FRESNO, Calif. ‒ At a time in our country when diverse communities are powerfully raising their voices to shape politics and policies, few organizations have been as effective as South by Southwest Experiment in uniting black and brown communities in a shared vision of economic and social well-being.
South by Southwest Experiment was awarded the 2012 Patiño Moore Legacy Award of $150,000 Sunday in Fresno, Calif., by Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors, in partnership with the Association of Black Foundation Executives and Hispanics in Philanthropy.
South by Southwest Experiment is a partnership between SouthWest Organizing Project (New Mexico), Southwest Workers Union (Texas) and Southern Echo (Mississippi) that formed in 2005 to address the deep roots of racism and change public policy to eliminate inequity.
“The problems affecting poor families, and especially poor communities of color, do not exist in isolation,” said Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. “This award celebrates organizations that work across the so-called black-brown divide, and is intended to encourage others to do the same.”
The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore for their ongoing work to improve relations between black and brown communities.
Dr. Patiño, vice chancellor emeritus for the California State University system, is a board member of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Mrs. Moore is a trustee of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a board member of the Council on Foundations.
The Association of Black Foundation Executives promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in black communities. Hispanics in Philanthropy works to strengthen partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities.
Marguerite Casey Foundation exists to help low-income families elevate their voice and mobilize their communities to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.