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[Los Angeles Times] This conservative op-ed confirms the immorality of repealing Obamacare
Jan 27, 2015 |

[Los Angeles Times] This conservative op-ed confirms the immorality of repealing Obamacare

Rarely do conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act acknowledge the real human consequences of their campaign to overturn the healthcare reform law. But an astonishing op-ed published Friday by the Washington Post does just that. Its author, Michael R. Strain of the American Enterprise Institute, argues that even though the result of repeal is that some Obamacare beneficiaries may die from losing their insurance, that outcome is moral. As the Post's editors succinctly and accurately headlined the piece: "End Obamacare, and people could die. That's okay."
Drink Different: Feasible Strategies to Reduce Obesity
Jan 26, 2015 |

Drink Different: Feasible Strategies to Reduce Obesity

Each day, Americans make choices about what they will eat and drink. Often, these are unhealthy ones, contributing to a national obesity rate of more than 33 percent. Lowering this rate is key to controlling rising health-care costs and improving quality...
Jan 26, 2015 |

[Inside Philanthropy] Article: Another Push to Prepare Low-Income Kids for Healthcare Jobs, This Time In Oakland

With the aging of the baby boomers, healthcare will remain one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in coming years, offering career paths for workers at different levels—assuming they have the right skills. In a country where good jobs can be scarce for young people of color, healthcare is a major bright spot. That's why a growing number of funders are focusing their workforce development efforts here, as we've been reporting lately. Oakland is one more area where this work is going on, with some major funders picking up the tab. "In the next several years, we are expecting over 10,000 job openings in the healthcare field in Alameda County," explained The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Naomi Post. "Yet despite the explosion of opportunities, too many students in Oakland are dropping out of high school or graduating without the skills necessary to secure jobs that pay a living wage."
Long Beach Building Health Communities: BHC partners, workgroups made health happen here in 2014
Jan 26, 2015 |

Long Beach Building Health Communities: BHC partners, workgroups made health happen here in 2014

Citywide language access in Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog. Solar energy in Central Long Beach. Youth walking neighborhoods to pass Proposition 47 for prison reform. These are a few examples of how Building Healthy Communities is bringing community members together and supporting organizations to make health happen in Central and West Long Beach. As we wrap up our fourth year of a ten-year initiative, we’re proud of our partners, workgroups, and allies who have helped deliver positive, sustainable change to Long Beach.
Jan 20, 2015 |

Popping Big Soda’s Bubble: Open Truth Campaign Launches in Bay Area

  The science is now clear – sugary drinks are making us sick. From the film “Fed Up” to the groundbreaking scientific work by the Sugar Science team at UCSF, and many other well-respected institutions, strong evidence of the harmful effects of sugary...
[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Oakland's tradition of fighting youth violence
Jan 20, 2015 |

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Oakland's tradition of fighting youth violence

Teens on Target. East Oakland Youth Development Center. Youth Alive. Urban Peace Movement. Silence the Violence. East Bay Asian Youth Center. Youth Uprising. Khadafy Foundation. United Roots. The Mentoring Center. That's just a sampling of the numerous youth development and violence prevention programs established in Oakland over the years. "Oakland is considered a hub of youth engagement and community organizing," said Nicole Lee, founding executive director of the Urban Peace Movement and a fourth-generation Oaklander. She calls Oakland the Silicon Valley of social change. "The energy, synergy, exchange of ideas, funding structures; the innovation attracts people," she said. Strategies to combat youth violence range from GED preparation and after-school programs to bedside intervention with shooting victims, political organizing and cultural education. For example, Youth Alive, started in 1989, was one of the first organizations to identify gun violence as a public health issue. The interruption of the cycle of retaliatory violence has been recognized as a key strategy used in a number of programs, including Youth Alive's Caught in the Crossfire and the city's Oakland Unite anti-violence efforts.
Keeping Our Kids in School… Where They Belong
Jan 20, 2015 |

Keeping Our Kids in School… Where They Belong

The state of California just received some encouraging news. New data from the California Department of Education shows that school suspensions are down again across the state, with willful defiance suspensions accounting for the greatest reductions. In...
[Los Angeles Times] Op-Ed: Four ways to make black, brown and all lives matter
Jan 16, 2015 |

[Los Angeles Times] Op-Ed: Four ways to make black, brown and all lives matter

Too many black men of my generation have been asleep at the switch. We haven't built on the successes of the civil rights movement to create a better America for our young sons and brothers, whose hardships are so evident after the tragedies in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, N.Y. So what I'm about to say might surprise you: I am uninspired by the many calls for a great National Conversation on Race. I'm done with talking. Let's get down to the doing. In California we stand at a once-in-a-generation crossroads. If we take action in four key areas, we will transform the lives of young people of color in our state for the better. The good news for California is that we have reforms underway we can build on. But if we do nothing, and just keep talking and studying, we'll blow it.
[Sacramento Bee] Op-Ed: Take sugary drinks out of food assistance
Jan 14, 2015 |

[Sacramento Bee] Op-Ed: Take sugary drinks out of food assistance

Add this to the New Year’s barrel of political myths: Limiting access to sugary drinks for families receiving public assistance is an attack on poor people. A new poll released this month reveals that, at least in California, public assistance...
Jan 09, 2015 |

