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Hugh Hogan has been North Star Fund’s Executive Director since 2003. North Star Fund is New York City’s community foundation supporting grassroots groups leading the movement for equality, economic justice and peace. Since its founding in 1979, North Star Fund has distributed over 29 million dollars to 1,600 groups working to create a more equitable and democratic city. In addition to grantmaking, North Star works with social justice organizations to build the ability of leaders and organizations to work together in a grassroots movement for social change. Hugh has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other publications.

Entries by Hugh Hogan

Mourning and Remembering Madiba's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Like our black and brown peers in the city, for suburban and rural white kids growing up in the '80s after the Reagan Revolution, Nelson Mandela and the struggle against apartheid were catalysts that led many of us to question what was happening at home and abroad. We built shanties...

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Hey Mr. DeBlasio, Want to Improve Emergency Services? Call a Community Activist

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:03 PM

This blog was drafted with the help of Lisa Cowan, researcher and board chair, Red Hook Initiative

If the polls hold on Tuesday, New York City's next Mayor will be Bill DeBlasio. High on his agenda should be strengthening community "resiliency" -- the hot word of the day -- and...

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Let's Hear It for and Thank the Vendors

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Street Vendor Project and Vamos Unidos are grassroots community groups made up of street vendors organizing to protect the rights of small businesspeople struggling to make ends meet by selling goods on the streets of New York City. For years, the African-Americans, Latinos, immigrants and war...

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This Is Activism's Moment

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Nearly 35 years ago, 28 young people sat down on a windswept February evening at New York City's Riverside Church to put in motion a very different kind of foundation. It would fund edgier work at the grassroots level. It would ask donors to pool their funds and give up...

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Climate Change and Sandy's Impact in the Age of Inequality

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:50 AM

One clear lesson in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is that extreme weather in the age of climate change and global warming knows no class, race and privilege boundaries. Many, many communities in the New York metropolitan area need help, but as David Rohde wrote this week in

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When "Stop and Frisk" Becomes "Stop and Hurt"

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 4:48 PM

It's troubling enough to know that almost 700,000 New Yorkers -- overwhelmingly black and Hispanic men -- were targeted for police stop-and-frisk searches last year. But to open The New York Times last week and learn that in four neighborhoods, more than 50 percent of stops used excessive...

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Dream Activists Made It Happen

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:38 PM

With the stroke of a pen, the president has finally demonstrated leadership on the immigration reform front. Mass incarceration and deportations will continue. But the president has finally recognized the promise of the next generation of immigrant youth and gotten behind them through this executive order.

Is it...

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For the Love of Justice: A Valentine's Day Tribute to Frederick Douglass

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Frederick Douglass, the great 19th century African-American abolitionist, was said to be born on Valentine's Day. It's fitting that this giant of America's quest for social justice would be born on a day that marks the power of love. In an 1847 address entitled Love of God, Love of Man,...

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Give the Gift of Voice

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 10:05 AM

While walking to my train yesterday, I happened upon a group of churchgoers who were dropping off canned goods and other foodstuffs for a Christmas food drive sponsored by the local parrish. It was wonderful to see people taking a moment at the end of the year to help those...

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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Law To Stem Deportations From Rikers Island

(6) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 5:36 PM

Luis, an immigrant from Mexico, was still in high school when New York City Police officers arrested him. Luis was charged with a crime he didn't commit, fingerprinted, booked, and detained at Rikers Island. When the prosecutor dropped his case, Luis was released directly into the hands of the federal...

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