Telecommunications Policy Update: Educators and Nonprofits Make the Case for EBS on Capitol Hill

March 21, 2019 On March 7, the Schools, Health & Library Broadband Coalition (SHLB) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing titled “Window of Opportunity: How EBS Spectrum Can Close the Digital Divide.” The event featured a variety of speakers who have successfully implemented Educational Broadband Service (EBS) programs or who want access to new EBS licenses. Read More

2019 Voqal Fellowship Spotlight: Allister Chang

March 20, 2019 The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in a new generation of social entrepreneurs interested in launching the next “big idea” aimed at increasing equity for those who are least well off politically, economically and/or socially. In this month’s 2019 Voqal Fellowship spotlight, we take a look at Allister Chang and his project Read More

Empowering People to Change their Community in Illinois

March 15, 2019 Common Cause Illinois organizes, lobbies and builds coalitions to create a stronger democracy. It believes democracy is how a free society resolves its differences. And to do that well, everyone must agree the process is fair and produces equitable outcomes. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, Common Cause Illinois successfully implemented Read More

A Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows: Cleffnotes

March 14, 2019 As we mentioned last week, this year’s Voqal Fellowship cohort was honored to have poet, Adrian H. Molina document its convening through a process called Live Scribe Poetics. The Fellows agreed that the resulting poem would serve as a manifesto for this year’s Fellowship. The second installment of Cooperative and Collaborative Politics Read More

Creating a Healthier Democracy Through Money in Politics Reform

March 12, 2019 Piper Action Fund believes in a healthy democracy that works for everyone. It supports reform campaigns that reduce the impact of corporate and special interest money on political and judicial systems. In doing so, it protects individual rights and builds the power of disenfranchised communities. Thanks in part to Voqal’s support, Piper Read More

Another Great Year at SXSW EDU

March 8, 2019 A cold front was not the only thing to descend on Austin this week. Thousands of teachers, administrators, Ed-tech companies, policy-makers and venture capitalists, among others, also arrived for the annual SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. Armed with winter coats and notepads this community of lifelong learners – including several Voqal board Read More

A Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows: Part One

March 7, 2019 As we mentioned back in January, this year’s Voqal Fellowship convening was honored to have poet, Adrian H. Molina document the meeting through a process called Live Scribe Poetics. After hearing the poem, The Fellows agreed that it would serve as a manifesto for this year’s Fellowship cohort. In order to share Read More

Building A Movement for Universal In-Home Care in Maine

March 6, 2019 Maine People’s Alliance is a grassroots community action organization dedicated to social, racial and environmental justice. It focuses on leadership development to increase the number of community leaders prepared to work for positive social change. Thanks in part to support from Voqal, Maine People’s Alliance laid the groundwork to pass a groundbreaking Read More

Creating a More Equitable and Inclusive Democracy in Illinois

March 1, 2019 Center for Racial and Gender Equity works to build the power of the Black women to advance a radical vision for liberation, through leadership development and political engagement. Thanks in part to Voqal’s support, Center for Racial and Gender Equity built an active grassroots base of members committed to achieving racial and Read More

Mobile Citizen Spotlight: Online in the Heart of Texas

February 27, 2019 The EBS-powered internet provided by Voqal project Mobile Citizen is an important resource for many that are struggling financially and can’t afford the basic internet access that would help them overcome the challenges they face. One such story is highlighted below in an excerpt from the latest case study on the Mobile Read More