Closing comments by U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
A lunchtime conversation with members of Ozomatli on popular culture and social justice.
And a growing list of plenary and workshop speakers and moderators:
Melina Abdullah California State University Los Angeles | Ann Bastian New World FoundationUniversity of California, Davis Liberty Hill Foundation | Maria Brenes InnerCity Struggle | Cindy Chavez Working Partnerships USA | Jung Hee Choi Community Coalition | Manuel Criollo Labor/Community Strategy Center | Maria Elena Durazo Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO | Denise Fairchild Emerald Cities Collaborative | Richard Flory USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture | Larry Frank Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor | Regina Freer Occidental College | Bill Gallegos Communities for a Better Environment | Robert Garcia The City Project | Paulina Gonzalez Strategic Action for a Just Economy | Gilda Haas Dr. Pop / Antioch University | Marqueece Harris-Dawson Community Coalition | Program for Environmental and Regional Equity | Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy | BongHwan Kim Los Angeles City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment | Advancement Project Korean Resource Center Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice - Los Angeles USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Kentuckians For The Commonwealth API Equality-LA Labor/Community Strategy Center Occidental College The American Prospect DREAM Team Los Angeles USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture National Day Laborer Organizing Network University of California, Santa Barbara California Calls Formerly with Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance Florida New Majority National Domestic Workers Alliance Liberty Hill Foundation USC American Studies & Ethnicity California State University, Los Angeles The Advancement Project Strategic Action for a Just EconomyCoalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Mobilize the Immigrant Vote UCLA Labor Center USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Palmares Leadership Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance Veronica Terriquez University of Southern California California Calls | Carlos Vaquerano Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund | DataCenter Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education | Arely Zimmerman University of Southern California | Karla Zombro California Calls
About the Conference
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | USC Davidson Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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This April marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles – an event that has led to a strong and vibrant movement for social justice in the region.
But twenty years ago, the media portrayed the unrest primarily as the culmination of ethnic conflict and overlooked the pervasive economic distress felt in communities throughout Los Angeles. The media is likely to do the same, again, but we have a strong and compelling alternative narrative to offer.
Thursday, April 26th will be an opportunity to lift up the everyday efforts by ordinary residents to remake Los Angeles. The multi-racial social movement has brought people together across race and place and established a living wage policy, a better transportation system, schools that offer college prep to all students, a more welcome stance toward immigrants, and a variety of other community benefits – as well as a vision for a stronger, more equitable America.
Join us on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 as we commemorate the progress we have made, come together to share strategies and opportunities for multi-racial organizing in Los Angeles, and look forward for the next 20 years.
The event is organized by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity in collaboration with:
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Community Coalition (CoCo), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), and UCLA Labor Center.
The event is made possible with funding from the California Community Foundation, Ford Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Needmor Fund, New World Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Solidago Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC Dana and David Dornsife College, and the USC Office of the Provost.