This Week with Change - October 2, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News:

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 823 into law, taking a historic step towards ending youth incarceration. The landmark legislation will close the state’s youth prison system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), a move that now offers a historic opportunity to advance racial equity and transform the youth justice system.  Congratulations to the advocates and community leaders directly impacted by incarceration in their youth who have led this movement for reform on this historic win!

Lizbeidi Monroy, youth organizer with 99 Rootz and Power California

“Young people across our state are showing up for their families and communities as essential workers and caretakers. We deserve elected leaders who do the same.” 99 Rootz and Power California youth activist Lizbeidi Monroy on how your vote can impact her family and community of farm workers in the Central Valley. Fresno Bee.

Kelsey Hernandez, youth organizer with InnerCity Struggle and Power California 

Kelsey Hernandez, also a Power California youth activist from Los Angeles, spoke to The Americano about why she feels it is important for her community to vote, and how young people are taking the lead: “I feel young people are […] activating change and trying to fix the things that happen in our lives.” The Americano

A new nationwide poll from Equitable Futures, a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reveals “that COVID-19 pandemic has greatly altered how Black, Hispanic, Latinx youth, and White young people from lower income households nationwide view the value of attending college.” Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.  

California Donor Table announced that it is moving $5 million ahead of the November elections in progressive candidates and community organizations committed to building long-term power for Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. 

The AAPI Power Fund this week released a brief on the need for AAPI women to run for political office. The brief explores why AAPI women lag far behind men when it comes to running for elected office and offers recommendations to increase the number of AAPI women candidates. Learn more at


Hip Hop for Change, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses Hip Hop culture as a vehicle for education, community empowerment, and cultural exchange, was named this week as the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s second ever recipient of the William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change

Leadership at Change

The move to entirely virtual work has been challenging for our small, tight knit team, and we are missing facetime with clients more than ever, yet we are still proud of the amount of meaningful work we have been able to accomplish during this unprecedented time. Change Consulting founder and CEO Bilen Mesfin Packwood recently shared her advice on how to work with your team in our new, online reality.

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