We Draw the Lines: What California Nonprofits and Funders Need to Know About Redistricting
When: June 2021
What is redistricting? Why is it important? Hint: it determines much of the fate of our communities for the next 10 years, and NOW is the time for community feedback! Learn from CA Redistricting Commissioner Pastor Trena; Petra Silton, Director of Advocacy and Education at Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County; and Jonathan Mehta Stein, Executive Director of California Common Cause. You can access the presentation slides here.
- Commissioner and Pastor Trena Turner, Member of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, Executive Director of Faith in the Valley
- Jonathan Mehta Stein, Executive Director, California Common Cause
- Petra Silton, Director of Advocacy and Education, Thrive Alliance
- Laura Seaman, CEO, League of California Community Foundations
- (Moderator) Christian Arana, Vice President of Policy, Latino Community Foundation
Democracy Delayed, but Not Derailed
When: May 2021
There is a history in this country of suppressing the voting rights of people of color. From poll taxes, literacy tests, to ID laws, we have seen efforts based on limiting the influence of people of color to those steeped in white supremacy. The latest efforts by white supremacists are particularly threatening to the inclusivity of our democracy by using violence and policy to create barriers for communities of color. On January 6, 2021, as lawmakers were certifying the official results of the 2020 election, a group of rioters broke into U.S. Capitol to intentionally interrupt the confirmation of President Biden. As the world watched, hundreds of insurrectionists broke down doors and windows, terrorized policymakers, their staff, and Capitol police, all while temporarily derailing the U.S. democratic process. Over 140 people were injured and five people died during or shortly after this incident.
This failed coup sent a clear message to communities of color – this act of violence was not in response to voter fraud; this was a response to voter turnout. As of today, Republicans utilizing a false narrative of voting irregularities, have proposed at least 250 new laws in 43 states to limit mail, early in-person, and Election Day voting. Action is needed today to ensure communities of color can fully and freely participate in our democratic process.
- Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director, General Service Foundation
- Cathy Cha, President, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
- Steve Phillips. Founder, Democracy in Color
- Eric Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center