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  • Advancing Equity News December 2016

    It may be difficult to see or feel right now, but California is on the right track. The overwhelming support of progressive measures on this year’s ballot is just one of many indicators of hope. For example, with our Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) work, we are shifting investments to make sure that ALL Californians have a fair shot at success.

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  • 2016 Annual Report

    I know it may be very hard to see right now, but this moment is one we can use to our advantage – long term. Just think of how far we’ve come, here in California. We are transforming public systems and shifting investments to make sure that ALL Californians have a fair shot at success. The overwhelming support of progressive measures on this year’s ballot are one indicator of hope.



  • Advancing Equity News November 2016

    Our K-12 Water Cooler Network convening in Sacramento this past Monday brought together influential education stakeholders. Our goal for the project is to ensure that all California children benefit from what we’ve collectively identified as four key “pillars” to a successful system:

  • Advancing Equity News October 2016

    Policymakers in Sacramento, city halls, county governments, and school districts must begin to listen to, be accountable to, and be shaped by the racial, socioeconomic, and generational diversity of California and, ultimately, the electorate.

  • Advancing Equity News September 2016

    Multilingual education programs benefit all children. On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the LAUSD Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to support the state ballot initiative Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now). This state ballot initiative will support continued teaching of English in our schools, open the avenues to multilingual education for all students, and will be brought to California voters on November 8, 2016.

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  • Advancing Equity News August 2016

    At this halfway point of 2016, which has been a year of much heartbreak and some “disturbing” public conversations, we want to offer an antidote with examples of how people across our state are making things better. This e-newsletter is called #ReasonsForHope – A 2016 Mid-Year Report.

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  • Advancing California July 2016

    Advancement Project’s quarterly e-newsletter. In this issue we share a reflection on this summer of violence, an announcement of our newest research report about California’s racial disparities in political participation, some good news for our youngest learners in the final California budget, and an update on leadership of our Educational Equity program. Enjoy!

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  • Advancing Equity News May 2016

    We felt proud to see 15 parent leaders in southeast Los Angeles graduate from the 5th cohort of the Advancement Project’s My First Teacher program in an uplifting celebration at Escutia Primary Center in Bell, CA earlier this month. Parent leaders were joined by friends and family as they received certificates from the offices of Supervisor Hilda Solis and LAUSD District 5 Board Member Dr. Ref. Rodriguez, who sent a representative to hand them out. Graduates were cheered on as songs like Mc Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” ushered each graduate to the stage. The celebration was an emotion-filled event that left some parents speechless and tearful over what they accomplished in just 10 weeks.

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  • Advancing Equity News April 2016

    We LEARNED that Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis introduced and, with Sheila Keuhl, passed Advancement Project-supported motions to direct Prop. 47 savings to community based programs that reduce recidivism, increase neighborhood safety, and get residents the appropriate care they need, such as substance abuse treatment and youth development.

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  • Advancing California March 2016

    Our Educational Equity program hosted an impressive mix of more than 80 L.A. County elected officials and their staff members, ECE advocates, and parents from L.A.’s Southeast Cities. The goal was to develop a shared agenda for ensuring that our youngest learners and their families have access to affordable and quality child-care and preschool. The persistent gaps in quality ECE programs for low-income families of color has been detailed in a comprehensive set of research and maps by legislative, County Supervisors, and LAUSD districts created by Advancement Project in partnership with First 5 LA.

  • Annual Report 2015

    With these changes, 2016 promises to be a year of growth and     impact for Advancement Project. We are leading projects ensuring that: Local Control Funding Formula successes in L.A. are replicated across the state; the new progressive majority in the L.A. County Board of Supervisors results in real change for those who need it most; and racial equity becomes the yardstick by which all California policymaking is measured.

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  • Advancing Equity News January 2016

    Newest Addition — the Political Voice Program! Political Voice nurtures a healthy democracy by amplifying the voices of low-income communities of color in all political processes and ensuring that government responds to those voices.

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  • Advancing Equity News December 2015

    We LEARNED that two social media channels are better than six. In 2016, it will be even easier to keep track of all the great work we’re doing! We’ve decided to unite our six social media channels into just two. By March we’ll have pared things down so that demonstrating our impact will be clear and accessible for allies and supporters like you.

