Our weekly digest of client news and events.
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Congratulations to -- and deep gratitude for -- the Black Organizing Project, whose decade-long goal of keeping police off of Oakland school campuses, is now a reality. On Wednesday, the Oakland Board voted unanimously to pass the George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department, making Oakland first in the nation to eliminate an entire police department. Time. San Francisco Chronicle. Reuters. The Guardian.
On Thursday, June 25, Urban Peace Movement and the Free Our Kid Coalition rallied to push Alameda to pass a budget that reflects the values of the community, and defunds youth jails in the County. Currently 42% of AC dollars spend goes to funding youth detention facilities. KTVU.
Akonadi Foundation, Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division, and the East Bay Community Foundation’s new program, Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund, will award approximately $300,000 to up to 12 grantees in amounts of $25,000 each in its first year to support organizers’ “dreams of the tools, methods and solutions” for protecting vulnerable communities, along with “visions for their ability to thrive.” KQED. Philanthropy News Digest. NBC Bay Area. SF Gate. KTVU.
In the face of health and economic impacts COVID-19, the increased xenophobia and racism towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities it has caused, and during an election year, the civic engagement and narrative power of AAPI community based organizations is more important than ever. EunSook Lee, executive director of AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, recently spoke with Philanthropy News Digest about her vision for fostering a greater sense of belonging among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Philanthropy News Digest.
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“Stories influence our ability to demonstrate respect for each other’s history, successes, struggles and humanity. False narratives work in opposition to these values by creating unfounded fear, distrust, and disrespect.” Here to Lead, the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color’s storytelling initiative celebrating the leadership, power and voice of boys and men of color leading their communities across the state, was featured this week in the Sacramento Bee.
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