This Week with Change - February 22, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.


Client news
As displacement and high housing costs are affecting families in the Bay Area, nonprofit organizations are feeling the effects as well. Earlier this month, a briefing in Redwood City with philanthropic leaders painted a detailed picture of the scope of how the affordability crisis in the Bay Area is harming nonprofits. According to a survey published by the Northern California Grantmakers’ Nonprofit Displacement Project, which informed the session, “nearly three-quarters of local nonprofits are concerned the real estate market will hurt their long-term financial stability”.

In response to the award-winning film, If Beale Street Could Talk, we heard from Gina Clayton-Johnson from Essie Justice Group on the often unspoken impact of an incarceration of a loved one on women and their families. As the film follows a beautiful love story of the two main characters, we are reminded of the harsh reality that, in the age of mass incarceration, it is women, particularly women of color, who are directly bearing the consequences of harsh criminal justice policies.

In Case You Missed It
MBK Rising! brought hundreds of youth of color, community and philanthropic leaders, advocates and policy makers from all over the country to Oakland to join the Obama Foundation in an inspiring three day event. Hearing from President Obama himself, along with Steph Curry, Rashad Robinson and Ryan Coogler, boys and men of color told their own stories of how they are leading change in their communities. Learn more about the event from The Washington Post, or at @MBK_Alliance through #MBKRising, #WeAreMBK and #MBKCA.

Research We’re Following
The Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) announced this week the release of a new report that shows the dire impact of criminalization on women, girls, and transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, from housing instability to economic hardship and the intergenerational trauma of mass incarceration. The report is the first publication of the YWFC’s new Freedom Research Institute and previews findings from 100 interviews conducted from 2017- 2018 with people in the juvenile system, adult criminal justice system and/or foster care in San Francisco, criminal justice researchers, and practitioners.


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