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.
News & Inspiration
- Self-care for people of color after psychological trauma, from Jasmine Banks.
- Long, but absolutely worth the read: this piece from Clément Petitjean looks at the realities of community organizing.
- “We Are Made For These Times” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one of our favorite things to read when we need inspiration & energy to keep fighting (two things we need a lot of lately).
- Akaya Windwood was featured in three interviews: in conversation with Liz Ogbu for The Aspen Institute’s The Bridge, Going Beyond Medicine from Empower Radio, and “Listening to the Edges” by alum Matt Thompson.
- Colorlines shared this list of ways to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
- Alums at Texas Organizing Project started a fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Fellowships & Funding
- Novo Foundation launched the Radical Hope Fund, with LOIs due October 4.
- Berkeley, CA: Vice President for Finance and Administration, Starr King School for the Ministry
- Berkeley, CA: Development and Communications Associate, Buddhist Peace Fellowship
- New York, NY: Development and Operations Coordinator, National Domestic Workers Alliance
- Washington, DC: We Belong Together Policy Counsel, National Domestic Workers Alliance
- San Francisco, CA: Program Coordinator, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
- Multiple Locations: Wikimedia Foundation is hiring for several positions
- New York, NY: Project Manager for Race, Class, and Democracy Project, Demos