This Week with Change - May 3, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.


Mónica García (left), president of the Los Angeles Unified School Board, shakes hands
with Tyler Okeke, the LAUSD board's non-voting student representative.
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Client News
Young activists in LAUSD, the nation’s second largest school district, received board approval to prepare a report on the feasibility of lowering the voting age to 16 for school board elections. This would enable an additional 65,000 students to vote and have their voices heard. Hear more from Luis Sánchez, executive director of Power California in this interview on
89.3 KPCC and learn more as to what this vote can mean for the power of youth in CityLab.

Josselyn Perez, a youth advocate with Power California, speaks to the need and impact of Proposition 13 reform in Capitol Weekly, and the role young people will play in 2020 to get $11 billion back to local schools and communities.

The Akonadi Foundation’s Mapping Small Arts and Culture Organizations of Color in Oakland was honored as the Gold Stevie Winner in the ‘Other Publication - Association or Non-Profit’ category. Commissioned by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the report investigates the ways “that vibrant contributions from communities of color are strengthening our cities, while these communities struggle to survive”. The judges called the report “Stunning. Timely. Well-designed. The full report is a study in meticulousness.”

Changemakers We Applaud
Jessica Nowlan, executive director of Young Women’s Freedom Center and Gina Clayton-Johnson, executive director of Essie Justice Group, both lent their voice and expertise on how the conversation around criminal justice and mass incarceration often leaves out a key group: Black women. Alicia Garza highlights in her piece in Marie Claire that as we near election season and 2020, “the women who are changing laws, changing culture, and building power can no longer be ignored”.

Up Next
On Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9, Essie Justice Group will bring together families, community and city leaders in Los Angeles and Alameda Countyas part of the National Black Mama’s Bail Out Campaign to highlight the inhumane practices of the cash bail system and its impact on communities of color. The organizations involved in the National Bail Out are working to end money bail and in the meantime get as many people out of cages and back to their families as they can.

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