The Weingart Foundation partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all.
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NEW: Los Angeles Daily News: Los Angeles must commit to an equitable recovery
How an Equity-Focused Foundation Navigates a Racial Justice Moment
F.Y. 2021 Program Plan
Report – No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive L.A.
U.O.S. Grantmaking – Interview with Joanna Jackson, V.P. Programs
How Race, Class, and Place Fuel a Pandemic
Message From Miguel A. Santana,
President & C.E.O.: Reflection
On my cross-country trip to New England to begin my graduate program, I stopped at Port Huron, Michigan at an address handwritten on the back of a black and white photograph of my paternal grandparents. In the 1920s it was the home of Victoria and José Santana. These two young immigrants from the central coast of Mexico settled in the furthest edge of the U.S.-Canadian border to pursue a better life. A decade later, they were forced to return to Mexico with their American daughters in the face of the anti-Mexican hostility that emerged at the onset of the Great Depression.
Standing in front of this small wood-frame house, in a town built by steel mills that fed a burgeoning automobile industry, connected me to the American history that seemed to belong to someone else. To read Miguel’s full message, click here.
Announcing the 2021 John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows
The Weingart Foundation is excited to announce the second cohort of the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, which is designed to strengthen the network of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Southern California. The program seeks to build the region’s social movement infrastructure by supporting a robust network of leaders committed to realizing a long-term vision of justice and equity for all.
Fourteen emerging leaders have been selected to engage in transformative leadership development training, peer learning and coaching over an 18-month period. Congratulations to our new cohort! Click here to view the list of 2021 Fellows.
Clarity from Crisis: An Equitable Recovery is the Only Recovery
By Monica Lozano and Miguel A. Santana
The American Rescue Plan Act signed in March directs $151 billion to California. These funds will play a critical role in our state’s recovery from the pandemic and recession—and in ensuring future prosperity. But this recovery will only be successful now and sustainable long-term if state leaders are guided by equity, both in allocating funds and in decisions we make moving forward.
But what does equity look like in practice? It means focusing dollars in the hardest-hit communities and cooperating across systems and institutions. We must not treat relief efforts as a one-time back-fill to budget cuts, but an opportunity to fundamentally reimagine and improve our systems to serve us all—including and especially those who face the biggest barriers to accessing good health, education, and jobs. Click here to read the full article.