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in Voqal

In mid-July, the FCC voted to strip education from the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum band, the only slice of public airwaves dedicated to educational purposes. One of the major complaints from the educational community about the FCC’s rush to a partisan 3-2 vote was the lack of a conclusion in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. What

in Grants

July 23, 2019 ROC Action works to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. It’s One Fair Wage campaign, is focused pass legislation in cities and states that will require the restaurant industry to pay all its employees at least the full minimum wage. With Voqal’s support, ROC Action organized a voter

in Protecting Public Airwaves

July 17, 2019 In yesterday’s House Communications Subcommittee hearing, a handful of members expressed frustration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about their recent decision to strip education from the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum band. This comes as no surprise, as over a dozen members of Congress, the Western Governors Association and the Trump

in Fellowships, Voqal

July 16, 2019 Last week, Voqal attended Netroots Nation in Philadelphia with the 2019 Voqal Fellows to wrap up another successful Voqal Fellowship cohort. As a first-time sponsor, Voqal was particularly excited for this year’s conference. As usual, Netroots Nation did not disappoint. The day before Netroots Nation, Voqal started things off on a high

in Voqal

July 15, 2019 Voqal is proud to announce that it has promoted Adam Miller to serve as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As CEO, Miller will oversee the principal operations and business activities administered at Voqal ensuring they are consistent with Voqal’s strategy and mission. He will also provide strategic leadership to all areas

in Protecting Public Airwaves

July 10, 2019 Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved, on a controversial 3-2 vote, new rules that strip education from the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). For over 50 years, EBS has been the only spectrum band dedicated to an educational mission. Today’s decision flies in the face of a robust public record which overwhelmingly supports

in Fellowships

July 3, 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 Fellow Kevon Paynter and his

in Investing for Impact

July 2, 2019 Voqal is excited to announce a new round of Education Opportunity Project investments focused on supporting companies who are on the forefront of creating innovative solutions to addressing the educational opportunity gap. The investments of $95,000 in ParentPowered, $82,000 in MathTalk and $50,000 in Principal Interest reflect Voqal’s belief that one of

in Grants

July 1, 2019 Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina (COPAL) is a new organization that unites Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines. With support from Voqal, COPAL began to build the infrastructure needed to increase Latinx electoral participation through the

in Grants

June 27, 2019 In this month’s grantmaking spotlight, Brenda Sears celebrates the upcoming Disobedience Day by highlighting three grantees who use civil disobedience to effect meaningful policy change in their communities.  Protesting is often depicted as unpatriotic, unacceptable and unbearable by the privileged people benefiting from the current unjust system. However, the United States Constitution

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