WBUR: How organizations are centering equity in fighting climate change

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How organizations are centering equity in fighting climate change

Simón Rios and Amanda Beland
April 24, 2024
One layer of sidewalk is all the water left behind on a section of Chestnut Street in Leominster, where flood waters from torrential rain swept away the road in 2023. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
One layer of sidewalk is all the water left behind on a section of Chestnut Street in Leominster, where flood waters from torrential rain swept away the road in 2023. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The National Weather Service is forecasting most of the country will face record high temps this summer, with the Northeast also predicted to have more rainfall than normal. This comes as communities around the region are facing 60% more extreme rain, the largest increase for any region in the country according to the most recent National Climate Assessment.

We check in what all of this and more means for those living in Boston and New England with David Cash, administrator of the EPA’s New England region, and Dwaign Tyndal, executive director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, a non-profit that works on environmental justice in Roxbury.

This segment aired on April 24, 2024.

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Boston Foundation invests more than $4 million in six local social justice leaders

The Boston Globe:

Boston Foundation invests more than $4 million in six local social justice leaders

Each nonprofit organization and “movement” leader will receive $675,000 over three years as a part of the Shifting Power, Advancing Justice focus area.

Lauren Booker

April 9, 2024

The Boston Foundation has identified six community partners in a new Shifting Power, Advancing Justice initiative, and will invest more than $4 million in their organizations to support their work on social justice efforts, according to an announcement this week.

Each nonprofit organization and “movement” leader will receive $675,000 over three years as a part of the Shifting Power, Advancing Justice focus area. The funding would support general operations, wellness, technical assistance, capacity building, and can be used for emergencies.

“These six movement leaders each play a central role in their organizations and in the broader community. They are difference makers, shaping collective action that improves lives and drives social and economic change,” said M. Lee Pelton, president and CEO of the Boston Foundation.

The selected leaders are Darian Burwell Gambrell, executive director, DEAF, Inc.; Gamaliel Lauture, co-executive director, Brockton Interfaith Community; Mike Leyba, co-executive director, City Life/Vida Urbana; Noemi Mimi Ramos, executive director, New England United 4 Justice; Shanique Rodriguez, executive director, Massachusetts Voter Table; and Dwaign Tyndal, executive director, Alternatives for Community and Environment.

As part of the Shifting Power, Advancing Justice initiative, the community leaders will partner with the Boston Foundation to craft their work plans, with the goal of tailoring the funding directly to that work, “to ensure [the funding] serves their needs, goals and long-term vision,” according to the announcement.

“We … know that our most valuable role can be played beyond the grant itself, providing a space and platform for these movement leaders to connect, plan and build community with each other to create a stronger, networked ecosystem for change,” said Vetto Casado, director of Shifting Power, Advancing Justice at the Boston Foundation.

With extensive resumes marked by years of pushing for social justice, the grant recipients have made impacts beyond their current organizational role.

For instance, Mike Leyba, with City Life/Vida Urbana, has fought for equal marriage rights for LGBTQ people. And, for four years, Shanique Rodriguez, with Massachusetts Voter Table, worked as the manager of mobilization and BIPOC organizing at the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

“They each have unique approaches to that leadership and, with this new effort, we strive to create a partnership that respects and supports each of them and the organizations they represent to continue and amplify their transformative work,” said Pelton.

Read full article at bostonglobe.com