Celebrity Chefs Visit Food Literacy Center

On Wednesday, celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters and Ann Cooper visited Sacramento to raise awareness about the need for food literacy education in schools. The three have made food literacy their primary concern. While in town, the chefs made...
Jan 12, 2015 |

Long Beach Building Healthy Communities: Neighbors United for Safe and Healthy Homes

Let me start with a story.   Maria’s kids were growing increasingly sick, and she decided to take them to the doctor, who immediately noted that the children were ill due to lead poisoning in the house.  Maria had suspected their sickness was tied to...
[Foundation Center Blog] Social Justice Philanthropy Reemerges
Jan 12, 2015 |

[Foundation Center Blog] Social Justice Philanthropy Reemerges

During the month of January as we reflect upon Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.’s contributions to furthering the cause of civil rights, it might be purposeful to examine the role social justice philanthropy has played in funding organizations that advocate for the collective interest of disadvantaged or underrepresented groups. Social justice philanthropy advocates a grantmaking philosophy that supports the principles of social, economic and political equality of opportunity. And as such it seeks systemic and institutional change and encourages grantmakers to fund institutions above projects as to strengthen the organizational and operational capacity on nonprofits they fund. This is based on the fact that social justice philanthropists place significant emphasis on partnering with their donors round the grantmaking agenda as opposed to grant-to-grant competition.
Jan 08, 2015 |

[Sacramento Bee] Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver talk healthy eating at Sacramento school

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver rolled into Sacramento once again Wednesday, kneeling in the dirt of the Pacific Elementary School garden as students shuffled around him to point out crops they’d planted with their own hands. Oliver, formerly of Food Network’s The Naked Chef, joined Alice Waters of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse restaurant and Ann Cooper, international chef educator, to recognize the buffet of healthy eating efforts underway in Sacramento schools. “This is at the front line of the fight against obesity,” Oliver said of the school garden. “Every school in the country should have a kitchen garden like this one.” Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/healthy-choices/article5584941.html#storylink=cpy
[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: When there is a spike in homicides in Oakland, officials regroup
Jan 06, 2015 |

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: When there is a spike in homicides in Oakland, officials regroup

In late September, there was a homicide in Oakland that raised a red flag for the police officers working on the city's Ceasefire strategy. "We look at the potential for retaliation based on who was involved, how people are connected, who is the most likely to be involved in retaliation," said Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, coordinator of the Oakland Police Department's Ceasefire activities. "We had serious concerns based on a particular homicide." The Ceasefire team switched into reassessment mode. "We reorganized the staff, looked at the data. We had relatively decent intelligence," said Reygan Harmon, city program director for Ceasefire. "Individuals involved were connected to a lot of different groups. They had tentacles that reached across the city. We brought in everyone, other agencies and shared the information we had and the challenges we saw. We requested assistance."
[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Building trust between the community and the Police Department in Oakland
Jan 05, 2015 |

[Oakland Tribune] Steps Toward Peace: Building trust between the community and the Police Department in Oakland

Pastor Ben McBride asked a thought-provoking question. "What if Officer Darren Wilson had seen Michael Brown as someone other than a Hulk Hogan who turned into a demon trying to kill him?" He was referring to Wilson's testimony before the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri. In other words, what if Wilson had seen Brown as an 18-year-old? Would he have felt his life was threatened, shooting him six times? The fatal shootings of an unarmed Brown and the chokehold death of Eric Garner, also unarmed, at the hands of police officers have inspired angry protests across the country and underscored the tensions that exist between many communities of color and police departments. Oakland has its own history, dating back to the Black Panther Party, organized to address police brutality, and the more recent Riders case involving police misconduct. Continuing frustrations were aired at a community forum in North Oakland last week.
Human Rights Month: Article 25 Declares Everyone has the Right to Health Care
Dec 19, 2014 |

Human Rights Month: Article 25 Declares Everyone has the Right to Health Care

Here at The California Endowment, we’re celebrating December as Human Rights Month and commemorating the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  One of the most relevant articles to our work, Article 25 of the...
Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities: Let’s celebrate & shape the New Year
Dec 19, 2014 |

Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities: Let’s celebrate & shape the New Year

This year, the Eastern Coachella Valley BHC closed the year with a community celebration! In partnership with Cornerstone Theater, thirteen community members took to the stage to highlight our 2014 accomplishments and have a community conversation about...
A Holiday Message from California's Youth!
Dec 19, 2014 |

A Holiday Message from California's Youth!

Looking back over the past year I was amazed at all we’ve accomplished together and what really stood out to me was the courageous work of countless young people in communities throughout our state.  It is truly an honor to be able to amplify the voices...
Governing for Racial Equity & Healing Week Reflections
Dec 18, 2014 |

Governing for Racial Equity & Healing Week Reflections

After decades in local government, and three years as the City of Salinas City Manager, I have learned that it is essential that City Government find a means for connecting with its Citizen’s meeting them where they are, rather than where we would like...
A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice
Dec 16, 2014 |

A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice

Nestled in California’s lush central coast is the small community of East Salinas, in Monterey County, where I live and raise my children. This region, like many others, is reeling from a history of trauma, inflicted by systemic violence and racism...
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