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We're delighted to announce two new launches of the last month, the progressive and activist journalism site Waging Nonviolence, and the fresh, exciting classical music guild Concert Artists Guild. Waging Nonviolence's exciting mission:

Waging Nonviolence is a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a media industry fixated on violence and celebrity.
Concert Artist Guild's mission is also one of helping the community:
Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture & promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild helps artists launch sustainable careers. CAG provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career.
Visit the portfolio pages of Waging Nonviolence or Concert Artists Guild today!

We’ve released another awesome WP plugin that helps with working with custom post types as content types that work in relation to – but not alone – other content pieces.

This is useful, for example, if you have Staff as …

Social Ink is proud to continue our efforts in Community and Education work with the launch of a new website for The Pinkerton Foundation. Established in 1966, the foundation:

supports community-based programs for children, youth and families in economically disadvantaged areas in New York City.  Although we consider a wide range of youth development initiatives, Pinkerton favors direct-service programs that have one overriding goal: to help young people reach their full potential. Most of the programs we support take place in the after-school, weekend or summer hours and focus on providing opportunities for academic development, career readiness and cultural enrichment. We also support a number of programs that offer a way forward for young people after an encounter with the criminal justice system or years in foster care.
Read more about our work with this passionate organization on the Pinkerton Foundation's portfolio page.

As the summer winds down, we're happy to unveil our latest project with New York-based BoardAssist:

BoardAssist, a New York based nonprofit corporation, is the leading personalized board recruiting resources available to the tri-state nonprofit community. We offer New Yorkers who want to make a real change in the nonprofit world a wide selection of board options and advice on selecting the right one for them. Our nonprofit clients range from start-up organizations to some of the most established names in the nonprofit community, and serve interest areas from arts and education to the environment and poverty relief. Though most BoardAssist clients are New York-based, they serve locally, nationally and internationally.
Head along to the BoardAssist portfolio page to see the work we did with the organization, including redeveloping the application process, creating an image-rich, user friendly website that's easily updatable from anywhere, and a sparkling new visual identity.

In this hot summer of 2012, it's important to remember all those who are in the various confines of the United States correctional system. The Correctional Association of New York, an organization advocating for prison justice since 1844, approached Social Ink about rejuvenating their site to reflect changing constituencies.

In 1846, the CA was granted authority by New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the public. The only private organization in New York with unrestricted access to prisons, the CA has remained steadfast in its commitment to inform the public debate on criminal justice for nearly 168 years. The CA utilizes its unique legislative mandate to expose abusive practices, educate the public and policymakers about what goes on behind prison walls, and advocate for systemic, lasting and progressive change.
With a large resource bank to import, various campaigns and coalitions to represent, the CANY needed a fresh look that also reflected the gravity of their work and the depths of their research. We're happy today to announce the new Correctional Association site and to continue Social Ink's proud tradition of doing good in the world with technology. For more on the project, click over to the portfolio item or visit their website directly.

Social Ink is happy to announce our newest WordPress Plugin, Striped Members! Our plugin uses the awesome new Stripe payment gateway to create a full paywall/paid subscription website on your WordPress install! A turnkey solution offering different levels of content control, you can now push your website to the next level. We developed our plugin to integrate easily with the WordPress user management system, rather than rebuilding it. Our approach allows you to work with existing membership management plugins, or other plugins that rely on the WordPress user community (such as mailing list software). With our awesome interface and minimal styling, you can be accepting payments and new members in just five minutes. Roll over to our Social Ink Shop to read more and see screenshots on Striped Members and let us know what you think.

We are pleased to announce the recent launch of Inside the Law School Bubble, a startup venture from law school veteran (and current lawyer!) Krystle Cobran. The ILSB is a new resource for law school students with articles, activities, and a platform for a community of fellow learners. Read more about the project on our portfolio or head on over to the site. Know any future lawyers in need of some guidance? Send them over to http://insidethelawschoolbubble.com. Wishing ILSB the best of luck as Social Ink designs and develops websites for communities, publications, and startups.

The death of Flash, and the rise of the CMS. With a special look at insidewing.com

In a new record for site deployment, Social Ink worked round the clock to develop and launch a website for the Campaign for Children NYC, a partnership of The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance. The site is designed to complement and further the efforts of the campaign against Mayor Bloomberg’s recent cuts to child care and after-school programs. Read more about the project on our portfolio or head on over to the site. Social Ink is proud to stand with the Campaign advocates working tirelessly to further the futures of our city's youth.

We worked on a fun little project recently with Chris Jones of CA70 Music, making custom styles and functionality for the MP3 J-Player Wordpress plugin to showcase his music and playlists. Take it for a test drive and check out Chris' Post Hip Hop / Dancehall / Rare Groove playlist! Rewind selecta!

Social Ink is pleased to launch the new brand + website for one of our fellow DUMBO neighbors, Tor Ekeland, PC! Tor Ekeland, PC is a boutique litigation and transactional law firm that handles civil and criminal matters along with its clients' business needs. The nimble team, led by Tor Ekeland, also provides a wide range of services for artists, journalists, and designer clients. You can read more about this project on our portfolio page or click on over to the site.

Hope you all had a happy New Year! We also took the last week for a well-deserved break, but it doesn't mean we aren't hard at work bringing new and exciting products to the WordPress community. We're happy to introduce our newest product - the Simple Stripe Payments WordPress Plugin, to accept payments from the new and exciting Stripe.com. Stripe allows you to process cards on your site with full PCI compliance and brings an exciting new take to payment prcessing, and our plugin allows you an easy way to bolt-on a solution in just under 5 minutes!

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