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SOLD OUT | Advancing Economic Opportunity for Black Communities

Monday, November 9, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco
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Black communities have been particularly hard hit by the rising tide of inequality in today’s economy. Please join us for an exciting briefing that will feature Kimberly Freeman Brown, Sean Thomas Breitfeld, Linda Burnham and Steven Pitts, the authors of two important reports on the state of Black workers. Titled And Still I Rise and #Black Workers Matter, these two groundbreaking reports offer numerous lessons for funders who are interested in expanding economic opportunity for African American communities. We will also hear from local leaders about the launch of the Bay Area Black Worker Center and other important efforts underway to address the Black jobs crisis.

Join Us To:

  • Explore the underlying causes of persistent economic inequality for Black communities
  • Gain insight on the dual impacts of gender and race-based inequities impacting Black women
  • Learn from experts about powerful strategies for engaging Black workers and expanding economic opportunity


Lateefah Simon, Program Director, Rosenberg Foundation

Kimberly Freeman Brown is president of KFB Consulting LLC, and the lead author of And Still I Risea photo-journalistic report, featuring over 25 extensive interviews/oral histories with black women labor leaders, organizers, and rank-and-file union members.

Sean Thomas Breitfeld is co-director of the Building Movement Project and one of the authors of the #BlackWorkersMatter report which highlights efforts to organize black workers and address the particular barriers to employment and economic security faced by people of African descent in the U.S. 

Linda Burnham is the National Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Linda is both a contributor to And Still I Rise and a co-author of the #BlackWorkersMatter report.

Dr. Steven Pitts is the Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. In addition to co-authoring the #BlackWorkersMatter report, he co-founded the National Black Worker Center Project, which provides technical assistance to developing worker centers around the country.

We will also be joined by Danielle Mahones of the Bay Area Black Worker Center (BABWC). BABWC is a new organization that was founded to engage and build leadership among Black workers to address the Black jobs crisis and advance solutions to deepening economic disparities for Black families in the Bay Area and nationally.

Targeted Audience:

Funders who are interested in economic opportunity, workforce development, asset building, and gender and racial equity.


BRIEFING SPONSORED BY: Northern California Grantmakers, Neighborhood Funders Group, Rosenberg Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Common Counsel Foundation, The Workers Lab, and the Bay Area Justice Funders Network