This past December, a group of 25+ grantmakers convened in a room, charged with exploring connections between their funding areas. People who consistently fund youth, justice, health, climate, education, aging, workforce, Census, and the arts were asked to uncover ways their work overlapped. As expected, the intersections were easy to find. The social issues facing all of us are tied insidiously and invisibly with each other.
We have all become far too familiar with the sobering statistics. Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are killed or injured by firearms. Mass shootings may make the headlines, but the sad reality of everyday gun violence often gets relegated to the small print.
Rebuilding local news coverage is part of a civic-repair program we must pursue to restore the democratic promise of our cities and of our country.
It was a proud moment for New York City when its public school system began implementing universal free school lunch on the first day of the school year in 2017.