There’s no question 2020 put us all through the wringer. But yesterday, with hope and gratitude, we welcomed new national leadership with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. It finally feels like a new year has begun. We now have a president who is speaking out about racial justice, a science-based pandemic response, economic recovery, and just and inclusive immigration policies, and he’s outlining plans of action. It’s a step in the right direction and – with this kind of leadership – an opportunity to further advance racial equity, justice and wellness in our state and in our country.
So, what does leadership mean right now? Speaking out, taking action and supporting others to do the same. At Cal Wellness, we'll continue to advance equity in our grantmaking, and raise our voice. But it’s not only our voice that matters. Leadership means listening and amplifying the voices of people of color and those who have historically been pushed aside or ignored by those in power.
Below we share the voices of some of our valued grantee and community partners. We encourage you to listen to them and to amplify the messages that align your vision and values. It’s an extraordinary moment. A time to both hold our national leaders accountable and to step even more fully into our own leadership as individuals, in our organizations and in our communities.