EJS and COVID-19

Well, the world has changed. I was up late on Tuesday after the President’s alarming remarks followed by the suspension of the NBA season followed by learning about Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The pandemic was no longer a nebulous concept but was real. The Management Team at EJS talked about how to best protect our colleagues and ourselves.

As of today, we have closed our office in Oakland and staff will be working mostly remotely. We are also suspending non-essential travel.

We know that there’s a lot of information being shared related to the outbreak, but here’s an article that caught our attention: “Leading Your Nonprofit In a Time of Pandemic” (http://bit.ly/33gGKEz). This article on social distancing provided a lot of useful advice (http://bit.ly/2WaX9cg).

All of us at EJS continue to work diligently on an ambitious number of projects and efforts, including: ongoing litigation in Bakersfield and other areas; the California Civil Rights Coalition; National Implicit Bias Network; new legislation related to implicit bias; the release of the video from our Remembering 1619 commemoration; our 20th anniversary celebration on September 17, and the introduction of ACA 5 in California Assembly to repeal Proposition 209.

Special note: We are in the process of converting our Voter Mobilization & Protection Summit on April 4 into a virtual event instead of holding it at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley.

The effects of the pandemic are fluid and change every day and EJS will adapt.  We appreciate your continued support of our work during this time.

We hope that you and your loved ones are taking steps to remain safe and healthy.

Onward,

Eva Paterson
President
Equal Justice Society