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The COVID-19 vaccine will help keep communities healthy and safe and holds promise to bring an end to the pandemic that has had the most severe impacts on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, immigrant, and low-income people. Systemic racism created the conditions that put people of color at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe health outcomes, and despite this urgency, California’s vaccination effort so far has fallen short of equity goals. We must reach and authentically engage local communities to remove barriers to access and address concerns to increase vaccine acceptance.
CCJFG Steering Committee members are excited to share the following books and podcasts that have accompanied us as we settle into Spring 2021. The content ranges from writings on indigenous forms of justice and healing to a podcast tracing the connections between hip-hop and mass incarceration to a mixed media collection of responses to the question, what does it mean to be Black and alive? These stories are rigorous, compelling, and bring us closer to understanding the intersections of history, justice work, and future-making.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’ve arrived as NCG’s CEO on the shoulders of many others that came before me. Two of the strongest shoulders belong to my first professional mentor and a heavyweight in philanthropic circles, Joe Brooks. During my seventeen years as a work partner and friend at The San Francisco Foundation and then PolicyLink, I learned more from him than I could ever adequately describe. He had a habit of saying things that were increasingly profound the more you thought about them. One of those sayings was, “how much do you need to know to act?”, often dropped in a setting surrounded by other foundation colleagues where he was about to propose bold action to engage some of the Bay Area’s most vexing social challenges.
An interview with Somdeng Danny Thongsy, JRC Campaigner and Coordinator.
Interview with maisha quint, Senior Program Officer
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in prison cannot be understated. As rates of infection rose inside prisons throughout the state, we witnessed our movement partners quickly and efficiently organize in response to this crisis. We witnessed the same tenacity and steadfastness this summer, as organizers led uprisings worldwide to protest racist state violence after the killing of George Flyod, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others—violence that is all too familiar for incarcerated people and their families.
As California philanthropies committed to advancing equitable health, safety, and wellbeing across the state, we’re excited to share Beyond Screening: Achieving California’s Bold Goal of Reducing Exposure to Childhood Trauma, a new report that makes the case for a community-level, prevention approach to reduce adverse childhood experiences. Beyond Screening reflects what we’ve learned from communities we work with across the state of California: how to support mental health and wellbeing, heal from trauma, build resilience, and assert a positive vision for the future.
Nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area have long struggled to find and keep affordable space in the region’s red-hot real estate market and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new array of space challenges. Nonprofits now face new challenges - renegotiating leases, shedding unused space, adapting spaces to meet physical distancing requirements, even expanding to meet increased demand for services. Even without the staggering economic consequences of the pandemic, the future of nonprofit workspace is in flux as many nonprofits have moved to remote working arrangements and are considering alternatives to the future of workspace.
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