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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

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 over the past month.

Energy Revolution: California Approves $768 Million for Electric Vehicles
San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2018
In a historic vote, California utility regulators have unanimously approved the largest set of electric vehicle infrastructure projects to help achieve California’s target of having 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. Notably, $236 million of the $738 million plan will be invested to benefit disadvantaged and polluted communities. Foundation grantees the Natural Resource Defense Council, the Greenlining Institute, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund have been strong advocates for vehicle electrification and for it to benefit all Californians.

Stockton’s Young Mayor Has Bold Turnaround Plan: Basic Income and Stipends for Potential Shooters
Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2018Featured in this broader profile of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Advance Peace is a fellowship program that provides transformational resources and opportunities for young men who have been involved in lethal firearm offenses. The goal is to reduce and sustain reductions in firearm assaults. The Foundation’s Local and Emerging Opportunities program supports Advance Peace through its fiscal sponsor, Safe Passages.

Bay Area Reformers Call for End to Money Bail in ‘Black Mamas Day Bailout’
East Bay Times, May 10, 2018
Grantee Essie Justice Group and other advocacy groups held an event to call for an end to cash bail. In California, the average bail amount is $50,000––five times the national average. The event took place before Mother’s Day to help raise awareness about the thousands of mothers who remain in jail because they can’t afford bail. Essie Justice Group is a grantee of the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

This Program Is Proven to Help Moms and Babies—So Why Aren’t We Investing In It More?
The Hechinger Report, May 3, 2018
Despite every state in the Union offering some type of home-visiting program to support child development among low-income families, a report by grantee the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) claims that more than 18 million pregnant women and families with children under six could benefit from such services. NHVRC is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.