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  • We’re hoping more of us are now woke to the experiences of indigenous, Black and brown people in this country and why some may have the “nope, not today” feels on this 4th of July.

    If you’re not in tune, just watch this video by Movement for Black Lives to catch up.

    Can we pause and reflect on the patriotic and painful story of our country’s origin as well as consider the possibilities of a nation we are working to evolve? Juneteenth (June 19) and Independence Day (July 4) are just two weeks apart yet there doesn’t seem to be a wider chasm in the United States right now. So how will we #RemixIndependenceDay?

    One thing is for sure...the stakes are high. 

    It's become clear that the votes Americans cast this year will significantly impact present and future generations to come.

    With so many urgent and critical issues at the heart of the 2020 elections, The Ambassadors Circle is on an empathy building campaign to encourage all of us to Vote With Love.

     

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  • The recent protests and latest injustices have rightfully demanded our attention and action over the last few weeks.

    We also can’t forget that over 44 million Americans have filed unemployed claims as a result of the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Small businesses and the gig economy have been some of the hardest hit communities and The Ambassadors Circle is dedicated to providing support as we continue to navigate through this crisis.

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    Recently we hosted a Circle Session to share how we can help each other out, kicking off a session with participants sharing their hopes for the collective.  Lisa shared "My hope for all of you is that you stay connected, share solid resources and find ways to THRIVE," while Paloma offered "My hope for all of you is abundance!" 

    And in the spirit of sharing solid resources, we featured speakers LT Hilton, Katie Otis and Jennifer Bradford who shared their real talk observations on applying for federal stimulus dollars and unemployment assistance. Top learnings include:

    • Get On it!  Being available and prepared to react to stimulus help is half the battle.
    • If not already, invest in getting your business information organized, digitized and up to date.
    • Experts advise against drawing unemployment and receiving a paycheck protection loan during the same time period. It could be considered “double-dipping”.
    • Many Ambassadors are rethinking big banks and considering smaller alternative financial institutions.
    • We have to help each other out! We’re all having similar experiences.

    The chat box was also lit with resources and ideas! Check out a few of the top ones below:

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    Reducing expenses

    • Consider lowering your car insurance by reducing your annual mileage. 
    • Call your student loan lender to request a forbearance if necessary.
    • Call your banks, credit card companies and insurance agencies if you need help!

    We then dived into a “when the rent is due” conversation with Prometheus Real Estate Group’s Senior Neighborhood Director Alan Bradford, who dropped his helpful tips on navigating landlord/tenant relationships during the COVID-19 crisis.  Landlords and tenants on the call swapped tips and several Ambassadors suggested checking out Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj where he breaks down the details of renters rights in “What Happens When You Can’t Pay Rent.”

    We closed out with an interactive session acknowledging May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Session attendees selected five people to encourage (including a fellow attendee!) and we all picked one area in our house to declutter.  The feedback has been super inspiring. One Ambassador shared “Thanks to the circle for the “clean one area” challenge. This is the first time I’ve seen the floor in months!”

    We’re finding these curated conversations really helpful to keeping our spirits and motivations lifted. If you know someone who could benefit from this information, we invite you to share this email.

    If you'd like to help us create space for even more, join The Ambassadors Circle as a member Supporter.  By joining, you are supporting a collective of creatives and entrepreneurs dedicated to doing more good everyday. 

    Until next time, help each other out ya'll!

  • The Ambassadors Circle is a black owned and led business. Everything we do is on behalf of and for vulnerable communities and right now, we are in a fight for our survival.

    The Circle was founded as a collective because we believe in the collective power of good. Many of you have been asking us how you can help. Fortunately, there are many ways to do so. Participating in peaceful protests, signing online petitions, educating yourself on the black experience in America, reaching out to your black colleagues and offering a kind word.

    Today we are asking you to support the organizations who are standing for Black Americans everyday. The Circle has curated a list of organizations below, many who have been doing this work for years. Donate, follow them on social or sign up for their newsletters to stay informed. Your support will have a lasting impact and help us make the change we want to see.

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  • Today we are lifting up #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

    The Ambassadors Circle has had the honor of working intimately with several leaders and organizations who are doing the good work. We invite you to take a peek at our curated list of organizations below and if you’re feelin’ it, drop a little love to the changemakers who are on the front lines.

