This Week with Change - May 8, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

We know that stories are portals for human connections, but why are individual stories so critical to our work? What’s the “right” type of story, and how do we ensure we are telling stories in a way that does not exploit someone as a prop or a token for a broader population? Change Consulting’s Senior Communications Manager Dina Sigal gives an expert take on how to build storytelling into your organization's communications for the latest in our blog series, available HERE

We want to hear directly from our nonprofit, community-based partners about the communications struggles you are facing in this moment and how we might be able to support you  to communicate effectively in this moment. Will you take a few minutes to fill out this survey to help us understand how we might best serve you and share with your peers? 

Client News: 

Rework the Bay launched a new website to house news and updates on their critical work to build an equitable Bay Area where everyone, especially low-income working people, have access to quality, empowered jobs. 

On April 24, California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative brought together over 80 youth justice advocates and funders to discuss what can be done to protect young people and transform California’s youth justice system. A recap of the conversation, including a recording and resources, is available HERE to help you incorporate these learnings in your communities. If you participated in the discussions, you can share your feedback and help shape future webinars in CFBMoC’s series with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color on the urgent needs of communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic HERE

“We must protect all our children, including the approximately 70 young people who are detained in Alameda County’s youth confinement facilities, the juvenile hall and Camp Sweeney.” Urban Peace Movement’s Nicole Lee and Burns Institute’s Clarence Ford wrote this commentary on how Alameda County leaders must immediately release incarcerated young people as part of their COVID-19 crisis response. Chronicle of Social Change

Coming Up: 

On May 14,  UC San Diego's Cross-Cultural Center will host "Hija Ausente: Stories of an immigrant" Art Reception -- a virtual exhibit featuring artwork by Change Consulting’s own Dulce López González. Dulce uses her art to address issues such as corruption, racism, sexism, immigration, international policy, and trafficking. Learn more and sign up to attend at

Essie Justice Group is demanding that the Judicial Council of California immediately take action to save lives and #FreeBlackMamas by releasing all people held pretrial in California for their fourth year of participating in the National Bail Out Campaign.
Will you donate today to help Essie free a Blck mama in time for Mother’s Day? 

Next Friday, May 5, California Funders for Boys and Men of Color will bring together advocates on the front lines and philanthropy for an in-depth look at how leaders are working to mitigate health disparities during COVID-19 and are addressing the systemic racism that has led to the harrowing inequities our communities are experiencing. The latest in their series of COVID-19 webinars will provide an opportunity to deepen understanding of current conditions facing boys and men of color and their families, and how leaders across the state are responding. Click the link for more information and to register.

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