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Nonprofits, Foundations, and Resisting the Savior Mentality

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Nonprofits, Foundations, and Resisting the Savior Mentality
March 26, 2017 6:00 PM
March 26, 2017 8:00 PM
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Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
March 17, 2017
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What is the role of wealth and privilege in social movements, and how can we change it? A conversation on foundations, nonprofits, capitalism and social change with scholar and organizer Sujani Reddy and journalist and organizer Jordan Flaherty, featuring poetry by Sabina Ibarrola.

Sujani Reddy is a writer and educator whose work focuses on U.S. imperialism, mass criminalization and migrant justice. She is Associate Professor of American Studies at SUNY Old Westbury, the author of Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States (UNC Press), and a co-editor of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press). Both books are also published by Orient BlackSwan in South Asia. You can hear her discuss the history of nursing and empire at:


Sabina Ibarrola is a green witch and herbalist in the Wisewoman tradition. Drawing on her training in herbal medicine and earthspirit wisdom, Sabina is building her teaching and clinical practice, combining a passion for plants and plant medicine with a fierce dedication to collective liberation and helping people love their beautifully diverse bodies. Sabina also works at LAVA Brooklyn, and is associate creative director of Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. His print journalism has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Colorlines, as well as in seven anthologies. He has been a guest on shows from Anderson Cooper 360 to Democracy Now, and he has produced television documentaries and news reports for Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, and The Laura Flanders Show. He was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, he played himself on HBO’s television series Treme, and he was a target of the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. He is the author of the new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality. You can see more of his work at

How is nursing tied to histories of capitalist imperialism in India and the United States? How was its professionalization shaped through the institutionalization of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, regional and religious hierarchies? How does this process relate to the fundamental role that the institutions promoting a “savior mentality” have played in establishing a colonial “civilizing mission” at home and abroad? How do we find the stories of  marginalized women workers in the archives?  What happens when we ask Indian nurses about their own life stories? Spanning two centuries and multiple geographic spaces, Nursing & Empire pursues these questions in order to shed light on histories of capitalist expansion, and marginalized women’s histories of resistance and labor migration.”In this beautifully written and brilliantly argued book, Sujani Reddy demonstrates the urgency of understanding Indian nurse migration to the United States in relation to the many reconfigurations of ‘Anglo-American capitalist imperialism’ over two centuries. This is an indispensable and groundbreaking contribution to the history of women and labor migration, and it sets a new standard for the global study of imperialism, capitalism, and race.”–Jennifer Guglielmo, author of Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City“Sujani Reddy neatly traces the development of modern racialized nursing practices by going beyond simply analyzing migration to examining the historical emergence of nursing in India and the United States. Nursing and Empire explores labor markets, intimate industries, and gender with a writing style that is simultaneously deeply analytical and richly descriptive. An absolutely exciting and one-of-a-kind book.”–Sharmila Rudrappa, author of Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India
From the Crusades to Black Lives Matter, No More Heroes is a grassroots history of resistance to the savior mentality. This book weaves the stories of LGBTQ organizers, teachers, international volunteers, sex workers, FBI informants, indigenous organizers, and prison abolitionists into a narrative of revolutionary change that travels from Alaska to Palestine, from Karl Marx to Muhammad Ali, and from KONY 2012 to the Red Cross.No More Heroes brings us real life stories of life-or-death conflict: Riad Hamad, a Lebanese middle school teacher in Texas betrayed by FBI informant Brandon Darby. Monica Jones, a Black transgender sex work activist arrested for “walking while trans” in Phoenix, Arizona. Haidar Eid, a professor resisting colonialism and liberalism in his daily life and work in Gaza City. Sophie Lucido Johnson, a recent college graduate who finds her youthful idealism channeled by others to displace unionized African American teachers in New Orleans.
No More Heroes explores the growing response to these dynamics: grassroots and street-based uprisings like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, creating accountable movements focused on real, systemic change.
“No More Heroes exposes the savior complex for what it really is: imperialism camouflaged as a rescue operation. A perfect gift for the age of Trump.”
-Robin D. G. Kelley, Author, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
“From systemic racism to climate change, there are no easy fixes to the deep- rooted crises of our time. In this marvelous, enormously instructive book, Jordan Flaherty explores how we too often allow the struggle for change to be undermined by would-be saviors—and how today’s grassroots social movements, led by communities on the frontlines of crisis, are charting a far more powerful path forward.”
– Naomi Klein, Author, This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
No More Heroes is a vitally useful intervention in the current political moment. Spot-on analysis, gripping examples, and a clear, urgently necessary argument about how we need to re-think harmful “rescue” frames and the leadership models they foster will make this book immensely useful to contemporary movements. No More Heroes helps us understand how our movements’ debates about leadership, respectability politics and co-optation relate to long-standing investment in ideas of saving that have got to be dismantled if we are going to build the new world we so desperately need and long for.
– Dean Spade, Author, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
“Buy this book if you believe a better world is possible and want to know how to get there. From Jordan Flaherty, the journalist that broke the story of The Jena Six, comes this thrilling people’s history of current movements for revolutionary change. A powerful, engaging, exciting book for anyone concerned about the state of the world.”
-Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate; former Georgia Congresswoman
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