This Week with Change - June 12, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

“My hope is that, in this movement moment, we can truly follow, support, and join the hard work being done by Black changemakers who can lead us to that radical transformation that we desperately need.” A note from Change Consulting founder and principal Bilen Mesfin Packwood on how we can join the hard work in this unprecedented moment. 

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Client News: 

On Wednesday, June 10, Black Organizing Project (BOP), along with a coalition of teachers, city and district representatives, community organizations, hosted a press conference to introduce the George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland School Police Department and call for police-free schools. The Oakland Unified School District’s Board of Directors will vote on the Resolution, which has gained support from a diverse range of groups and individuals in Oakland and across the U.S.., on June 24. Thank you to BOP for your dedication and perseverance in keeping cops out of our schools! Oakland Post. EdSource. KPFA - UpFront. Democracy Now! KTVU.



Grantmakers for Girls of Color announced this week their first ever grantees -- recipients of the Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund. Visit their website for the full list and follow along with G4GC on their social media over the next few weeks as they feature each of these outstanding organizations. 

“There is no doubt that our justice system is failing youth, particularly black youth. If we want to address the racial injustice of the system and support all of California’s young people to succeed, we must think and act differently.” California Fudners for Boys and Men of Color members Chet P. Hewitt, of the Sierra Health Foundation, and Shane Murphy Goldsmith of the Liberty Hill Foundation, for CalMatters.

Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of Solidaire, called on philanthropy to do more than the "sloganeering and statement writing” that dominated funders’ response to the protests in Ferguson in 2016. She wants donors to make “a generational commitment to Black liberation that matches the generational commitments that have produced the scourge of white supremacy.” Chronicle of Philanthropy

“Leaders across California must meet this moment and take bold steps to reimagine public safety. Mayor Breed and San Francisco are committing to doing the hard work needed to ensure that Black communities — most impacted by state violence and disinvestment — have resources and support.” Akonadi president Lateefah Simon on San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s plan to reform the City’s police department. San Francisco Chronicle


ICYMI: 

Gameheads is featured, alongside Black Girl Gamers and Black Girls Code, on Kotaku’s list of organizations that support Black gamers. Learn more about Gameheads, and how you can support them in their mission to equip young people of color to thrive and succeed in any field they choose, including the tech and video game industries, at their website: gameheadsoakland.org. 


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