• Philanthropy, Latinos, and the Public Interest: A Time for Transformational Change
    written by Dr. Herman Gallegos When someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing. Adrienne Rich, “Invisibility in Academe” The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have exposed hard truths about the long history of racism and ethnic prejudice in US society, truths that have long been purposely
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  • American Economic Crises and the Effects on Communities of Color
    Racial poverty in the United States has existed since the founding of the country, when only white families could legally purchase and own land. However, in the past century, we have seen an accelerated increase in the racial wealth gap due to discriminating laws that prevent families of color from building wealth. Every time there’s an economic crisis, people of color have disproportionately experienced worse outcomes than their white counterparts. This essay explores how major
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  • Our letter to California officials, begging them to delay VMT
    We would like to thank you for your leadership and prompt and decisive action to protect our state and the county of Los Angeles from the COVID-19 pandemic. We applaud you for taking this threat seriously, and taking the necessary actions to prevent its rapid spread thereby reducing the impacts on our healthcare system, economy, and housing that are sure to come. It is in this spirit that we bring to your attention a regulation
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  • President of California Air Resources Board Posts Outrageous Tweet
    Yesterday, California Air Resources Board (CARB) President Mary Nichols posted an insensitive and tone-deaf Tweet, taking advantage of the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd to push her environmental agenda. This Tweet enraged many, for good reason, as it shows that she does not really understand the needs of communities of color.  While Black Lives Matter is a movement primarily about police brutality and that is the focus of their cause
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  • Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Special Interest Group, The Two Hundred Target Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson With Petition for Affordable Housing Legislation
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In May 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced a bill that will prove detrimental to affordable homeownership in the state of California. SB 950, authored by Senator Jackson, will strengthen the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that has been dangerously used as a tool to deny people of color access to homes in their communities. The Two Hundred, an assembly of veterans of the civil rights and social
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