PEOPLE OF COLOR, NOT JUST FOR STOCK PHOTOS: WHY WE NEED DIVERSE LEADERS FOR THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND BEYOND
July 28, 2016 | American Institute of Architects | Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by Green 2.0 and Education Leaders of Color (EdLOC)
The #RabenRespite brought together influential movement leaders, scholars and activists for panel discussions on racial justice, immigration and criminal justice reform, gender equality, education, gun violence prevention, and more.
Against a backdrop of divisive politics and our nation’s shifting demographics, the policy challenges at stake in this election will require never-before-seen coalitions to work together to imagine and fight for a more inclusive future. Take immigration reform, women’s health, voting rights, and climate change – it’s no secret that all of these issues hit low-income communities and people of color harder than others. Yet when we look at the mainstream environmental NGOs and elected officials who advocate on their behalf, we rarely see people of color. That’s because those who lead across the progressive community, and those who shape and fund its direction, are overwhelmingly white.
The same is true from Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Congress. Our panel brought together leaders and diversity pioneers from the environmental, educational, legal, and government sectors to discuss the innovative ways that the progressive community can better represent the communities it serves — and what we risk if we fail to do so.
- Robert Raben, Founder and President of The Raben Group and Founder, Green 2.0 (Moderator)
- The Honorable John King
- Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
- Jean Lee, President and CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- Whitney Tome, Executive Director, Green 2.0
- Aimee Allison, Co-Director, Democracy in Color and Senior Vice President, PowerPAC+
- Mark Magana, Founder and President, GreenLatinos
See below for a full video of the Green 2.0 panel.