This Week with Change - April 10, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

At Change Consulting, our goal has always been to support changemakers in caring for our communities and reimagining a brighter world into existence. From our Founder and Principal Bilen Mesfin Packwood, here are five things organizations and leaders can focus on now to communicate strategically in the midst of COVID-19.


Client News: 



“In difficult times, Oakland’s organizers, culture bearers, and healers not only provide solace and support, but also, continue to build a collective vision of safety and justice beyond crisis.” Akonadi Foundation announced this week the re-launch of So Love Can Win Fund to assist racial justice movement groups’ capacity to meet demands and/or aid the loss of operational revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

This Monday, April 13, Alliance for Girls and Futures Without Violence will host a digital California statewide town hall, “The State of Girls and Young Women During COVID-19,” to center the voices of girls and gender-expansive youth amid COVID-19. Led by and for girls and young women, this town hall will provide them their own space to share their experiences, challenges, and hopes during this crisis. For more information and to register, click HERE

Shane Murphy Goldsmith, president and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, and Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, called on Los Angeles County to release as many youth as possible from the county’s youth jails, and ensure they have the medical and re-entry help they need when they return home, to avoid a Coronavirus Disaster. Chronicle of Social Change.


Change we applaud: 

“The higher the phone charges [in jail], the harder it is for incarcerated people to stay in touch with family and friends — the lifelines they’ll need to rely on when they get out.” Anne Stuhldreher, director of the Financial Justice Project in the treasurer’s office of the city and county of San Francisco, makes a powerful argument that jacking up prices for phone calls in jail costs us all in the long run. Los Angeles Times


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