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— by Dr. Yanique Redwood, President and CEO
I just returned from Facing Race, the largest conference in the United States that joins together people working towards racial justice and its intersections with other identities such as gender, sexuality, immigration status, and disability. I can’t imagine another place where I might discuss with a white man how the natural hair movement affirms my identity as an African-American woman and he refer me to Linda Jones, a colleague of his and founder of A Nappy Hair Affair, a website that was promoting natural hair when it wasn’t en vogue. Where else would I get the opportunity to then thank her in person for helping to start a movement that has been critical to the formation of my and my daughter’s identities in ways that she cannot fully comprehend? There were countless special moments like these and key takeaways that I think are worth sharing:15 August 2014
I am grateful to have met Bruno Avila. He is a restaurant worker who recently visited with members of our Board of Trustees to share reflections on the link between health and the low-wage work environment. Sitting around a conference room table, wearing headsets to ensure our understanding of Mr. Avila’s story as he speaks Spanish, we listened as he started with wage theft and the heavy toll it exacted on his family.21 April 2014
The Consumer Health Foundation hosted its annual meeting last month on the topic of implicit bias. The audience of 150 grantee, foundation, and other partners were treated to dynamic talks by john powell (Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society), Carlee Beth Hawkins (Project Implicit), and Brian Smedley (The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies). There was so much that was interesting, but it was this statement by john powell that keeps me up at night and gets me up every morning: “We cannot create good public policy for people outside of the circle of human concern.”18 March 2014
In a previous blog, I recounted a conversation on a recent flight concerning the Foundation’s interest in investing in low-income communities of color. This resulted in my seatmate expressing immediate concern about crime. In response to that blog, I received a generally supportive comment from a reader who pointed out that crime should be a legitimate issue of concern. I agreed with her but offered a counterpoint: Crime is not the only story, nor do I believe it is the primary one.4 March 2014
I sat next to a nice enough man on a recent flight. He described himself as former military, a hunter, a farmer, a father of three, and a hockey and lacrosse fan. He is also white. I honestly didn’t think that we have anything in common, but I ventured into a conversation with him because I was curious about his farming background. CHF is working with other foundation on two farm-related/economic development intiatives, and I thought I could learn something from his experience.