     

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    Californians for Safety and Justice - #StopTheSpread

    Californians for Safety and Justice represents survivors of crime, people living with convictions and organizations serving them. They are mobilizing to ensure vulnerable communities are equipped to stop the spread of COVID-19. Review their action plan and join them in Telling Congress to Act.


    IGNITE National - #IgnitetheVote

    IGNITE is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. They’ve teamed up with #whenweallvote to encourage voter registration and participation in this COVID-19 environment.  You can support their work here


    ICA Fund Good Jobs

    ICA Fund Good Jobs is a San Francisco Bay Area-based small business accelerator working to build an economy that works for all. They’ve created a Rapid Response fund to help local entrepreneurs affected by the COVID-19 crisis. You can contribute to the fund or shop their online marketplace and support local small businesses!


    LEAD Scholars Program

    Santa Clara University’s LEAD Scholars Program is an academic support program for first generation college students. With the closure of schools everywhere, the LEAD Scholars program is receiving weekly requests from students who need help with living expenses. You can make a donation (big or small) that will go directly into the hands of the students. Enter COVID-19 response in the special instructions if you’d like to donate specifically for this cause.


    Public Rights Project

    Public Rights Project is dedicated to protecting our civil, economic and environmental rights by building the capacity of state and local government. Right now they are working with their partners to support individuals who are under eviction threat as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19. You can support their work today and help them reach their Giving Tuesday goal!

    She the People

    She the People elevates the voices of women of color to ensure their voices and votes matter in 2020. During the COVID-19 crisis, they are combatting challenges to civil liberties, voting rights and equality. You can support them with a monthly donation and learn more about their call for a woman of color Vice President


    Seniorly

    Seniorly is an online resource that helps seniors connect to assisted living facilities. During the shelter in place, they have been hosting CurtainUp!, a daily 1 hour live stream to entertain our aging loved ones. They broadcast singers, artists and dancers live into senior communities and homes nationwide. Check out the talent and invite your parents and grandparents!


    Supply Our Heroes

    Supply Our Heroes delivers supplies to healthcare professionals in need of protective equipment. Donate now to get protective supplies directly into the hands of those that need it most ASAP. 

    These are just a few of the mighty organizations who are holding us down during this time. Do you know others we can lift up for doing amazing things during this crisis? Let us know and we’ll shout ‘em out!

    Hang in there Circle and thank you for joining us on this global day of generosity. The power of our collective good will see us through.

    Stay safe and healthy!

  • Are you or someone you know an experienced home sewer and/or quilter in the East Bay? Home sewers can earn $100 for sewing 25 masks. Click to learn more!

    ** EAST BAY MASK SEWERS NEEDED **

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    We've partnered with family owned BlueFrog Screen Printing and Embroidery in San Leandro who has reached capacity so we're looking to hire additional home sewers to help create non-medical masks to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.
    Sewers must have a sewing machine and be comfortable sewing without a pattern by using a provided sample. These masks are for sale to the public so quality is paramount.
     
    Here's how it works:
    1. If you are interested please complete the form below.
    2. If it's a good match we'll deliver to your porch a box that includes a sample mask, the cut fabric, extra fabric to practice with and all materials needed to assemble 25 masks.
    3. Complete the sewing in 3 days or less, we'll pick them back up and if done to specifications you will receive $100 for 25 completed masks via Paypal or Venmo.
    We are stronger together! Thanks for your interest and consideration.
    The Ambassadors Circle

     

     

  • I’ve never really been involved in local politics. It’s just not my jam. Until my best friend decided to go for her big dream and run for an elected position in a major city. Then it became personal.

    I’ve never really been involved in local politics. It’s just not my jam. Now best believe I’m all about the Presidential elections. I was all about mobilizing to get the Obamas in the White House – foam fingers and everything. And I will say that as far as local and midterm elections go, I am at least the voter who knows there is an election, fills out my ballot, gets my sticker and then I’m peace out. Civic duty done. That was me. Until my best friend decided to go for her big dream and run for an elected position in a major city. Then it became personal.

    I jumped in as a relative first timer into local politics. All the way in. I did it all. For over a year. And I found myself experiencing a flood of firsts that has shifted my view on what civic duty these days actually means.

    First, I found the Dept of Elections. In my city, it’s in the basement of City Hall and you can go there. Pretty much anytime. And watch them count ballots. Who knew?

