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[Article] Southern California Philanthropies Respond to Migrant Children Crisis
Aug 28, 2014 | Blog

[Article] Southern California Philanthropies Respond to Migrant Children Crisis

During an event in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, members of Southern California Grantmakers gathered with nonprofit and public service providers to discuss the recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children into southern California and how the philanthropic community is responding to it. After an introduction to the reality of unaccompanied minors by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, two panels consisting of service providers and funders discussed their work on this issue, what the role of the philanthropic community might be going forward, and described the children’s greatest needs. Nazario has been widely acclaimed for her Los Angeles Times series and subsequent book, Enrique’s Journey, which outlines the dangerous quest undertaken by thousands of immigrant children seeking asylum from the violence of their home countries in Central America. Nazario’s recent Op-ed in the New York Times explores the violent experiences of unaccompanied minors when she revisits the village in Honduras that her previous subject, Enrique, had fled years earlier.
[Huffington Post] More care, less fear
Aug 25, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] More care, less fear

By Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO of The California Endowment, and Tonya Allen, President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, who are co-chairs of the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color -- a growing network ...
Aug 25, 2014 | Blog

[Video] Del Norte Building Healthy Communities: Fish Kill 2014? Yurok Youth Seek Answers

After hearing about sightings of salmon beginning to die upriver, a group of Yurok Youth use a digital storytelling workshop to document their community's response. The Seventh Generation Fund Media Department led a digital storytelling workshop with ...
A Grim Reminder from Ferguson, Mo.
Aug 18, 2014 | Blog

A Grim Reminder from Ferguson, Mo.

A Grim Reminder Young Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri was killed by a police officer last week.  While a full investigation is underway, the fact is that yet another young, unarmed, African-American male has been gunned down.  And the ...
Do the Math: Schools vs. Prisons
Aug 15, 2014 | Blog

Do the Math: Schools vs. Prisons

Californians are clear about what matters most to them. Poll after poll finds that we want to be safe and healthy. We want good schools and opportunity for our children. And we think it’s smarter to spend a dime in prevention today than a dollar ...
The Power of Sisterhood Rising
Aug 15, 2014 | Blog

The Power of Sisterhood Rising

What happens when fifty young women from all over California come together for a 4-day retreat?  While mainstream media may portray cat-fights and name-calling among women to be entertaining and the norm-- the outcome of Building Healthy Communities’ ...
Annual National Council of La Raza Conference: Where I Found Role Models Who Look Just Like Me!
Aug 13, 2014 | Blog

Annual National Council of La Raza Conference: Where I Found Role Models Who Look Just Like Me!

As a young Chicano, it is rather difficult to find Latinos in leading professions. The weekend of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference proved to me that there are Latinos breaking ground and paving the way for future generations. As an ...
Health Happens at the Annual National Council of La Raza Conference
Aug 13, 2014 | Blog

Health Happens at the Annual National Council of La Raza Conference

My name is Juan Esquivel from Fresno, California and I was given the opportunity to attend the 2014 National Conference of La Raza in Los Angeles, California courtesy of The California Endowment and my Building Healthy Communities site in Fresno.  I ...
[Huffington Post] Children in the Desert
Aug 11, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] Children in the Desert

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied children crossing our border after fleeing from the brutal violence and poverty of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. A few days earlier she visited Port Hueneme Naval Base in Oxnard, California for the second time and met some of the hundreds of migrant children temporarily housed there. Joining her this time were Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment, and Fred Ali of the Weingart Foundation.
This Week's Top Stories in Youth Media
Aug 11, 2014 | Blog

This Week's Top Stories in Youth Media

This week, youth journalists in our Building Healthy Communities sites tackle some weighty issues on the minds of Californians, including access to birth control, homelessness and access to clean water. I encourage you to read and share these articles ...
[Latino USA] Dolores Huerta: A Loyal American Dissenter
Aug 06, 2014 | Blog

[Latino USA] Dolores Huerta: A Loyal American Dissenter

Since the founding of the United States, the country has been dependent on loyal dissent to strengthen our democracy. Few people have lived that dissent more righteously and passionately than labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, Dolores Huerta. Huerta tells Maria Hinojosa her thoughts on holding corporations accountable for their political positions. She also calls out new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for barring non-whites from his office. And she tells us about the origin of “Si se puede,” the organizing slogan which became “Yes we can,” and helped Barack Obama win the White House.
[Education Week] A Healthy Child Is a Better Student
Aug 06, 2014 | Blog

