This Week with Change - March 8, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News
The ACLU of Northern California filed a lawsuit against Chawanakee Unified School District on behalf of two Minarets High School seniors for censoring their expression and free speech to support their LGBTQ identities. In the quotes, the students “expressed support for the LGBTQ community, as well as the fact that they identified with the community.” The lawsuit was covered in Sierra Star, ABC, Fresno Bee and KYPR.

Los Angeles County pledged additional funding for parks and neighborhoods that need more green space, with 30% of the Measure A parcel tax going towards park poor areas, which make up close to half of the county. “People who live closer to parks have fewer health problems - things like diabetes, obesity, heart disease. That’s why communities care about park equity”, said The Prevention Institute.

The Zellerbach Family Foundation announced their first ever William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change, which seeks to honor a “Bay Area organization that is developing visionary approaches to advance social justice and address the pressing needs faced by communities throughout the Bay Area.” The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019 and a $50,000 prize will be awarded to the selected organization.

What We’re Reading
Michelle Alexander references the work done by Alliance for Safety and Justice to support the need for restorative justice and reconciliation in communities, and the support for that approach by crime survivors. Alexander makes yet another case that incarceration is not the answer to community safety, rehabilitation or creating positive outcomes for those most impacted.

What’s Coming Up
Hundreds of crime survivors, as well as state and community leaders, will gather at the Survivors Speak on April 10th in Sacramento, California.The largest gathering of crime survivors in the country will bring together survivors at the California State Capitol to “heal through action, honor themselves, loved ones and their communities.”

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