California is often seen as a national leader on issues of racial equity. The values of inclusion and diversity resonate with the many millions of residents who call California home. However, underneath the surface are troubling, persisting racial disparities that are most visible when looking at the county level. For example:
- In Monterey County, African-American youth are three times more likely to face truancy arrests than the white youth.
- In Fresno County, white residents are employed in managerial positions at double the rate of Black and Asian residents and triple the rate of Latinos and Native Americans.
- In Santa Clara County –the heart of Silicon Valley, Black residents are 15 times more likely to be incarcerated than white residents.
California is at a turning point. Even as there are entrenched systems and policies producing these inequities, there is a growing movement to address the root causes of the problems. To move forward, we need to measure and address long-standing racial disparities and to center organizers and activists to lead campaigns for change.
A new initiative, RACE COUNTS, presents a comprehensive online tracking tool (www.RACECOUNTS.org) that ranks all 58 counties by seven key issue areas and provides a roadmap for community leaders to focus their efforts. This new project garnered coverage from media across the country, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, and The Atlantic.
This program will present RACE COUNTS key findings about the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Panelists will include the community organizers who helped to co-create RACE COUNTS and who will use it to guide their organizing, as well as grantmakers who invested early in the project. The program will be useful for all funders who are interested in furthering racial equity in California.
This program is presented by Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers.
If you are in Southern California or would like to hear the analysis of Southern California data by livestream, please join the program at Southern California Grantmakers on March 20th from 10am-12pm. You can find more information here.
Veronica Carrizales, Policy and Campaign Development Director, California Calls
Veronica oversees the internal operations of California Calls, leads expansion into new regions of the state, shapes policy analysis, and maintains partnerships with key statewide allies. She served as a core member of the Race Counts Steering Committee. Veronica was instrumental in campaigns to secure increased funding for education (Props 30 & 55), reform the criminal justice system, and funds from tobacco for MediCal. Prior to California Calls, Veronica was a labor specialist with the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Her training skills were enhanced as program director with ENLACE (U.S. – Mexico), where she led capacity-building training and a workers’ rights program for Mexican maquiladora workers and U.S. worker centers. Veronica began as an organizer with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) on the Los Angeles Living Wage campaign and the Santa Monica Living Wage campaign. Veronica is a first generation Chicana raised in the Coachella Valley with nine siblings in a farmworker family.
John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project California
As Executive Director of Advancement Project California, John Kim lifts up the voice and needs of low-income communities of color to transform systems and expand opportunity for all. Through coalition building and by utilizing innovative tools and strategies, he has helped redirect hundreds of millions of public and private dollars to the most underserved communities. John has developed advocacy and research initiatives on issues such as community health, redistricting, community engagement, voting rights, early care and education, and public finance. John most recently oversaw the strategic direction and development of RACE COUNTS. John joined Advancement Project in 2002 to develop Healthy City, which grew to provide data, research, and mapping support to service providers and community advocates across the state. He became Managing Director of the California Office in 2004 and was appointed Co-Director in 2008. He served on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles through 2011 and currently serves as a Commissioner for Los Angeles County’s Commission of Children and Families. John is also a Rockwood “Leading from the Inside Out” fellowship alumni.
Sandra J. Martínez, Director of Public Policy, The California Wellness Foundation
Sandra plans, coordinates, and oversees Cal Wellness’ public policy activities as a means of advancing its mission, achieving its goals and amplifying the impact of its grantmaking. She is responsible for grantmaking related to advancing public policy, which addresses health issues from a systemic perspective and supports efforts focused on improving policies or conditions using activities such as education, advocacy, civic engagement and policy analysis. Sandra joined Cal Wellness as a program director in January 2002 and became the director of public policy in 2011. Previously, she directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and directed other community-organizing efforts at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. Currently she serves on the advisory board for the California Health Interview Survey and on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Trade Tech College Foundation, and previously served on the City of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families.
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