Over the past ten years, I consider it an honor to have worked and built deep relationships with ClimatePlan’s impressive network of over fifty nonprofit partners, plus allies in public agencies, the private sector, and academia. When I started at ClimatePlan in 2009, I was motivated by the vision that we cannot solve the issues facing our state--and even our nation--alone. We must find ways to authentically work together, and build power collectively. Now, in 2021, I feel privileged to have been a part of this network’s work and evolution. I consider it one of the greatest pleasures of my life that I had the opportunity to work closely with some of the smartest and most brilliant people in California (and beyond). This is my last blog post as a ClimatePlan staff member and it is incredibly bittersweet. I want to thank everyone for the lessons you’ve taught me, the meaningful work we were able to do together, and memorable experiences I got to share with each of you.read more“There is something dying in our society, in our culture, and there’s something dying in us individually. And what is dying, I think, is the willingness to be in denial. And that is extraordinary. It’s always been happening, and when it happens in enough of us, in a short enough period of time at the same time, then you have a tipping point, and the culture begins to shift. And then, what I feel like people are at now is, no, no, bring it on. I have to face it — we have to face it.” - Rev. angel Kyodo williams ____________________________________________________________________________ Dear white folks, Back in late May of this year, as so much was unfolding around the news of George Floyd, I published a blog called “Dear White Folks, we need to talk about racism.” Now, at the end of 2020, I thought we could take the time to reflect on the changes we’ve witnessed over the past year and honestly assess where we’re at in terms of our own progress - as white folks - in dismantling white supremacy. It all feels like a mixed bag, to say the least. I’m seeing symbolic “wins” in addressing systemic racism, personally and collectively, but I’m also seeing how far we still have to go. I’m noticing a wide spectrum of reaction from white folks, ranging from some suddenly being mortified at what they’re seeing and claiming “we had no idea this was still happening” to long-time racial justice organizers committing even more deeply to becoming abolitionists and then everything in between. It does feel like we are going through an unveiling of deep injustices while also seeing the ignorance, hatred, and greed that has always existed come closer and closer to the surface.read more
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