Equity Summit 2011
Community leaders and advocates from across the country participated in interactive training sessions. Others experienced the sights and sounds of Detroit through a number of mobile workshops. And caucuses presented opportunities to meet, connect, exchange ideas, expand networks, and strategize for collective action.
As the majority of Americans soon will be people of color, this fascinating discussion reframed the case for equity by addressing how we must respond to and invest in this demographic change. Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink (moderator) Panelists: Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone; Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development; Antonio Gonzalez, President, William C. Velasquez Institute; Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; Joan Walsh, Editor-at-Large, Salon.com Panel preceded by Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Show Choir
Panelists discussed innovative approaches and strategies to build opportunity-rich communities in various nations, and about the framing, arguments, and constituencies that have proven critical for success. Maya Harris, Vice President, Ford Foundation (moderator) Panelists: Tralance Addy, Founder and President, Plebys International LLC; Dr. Jody Heymann, Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the WORLD Global Data Centre, and the Project on Global Working Families, McGill University; Alejandro Echeverri, Architect, Medellín, Colombia
An engaging and timely conversation about the political hot buttons for 2012, and strategies for pursuing an equity agenda. Panelists: Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, White House Domestic Policy Council; Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director, Voto Latino; Nelini Stamp, Organizer, Working Families Party, New York; Steve Phillips, President and Founder, PowerPAC Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink (moderator)