Estela Lopez Gilliam Selected as Coalitions Manger for Good Ally Collaborative, CCRC

The Equal Justice Society is delighted to announce that Estela Lopez Gilliam will serve as Coalitions Manager for the Good Ally Collaborative and the California Civil Rights Coalition.

As Coalitions Manager, Ms. Lopez Gilliam will be responsible for facilitating the 600-member Good Ally Collaborative and developing the Collaborative’s leadership and coalition planning. The position will also assist EJS in realigning and reactivating the California Civil Rights Coalition.

The Good Ally Collaborative is a network of attorneys and activists that grew out of the January 2017 “How to Be a Good Ally Strategic Engagement Conference” organized by Kelly Dermody, Yolanda Jackson, and others in San Francisco. The conference brought together more than 1,000 participants in response to the climate of rising hate, intimidation, and discrimination.

Founded in 1985, the California Civil Rights Coalition is a statewide community of civil rights organizations, activists, educators, lawyers, and advocates representing a wide range of issues and working as one to create a just and healthy society.

Estela has worked with civil rights organizations serving low-income communities, immigrants and refugees and marginalized communities for over twenty years. Most recently she has been working as a Staff Attorney with the Unified Family Court at the San Francisco Superior Court.

She has also served as the Associate Director of California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, as a Staff Attorney with the San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Self-Help Center, where she assisted self-represented individuals access the court and supervised the Self-Help Center’s volunteer program and with the Public Defenders’ Office in Santa Clara County.

Estela received double degrees in Chicano Studies and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Estela was named the Earl Johnson Community Lawyer Fellow, an honor given to one graduating law student in the state of California pursuing a career in public law. During her fellowship, she worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area representing immigrant clients impacted by the 1996 Welfare Reform Law.

EJS expresses our deep appreciation to the Rosenberg Foundation (rosenbergfound.org) for providing us with a grant to support the coalition management of the Good Ally Collaborative.

We would also like to thank the following Good Ally Collaborative members for serving on an ad hoc advisory committee that provided feedback on the consultant selection: Angelica Jongco, Jody Nunez, Kelly Dermody, and Leslie Cunningham.

For more information on the Good Ally Collaborative, visit http://goodally.us.

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Rosenberg Foundation Provides Grant for Grand Alliance Efforts

UPDATE: We now have the position announcement listed.

The Rosenberg Foundation (rosenbergfound.org) has awarded the Equal Justice Society with a discretionary grant of $15,000 to support EJS’s “Grand Alliance” efforts, specifically the coalition management of the Good Ally Collaborative.

The Good Ally Collaborative (goodally.us) is a network of attorneys and activists that grew out of the “How to Be a Good Ally Strategic Engagement Conference” held on January 6, 2017, in San Francisco.

The conference brought together more than 1,000 participants in response to the post-election climate of rising hate, intimidation, and discrimination. The conference was organized by a team led by Kelly Dermody and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Yolanda Jackson and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

The team at EJS is serving as coordinators of the Good Ally Collaborative, transitioning the Good Ally conference attendees into a 600-member coalition designed to connect skills and resources with needs, intersect with existing movements, and develop solutions to unmet challenges.

EJS’s work with the Good Ally Collaborative is part of its “Grand Alliance” approach, which reflects the organization’s vision of justice that explicitly acknowledges the interconnectedness between various issues, struggles and constituencies.

Since EJS’s founding in 2000, the organization has developed a proud tradition of reaching out to marginalized communities and advocating on behalf of social justice issues that have not always fallen under the racial justice umbrella.

The California Civil Rights Coalition (calcivilrights.org) is also a Grand Alliance effort co-chaired by EJS President Eva Paterson and MALDEF President Thomas A. Saenz. CCRC was founded in 1985 to as a statewide community of civil rights organizations, activists, educators, lawyers, and advocates representing a wide range of issues, working together to create a just and healthy California.

EJS will use the Rosenberg Foundation grant to engage a part-time coalition management contractor. This person will serve as the primary Good Ally Collaborative coordinator, and also develop strategies on how to intersect the Collaborative and the California Civil Rights Coalition.

The Rosenberg Foundation grant is intended to provide short-term support. EJS is seeking matching contributions from institutional or individual donors interested in supporting long-term efforts to sustain and grow the Good Ally Collaborative. Interested donors can contact EJS Director of Development Anna Basallaje at abasallaje@equaljusticesociety.org or 415-288-8700.

Visit http://GoodAlly.us to learn more about the Good Ally Collaborative, or contact Keith Kamisugi at kkamisugi@equaljusticesociety.org.

Keynote by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at #SFBayAllies Conference

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II delivered an incredible closing keynote at the “How to Be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference” on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Rev. Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013.

Facebook Live video by Angelica Jongco.

Coming Together as Good Allies, Act II

“How to Be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference” #SFBayAllies was on Jan. 6, 2017, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. More than 1,000 attendees came together across silos to forge more powerful alliances and collaborations.

This is a curated collection of tweets from the afternoon sessions:
https://storify.com/ccrc/coming-together-as-good-allies-act-ii