Building a People’s Wave

April 19, 2019 People’s Action is a powerful new force for democracy and economic fairness. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, it fights for community over greed, justice over racism and people and planet over big corporations. With support from Voqal, People’s Action built a movement that led to progressive victories Read More

2019 Voqal Fellowship Spotlight: Maria Yuan

April 18, 2019 The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in a new generation of social entrepreneurs interested in launching the next “big idea” aimed at increasing equity for those who are least well off politically, economically and/or socially. In this month’s 2019 Voqal Fellowship spotlight, we take a look at Maria Yuan and her project Read More

Responding to Crisis with Digital Organizing

April 16, 2019 Mijente is a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing. With support from Voqal, Mijente continued to strengthen its existing digital infrastructure and used new tools to more effectively engage its constituency in response to new threats to the community. While the crisis at the border was Read More

A Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows: Game the System

April 12, 2019 Start the weekend right with another installment of this year’s Voqal Fellowship poem, Cooperative and Collaborative Politics of Change. As we’ve mentioned before, this poem was created by Adrian H. Molina through a process called Live Scribe Poetics that took place during the Fellowship convening back in January. IV. Game the System Read More

Voqal Supports Digital Equity Act

April 11, 2019 Today, U.S. Sen. Pat Murray and Sen. Angus King introduced the Digital Equity Act. This legislation provides $1.3 billion in federal funding for digital inclusion projects. Mobile Citizen, a project of Voqal, supports this necessary legislation and thanks Murray and King for highlighting this important issue. The following statement is attributable to Read More

A Poetic Profile of the 2019 Voqal Fellows: Bloc by Block

April 1, 2019 After a week off, we’re back with another installment of this year’s Voqal Fellowship poem, Cooperative and Collaborative Politics of Change. As we’ve mentioned in past blog posts this poem was created by Adrian H. Molina through a process called Live Scribe Poetics that took place during the Fellowship convening back in Read More

Voqal Grantees That Make the Case for Be Kind to Lawyers Day

March 28, 2019 In this month’s entry in Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears celebrates Be Kind to Lawyers Day by highlighting three Voqal grantees that exemplify the great work lawyers perform in the fight for a more socially equitable world.  Lawyers are often ridiculed and disparaged. Ranking just above advertisers and Read More

Education Opportunity Project Spotlight: LiftEd

March 27, 2019 In the latest installment of the Education Opportunity Project Spotlight, Voqal Education Program Director Vinny Badolato highlights a recent investee of the project, LiftEd. Oakland, California-based LiftEd is a mobile academic, functional skill and behavior management app for special education teachers and related service providers that: Saves time tracking and reporting student Read More

Modernizing Campaign Finance in Albuquerque Through Community Organizing

March 26, 2019 Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. It works to create open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest; promotes equal rights, opportunity and representation for all; and empowers all people to make their voices heard in the political process. With Read More

Voqal Submits Letter About EBS and Rural Broadband to Senate Commerce Subcommittee

March 22, 2019 Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), recently convened a hearing titled “The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America.” The hearing focused on ways to improve the quality and expand the availability of rural broadband. Voqal, in conjunction with Read More