This Week with Change - September 11, 2020

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News

As jails and prisons continue to be COVID-19 epicenters, Black women are bearing witness and fighting to save their incarcerated loved ones. Essie Justice Group, in partnership with Color of Change, released a new report on COVID-19's impact on incarcerated people and women with incarcerated loved ones. Blavity. 

“The truth is, it costs less to prevent violence than to respond to it after the fact.” Anthony Smith, executive director at Cities United, a national network of 130 mayors, committed to creating safe, healthy and hopeful communities for young Black men and boys, and their families, and Rachel Davis, executive director of the Prevention Institute  on how it is more critical than ever to maintain a public health approach to preventing gun violence. The Trace

California is one of “the few states that doesn’t have a state agency that oversees the youth justice system and can effectively work with other youth-serving agencies” like child welfare and education providers. Frankie Guzman, director of the California Youth Justice Initiative at the National Center for Youth Law, on the need for accountability as California prepares to close its Division of Juvenile Justice. Thanks in part to the advocacy of California Funders for Boys and Men of Color and their members who have worked to amplify the demands of youth justice advocates and ensure a new path for youth justice that is grounded in healing-centered, trauma-informed practices and positive youth development, State Bill 823, which would close DJJ the right way, awaits Governor Newsom’s signature. US News & World Report.  

“Even during this challenging time, girls are showing incredible resilience and leadership. To make our communities stronger, we must invest in girls by listening to their needs, including them in decision-making that directly impacts their lives, and investing in the ecosystem of champions – individuals, organizations and schools – they depend on.” Emma Meyerson, founding executive director of Alliance for Girls, on the need for “When Girls Thrive.” The new initiative advocates for an expanded understanding of how girls are being impacted by COVID-19. Philanthropy Women

“We have to address the fact that our schools have become locations for criminalization and not necessarily the locations for learning that we intend them to be.” Dr. Monique Morris, executive director of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, joined “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” correspondent Mike Brown, along with Dream Cannon, Nathaniel Genene, and Jesse Hagopian, to talk about why police aren’t protecting ours kids in school. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.


Last month, Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and Funders Together to End Homelessness announced the launch of the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network. The new initiative will create a space for philanthropic institutions from across the region to connect and facilitate action to advance racial equity and prevent and end homelessness in the Bay Area. More at

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