Racial justice

Indigenous person from Kogui people of Colombia

New online tool is first to track funding to Indigenous, local, and Afro-descendant communities

The Path to Scale dashboard, developed in a partnership between the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), provides information on funding from 133 donors since 2011 based on publicly available information. According to the developers, this publicly accessible dashboard will help donors, NGOs and rights holders identify critical funding gaps and opportunities in global efforts to secure communities’ rights.

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Statue of Dwight Eisenhower

Final U.S. Army base stripped of Confederate name as Fort Gordon becomes Fort Eisenhower

The renaming ceremony was the ninth — and final — among Army installations this year, capping a controversial three-year effort initiated by top Pentagon officials in 2020 amid a nationwide racial reckoning following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

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Galveston, Texas

Judge overturns Galveston’s discriminatory electoral map in a voting rights victory

The court’s decision requires Galveston County to redraw its 2021 map by October 20. The revised lines must include at least one district with a majority of Black and Latino people among the four districts that elect representatives to the county’s commissioners’ court.

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Close up on the eye of a Black child

California creates nation’s first ‘Ebony Alert’ to find missing Black children

Senate Bill 673 will create the “Ebony Alert” system for missing Black children and young women. When activated, the proposed system – similar to Amber or Silver alerts — would inform people of missing Black children and young women between the ages of 12 to 25.

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Laphonza Butler sworn in as U.S. Senator

Laphonza Butler of California becomes the first out LGBTQ+ senator of color in the U.S.

Butler has served as a senior strategist in VP Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign, has worked as the director for public policy and campaigns at Airbnb, served as president of the California chapter of the Service Employees International Union, and served on the University of California Board of Regents.

Laphonza Butler of California becomes the first out LGBTQ+ senator of color in the U.S. More