This Week with Change - July 19, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News

The Gameheads: Classic Summer Accelerator Program is well under way! The students have broken into teams to design their own culturally relevant, totally unique video games that are -- most importantly -- fun to play. We can’t wait to see what they come up with at the 5th Annual Student Showcase on August 24 at Esports Arena: Oakland. RSVP today if you want to check the games out for yourself. For more on the Gameheads program, check out this video presented by Facebook Gaming celebrating Damon Packwood’s recognition as a Global Gaming Citizen at E3.

Earlier this month, Akonadi Foundation awarded $50,000 over 12 months to support KQED’s Oakland Arts coverage. The funding will support KQED’s radio show ‘Rightnowish’, hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw, as well as his web-based column. The grant is part of Akonadi’s commitment to transforming “the climate in Oakland to one of compassion, respect, and dignity for youth and young people of color.” 

Change we applaud:

This week marked a huge step forward for the fight for equal protections under the law for domestic workers. Representative Pramila Jayapal and Senator Kamala Harris introduced the federal Domestic Workers Bill of Rights which would, for the first time in the history of the U.S., give domestic workers, including nannies, house cleaners and home care workers federal labor protections and inclusion in federal employment protections. Read Ai-jen Poo’s powerful commentary on the bill.


When wildfires devastate a community, more than structures are lost. Last year, Northern California Grantmakers released a report examining the devastating effects the 2017 North Bay wildfires had on the arts and culture communities in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. KQED.

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