When a grassroots organization makes a positive impact in its community, people take notice. The following is a selection of media coverage from the past year that highlights the work being done by Community Leadership Project grantees.
- A Pacifica Resource Center holiday story featured Aren Clark and Chris Martin, who participated in the center’s “Adopt A Family” Holiday Program. San Jose Mercury News, December 2, 2014.
- Sunday Friends uses an innovative system that allows low-income families in San Jose to purchase items from their store by attending classes and trainings. San Jose Mercury News, November 19, 2014.
- ACT for Women and Girls joined with PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties to paint a mural and spread mulch at a local elementary school for Make a Difference Day, a nation-wide volunteering event. Pajaro Valley Arts Council, October 30, 2014.
- Pacifica Resource Center presented at a conference to raise awareness about the emergency mental health services available to county residents. The San Francisco Examiner, August 8, 2014.
- Alisal Center for the Fine Arts hosted “City of Letters Poetry Slam,” a combination poetry slam/open mic event for community members in Salinas. The Californian, August 3, 2014.
- The Black Organizing Project was featured as an organization doing exceptional work with young black men in Oakland. MSNBC, July 15, 2014.
- Acta Non Verba founder Kelly Carlisle was honored by President Obama at an annual Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House. Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, July 14, 2014. Carlisle was also featured in the San Jose Mercury News, The Huffington Post and ABC News.
- Movement Generation created a video that uses humor to promote community-based environmental activism. Colorlines, July 7, 2014.
- The Watsonville Law Center provided free legal assistance at Stand Down, a semi-annual tent village that provides medical, housing, education, life skills and other services to homeless veterans. Monterey Herald, July 4, 2014.
- Fathers & Families of San Joaquin activist Sokha Kaz Lek discussed the work he does to improve his community in a recent interview. Recordnet.com, June 29, 2014.
- The San Joaquin Pride Center celebrated its renovated facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an LGBT Short Film Festival. Recordnet.com, April 29, 2014.
- Peninsula Interfaith Action and the San Francisco Organizing Project merged in January to become the San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action. In April, the organization hosted a rally to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and deportation. The Times-Standard, April 19, 2014.
- Danzantes Unidos de California hosted the Danzantes Unidos Festival, which culminated with 700 dancers attempting a new world record for “Most Folklorico Dancers Dancing." KMPH, April 14, 2014.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin executive director Samuel Nunez was interviewed about the 4th Annual Boys and Men of Color Summit. Capital Public Radio, April 9, 2014.
California Indian Environmental Alliance (CIEA) executive director Sherri Norris spoke about the dangers of mercury in fish at an informational event presented by The Sierra Fund. CIEA co-sponsored the event. YubaNet.com, April 7, 2014.
Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project members Carla Perez, Doria Robinson and Ellen Choy were interviewed about climate justice, food justice and resilience-based organizing. Women’s Magazine (KPFA), April 7, 2014.
Veggielution Community Farm co-founder and executive director Amie Frisch was honored by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2014 Woman of Influence. Silicon Valley Business Journal, April 4, 2014.
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action organized a seminar for King City residents to voice their concerns about public safety. KION, March 17, 2014.
Four Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative member salons were recognized as Healthy Nail Salons by the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment with commendations presented by Mayor Pam O’Connor and Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day. Santa Monica Mirror, March 7, 2014.
Acta Non Verba founder and executive director Kelly Carlisle shares the inspiration, joys and struggles of urban farming. Oakland Local, February 26, 2014. Carlisle was also featured in the March issue of Sunset magazine.
An Arte Americas online fundraiser received donations—and recognition—from far outside of Fresno. The Business Journal, February 17, 2014.
The Pajaro Valley Arts Council has mounted portraits on civic buildings for its public art project, “Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at the Table.” Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 15, 2014.
Movement Generation created a satirical video to criticize proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. AlterNet, February 8, 2014.
Bikes 4 Life hosted a panel discussion that examined the Justice for Oscar Grant movement. San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, January 16, 2014.
Big Sur Health Center benefitted from funds raised through the Big Sur Foragers Festival. TheCalifornian.com, January 8, 2014.