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RACE COUNTS: 58 County Analysis and Roadmap for Racial Equity

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The California Endowment, Center for Healthy Communities, Redwood Room
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Non-Members: $0.00
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California is often seen as a national leader on issues of racial equity. The values of racial justice and social inclusion resonate with the many millions of residents who call California home. However, underneath the surface are troubling, persisting racial disparities that are most visible when viewed at the county level. For example:

  • In Los Angeles County, Black residents are 100 times more likely to be incarcerated than Asian or Pacific Islanders and 14 times more likely than white residents. Incarceration is by far the most disparate indicator across California and disparity in Los Angeles is what drives that finding.
  • In Orange County, homeownership by white residents is nearly double that of Black residents. The county is among the most disparate when it comes to homeownership.
  • In Riverside County, more than 1 in 3 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders lives in a household in poverty, compared to 1 in 10 whites and Asians.
  • In San Bernardino County, the Black suspension rate in schools in 2014-2015 was nearly twice that of Native Americans and more than 11 times higher than Asian Americans, who had the lowest rate. 
  • In Ventura County, Black and Latino youth are twice more likely to be arrested for curfew violations than white youth. Ventura County is also California’s most racially disparate county in the crime and justice indicators measured, led by disparities in truancy and curfew arrests. 

California is at a turning point. Even as there are entrenched systems and policies producing these inequities, there is a growing movement to address the root causes of the problems. To move forward, we need to measure and address long-standing racial disparities and to center organizers and activists to lead those conversations. 

A new initiative, RACE COUNTS, presents a comprehensive online tracking tool that ranks all 58 counties by seven key issue areas and provides a roadmap for community leaders to focus their efforts. This new project garnered coverage from media across the country, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Atlantic.

This program will present RACE COUNTS key findings about the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Panelists will include the local community leaders who helped to co-create RACE Counts and who will use it to guide their organizing, as well as grantmakers who invested early in the project. The program will be useful for all funders who are interested in furthering racial equity in California.

You can join this program in-person or via livestream. Please select how you would like to participate during registration. Livestream instructions will be e-mailed to registrants before the event. 


Joseph Tomás McKellar, Co-Director, PICO California

At PICO, Joseph leads efforts to grow grassroots organizing capacity for racial, economic, health and environmental equity across California. Most recently, he lead the effort to win SB 54, the California Values Act, the nation’s strongest sanctuary and re-entry legislation. Previously, he was with Faith in the Valley, leading efforts in the San Joaquin Valley to launch a powerful organization for six counties and with 15 labor and community partners by organizing a “Founding Convention”. Joseph was also the Founding Director of Faith in New York, growing its membership to 70,000 grassroots leaders in 54 congregations and winning campaigns for equitable rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers and a “Ban the Box” law. He started his organizing career in Southern California, leading campaigns in both San Diego and Orange County.



John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project California

As Executive Director of Advancement Project California, John Kim lifts up the voice and needs of low-income communities of color to transform systems and expand opportunity for all. Through coalition building and by utilizing innovative tools and strategies, he has helped redirect hundreds of millions of public and private dollars to the most underserved communities. John has developed advocacy and research initiatives on issues such as community health, redistricting, community engagement, voting rights, early care and education and public finance. He most recently oversaw the strategic direction and development of RACE COUNTS. John joined the Advancement Project in 2002 to develop Healthy City, which grew to provide data, research and mapping support to service providers and community advocates across the state. He became Managing Director of the California Office in 2004 and was appointed Co-Director in 2008. He served on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles through 2011 and currently serves as a Commissioner for Los Angeles County’s Commission of Children and Families. John is also a Rockwood “Leading from the Inside Out” fellowship alumni.



Beatriz Solís, Director of Healthy Communities (South), The California Endowment

Dr. Beatriz Solís is the Director of Healthy Communities, South Region, at The California Endowment. Dr. Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California. Her professional experience includes service as the Director of Cultural and Linguistic Services for L.A. Care Health Plan. She has co-authored numerous articles, books, technical reports and policy briefs and is a lecturer/trainer to health care providers.




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Who May Attend
Funders who are interested in furthering racial equity in California.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
You can join this program in-person or via livestream. Please select how you would like to participate during registration. Livestream instructions will be e-mailed to registrants before the event.