“Dream Summer” is the first national internship program for Dream Act student leaders. The program aims to build on the extraordinary courage and leadership demonstrated by the undocumented students who championed the national Dream Act movement in 2010.
The Leading Edge Fund is a new $2 million fund created to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California. Launched by the Rosenberg Foundation in partnership with the Hellman Foundation, the Leading Edge Fund is awarding $225,000 over three years to each of eight fellows who are tackling deep barriers to opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities.
We are in the middle of a pitched battle for the heart and soul of this country. On campuses, campaign trails, and in communities from coast to coast, Americans are confronting the toxic reality of racism and inequality.
In a digital age when every crack of a police officer’s gun can be a shot heard around the world, young people are calling out patterns of police violence that stretch back generations. In an election season when xenophobia has become a rallying cry, we are forced to confront the poisonous anti-immigrant bigotry that has been festering in America. And toward the end of our first Black president’s second term, we are finally beginning to reckon with a biased, broken and rigged criminal justice system that is the logical product and progeny of centuries of slavery, lynching and Jim Crow.
That is why this is a moment for moonshot ideas: ending police violence, dramatically downsizing our criminal justice system, building power in communities of color and low-income communities that have been silenced for too long.