This Week with Change - March 15, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News
When Kingston Gardes, a 41-unit building in San Antonio, changed hands, residents were concerned that they’d see rent increases and be pushed out. But, as a result of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation acquiring the building and buying the units to keep rent steady, tenants’ rent rates will stay the same, avoiding displacement.

Following on the ACLU of Northern California’s lawsuit last week against Chawanakee Unified School District on behalf of two Minarets High School seniors for rejecting their yearbook quotes and censoring their expression and free speech to support their LGBTQ identities. The school has confirmed that it won't ban the quotes. In case you missed it, additional reporting of the lawsuit was covered in ABC30, Sierra Star and Madera Tribune.

Change we Applaud
This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced an a moratorium on the death penalty, granting reprieves to 737 people on death row at San Quentin. The move is a another step in California leading the fight to reform the criminal justice system and reflecting on how society views punishment and revenge over rehabilitation.

What We’re Reading
SSIR highlights that, for the past two decades, only 10 percent of philanthropic dollars go to organizations that are led by and serve communities of color. As conversations around issues of race, equity, diversity and inclusion increase in philanthropic circles, we must look at how funding practices have the potential to address challenges that marginalized communities face, yet are ‘traditionally inequitable, ofen perpetuating the very injustices we aim to address”.


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