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What We're Reading: Year-End Equity & Social Justice Edition

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Headshot of the blog authors, Alice Y. Hom and Daniel LauBy Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

Welcome to a special edition of What We're Reading. We're winding down with a double dose of articles and bonus tidbits. We've focused on the struggles and triumphs of leaders of color, historical trauma, resilience, reclaiming food and ways of knowing, and freedom and imagination. These articles also address imposter syndrome, shifting misconceptions of communities, and cultural appropriation.

As the year comes to a close, we welcome your feedback about our curated monthly list of articles. Share your thoughts with us: or

1. Women leaders of color know what to do. Let's listen to them. 

Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, the M.V.P.s of Social Change | by Vanessa Daniel, The New York Times

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2. Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20. This art and poetry is a love offering - a celebration of trans life and resilience. 

10 Poets and Artists Share Their Visions for Trans Liberation | by Michelle Kim, them. 

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3. What does Prop 187’s story mean for the United States in the age of President Trump? 

The Battle of 187 | a collaboration between Futuro Studios and Los Angeles Times

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4. Did you know AAPI communities face financial insecurity and struggles?

Survey shows Asian ‘two Californias,’ with one in four low-income workers struggling | by Theodora Yu, The Sacramento Bee

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5. A history worth exploring during Native American Heritage Month

Tribal Map of America Shows Whose Land You're Actually Living On | by David Grossman, Popular Mechanics

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6. Diversity efforts are failing Black employees. Here’s a better approach.

Toward a Racially Just Workplace | by Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo, Harvard Business Review

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7. Forgotten among the fires: Latinx communities that both live and work in the affected areas.

As Wildfires Continue To Spread Across California Many Latino Workers Are Caught In The Midst Of Danger | by Javier Rojas, mitú

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8. How one museum treated a South Asian American artist of color.

The Whitewashing of “#WhitePeopleDoingYoga” | by Chiraag Bhakta, Mother Jones

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9. There is a name for what ails me: impostor syndrome.

I’m an award-winning Latina author. At a fancy literary gala, I was mistaken for a waiter | by Reyna Grande, The Lily

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10. She created a community farm dedicated to training people of color.

Where are all the black farmers? How this mother is fighting racism through food | Today

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