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Sep 30, 2014 | Blog

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Reporting on the decline in homicides in Oakland

Some news reporters and police officers in Oakland have a personal policy not to say things like, "We haven't had a homicide in a week" for fear of jinxing the trend. Imagine how they feel as the city is approaching the end of the second year of dramatic decreases in homicides. After experiencing a 22 percent increase in homicides in 2012, the city finished last year with a 28 percent decrease. The trend has continued through this year. As of Sept. 21, homicides were down 27 percent from this time in 2013, according to Oakland Police Department statistics. For 40 days this summer, normally a busy time for homicide investigators and morticians, there were no killings. The city is holding its breath, hoping the decrease represents a lasting downturn in the violence that has terrorized some Oakland neighborhoods for decades.
Sep 30, 2014 | Blog

[Huffington Post] Makes Me Wanna Holler (Or, When the Music Is the Message)

I had the opportunity recently to attend, with my wife and some close friends, a John Legend concert special dedicated to the music of the ever-soulful Marvin Gaye. I'm no music critic, but as a decades-long fan of Marvin Gaye, John Legend was simply phenomenal. In addition to the musical tribute, Legend added an element of social consciousness to the performance as well, by integrating performances by young spoken word artists. In the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the shooting demise of young Michael Brown yielded a powerful mix of music and message about social justice. And a gut-wrenching reminder of how far our society must go.
Bay Area in the spotlight at the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting
Sep 26, 2014 | Blog

Bay Area in the spotlight at the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting

Hundreds of leaders from across the North America and around the world are gathering in the Bay Area this week for the 3rd International Conference on Participatory Budgeting, hosted by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and sponsored by The ...
Hispanic Heritage Month: My Story
Sep 22, 2014 | Blog

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Story

I was born and raised in Mexico City, near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where I lived with my grandparents after I was born.  My parents divorced when I was a baby, and my mother began working long hours as a cook to support us.  Four years ...
Sep 18, 2014 | Blog

Displaying Messages of Compassion and Support for Refugee Children on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, September 16, The California Endowment brought our TheyAreChildren campaign into the halls of Congress, with a “pop-up exhibit” in the Rayburn House Office Building—just across from the U.S. Capitol—displaying giant poster versions of ...
How Would You Do the Math?
Sep 17, 2014 | Blog

How Would You Do the Math?

Last Saturday, I joined with a small group from The California Endowment at the Community Coalition’s annual PowerFest event. We were there to staff an information booth that was part of The Endowment’s DoTheMath campaign. It was a beautiful feeling ...
Sep 15, 2014 | Blog

[Article] California Endowment Boss Robert Ross Loves Helping Others

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. During his tenure at CE, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations. Recently, the Los Angeles Sentinel caught up with Dr. Ross, who talked about why he loves his role at CE, the Affordable Care Act, as it relates to underserved communities and what healthcare improvements he hopes to see in communities of color.
Recently at The Center: Why are There so Many People in Prison?
Sep 11, 2014 | Blog

Recently at The Center: Why are There so Many People in Prison?

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Zócalo Public Square, in partnership with The California Endowment, hosted “Why Are There so Many People in Prison?”, a panel discussion that explored why so many Californians and Americans are in prison and what can be ...
Do The Math! (And Not Just Because It’s Back-To-School Season)
Sep 08, 2014 | Blog

Do The Math! (And Not Just Because It’s Back-To-School Season)

Last month, I wrote to share some details about “Do The Math,” a campaign to raise awareness about our state’s current spending priorities and to ask if they’re likely to add up to a healthier and more successful California. Despite polls showing a ...
Closing the Loop: Why We Need to Invest—and Reinvest—in Prevention
Sep 09, 2014 | Blog

Closing the Loop: Why We Need to Invest—and Reinvest—in Prevention

This blog is co-authored by The Prevention Institute's Executive Director Larry Cohen and The Endowment's Senior Vice President Anthony Iton, MD, MPH. The Institute for Medicine today published a discussion paper and call to action authored by the ...
Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities: Teens Put a Cap on Alcohol Theft
Sep 08, 2014 | Blog

Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities: Teens Put a Cap on Alcohol Theft

I’m proud of the youth in the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities site. They’re taking the lead on a serious health challenge much too prevalent in Del Norte County: Teen alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, Del Norte teens are ...
Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities: Transforming a Trailer Park into a Healthy Community
Sep 04, 2014 | Blog

Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities: Transforming a Trailer Park into a Healthy Community

When I first met with Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), I was amazed by the life-changing work they were able to conduct in developing countries in Africa. I was also struck by the similarities in these developing countries and the Eastern Coachella ...
Transformation: The 2014 Sons and Brothers Summer Leadership Camp Experience
Sep 02, 2014 | Blog

Transformation: The 2014 Sons and Brothers Summer Leadership Camp Experience

“To become a better person mentally and spiritually to be able to help my community as best I can.” “To learn from everyone and listen to as many stories as possible to fuel the fire within myself.” “To learn about myself and others’ cultures and ...
New Fundraising Partnership to benefit refugee children from Central America
Sep 02, 2014 | Blog

New Fundraising Partnership to benefit refugee children from Central America

The California Endowment and Univision Communications Inc. are joining forces for an unprecedented fundraising campaign, which officially launched September 1 and runs through September 30, to provide critical humanitarian support to vulnerable ...
[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’ ...
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