DACA and Break-Away Guilt

DACA and Break-Away Guilt

Over the next several weeks we’re posting a series of blogs from our current Greenlining Fellows, exploring their own personal transformation and #ChangeFromWithin, and what that means for leadership development. You can read Patrick Brown’s introduction to the series here. Here at Greenlining’s Leadership Academy, we’ve been on a journey. We invite you to join us. I have a confession to make. Although common sense tells me that the last thing I need to do is confess to the internet (my God, the internet, it is forever!), this is a cathartic experience. I am one of the thousands of beneficiaries of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive…
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The Nonsense of “Free Market” Health Care

The Nonsense of “Free Market” Health Care

Conservatives now pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act with some version of the concoction commonly derided as “Trumpcare” regularly talk about how we can have better, more affordable health care by getting government out of the way. The “free market,” they tell us, will make everything better if simply left alone to do so. What utter horse-puckey. The essence of free market theory is that consumers vote with their dollars, forcing companies to compete by offering better products or services for less money. That works fine in some circumstances, but health care is not and can never be one of them. If you doubt me, let’s look at one…
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Confessions of a (Know-It-All) Public Interest Lawyer

Confessions of a (Know-It-All) Public Interest Lawyer

Over the next several weeks we’re posting a series of blogs from our current Greenlining Fellows, exploring their own personal transformation and #ChangeFromWithin, and what that means for leadership development. You can read Patrick Brown’s introduction to the series here. Here at Greenlining’s Leadership Academy, we’ve been on a journey. We invite you to join us. There’s a classic Joni Mitchell lyric from the song Big Yellow Taxi that goes, “Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone.” For me, the Greenlining Fellowship was the opposite. I didn’t know I wanted it. I didn’t know I needed it. But once it was part…
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Why Net Neutrality is a Racial Justice Issue

Why Net Neutrality is a Racial Justice Issue

First off, what is net neutrality? It means that you have the right to access all internet content on equal terms. With net neutrality, your ISP — think Comcast or AT&T — can’t decide that it doesn’t like the reporting from a content provider like the Washington Post and make the Post’s site load slowly (or not at all). This is a big deal.  Because we have short attention spans, people will visit a website less often if it loads more slowly than a close competitor by more than 250 milliseconds – literally less than the blink of an eye  (400milliseconds). The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to get…
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The CalSEED Initiative: Normalizing Social Equity in Clean Energy Innovation

The CalSEED Initiative: Normalizing Social Equity in Clean Energy Innovation

For the past few months, Greenlining has participated in CalSEED, a grant program that funds creative and innovative clean energy ideas. CalCEF administers the 5-year program that offers innovators an opportunity to apply for early stage funding to support the research and development of their clean energy concepts. The CalSEED team consists of several organizations, including Greenlining, that work with the entrepreneurs to help bring their ideas to life. The team includes nonprofits, lawyers, business accelerator programs and research institutions. Collectively, the CalSEED team provides the finalists with a diverse set of professional development support. Through CalSEED, Greenlining brings a unique social equity-focused perspective to innovation that builds toward a…
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Leadership Development: We Need #ChangeFromWithin

Leadership Development: We Need #ChangeFromWithin

Working with amazing leaders has been my job and joy for the last five years at Greenlining. Cohorts of Fellows, Summer Associates, Casistas and interns have been through the intense investment of the Greenlining Academy in building the policy and advocacy skills they will need to lead the push towards creating racial equity in California. Together, our Academy team has done the work I am most proud of in my life… and it’s not enough. CLICK TO TWEET:.@greenlining has been doing #leadershipdevelopment for over 20 years. See what they’ve learned along the way. In five years, I have worked with about 272 participants in “hard skills” workshops like public speaking,…
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#ResistReport Going on Hiatus

#ResistReport Going on Hiatus

Dear friends, After producing the #ResistReport for four months straight, we’ve concluded that we need to take a short break, assess our work and figure out how to make this resource better and more useful for you, our friends, allies and supporters. We also need to ensure a sustainable process for our hard-working staff, who spend many hours each week assembling the information that goes into each issue. It’s become clear through the first half of 2017 that the unprecedented assault on so much we care about isn’t likely to end soon, and that we need to be as effective as possible through the long haul. Your feedback will be…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 16

#ResistReport, Vol. 16

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS: Trumpcare – rightly called the #DeathCareBill – suffered a setback this week, but it’s not dead! Urgent action is needed now…
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Greenlining and Southern California Edison Partner to Bring Community Voices to Clean Energy

Greenlining and Southern California Edison Partner to Bring Community Voices to Clean Energy

Here at Greenlining, we often say that if our community members aren’t at the decision-making table, we’re on the menu – and so often that is true. We find ourselves in rooms all the time in which decision-makers, industry folks, and even advocates like us are all talking about this community or that community, and what people there need and want, but no one is actually talking with community members to ask those critical questions. To begin to solve this problem, Greenlining and Southern California Edison (yes, the electric company) have kicked off a working group that we hope will change that dynamic and, in turn, change the way SCE…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 15

#ResistReport, Vol. 15

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  We dedicate this week’s issue to the individuals, families, and communities torn apart by police violence and brutality. Today and every day, we know that…
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