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Cooptation: Repressive Bureaucracy and its Effects on Activists and Advocates for Social Change; Why Doing Not-for-Profit Advocacy Work in the United States is so Difficult

© October 1995, updated September 2013, and December 2014  by Rose Garrity   INTRODUCTION This paper will use domestic violence programs as a useful example, yet the same issues apply to all regulated/licensed/controlled by funder programs. Most of us who began to offer domestic violence and other advocacy services in the earliest days of the battered women’s movement (from the early 1970s) did so

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