This week, California state legislators announced an early agreement on the state budget package which included the Food4All eligibility expansion. The expansion will bring equity to California’s nutrition safety net by ending the immigrant exclusion in the CalFresh program. Now, the budget will go to Governor Newsom. KQED’s California Report (at 9 minutes 20 seconds).
You can help get this historic investment across the finish line! Take five minutes today to tell the Governor you support the Legislature’s Child Care proposal, including funding for child care meals, using this tool at the Nourish California website.
Solidaire Network announced their first round of grantmaking from the Black Liberation Pooled Fund, awarding $14 million to 102 organizations in the movement for Black freedom. Launched in 2020, the Fund aims to support grassroots organizers in Black communities by mobilizing and coordinating the allocation of resources and strengthening the ecosystem of Black-led social change organizations.
“This cohort of grantees are youth and elders. They are Queer. They are in large and small cities and rural places. They are immigrants, land stewards, artists, and healers. They are fighting to protect the vote and to defund jails and prisons. They are working to mitigate the climate crisis and build grassroots power. We hope our commitment answers the call of the Black liberation movement to fund in deeper and longer-term ways and helps to mobilize even greater resources to these efforts.” – Janis Rosheuvel, Solidaire Network’s director of movement partnerships and grantmaking
Salamishah Tillet, Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and co-founder of A Long Walk Home and the Black Girl Freedom Fund, joined guest host Melissa Harris-Perry on WNYC’S the Takeaway to talk about how COVID-19 and systemic racism disproportionately impact Black girls. A new report from A Long Walk Home also highlights the many ways Black girls organized, led, resisted and survived over the past year.