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On Tuesday, September 13, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the #NoPlaceForHate bills into law, a crucial next step in addressing harassment and hate incidents in public spaces. The bills were informed by data compiled by Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander-led organizations that also helped develop the legislation, that show hate incidents have grown exponentially in public spaces.

Congratulations to Stop AAPI Hate coalition members for this well-deserved win and deepest gratitude for this innovative approach to community safety! Read more coverage on the new laws at Axios, The Yappie, AsAmNews, The Bay Area Reporter and Yahoo! News.

This week, Grantmakers for Girls of Color celebrated the second year of the Black Girl Freedom Fund and the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign. The campaign launched on September 15, 2020 with a call for the philanthropic investment of $1 billion in Black girls over the next decade.

Since its launch, the Black Girl Freedom Fund has granted over $7 million to more than 100 organizations, and over half of those grants were awarded through a participatory grantmaking council of eight young people. Black Girl Freedom Fund hosted a Twitter Chat to celebrate the anniversary and to lift up ways to further invest in the power and leadership of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth. Learn more at or on social media @BlkGrlFreedom. Read highlights of the Twitter chat here for some inspiration.


This week, Akonadi Foundation announced the latest grantee partners for the So Love Can Win Fund. The fund provides general support grants of $10,000 to Oakland’s Black, Indigenous, or people of color-led groups and organizations who seek to ignite and implement a radical collective vision of freedom and racial justice. This round awarded $190,000 to 19 projects using strategies that include local racial justice organizing, art and culture, healing and wellness, and journalism, storytelling, or narrative change. Visit Akonadi’s website and follow them on social media @akonadi_oakland to learn more about the grantees and the fund.

“California is on the cutting edge, however, of a countervailing national trend — the country’s demographic revolution — and that trend is poised to scramble the midterm electoral calculus.” Steve Phillips, host of Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips and member of the California Donor Table’s advisory board, penned this piece for The Hill about the opportunity Democrats face in the midterm elections — and the consequences if they do not engage voters of color.


Strategy Corner

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The term “narrative change” is increasingly becoming unavoidable in social change conversations; but what exactly do we mean when we talk about “changing the narrative?” The Change Consulting Strategy team, in partnership with our client Zellerbach Family Foundation, took this question head-on by facilitating a convening with ZFF’s grantee partners this week.

Our aim was to cultivate a deeper collective understanding of how ZFF grantee partners define narrative change, how they’re using it to advance their mission and vision, and how we build bridges across our work to advance a shared vision for social change. Stay tuned to learn more about how Change Consulting is thinking about and implementing strategies to tell new stories for collective liberation.