Philanthropy Now podcast: Community Legal Services elevates the voices of the formerly incarcerated

Welcome to the sixth episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes.

Katrina Logan, Directing Attorney of the Economic Advancement Program at Community Legal Services and member of SVCF's Community Advisory Council joins Joyce Song, Director of Donor Engagement at Silicon Valley Community Foundation in conversation about how formerly incarcerated community members have been impacted by the pandemic. Community Legal Services advocates for changes to policy and systemic issues that perpetuate disparities, such as overincarceration in lower income communities, particularly communities of color. Listen to learn about Katrina’s work to address these disparities, how her organizaion has adapted to changes brought on by the pandemic, and how you can get involved.

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Joyce Song, Director of Donor Engagement at Silicon Valley Community Foundation
and Katrina Logan, Directing Attorney of the Economic Advancement Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

What you will learn:

  • How the history of East Palo Alto has affected the current narrative of overincarceration in communities of color
  • Why it’s important to include the voices of the formerly incarcerated in addressing systemic change
  • The targeted legal services that Community Legal Services provides
  • How Community Legal Services has altered their services to remain client-centric throughout the pandemic
  • Opportunities for donors and community members to get involved

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