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Promotores: Inland Empire COVID-19 Response Webinar #16

As we enter July, it is becoming abundantly clear that we must continue to develop our community response to COVID-19. Since March, Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) has committed to hosting a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar as a response to COVID-19. Similar to...
By Wendy Ramos |

Racism As A Public Health Crisis

The past several months have been extraordinarily difficult for everyone, especially for our vulnerable communities. From the overrepresentation of Black minority groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to the execution of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, America has shown the continued need for change within the institutions and society. The effects of COVID-19 on...
By Wendy Ramos |

In the News: Biden, Trump surrogates attend virtual town hall

Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has marked the largest electoral forum for candidates to address issues specific to the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community, and take questions directly from them... The town hall is organized by APIAVote (Asian and Pacific Islander Vote), a national nonpartisan group that works to advance AAPI interests and...
By Amna Nawaz |

In the News: Trump, Biden campaigns to address AAPI community

WITH the United States presidential election less than five months away, the campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will court Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters — considered the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters in the United States — in a virtual town hall on Saturday, June 27. In...
By Christina M. Oriel, Asian Journal |

IE Learning Sessions on Social Enterprise

On June 22, the Center for Social Innovation, along with REDF, Jonathan Weldy and Joseph Williams from the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, hosted a learning session on the power of social enterprise. The presentation and discussion introduced key aspects of social enterprise, and delved into what it takes to build a supportive ecosystem...

In the News: Study of Black workers and Inland Empire resource center

Before the coronavirus pandemic began disproportionately affecting Black residents, and before the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis inspired a nation-wide wave of anti-racism protests, a group of Southern California community activists and labor organizers were already making plans to improve conditions for Black workers in the Inland Empire. Since last year, the Inland Empire...
By Melissa Daniels, Palm Springs Desert Sun |

In the News: Kamala Harris a top Democratic VP contender

As protests continued after the killing of George Floyd, community organizers in a recent virtual town hall pressed California Senator Kamala Harris on what should be done about racist cops and whether Congress would be “a wet blanket” on the hopes of young activists clamoring for big change. As protests continued after the killing of...
By Jasmine Ulloa, Boston Globe |

Black entrepreneurs receive support from Coachella Valley and beyond, inspiring some to 'keep going'

The wave of demonstrations against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death has been coupled with a broader conversation about racial injustice and structural inequalities in the United States. And in a country with a persistent wage gap based on race — the net worth of a white household is about 10 times...
By Melissa Daniels, Desert Sun |

In the News: Engaging black youth will strengthen the Inland Empire

"Our region now has the opportunity to build a stronger future by investing in Black youth and other youth of color. Our collective experience in the nonprofit sector, public policy, and philanthropy tell us that the greatest returns on investment come from building up youth leadership and inviting them to co-design policy solutions. We have...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, Corey Jackson |

Redoubling our commitments to racial equity

Like many of you, we were heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd this past Memorial Day. Floyd’s murder—coming quickly on the heels of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and the ominous incident involving Christian Cooper in Central Park—sent a tidal wave of sadness, pain, and anger through our communities, and especially...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan | | Blog

In the News: Nonprofit Growth in Inland Empire at Risk Due to COVID-19

Researchers at the University of California Riverside(UCR) say the COVID-19 pandemic could reverse the Inland Empire’s decade of growth in nonprofits. Non-profit startups have increased by 42 percent over the last decade in the Inland Empire, but it could all be at risks due to pandemic related financial hits says Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director of...
By Megan Jamerson |

In the News: Asian American voter numbers are growing, but they often don't get the info they need

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing group of the nation’s eligible voters, a study shows. Six out of 10 Asians in the U.S. will be able to vote in November’s presidential election. Of those voters, 35 percent live in California. Asian registered voters lean more Democratic than Republican, the study shows. But a 2018 survey by...
By Theodora Yu, The Sacramento Bee |

In the News: A Leftist Future for Asian American Politics

J.C. Pan's Article, "A Leftist Future for Asian American Politics” dives into the untouched potential of the Asian American electorate. This growing and diverse population, which has been often overlooked by both political parties, has the power and means to further shape this nation. While the Asian American Movement assumed that the most straightforward way...
By J.C. Pan, The New Republic |

In the News: Report charts major growth for Inland Empire

“State of Nonprofits in the Inland Empire” is the latest installment in an ongoing series about the region, with previous editions covering immigrants, work, women, and civic engagement. It draws on sources including Internal Revenue Service records, government employment data, foundation giving data, original surveys, and interviews with Inland Empire nonprofit leaders. The center for...
By Tess Eyrich, UCR News |

Op-ed: Regional economic recovery needs everyone's input

The Director of the Center for Social Innovation, Karthick Ramakrishnan, wrote an opinion piece in The Press-Enterprise calling for a continuation of the “significant progress over the last several years in recognizing the value of having inclusive coalitions on matters ranging from education planning (Growing Inland Achievement), to economic development (Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity)...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, The Press-Enterprise |

In the News: Nonprofits use creativity, resolve to weather coronavirus shortages

Recent studies by both the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside found that COVID-19 is expected to leave deep and lasting impacts on nonprofit organizations around the nation. According to the study conducted by the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside in early April, many organizations are in...
By Gregory Bradbard, The Orange County Register |

In the News: Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. electorate

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing segment of eligible voters out of the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States. More than 11 million will be able to vote this year, making up nearly 5% of the nation’s eligible voters (for this analysis, U.S. citizens ages 18 and older). They are also the only...
By Abby Budiman, Pew Research Center |

In the Days: Campaign to back Asian American nonprofits kick-started to commemorate heritage month

More than 80 organizations are participating in a national campaign to support nonprofits serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities. The campaign, launched May 1, coincides with the 30th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. AAPI Data, one of the organizers of the event, said in a press release that the coronavirus pandemic has...
By Theodora Yu, The Sacramento Bee |

In the News: This TV station broadcasts public service information to Sacramento’s Asian communities

Community organizations say they have a need for culturally relatable messages about the coronavirus. To fill the gap, a local television channel is compiling information on its website and donating airtime to videos and translated materials for public service announcements and responses to COVID-19. Crossings TV was founded in 2005 to provide programs in several...
By Theadora Yu |

In the News: Give in May

The purpose of the Give In May campaign is to raise awareness about issues Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) face that are often unseen. It is held in May to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The campaign is hosted by Asian Pacific Fund, a community foundation committed to improving the lives of AAPIs...
By NBC Bay Area |