The Economic Stimulus in Communities of Color: Impacts and Opportunities

The economic crisis has reached a pivotal moment. Not only are major financial institutions and insurance companies having to face the consequences of predatory lending and fiscal mismanagement, everyday people are losing their jobs, homes, and community resources. As the federal government’s disbursement of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act begins to land into empty state government coffers, and cities …

Defining a Green Jobs Movement

Hi everyone!  It’s been a busy and exciting couple of weeks here at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation. One of the highlights of the month was our Defining a Green Jobs Movement convening, an all day meeting held on March 3rd at our offices with all of our grantee organizations working on green jobs issues.  As national attention shifts towards greening …

Mayor Ronald V. Dellums’ Model City Summit on Women

On February 17th, 2009, Tiffany and I had the pleasure of participating in Mayor Ronald V. Dellums’ Model City Summit on Women, where amazing women (and a few men) from throughout the Bay Area came together to talk about how to develop a healthy, strong, and sustainable community. At the Summit, the mayor and his wife gave Women of Greatness …

From Climate Justice to Green Jobs: Building a National Movement

Hi Everyone! I could not have made the transition to a full-time employee in a more exciting moment. My first two full weeks of work took place between We Act’s (West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) National Advancing Climate Justice conference and the Blue Green Alliance’s Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference. Both of these conferences offered an important look into the …

Where We’re Heading in ’09

At the begining of the new year, we wanted to give everyone a sense of our direction. 2009 is an odd-but-breathtaking combination of historic and unparalleled political possibilities and the worst financial crisis in most of our lifetimes. Needless to say, we’ll keep moving thoughtfully forward in the midst of uncertainty. (Authors: Cedric – VoICE and BBCBI, Carmen – Green …

Green for All: Adding Voices to the Green Debate

This past week, we were pleasantly surprised to have one of our grantees featured in an article in The New Yorker Magazine. The work of Green for All and of Van Jones is at the cutting edge of the green movement of the 21st century and we are proud to support their endeavors. To read the article click on the …

On The Move: From Facing Race to the Green Festival

This past weekend, we attended two excellent gatherings: Applied Research Center’s National Facing Race conference and the 7th annual Green Festival. CARMEN: The Facing Race conference provided an important opportunity for national organizers, activists, elected officials, artists, academics, and everyday community members to sit together and develop strategies in order create a national movement whereof race could be the centerpiece. …

Greening the Bay

Hi Grantees, Community Organizers, Green Activists, and MKF Partners! My name is Carmen Rojas and I am the new Grants Officer at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation. It’s been an exciting couple of days as Tiffany, Cedric, and I develop our work groove and I begin to think about the future of our Green Access work. As many of you know, …

Green Collar Jobs in California: Philanthropy’s Role

Following up on the August 7th summit, Green Collar Jobs: Green Economy and Workforce Development – A Learning Agenda, that the Mitchell Kapor Foundation helped sponsor in Sacramento, local philanthropists came together on September 30th to recap the event, learn findings from months of research, and share strategies to continue advancing California’s green economy. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony from …

MKF Goes to Sacramento

Back in August, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation co-sponsored Green Collar Jobs: Green Economy and Workforce Development – A Learning Agenda. This summit in the state capital provided a forum for various sectors to share the progress they’ve made in preparing for and advancing the state’s green economy. Over 80 people attended, from Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez, to Labor and Workforce …