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Every Month is Black History Month: Kwanzaa Reflections of a Social Justice Advocate

  Kwanzaa, a Swahili-based word that means “first” and signifies the first fruits of the harvest, is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage and…

February 4, 2019

Transforming Food Deserts: A Food Justice Tour of South Los Angeles

For a while now, I’ve thought about how to provide funders with opportunities to see our food justice grantees doing amazing work in South L.A.  I…

January 22, 2019

Public Charge Rule Change Is a Threat to Our Collective Wellness

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)   (Nov. 12, 2018)—I am the daughter of immigrant parents. I received “birthright” citizenship. I grew up in a mixed-status family. In…

November 12, 2018

Cal Wellness’ New Website

Welcome to our new website! This project is a big part of our commitment to be more transparent about our work, more accessible to our…

November 12, 2018

Reflections on Equity from Coachella

The community partnered with Kounkuey Design Initiative to co-design the five-acre park, Nuestro Lugar. (Photo credit: © Studio Los Feliz 2018) (Nov. 8, 2018)—I’m driving…

November 8, 2018

Once Again, #Enough

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill   Another mass shooting in California reminds us the gun violence epidemic is all too real.   Last night, a man…

November 8, 2018

Don’t Forsake the Golden Rule in Immigration Policy

Oct. 31, 2018 By Angelica Salas, Cal Wellness board member, and Lawrence Benito. This piece was first published in The Hill. What would drive…

October 31, 2018

Hate Has No Place With Wellness

In the past week, another shocking wave of violence has devastated America – and we must refuse to accept this as “the new normal.” In Pittsburgh, 11 Jewish people were murdered in a place of worship. In Kentucky, two African-Americans were shot at a grocery store. And across the nation, pipe bombs were mailed that targeted people for their political beliefs. All these incidents have one thing in common: hate.

October 29, 2018

Running the Race for Social Justice

I view the work I do as a relay race—I’m running my leg of the race to advance civil rights and social justice while also seeing my work in terms of standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.

October 25, 2018

How We Can Prevent Gun Violence

We can prevent gun violence when we tell different stories about why it happens.

October 25, 2018
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