Listening to Black Oakland

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Highlights from our chat with Nicole Franklin, Oakland native, BART employee, proud member of Black Women Organizing for Political Action and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and volunteer for Girls, Inc. of Alameda County. “It’s so important that redistricting does not divide us. Staying together is key to reversing the strategic disinvestment and fracturing that has […]

Listening to Black San Diego

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Highlights from our conversation with Eryn Wilson, Black mother, proud daughter of immigrants, foodie, and community leader at Alliance San Diego. “Being the daughter of a Black immigrant mother really shaped me and so many of the folks I talked to in my community dialogues. Not everyone in our families or communities can vote (many […]

Listening to Black Fresno

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Highlights from our conversation with Kaya Herron, California native, lover of Afrofuturism and all things magical, social justice advocate, poet, and leader at Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. “Black people are like beauty marks scattered across the state of California–some of us are lighter, some of us are spread out or more dense than […]

Listening to Black Los Angeles

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Highlights from our talk with Kirk Samuels, whose family moved to Compton in the Second Great Migration, to escape southern racism. Kirk is a South LA organizer, renter in Long Beach, and leader at Community Coalition. “You just walk through the Crenshaw Corridor to Leimert Park and you’ll see the impact Black folks have had […]

Listening to Black San Bernardino

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Highlights from our virtual sit-down with Demita Burgess, San Bernardino native, volunteer rooted in spiritual faith, and proud member of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement. “These COI discussions have been so important and informative. Even though we are spread out throughout San Bernardino, we share common challenges and a love for our communities.” Demita Burgess, […]

Our Road Trip: Listening to Black California

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We want to thrive, not just survive. This was the resounding refrain from all the community of interest (COI) conversations we held throughout California this summer. At the California Black Census and Redistricting Hub (aka: CA Black Hub), a coalition of over thirty Black-led and serving community organizations, we wanted to listen deeply to the […]

Representation on the Road to Liberation

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Over the last few years, California has taken decisive and significant steps to dismantle mass incarceration and the carceral state, but it has not always been this way. The road to modest reform has been a long and painful one, particularly for Black people. It’s no secret that America’s economy has long profited from the […]