Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, November 2020

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in November 2020.

Biden’s Plan for Seniors Is Not Just a Plan for Seniors
The New York Times, November 27, 2020
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Women’s Law Center are quoted in this article about the incoming federal administration’s plan to address child care and preschool. Both organizations are supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Raney Aronson-Rath: The Person Behind the Best Non-Fiction Series on Television | COMMENTARY
The Baltimore Sun, November 27, 2020
In this interview, Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer of PBS’ “Frontline,” reflects on the current state of mainstream TV journalism, as well as highlights from the show’s reporting over the past year. “Frontline” is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says
The New York Times, November 25, 2020
The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) are quoted in this piece about a new Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Enforcement report on illegal tampering of diesel pickup trucks emissions controls. ICCT and NRDC are supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

Stay Mad: The Path to Freedom in the US Runs through the South
NonProfitQuarterly, November 17, 2020
Several organizations supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program––including Project South, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Women on the Rise, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and Repairers of the Breach––are featured in this story about the social movements that have been organizing in the U.S. South for “food, health, land, safety, and freedom.” The piece was co-written by Stephanie Guilloud, co-director of Project South.

How Three Brooklyn-Based Women Are Creating Murals to
Uplift Their Communities

BKReader, November 16, 2020
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s FINDINGS, a public art series celebrating science and women, is featured in this article about street art that uses innovative technology to engage viewers on social issues. FINDINGS is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.  

Silicon Valley’s Blue-Collar Workers Remain on Edge Months Into Pandemic
NBC News, November 12, 2020
A new study by Working Partnerships USA examines the blue-collar tech workforce in Silicon Valley, and the economic benefits of retaining those workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the likely effects on the broader community. Working Partnerships USA is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program. 

After an Incarcerated Firefighter Was Nearly Killed on the Frontlines, California Delivered Him to Ice
The Guardian, November 12, 2020
Anoop Prasad, a staff attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (ALC), is featured in this story about an incarcerated firefighter who was injured while working on the frontlines of California’s fires, and is now facing deportation to Laos, a country he left when he was four years old. ALC is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.  

How Biden Aims to Amp Up the Government’s Fight Against Climate Change
The Washington Post, November 11, 2020
Several organizations supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program––The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Center for American Progress, and BlueGreen Alliance––are featured in this story about President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to “embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government.”

ProPublica Experiments With Ultra-Accessible Plain Language in Stories About People with Disabilities
Nieman Lab, November 10, 2020
ProPublica is experimenting with plain language text versions of their articles “to make information more accessible to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” The organization is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

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