radical politics, we hope the following articles can contribute to the important dialogue they have started.

What has been the cost of the proliferation of the Non-Profit and the move from volunteer based activism to staff driven advocacy work? How has the field of social change become so professionalized that one often needs
multiple college degrees just to qualify for a job? What can movements in the US learn from the relationships between large NGOs and grass roots activists in places like Chiapas and Palestine?

These are some of the questions that we have tried to raise in this section of Left Turn, recognizing the complexity of these issues and that so many of us involved in social justice work are tied into this non-profit industrial complex in one way or another.

Inside issue #18:

Chiapas after the Red Alert
AFL-CIO split
Gaza 'disengagement'
New Left turn Mission Statement

Anti-War Movement:
Counter-Recruitment Movement
Lessons from GI Resistance in Vietnam
The Cindy Sheehan Spark

The Non Profit Industrial Complex:
The Non-Profit & Autonomous Social Movements
Case Study: Sista ii Sista
NGOs & The Zapatistas
NGOs in Palestine

In Focus:
The World Bank & Israeli Apartheid
Western Sahara: A hidden Colony
The Mexico-US border

Gender Justice:
Domestic Workers Fight Back
Finding Common Ground
Justice in Juarez

+ Activist Report Backs Including:

The Student Farmworker encuentro in Immokalee, The AIDE coalition (Action In Defense of Education) in California, Organizing against the Minutemen in Arizona.

+ Book Reviews including:

Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Can't Stop Won't Stop, History of the IWW, Zaatardiva, and Reclaiming Development

As an anti-capitalist publication with no staff and living outside of the Non Profit Industrial Complex and Foundation world, we depend on grassroots activists around the country for financial support. Please take out a subscription if you can or donate whatever you can directly on our website at:  http://www.leftturn.org

In Solidarity,
The LT Editorial Collective

The Left Turn editorial collective is happy to announce the release of issue #18 hot off the press! This is now the 4th issue the new editorial collective has put out and we are happy to announce an increased print run to coincide both with the major anti-war demonstrations as well as our special theme on the 'Non-Profit Industrial Complex'. Always in a financial crunch, we really need our friends and allies to subscribe and help support the project whnever possible. For this issue we are looking to send out stacks of 10-100 magazines to activists across the country. If you are in a position to help subsidize some of these mailing please contact us at:  distribution@leftturn.org or donate at www.leftturn.org