This Week with Change - March 27, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News

In observance of March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Akonadi Foundation released the 2020 Racial Justice Poster, Oakland Rises (End the Criminalization of Our People), by artist Natalia Anciso. Learn more about the project here

Kenneth Rainin Foundation this week recognized three leaders who are creating hope and opportunity in our communities in honor of Women’s History Month. La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation; and Dr. Sherece West, President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation are opening access to good education and jobs, livable wages, and opportunities for everyone to build wealth.

How Our Community is Responding to this Moment

We are privileged to work with so many individuals and organizations taking the lead in our communities to protect and advocate for our most marginalized and vulnerable people. Here are just a few examples of how they are taking action in the face of COVID-19: 

In response to disturbing reports of discrimination and hate crimes towards Asian and Asian American populations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation has joined with other groups to call on media to actively report on discrimination towards and hate crimes directed at AAPI communities, and on allies to support Asian and Asian American communities when they witness acts of hate. EBALDC also urges all those who have been directly impacted by or witnessed firsthand this issue to share their stories at

California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, in partnership with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, brought together leading organizers and advocates for a conversation on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities of color in California. 

California Food Policy Advocates created a webpage full of resources on how to access food during the pandemic and food advocacy tools that they will continue to update to ensure that Caliifornia’s most vulnerable communities still have access to nutritious, affordable food. 

Like so many organizations and programs, Gameheads made the difficult but necessary decision to close their office and classroom. But, thanks to the resiliency of Gameheads students, staff and mentors -- and their technical expertise -- the program is still going strong online! Follow along using the hashtag #GameheadsLive2020

Thousand Currents activated an emergency COVID-19 response fund. From Executive Director Solomé Lemma, “may we all act in big and small ways to meet the moment: with our vision set on a world that is fundamentally changed for the better; from the grassroots up.” 

Solidaire compiled a list of where the network’s members are giving in response to COVID-19 and ways they’re providing emergency relief to those whose livelihoods are being directly impacted. 


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