The gap between rich and poor is by some measures as wide as its been in nearly a century.Many people think that income and wealth inequality is a problem that can only be solved by government. Not Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
“Business actually is essential to solving the problems of our societies today, wherever they operate in the world. And so I’d like to think that the best businesses see themselves, of course, first and foremost committed to shareholder value, to their customers, to their employees, to their communities, and that they see themselves as part of the problem-solving ecosystem in American and the world.”
In response to the tragic events that occurred recently in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, NLC hosted a webinar to help cities deal with the challenges of race and equity in their communities – and commit to solutions. The webinar shares ideas for city responses, highlights what’s working in several cities, and offers tools and resources from both NLC and the federal government that are available to all cities.
It highlighted the following steps city leaders can take to address racial inequities in their communities:
Host a convening
Build sustained relationships
Build trust, and promote police legitimacy and accountability
Get the facts about racial disparities in your city
Keep in touch, and set an example for other cities.
The panel addresses some of today’s most urgent human rights issues, and the intersectional influence of philanthropy, art/entertainment, activism and media in elevating and shifting public narratives and perceptions of Black men and women.
What determines how long we live? The surprising thing to us was that adjacent communities can have a 15 year-difference in life expectancy. Your preconditioned brains might attribute this to dramatic factors like drugs and violence (ours did). But the causes are actually more sinister: heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, all of which can be linked to Chronic Stress and stem directly from economic inequality. So we are all implicated… and we hope you learn as much from this 4-minute video as we did in the 15 years it took us to make it.
View highlights from the Campaign for Blank Male Achievement’s 5th annual “Rumble Young Man, Rumble” mentoring conference, held at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. “Rumble Young Man, Rumble” has convened leaders nationwide in Louisville to share promising practices and lessons learned, and to create collaborations with young Black men in communities across the country.
This learning series by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers ran from January to June 2016. It convened philanthropic CEOs and trustees to learn from experts on the many aspects of racism, including structural racism, white privilege, implicit bias, mass incarceration, and the racial mosaic of this country.
Hear the CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, Fred Blackwell, announce their commitment to take on issues of racial and economic equality.
Where you live has implications across your lifespan. We need to make sure that everybody has the chance to be a part of the prosperity of our region, regardless of their race or what neighborhood they grew up in. Our challenge as a society is to ensure that everyone has a chance to succeed.
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in 2014 in order to build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color. He released new PSAs promoting the initiative and encouraging people to volunteer as mentors.
See this video about Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA). AAMA is the first program in the country to develop a curriculum specifically for Black males. “African-American males are located in an environment that doesn’t have their best interests in mind,” states director Chris Chatmon. “You have to have very targeted strategies for those students who are furthest away from opportunity.”
On Monday, January 18th, Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event that celebrated and honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explored how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. Taking place at Harlem’s Riverside Church – where Dr. King performed his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” — the event featured speeches from Chris Rock, Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Tony Award-Winner Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, and more. “MLK Now” also featured musical performances by Rose and Grammy-Nominated Artist Bilal and finished with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today – including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, the prison industrial complex and grassroots and political mobilization. Panelists included Filmmaker and Blackout Member Ryan Coogler; Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole; Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Black Alliance for Just Immigration Executive Director Opal Tometi; Arab American Association of New York Executive Director Linda Sarsour; Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Executive Director Dante Barry; and Activist Leon Ford, Jr.
Blackout is a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who commit their collective resources towards addressing human rights violations in the U.S. Blackout is comprised of both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Michael McBride, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and others.