About the event

Two years ago we had a national reckoning as people took to the streets to demand justice, accountability and assert that Black Lives Matter. These uprisings that put race front and center in the national dialogue are starting to fade from national attention and momentum has receded. Instead, we’re seeing a sustained and dangerous backlash. With the upcoming midterm elections, we know issues of racial justice and equality will be back in the national conversation.

This is the moment when our resolve is tested and the work we do to ensure communities of color are healthy and thriving is most critical. Join The Greenlining Institute and fellow racial equity leaders as we gather to keep carrying the work of racial equity forward –exploring both today’s challenges and tomorrow’s solutions. 


  • Cost: This event is free!
  • Location: To be held virtually
  • Dates: August 25, September 8, September 22
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST for each event

Featured Speakers

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Heather McGhee
The New York Times Bestselling Author,
The Sum of Us


Alicia Garza
Author, The Purpose of Power
Principal, Black Futures Lab


Manuel Pastor
Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California


Nandita Sampath
Policy Analyst,
Consumer Reports

August 25 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT

To open up this series, we’ll bring in some of today’s top thinkers on racial equity for a conversation on the state of race: Why are we seeing backlash to social progress? How do we move forward in a country that seems increasingly afraid or unwilling to talk explicitly about race? Where are we seeing signs of hope?


  • Heather McGhee, The New York Times Bestselling Author, The Sum of Us
  • Debra Gore-Mann, CEO and President, The Greenlining Institute (Moderator)
  • Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
September 8 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT

Event 2: How has redlining persisted into the modern day?

We think of redlining as a past practice. But in reality, the shameful legacy of redlining lives on today. It’s embedded into our data –our health outcomes, education, zip codes, wealth –and increasingly, into new technology. 

Zeroing in algorithmic bias, speakers will discuss how modern redlining affects people of color today, and how we can leverage technology as a positive force for equity and economic opportunity for formerly redlined communities. This session is designed for anyone with an interest in understanding the changing landscape of structural racism and the creative solutions advocates are advancing.


  • Debra Gore-Mann, President & CEO, The Greenlining Institute
  • Vinhcent Le, Senior Legal Counsel of Tech Equity, The Greenlining Institute
  • Nandita Sampath, Policy Analyst, Consumer Reports
  • Dr. Dominique Harrison, Director of Racial Equity Design and Data Initiative, Citi Ventures Innovation
September 22 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT

The effort to ensure our nation lives up to its ideal as a multi-racial democracy can feel both long and arduous. While politicians in Washington fail to pass crucial legislation, communities are stepping up and filling in the leadership void.

This session will challenge attendees to expand their thinking on democracy, exploring how to build democratic power that can outlast political cycles. Speakers will discuss: What are the possibilities and the limitations of power building on a local level? How can models like California’s Climate Communities program offer a blueprint for communities across the country to take on large-scale problems? And ultimately, how do we break through the fatigue and frustration amid threats to our democracy?


  • Alicia Garza, Author, The Purpose of Power; Principal, Black Futures Lab
  • Alvaro Sanchez, Vice President of Policy, The Greenlining Institute (Moderator)
  • Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director, Pacoima Beautiful
  • Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates

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