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“As we face the stinging backlash to progress and concerted efforts to challenge the movement for greater equity and inclusion, a new generation of organizers and leaders are defending these wins and building the power of communities to dismantle systems of oppression.” Ray Colmenar, President of the Akonadi Foundation, wrote this Mic Drop for the Northern California Grantmakers blog lifting up lessons that philanthropy must take from movement leaders to help communities build governing power.

California will be November’s premiere staging ground for the fight for control of the House. Battleground California, a new superPAC launched earlier this month, will invest $15 million on eight races in California. This week, Politico spoke with Steve Phillips, co-founder of the California Donor Table which leads the PAC, about what it takes to win races and how Battle Ground California is doing just that by focusing on voters of color. Read the interview at Politico and learn more about Battleground California at their website.

80% of women in jails are mothers. As part of the Black Mama’s Bail Out campaign, Essie Justice Group, in partnership with National Bail Out, organizes women with incarcerated loved ones to bail out Black mothers and reunify them with their children, loved ones, and community before the Mother’s Day holiday. Change is proud to support Essie Justice Group with the Black Mama’s Bail Out campaign and action for the seventh year, helping promote the campaign and lift up the leadership of Essie’s membership of women with incarcerated loved ones and their fierce advocacy for race and gender justice.

Ahead of the annual action, Essie Justice Group released the official #FreeBlackMamas tee. Made by formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones in Michigan, every sale directly funds Essie’s organizing efforts to free Black mamas in California, and support women directly impacted by incarceration. It’s not too late to show your support for Black Mamas and snag your shirt today!