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This week our grant partners, ColorOfChange.org, announced that five more major national and global corporations have withdrawn from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group responsible for pushing discriminatory voter ID legislation throughout the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 …

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 …

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 …

Obama Announces New Initiative to Support African American Students

In a speech made at the National Urban League’s annual conference last Wednesday, President Obama announced a new education initiative focused on improving the academic outcomes of African American students. The executive order was signed by the president on July 26th establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The initiative aims to: restore the country to …

New Study Reveals Voter ID Challenges for 500,000 Americans

A recent study released by our grant partner, The Brennan Center for Justice, reveals that 500,000 Americans could face difficulties in obtaining a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. In the first comprehensive study of its kind, the Brennan Center exposes the many challenges to attaining a free photo ID for eligible voters who do not have one. Looking at …

CNN publishes op-ed by Freada Kapor Klein

Last week, our own Freada Kapor Klein was featured on CNN’s InAmerica with an op-ed piece she wrote discussing the myth of meritocracy in Silicon Valley.  In it she points out the hidden gender and racial biases that exist within the tech world that limit the talent, ideas, and approaches that are cultivated and invested in. “All of the advantages …

Momentum Mixer: A Gathering of Social Media and Philanthropic Innovators

Last Wednesday I was pleased to have been a part of the Tides Foundation Momentum Mixer which brought together top social media executives, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders to talk about how social media is impacting social causes and the ways that the nonprofit sector is influencing new media. The event was standing room only and packed with social innovators, including …