Black Alliance for Just Immigration


January 2021 News

Message from Fred Ali, President & C.E.O.
With Gratitude and Thoughts for the Future

This is my last President’s message, and over the past few days, I have been trying to figure out what to write. Probably overthinking things, because more than anything else, I want to express my profound gratitude to our nonprofit and cross sector partners, my colleagues in philanthropy, and the Board and staff of the Weingart Foundation. Over the past 22 years, you have taught me much, inspired my thinking to action, and amazed me with your unwavering commitment and dedication to making Southern California a better place for all.

We have all accomplished a lot together, and there is much more to do as we envision and work toward a more equitable and just Southern California.

To read Fred’s full message, click here.


Q&A with Two John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows

In early December 2020, the inaugural cohort of the Weingart Foundation’s John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program participated in their final convening. The Fellowship is a pilot program designed to strengthen the network of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Southern California. The Weingart Foundation recently had the opportunity to ask two of our outgoing Fellows, Janel Bailey and Cheyenne Reynoso, what they would like to share with others—including peers in movement work, individuals interested in applying for the Fellowship, and the philanthropic community—about their experiences as a John W. Mack Fellow. To read the Q&A, click here.