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  • Advancing California: November 2015

    Early care and education (ECE) has been a focus for Advancement Project for a decade. In that time, we’ve seen a radical shift in how policymakers understand and prioritize ECE. Yet there are still large numbers of our youngest children who do not have access to important programs and care.

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  • Advancing Equity News September 2015

    The ZIP code of Los Angeles County’s 650,000 youngest children (birth to 5) frequently predetermines their early education opportunities and lower income children often find themselves with few options available. Reports released by Advancement Project and First 5 LA lay out specifics about how the disparities in access and quality are hurting these children’s abilities to succeed in school, and ultimately in life.

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  • Advancing California: Summer 2015

    The Advancement Project Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Urban Peace program, as of August 1, 2015, is now a separate entity that is currently being incubated by Community Partners but on its way to becoming its own stand-alone nonprofit organization called Urban Peace Institute. We invite you to learn more about Urban Peace Institute and to follow their work on Facebook and on Twitter @UrbanPeaceInst.

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  • Advancing Equity News June 2015

    In 2014 we celebrated Advancement Project’s 15th Anniversary. It was so gratifying to remember the campaigns, people, and the impact we have had in Los Angeles, and across California. It has been a unique experience in power politics, partnership-building, and data-driven systems change.

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  • Advancing Equity News May 2015

    Advancement Project supports the Make It Fair movement to close the commercial property tax loopholes of Prop 13, to free up $9 billion to invest in strengthening our schools and important local priorities. A handful of giant corporations and America’s wealthiest commercial property owners have used the loopholes to dramatically lower their taxes, and their obligations to California families.

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  • Equity Is Justice for Students in High-Need Communities

    A video that tells the story of how a groundbreaking coalition used data, community voice, and policy advocacy to win $32 million for under-served students in the L.A. Unified School District.

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  • Advancing California: April 2015

    An unprecedented partnership of advocates, researchers, and Los Angeles County’s Probation Department has released The Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Outcomes Study. The report examines current data practices and the path of youth through the Probation system. We found that these youth are involved with many different County departments yet identifying and documenting shared connections across County agencies is nearly impossible.

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  • Advancing Equity News March 2015

    Our Educational Equity team is launching a new effort to ensure all children in California will have access to a high quality and equitable education. For years, we’ve been known as early care and education (ECE) policy and advocacy experts. Now we are deepening  our K-12 focus to ensure that K-12 education policy and funding is equitable across California.

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  • Advancing Equity News February 2015

    A new report co-authored by Advancement Project and Prevention Institute highlights the strategies communities across California have prioritized to increase public safety. Of the 14 sites in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities…

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  • Advancing California: January 2015

    Advancement Project’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that John Kim has been chosen to be Executive Director of the California Office. The office has evolved from a small but mighty project founded by Steve English, Molly Munger, and Connie Rice, to become a large organization of 45 staff and a $7 million annual budget…

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  • 2014 Annual Report

    Celebrating Advancement Project’s 15th Anniversary.

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  • Advancing Safety: Watts in Action

    A short, yet powerful video about the efforts of Advancement Project and its key partners to reduce violence and increase safety for residents in the community of Watts.

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  • Annual Report to Our Community 2013

    Thank you for your support and partnership during 2013. It has been an exciting and eventful year for Advancement Project. And 2014 promises to be even more jam-packed as Advancement Project celebrates its 15th Anniversary!

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  • A Video Tribute to Harry Belafonte

    Enjoy this short video of Founding Boardmember, Harry Belafonte, in conversation with Co-Directors Connie Rice and Judith Browne Dianis on civil rights.

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  • 21st Century Civil Rights: A Video about Advancement Project CA

    A short film showing the story of three community activists who have partnered with Advancement Project to improve their communities.

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  • Annual Report to Our Community 2012

    Learn about our big accomplishments of 2012.

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  • Overview of Advancement Project – California (presentation)
  • Advancement Project Fact Sheet
  • Video: Learn all about how Healthy City Works


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