Local and National Changemakers Recognized at 2012 Ellas

Did you miss the 2012 Ellas? Fortunately for you, we have a recap of the special evening organized and hosted by our grant partner, the Ella Baker Center held last week at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. Ellas 2012, Unbreakable: Solidarity in Action brought the Bay Area social justice community together with a recognition celebration, highlighting the contributions of …

Is political opposition to Obama partly based on racial bias?

Does Obama face political opposition because he is black? Would he experience less challenges from conservatives if he were white? These are the kinds of discussions being raised in this election–questions that Jesse Washington explores in his latest Bloomberg Businessweek article “Does racial bias fuel Obama foes? How to tell?”. To be clear, we are reporting this news from a …

Victory Against Voter Suppression in Texas

We would like to congratulate the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and our grant partner, Advancement Project amongst other outstanding groups in their recent victory against voter suppression in Texas. Thanks to their organizing efforts, the federal court ruled last week that the Texas law requiring voters to obtain a photo ID in …

Five More Major Corporations Drop Policy Group Pushing Voter ID Laws

This week our grant partners, ColorOfChange.org, announced that five more major national and global corporations have withdrawn from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group responsible for pushing discriminatory voter ID legislation throughout the country. The latest companies to have joined the 38 others who have disinvested in ALEC include: General Electric, The Western Union Company, Sprint …

The Shifting Dynamics of Social Innovation

What does social innovation mean today and what did it once look like? This is the question many have been discussing across sectors lately which has led to some thought-provoking answers and observations about shifting priorities and approaches. Co.EXIST recently sat down with top Corporate Executives, including Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation and YouTube’s, Hunter Walk amongst others at …

ACT Test Scores Show Students Not Prepared for College

A recent article published by Education Week reveals that high school student scores on the ACT this year failed to meet crucial education standards, demonstrating that they are not prepared to succeed in college. Although there was a slight improvement in math and science test scores, “60 percent of the class of 2012 that took the test failed to meet …

New Report Released on Voter Fraud

A new investigative report conducted by News21, funded by the Carnegie-Knight Foundation reveals that voter fraud happens much less than Republican advocates of voter ID laws will have one believe–in fact, it virtually never happens. News21 takes a look at the 375 cases that the Republican National Lawyers Association sites as examples of voter impersonation and found not one showed …

Adopting New Technologies: Pitfalls and Tips for Nonprofits

The conversation about how nonprofit organizations can become tech innovators and use new technologies to enhance their work of serving the social good continues to grow. In a recent article published by The Nonprofit Quarterly, John Hoffman, Director of Business Development at ZeroDivide, points out the problem: Organizations confuse technology for technology’s sake with community-based innovation. These technology missteps are …

Chevron Fire Affects the Most Vulnerable

Monday evening’s explosion and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond has many in the Bay Area concerned about the accident and the serious environmental and health impact on residents–many of color and living below the federal poverty line. The fire burned for several hours, leaving a thick cloud of smoke over Richmond and caused over 350 people to visit …