This Week with Change - July 12, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News 

This week, BuzzFeed published The Young Women’s Freedom Center organizer Leticia Silot’s powerful testimony on why juvenile hall should be abolished. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month voted to pass legislation that would shut the facility down for good and put the millions of dollars of savings into youth programs that actually work. 

Philanthropic and movement leaders gathered in San Francisco this week to address an urgent need: ending incarceration for women and girls. Over 50 Funders heard from Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, Hamdiya Cooks-Abdullah from Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Morning Star Gali of the Ajumawi band of Pit River and Native Justice Now, Jessica Nowlan from Young Women's Freedom Center and Marcia Rincon-Gallardo of NOXTIN: Equal Justice for All and more on the power movement they are helping to build to make California the first state in the nation to end the incarceration of women and girls over the next five years. The event was hosted by Akonadi Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, the Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund, NoVo Foundation, and Northern California Grantmakers and sponsored by Twitter and the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families.

Coming Up: 
On Thursday, July 18, the Los Angeles County Office of Youth Diversion and Development and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative will host a two day learning session for the 2019 Youth Development Summit focused on improving outcomes for youth in Los Angeles County and reducing youth involvement in the justice system. If you or a member of your organization are interested in attending, click here

What We’re Reading: 
Abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore is helping people of all ages, colors and creeds to understand abolition as an “everything-ist” movement about building a world where human life is valued above all else. New York Times

As the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) grows its impact in the fight for human rights with the addition of Geneviéve Jones-Wright as the organization’s first legal director, we look back at this profile of PANA’s executive director Ramla Sahid on the crucial changes they have already secured for San Diego’s refugee and asylee communities. KPBS

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