Legislators move to honor the memories of Montgomery County’s lynching victims

RACE/EQUITY
– Legislators in Montgomery County have moved to acknowledge Maryland’s history of lynchings by introducing a Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission bill to honor the memories of the county’s three known lynching victims. (WAMU, 2/11)

The text of the Montgomery County resolution asks for the commission to work with the Equal Justice Initiative, which last year opened a memorial honoring the 4,000 African-American victims of lynchings. The commission would place historical markers at the locations of the county’s three known lynchings, collect soil at each of the locations and create a monument dedicated to the victims. The group would also “design programs to advance the dialogue that the monument, historical markers and soil should foster.”

Related: Understanding our country’s racial history is a critical step toward advancing racial equity. For this reason, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington partnered to take funders and other civic leaders on a Civil Rights Learning Journey throughout the South last year. The trip is happening again this Spring. Interested WRAG and LGW members can learn more here, and register to attend an info session on Thursday here.

– Bike equity is a powerful tool for increasing access to transportation and reducing inequality in US cities. However, cycling infrastructure is often times designed for and tailored to wealthy white cyclists. (CityLab, 2/8)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP | JPMorgan Chase, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, and Capital Impact Partners have launched a $6.65 million loan fund to assist minority entrepreneurs. (WBJ, 2/11)

NONPROFITS | Since climate change will affect nonprofits across the board, should they consider putting climate in every mission statement? (NPQ, 2/11)

PHILANTHROPY
– The current surge in the growth of giving circles is being driven by millennials and women. (WSJ, 2/10)

Opinion: All Donors Need More Education — Not Just the Wealthy (Chronicle, 2/12 – Subscription)

RFP |  The 2019 Community Investment Funds Grant Cycle is accepting applications, due by this Thursday, February 14 by 5:00 pm. This is the largest discretionary grant cycle managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.


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– Buffy