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Clarissa's Battle: A Powerful ECE Advocacy Tool

Monday, December 5, 2022 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm EST
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Join ECFC, Media Impact Funders and the Raising Child Care Fund for discussion on how a new documentary film, Clarissa's Battle, and other social movement documentaries can be used as powerful grassroots organizing tools.

This event is open to funders, philanthropy advisors and philanthropy support organizations.

Clarissa Doutherd is a driven, straight-talking single Black mother and social warrior in Oakland, California. Becoming unhoused with an infant inspired her to champion childcare and preschool as a human right. But juggling the work of raising a young son while building a powerful coalition of parents fighting for child care and early education funds pushes Clarissa into a personal healthcare crisis far too common among stressed, working mothers, especially women of color.

Seven years ago, Tamara Perkins gets laid off from her job while expecting a baby. She interviews for jobs while nine months pregnant to secure insurance, stay in her residence, and pay for childcare. Amid this experience, she meets Clarissa, a single mom with a shared experience and now leading efforts to make child care affordable and accessible.

The result of their connection is Clarissa’s Battle, a documentary film that gives us insight into an erupting movement for childcare and early-childhood education funding, as communities across the country follow Clarissa’s successes, setbacks and indomitable resilience. But this is about more than a movement. It’s follows the journey of a community leader, organizer, and time-stretched mother as she fights for the health and dignity of children and their parents nationwide.


  • Clarissa Doutherd, single parent, organizer and Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland
  • Tamara Perkins, an award-winning filmmaker and changemaker focused on documentaries that inspire transformative change through dialogue, healing and advocacy
  • Amy Fitzgerald, Vice President of Community Investments and Partnerships, East Bay Community Foundation
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