Our weekly digest of client news and events.
Today, an unprecedented group of community organizations, labor, policy advocates, academics, and philanthropy leaders representing every race, religion, and region of the state launched a “Choose Us” Week of Action. United Front demands Governor Newsom and other elected leaders choose the people of California, not corporations and the wealthy few, by investing now in a just recovery that reverses historical inequities and invests in a collective future that benefits all Californians. Follow along online with the hashtags #ChooseUs, and #ChooseUsNotBillionaires, #UnitedFront and #RepCA.
“Immigrants keep our economy going through this global pandemic, often at great risk to themselves and their families.” Betzabel Estudillo and Gabby Tilley of California Food Policy Advocates demand that any COVID-19 relief package includes “all Californians, regardless of where they were born.” CalMatters.
The World Economic Forum this week named Lateefah Simon, president of Akonadi Foundation and president of the BART Board of Director, as a civil rights leader who will shape struggles in the United States and the wider world for years to come. The full list is available at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/john-lewis-next-generation-civil-rights-leaders-us/
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues, and as we face the prospect of ongoing outbreaks, closures and wait lists into the fall, the federal government needs to take stronger action to ensure that our youngest children aren’t going hungry.” Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, vice president of advocacy at Kidango and Melissa Cannon, senior advocate at California Food Policy Advocates, on how the government must step up to ensure food security for our nation’s young people. California Health Report.
Hundreds of young people are coming together to deliver their economic justice demands to elected leaders and urge them to #FundOurFutures. Today, these youth leaders and organizers will convene for a virtual statewide Youth Power Townhall from 3-4:15pm PST. This session is focused on economic justice issues impacting young people in California especially during COVID 19. They will be joined by statewide and local leaders to hear from them what they are doing to support young people and learn about youth led solutions to invest in Black, Indigenous, Youth of Color futures. RSVP now at this link.
Change We Applaud:
Grantmakers for Girls of Color is among the 116 organizations MacKenzie Scott is pledging her wealth to that she announced this week. We applaud MacKenzie’s “dedication to bringing lived experience to solutions for imbalanced social systems.” Congratulations, G4GC!
Alliance for Girls is continuing to collect girls'* stories through 2021 to understand and mobilize resources to address their changing needs and the long-term impact of COVID-19 on girls in California. You can send the 5-minute anonymous and confidential survey to girls and gender-expansive youth to help Alliance for Girls identify what they need.
*"Girls" refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).