    I found out what it’s like to be a political fundraiser. Many of the people who I assumed would jump in immediately and early based on personal relationships ....well let’s just say, phones started to go a little quiet. Ok no big whoop. I’ve raised millions of philanthropic fundraising dollars. I can certainly raise thousands of political fundraising dollars. Well I found out pretty quickly that political fundraising is a different thing altogether. There are different motivations. In philanthropy, there is an underlying assumption of altruism and trust. In political fundraising, there’s a healthy amount of skepticism at jump. And after several rounds of early phone calls, I realized there are more “maybe laters” than I expected.

    And it takes calls. Lots of calls. And texts. Lots of texts. And emails. So many emails. I soon came up with a hashtag #youaintmaxedoutyet and used it to jokingly shame people into maxing out their donation. Which I learned in a local race like this one, was raising three quarters of a million dollars, in $500 increments. $500?! Do you have any idea how many $500 donations you need to get to $750k? A helluva lot. So I called a lot of people. It was a rare and humbling experience. But I learned that you can really reconnect with people who you thought you already knew in unexpected ways. You can uncover their concerns and passions in ways you may not have before. And it was abundantly clear that we all care about and love our community. So that was a win.

    I found out that canvassing (a.k.a. door knocking) isn’t all that bad. Many people open their doors in this town (which blows my mind cause lawd knows we don’t open doors for nobody we’re not expecting). I had some lovely conversations with really caring folks and saw more firsthand about how people live. And I found out there is an entire generation of 20 and 30 somethings living in their grandparent’s paid off homes making six figures at Twitter. The transfer of wealth is happening. Right now. But that’s for another conversation.

    I found out the terrifying power of the media narrative and what it feels like to be on the receiving end of judgment, criticism and gossip – whether accurate or not. I saw the coalitions being developed. I saw the ugly political machine at work. I cyber argued with moms on Facebook about why my best friend was the best candidate. It was unreal. Again, this was not me. This was not my jam. But my best friend was in the ring and my job was to be in her corner. To encourage her I would send throwback 90s videos like Mariah Carey and 2Pac at 5:30am to get her ready for whatever the day would bring. And anytime you can rock to 90s music, well that’s just a win.

    I also found out what it feels like to lose. Yup. She lost. The race was incredibly close. At one point, there was a 26 vote difference between the candidates. I don’t think I had ever seen a situation where literally every. vote. counted. We ended up having to wait several days to confirm the winner due to our city’s ranked choice voting system. This was an excruciating week of local politics in action. No one could breathe. My phone was blowing up by the hour from people all over the country asking for updates (we had now reached national headlines). We hovered anxiously for the 4pm update each day. We gave it our all until the very end. And it was a gut punch. It felt like grief and it still hurts. That was not a win.

    I love my best friend and I’m so so sorry she lost. But I know she’ll be ok. I know we will be ok. I know we’ll continue to dance to 90s jams and reminisce about college life – before there were husbands, kids and big political races. Because we know the power of the win is the journey not the destination. And I could not be more proud of her. The resolve, courage and tenacity that this mother of three brought to the table should make every person proud. She WENT FOR IT. All of it. And that is the biggest win in my book.

    Because of her I also now better understand the incredibly passionate people who we depend on every year to facilitate our voting democracy. I understand these people a little better now. I understand the late nights and early mornings. I understand the tears. I get the deep belief. I have a clearer view into the work it takes to get the candidate you believe in with all your heart and soul elected for office.

    I think now that I’ve been taking them for granted. Because ultimately, our voting democracy (when implemented fairly and justly) is elegantly and beautifully designed. By the grace of God, this year it happened to be designed for a black woman like me who is just one generation removed from the passing of the Voting Rights Act. I became a part of that implementation. In my own city. In my own way. And that makes me proud.

    In 2020, I hope we can appreciate these folks a little more. I hope that we can all jump in like our best friend is running. There’s too much to do to expect the small few to carry it all. They need our help. They need us to say yes. Champion the issues you care about. Stand with the candidates you believe in.

    Just say yes. Over and over. Until the yeses lead to the wins - at the ballot box or along the way.

    Then continue to say yes. Say yes until your city, county and state makes you the proudest you’ve ever been. It’s time.

    See you on the streets,
    LT

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    LT Hilton is a Founding Ambassador with The Ambassadors Circle, a collective on a mission to inspire and equip our tribes to Do More Good. In her role as Ambassador, she focuses her efforts across nine passion areas like the environmental crisis and criminal justice reform. She also works to #producemoregood by offering full-service fundraising, marketing, and production services to help amplify the efforts of do-gooders who are leading some of the most important social movements of our time.