[Education Week] A Healthy Child Is a Better Student

"I want to be a paleontologist," my young male patient said, squinting at a wrinkled clipping from the newspaper of a dinosaur skeleton at the museum as I examined him. An impressive aspiration for a 10-year-old who looked like he needed glasses, but more so because his family was homeless and had none of the resources that could propel a more fortunate child toward his goal. But like the tens of thousands of kids living in poverty that we see on Children's Health Fund mobile medical clinics across the country, he had a dream and deserved a chance to pursue it.
Youth Media: Top of Mind for this Week
Aug 04, 2014 | Blog

Youth Media: Top of Mind for this Week

The youth journailists in our 14 Building Healthy Communities sites cover the issues that are at the top of their communities' agendas. Below is a sampling of what's on their minds this week. Long Beach students and teachers gathered at Reid High ...
Sisterhood Rising
Jul 31, 2014 | Blog

Sisterhood Rising

"Sisterhood Rising" by Diana Castellanos (age 18, Coachella) We came from the hood and we are now sisters, we created sisterhood Our voices are louder and more beautiful than Carrie Underwood 5 days? Make it longer if you could. We are not someone's ...
[Nonprofit Times] The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence '14 Top 50
Aug 04, 2014 | Blog

[Nonprofit Times] The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence '14 Top 50

The Irish philosopher Edmund Burke is quoted as having said: "Justice itself is the great standing policy of civil society; and any imminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all."
[NBC] 'They Are Children' Campaign Sends Border Kids Positive Messages
Aug 04, 2014 | Blog

[NBC] 'They Are Children' Campaign Sends Border Kids Positive Messages

way from the groups of angry protestors outside detention facilities, a letter-writing campaign aims to send the undocumented children at the heart of the immigration border crisis a more positive message. The “They Are Children” campaign, led by the California Endowment, a private health foundation aimed at expanding health care across the Golden State, is a grassroots initiative working to broadcast a “collective voice of compassion” for the undocumented children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. The foundation is calling on people across the country to send letters of support to the undocumented children who are being held in detention facilities while they wait to be processed by immigration officials. “They are Children” is also taking to social media, aiming to expand the reach of its message of compassion online. “They Are Children” found its genesis among the many people across California and the rest of the U.S. who wanted to sending something to the kids “besides anger, shouting and politics,” according to Daniel Zingale, senior vice president of the California Endowment.
Jul 30, 2014 | Blog

#Health4All And #TheyAreChildren Campaigns Connect With Los Angeles Community Through National Council Of La Raza Annual Conference

The California Endowment partnered with National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to promote the #Health4All campaign, together educating Californians on the contributions of the undocumented population, while bringing awareness to the reality that undocumented Californians continue to be locked out of access to affordable health coverage options. The partnership launched art images of undocumented Californians on hundreds of bus shelters and busses, as well as a mural on the historic Figueroa Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles. The California Endowment also recently launched the #TheyAreChildren campaign to unite messages of compassion and support for the refugee children that recently escaped their home countries, primarily in Central America, and crossed the border into the United States. The campaign provides an opportunity for everyone to write a message of compassion and love for the refugee children.
[Fresno Bee] Opinion: City planning isn't a bore
Jul 29, 2014 | Blog

[Fresno Bee] Opinion: City planning isn't a bore

People throw around a wide variety of technical terms to describe, discuss and debate the city of Fresno's General Plan. There is always lots of talk about infill, infrastructure, high-density this, low-density that. All of the jargon and inside-speak usually conspire to dull the senses, bore citizens and simply turn people off. Here is all you need to know about the General Plan: It guides how we grow as a city and how we use our land. That's it; but what does this mean for average citizens? Fresno Building Healthy Communities, comprised of a variety of organizations, civic leaders and Fresno residents, recognizes the incredible importance of the General Plan and has watched the development of the latest draft very closely, because unfortunately, Fresno has a poor track record when it comes to city planning and growth. Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/28/4044806/sandra-celedon-castro-city-planning.html?sp=/99/274/#storylink=cpy
Jul 28, 2014 | Blog

Fresno's Fight for #Health4All

#Health4All has taken on a new meaning for those of us living in Fresno County.  The Board of Supervisors has gone to court to do away with the health care safety net for undocumented residents who are our neighbors and the back bone to the billion ...
Health Happens with Youth Media!
Jul 28, 2014 | Blog

Health Happens with Youth Media!

The youth reporters embedded in our Building Healthy Communities sites are honing their journalistic skills and knitting together stories so as to create their communities’ narratives. The 14 Building Healthy Communities sites are rich with cultural ...
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