California Leads on Juvenile Justice Reform

California Leads on Juvenile Justice Reform

13 Oct 2017 | PolicyLink

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 190, co-authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara — ending the regressive and racially discriminatory practice of charging administrative fees to families with youth in the juvenile system.

California and | Read more >

"A Movement Is Not a Flash of Light"

"A Movement Is Not a Flash of Light"

10 Feb 2017 | PolicyLink

Current events leave many feeling disillusioned and in despair. Yet hope emerges from the visionaries, disrupters, activists, and all those who are taking to the streets to resist attacks on our constitutional and human rights; to defend hard-fought policy gains; and to safeguard | Read more >

California Ballot Guide 2016

California Ballot Guide 2016

10 Oct 2016 | PolicyLink

In the upcoming general election on November 8, 2016, California faces an unprecedented number of propositions. Many of these propositions will have direct equity impacts on the state's low-income communities and communities of color. To help inform your decision making, PolicyLink | Read more >

Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

08 Aug 2016 |

 

Across California, young people of color are courageously leading the charge to protect basic dignity, justice, and fundamental rights for themselves, their families, and their communities. From the Black Lives Matter to the Dreamer movement, from school board meetings to | Read more >

School Climate Matters!  Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

School Climate Matters! Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

31 May 2016 | By Luis Sanchez, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Education Policy Workgroup, Chairman

 

When California’s new accountability system takes effect in the fall of 2017, parents and students will be able to see how their school or district is preparing students academically but also whether it is creating a fair and conducive learning environment for all its students. | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

04 Jan 2016 | Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation

A reflection on the PolicyLink Equity Summit, which took place in Los Angeles, Oct. 2015.

As I sit here among 3,000 people, I cannot help but think this is the moment. I look out and see the faces, young and old, new and familiar. I cannot help but think this is the moment.

The | Read more >

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

08 Oct 2015 | Jesus Flores, PolicyLink Intern

The countdown for the Equity Summit 2015 is coming to a close. With more than 200 speakers and presenters from across the country, this year’s Summit will not only offer unprecedented insight into local, regional, and national issues — it will give attendees a unique viewpoint on | Read more >

Tell Your State Senator: Tax Fairness Is an Equity Priority

Tell Your State Senator: Tax Fairness Is an Equity Priority

20 Jul 2015 | California Equity Quarterly

Making our tax system fair should be a top priority for people who care about shaping an equitable California — where revenue comes from can impact equity just as much as where we choose to invest it. And at a time when California is searching for new revenue to make up for cuts in | Read more >

On the Ground: PODER

On the Ground: PODER

16 Jul 2015 | California Equity Quarterly

Since 1991, PODER — People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights — has worked to improve the lives of low-income communities and communities of color within San Francisco’s Mission and Excelsior districts, with a particular focus on Latino immigrants. PODER brings | Read more >

Remembering Dori Maynard

Remembering Dori Maynard

25 Feb 2015 | Angela Glover Blackwell

She was her father’s daughter. Or, as she told an assembled audience at Black Male Re-imagined II in March 2013, “a daddy’s girl.”  She spoke those words with such pride that she lit up the stage.
 
Indeed, Dori Maynard was a bright, shining star in the galaxy of leaders committed to | Read more >

Midterm Election Round-up

Midterm Election Round-up

06 Nov 2014 | Chris Schildt

Ballots are in, and voters showed overwhelming support for measures to build a more equitable economy this election season.

Here’s the quick round-up of the victories:

  • Minimum wage increases passed in every city and state – including Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Alaska, and | Read more >
AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

19 Sep 2014 | Erika Rincón Whitcomb

California has one of the largest and most expensive prison systems in the nation and is currently under a federal court order to reduce its prison population. System and community leaders across the state have recognized the urgent need to lower the numbers of current prisoners | Read more >

La Cultura Cura: Cultivating a Movement of Community Health

La Cultura Cura: Cultivating a Movement of Community Health

12 Sep 2014 | Guest Blogger: Juan Gomez, Senior Policy and Strategy Analyst, MILPA

Earlier this year, Salinas grappled with the death of four community members killed by the police. In East Salinas, residents are healing from these tragic events by demanding respect and equity and lifting themselves up by their “Rootstraps,” part of La Cultura Cura.

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Investing Cap-and-Trade Revenue in California Communities

Investing Cap-and-Trade Revenue in California Communities

05 Sep 2014 | Jonathan Malagon

Equity leaders across the state are preparing for an opportunity to allot greater benefits from cap-and-trade revenues for investment in California’s disadvantaged communities. These revenues, generated by quarterly auctions held by the Air Resources Board, are deposited into the | Read more >

CALIFORNIA: Youth Leaders Thrive at the Capitol

CALIFORNIA: Youth Leaders Thrive at the Capitol

02 Sep 2014 | Anand Subramanian

In early August, close to 300 young leaders of color and allies from communities across California traveled to Sacramento and met privately with nearly 100 legislators, representatives from Governor Jerry Brown’s office, and high-level administrators, such as State Superintendent | Read more >

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

18 Jul 2014 | Anand Subramanian

Last year, California advanced a significant number of policies that advance equity-the idea that investing in low-income communities and communities of color is essential to achieving a healthy and prosperous state.

Those bills successfully passed due to the determined advocacy of | Read more >

As California Heals, So Should the Nation

As California Heals, So Should the Nation

20 May 2014 |

Our future prosperity depends on all of our young people having a fair chance to succeed. But too many of our boys and young men of color (primarily African American, Latino, Native American, and Southeast Asian) disproportionately experience failing schools, disconnected | Read more >

Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative

Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative

09 Dec 2013 |

As described in the New York Times last week (“Seeing the Toll, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance”), Broward County should be commended for recognizing that zero tolerance actions can backfire. Los Angeles Unified School District acknowledged the failure of these punitive policies in | Read more >