The November 3, 2020 election is only four months away and, with groundbreaking ballot measures and the U.S. presidency on the table, this election promises to be one for the history books. Organizations across California are mobilizing to secure record voter turnout, particularly among voters of color, immigrant voters, and new and first-time voters. Funders are partnering to expand Get Out the Vote, voter education, election access, and more.
NCG's members are speaking up, some for the first time, about the protests, the killings, and the structural racism behind them. Several point toward organizations we can fund right now to fuel this movement. We are proud to share all of them here.
We no longer have to wonder what we would have done if we’d been around at the peak of the civil rights movement. Whatever it is, we will be doing it now. These words ring from our conference.
Our hearts and minds are with Black communities and the articles this month address the protests against police brutality, the historical roots of systemic racism and racist policies, perspectives on democracy, and the power of coming together to heal.
Last year, we asked a handful of leaders to reflect on how they were planning for risk in 2020. We, of course, were thinking about the upcoming elections. We invited these leaders to reflect back on their forecasts in the face of a dramatically changed reality.
As the pandemic illuminates the structural cracks in our system, the spring month of May brings about renewal and growth—we hope this collection of articles does just that for you. This month's collection aims to increase understanding and bring more attention to the impacts our communities are facing. We specifically highlight increasing disparities in communities of color, hardships of front line workers, the war narrative, and the need for racial equity inclusive economic power shifts.
As Californians we know that our own well-being is tied to everyone else’s. California’s Immigrant Resilience Fund is making headlines demonstrating that we are standing together to make sure each and every one of us—native and newcomer—has resources to prevail through the outbreak. No one stands alone. We are one beloved community. Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor to the Governor, and Daranee Petsod of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees joined NCG’s Emily Katz to explain how the fund came to be, some surprising new supporters, and what it means to have a ‘Si Se Puede’ moment (Yes, We Can!)
As the weeks wear on and the scale of pandemic devastation broadens and deepens, it’s ever more essential to practice good mental hygiene. Without it, how can we expect to work with clarity and compassion when constant news can leave us feeling uneasy about things we can’t control? I invite you to take a break, watch, listen, and read.
Funders have an opportunity to protect and preserve disability civil and human rights for the 1 in 4 Americans that have a disability. How can we alter our practices to be intentional about disability-inclusive giving? How can applying a disability lens create more effective grantmaking, especially now?
More than ever, the focus on equity and social justice is needed during this time. April finds us physically distancing ourselves and for some communities the challenges are not new, just exacerbated with life-and-death consequences. The articles this month highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and how we need to re-think care, who does the care work, and why do disparities exist.