I recently had a new head shot taken. It’s been close to 10 years since I last had a professional photograph taken of me, and well: I look a bit different. I now have an additional line or two across my forehead and my hair is sprouting a few more grays.
Amidst the daily stream of challenging news and events, this month’s list of social justice articles will provide glimpses of change, hope, and understanding. We also have a bonus article/trailer about a docuseries to spark dialogue and action.
This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a report documenting over a billion dollars directed from philanthropy to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016, the most recent period for which publicly accessible data is available. The report is directed to mainstream philanthropy and provides a map for foundations to identify whether their funding directly or indirectly supports anti-Muslim advocacy groups. As NPR reports, the group is calling upon the sector for more accountability and oversight.
It takes a lot of time to put together a day-long conference. We think about that when we consider the other things we will not be able to do, or will have to do later.
How can we turn the tide to become a region of economic opportunity for everyone—especially members of our communities who’ve been locked out of asset-building by decades of discriminatory policies and investments? Our future housing and land use policies and investments must make it possible for low income people of color to live in any neighborhood in the Bay Area and share in the region’s extraordinary prosperity.
The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative – a partnership of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and numerous other funders – has been created to help ensure a fair and complete 2020 census count.
In January 2019, Northern California Grantmakers Board of Directors and staff journeyed together to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. Our point of inspiration was the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. Our shared purpose in making the trip was to reflect on the legacy of slavery and racism, draw parallels to the challenges we are facing in Northern California, and deepen our collective practice and investment in equity and social justice movements.
It’s Spring and we found fresh takes on enduring subject matters. The April edition of What We’re Reading encompasses a range of articles tackling bias, revising what we’ve been taught in school and society, and opening up new perspectives.
"I planted my first tree there," recalled Tim Bolin as he pointed to patch of burned debris where his first home once stood. Tim is a pastor at the Paradise Alliance Church in the city that has been his home for 40 years.