ABFE Award for Philanthropic Leadership acceptance remarks
At the 2013 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) annual conference in April, The Edward W. Hazen Foundation was presented with the Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership accepted by Hazen President, Lori Bezahler and Sonia Jarvis, Board President.
Hazen President’s Response to the 2013 Zimmerman Verdict
The Hazen Foundation is dedicated to lifting up the experiences of young people of color and supporting them in pushing for just policies and laws. It is therefore impossible to allow the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin to go by without comment. But while there is a clear institutional interest, I must concede that this commentary is personal.
Hazen Program Officer Response to the 2013 Zimmerman Verdict
Since 1989, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation’s national funding has focused primarily on supporting engaged parents and community leaders to organize to improve schools and to support the development of youth leaders to organize for social justice in communities of color. The work of these organized parents, youth of color and their allies have been critical in the fight against injustices such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and in increasing opportunities for better teachers, counselors, jobs, housing, facilities, policing, school discipline, media representation and public policy.
CADRE – Organizing For Human Rights and Respect
In the spring of 2007, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) adopted a new discipline policy for its 730,000 students. The new policy moves the district away from harsh “zero tolerance” strategies, and focuses instead on prevention through positive behavior supports, teacher training for better classroom management, and parent engagement. Read more…
COHHIO – We Know What We Can Do “We have the voice. We know what we can do.”At 18 years old Aliwya Sharif has done more than many adults. She has been a spokesperson at press conferences, an advocate with elected officials, and a leader to her peers. She has also been homeless and has struggled for stability in fragile life circumstances. Read more…
Jovenes Unidos – Building Youth Leaders
Lalo Montoya, a student at North High School in Denver, used to skip a lot of school. It just didn’t seem that the teachers or counselors at North expected much from the school’s predominantly Latino students. Read more…
Partnerships for Change Community-Union Collaboration in Public Education – A report of the covening of community organizations and teacher unions in Chicago from the Education Organizing newsletter of the Center for Community Change.
Why The Struggle for Equality Continues
For Americans who believe that we still have some work to do “to form a more perfect union” as specified in the preamble to our Constitution, an important anniversary in our nation’s history is approaching. On August 28, 2013, we will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This is a propitious time for us to assess how much progress as a nation we have made in overcoming a history of slavery, racial segregation, political discrimination, and economic subordination endured by African Americans and other people of color.
Teleconference on Youth Organizing
A conversation with Shawn Ginwright, Senior Research Associate with the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University on challenges facing youth organizing.