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By September 11, 2017September 18th, 2017No Comments

Defende Daca ally with lots of people carrying signs, including a red CHIRLA banner.
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Since our last network news post, a lot has happened in the US. As I write this, the Bay Area just came off a record-setting heatwave, and Hurricane Irma has caused tremendous damage through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Florida. We’re also still reeling from Charlottesville, Hurricane Harvey, and the DACA announcement.

So it’s with hope in the face of all that uncertainty that we share the incredible work of Rockwood’s over-6,000 alums who are out there, changing the world.

If you’re looking for ways to better support your staff and coworkers during times like these, we shared how we make space for each other in this recent blog post.


Alums in the News

  • In the wake of Charlottesville, Rockwood CEO and alums including Saru Jayarman, Dennis Williams, & Heather McGhee released a video statement rejecting white supremacy, and condemning the event.
  • Ebony McKinney passed away unexpectedly. Rest in power.
  • Mia Henry, Jenni Kotting, & Sharon Djemal co-created this list of tips confronting white supremacist marches in your town.
  • Ai-Jen Poo, with Palak Shah, announced National Domestic Workers Alliance living wage standards for cleaners, and Airbnb’s Living Wage Pledge built on those standards.
  • Marvin K. White curated “Tent Revival,” a multi-day black queer arts event featuring poetry, performance, gospel house music, ritual, community, & more.
  • Sam Dyson explored the difference between personal growth and personal transformation.
  • Pramila Jayapal joined Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Bonnie Watson Coleman in introducing a bill to censure Trump over his response to Charlottesville.
  • Rebecca Cokley encouraged the disability community to reach out and engage with those whose disability has been caused by trauma from events like Charlottesville.
  • Jennifer Lentfer co-authored a piece with Rashida Petersen about racism in the aid sector.
  • Van Jones called out Trump’s flip-flopping stance on Charlottesville.
  • Ben Jealous was featured in an article about single-payer healthcare in Maryland.
  • Alicia Garza discussed definitions of power and white supremacy on Making Contact.
  • Ludovic Blain, with Jim Araby, wrote about how philanthropy should respond to attacks on unions.
  • Zahra Billoo was featured in an article about inconsistencies with Facebook’s policy against hate speech.


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