Jose Antonio Vargas, W. Kamau Bell Headline Greenlining Institute Economic Summit in Oakland 5/26
Awardees Include Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – A stellar lineup of community activists, artists and leaders will headline The Greenlining Institute’s 23rd annual Economic Summit, which returns to Oakland this year as Greenlining prepares to move into its new downtown Oakland office this fall. With the theme Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority, this unique event brings together top business, government, and grassroots community leaders to connect, brainstorm, and strategize on important economic issues affecting communities of color. Highlights include:

Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American and Emerging US, will moderate the opening plenary examining the role of diverse leadership in society’s biggest problems.

The awards luncheon will highlight an array of innovative leaders, including Black Lives Matter (with co-founder Alicia Garza accepting); Youth Alive! Violence prevention educator Wazi Davis; Causa Justa :: Just Cause; Mari Rose Taruc, former State Organizing Director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network; and Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign at the PICO National Network

The day will conclude with a dinner program highlighting arts and activism, moderated by socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell, whose new CNN show, United Shades of America, launches in April. Joining bell will be cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz and other exciting guests.

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WHAT: The Greenlining Institute’s 23rd Annual Economic Summit, Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority

WHERE: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016, Registration opens 8 a.m., program starts at 8:30 and runs to 8 p.m.