The Equal Justice Society celebrates its 17th anniversary with an “Art + Youth” gala uplifting art as a vehicle for social justice and the youth and young adults as our torchbearers in the civil rights movement.
The event is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium of the Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco.
A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will precede a program emceed by Dr. Renel Brooks-Moon featuring our 2017 honorees and a performance.
Our honorees for this year’s gala are: Chinaka Hodge, poet, playwright, screenwriter, educator; George Hofstetter, 17-year-old tech genius, entrepreneur; Lisa P. Mak, employee rights attorney, Minami Tamaki LLP; Jacqueline Scott Ramos, poetess, actress, urban health researcher; and Ajani Thomas, filmmaker, Howard University student.
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As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing racial and economic equity in the San Francisco Bay Area, The San Francisco Foundation announced on July 12, 2017, grants totaling $11.5 million to 140 local organizations.
This is the largest combined grant announcement in the foundation’s history. A complete list of the 2017 equity grants can be found at http://sff.org/2017-equity-grants.
The Equal Justice Society received $50,000 to advance the dismantling of the school-to-prison pipeline and improve student social and emotional health by addressing implicit bias and structural racism in Bay Area public schools.
In July 2016, the foundation announced that it would focus its grantmaking strategy on three interconnected pathways: expanding access to opportunity by removing systemic barriers to meaningful jobs; anchoring communities that reflect people’s culture and identity; and nurturing equity movements to ensure a strong political voice for all. These three pathways are called People, Place, and Power. Soon after the announcement, the foundation made a set of initial grants totaling $5.3 million. Today’s announcement is a bigger step in the foundation’s commitment to greater racial and economic equity and inclusion.
“For far too many people in the Bay Area, the color of your skin or the neighborhood you grew up in determines how much money you will make or even how long you will live,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. “That has to change. When we launched our equity agenda, it was an acknowledgement that we don’t have another day to waste. Today’s equity grants announcement is designed to continue to build momentum to take on this enormous challenge.”