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“Young people are willing to take action for their beliefs. Catalyzed by the national uprisings against police violence and for racial justice, young people of color we polled are expressing their views and organizing for change in significant ways.” Power California executive director Luis Sánchez on a survey the organization conducted with 1,500 young Californians showing that they are at the forefront of the movement for racial justice in California. Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee.
Power California organizer Tyler Okeke.
The same Power California and Latino Decisions poll shows that young people have disproportionately borne the brunt of the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. The economic impacts of the pandemic, and protests for the protection of Black lives and racial justice this summer, are pushing them to lead the charge in civic engagement in their communities. KQED.
Photo credit Jeane Melesaine.
Diablo Magazine named Lateefah Simon, president of Akonadi Foundation, and James Head, president and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation, Agents of Change, along with 15 others “who—in the face of challenges and crises of all kinds—took risks, broke new ground, and found ingenious answers to some of today’s most urgent issues.” Diablo Magazine.
Lateefah also recently spoke with the Chronicle of Philanthropy about how philanthropy can fund grassroots organizing to make lasting and system change in the movement for racial justice. Chronicle of Philanthropy.
“Any plans to close [Division of Juvenile Justice] the right way must ensure that we reduce these disparities, not deepen them.” Chet P. Hewitt of The Sierra Health Foundation and Shane Murphy Goldsmith of the Liberty Hill Foundation, both members of California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, call on California to “lead the way in reducing the disparities in health and opportunity for Black and Brown children” by ensuring oversight of juvenile justice in the state in a new piece for Witness LA.
“Communities, families and individuals are getting in “good trouble” by pushing for California to move away from failed policies….Instead of investing more in prisons and probation, we need to invest in community supports that help young people stay in school, stay healthy and develop the skills and purpose that will serve them for life.” Daniel Mendoza, UC Davis graduate, founder of Beyond the Stats, a group of formerly incarcerated students working to dismantle structural barriers and support students in the UC system, tells his story and calls on California to “do right by young people of color” by investing in their futures, not law enforcement. Sacramento News & Review.
Advancement Project California’s John Kim and ACCE Institute’s Christina Livingston, members of United Front California, spoke with the Sacramento Bee about how California must take urgent action to protect people from the economic fallout of the pandemic for their podcast, California Nation.