W. Kamau Bell, Jose Antonio Vargas Headline Greenlining Institute Economic Summit in Oakland Thursday
“Reinventing California – Solutions from the New Majority” Features Ideas, Art, Activism

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 annualEconomic Summit, which returns to Oakland May 26 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. With a capacity crowd expected, media wishing to attend are asked to RSVP right away to brucem@greenlining.org.

Highlights include:

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

The awards luncheon will highlight an array of innovative leaders, including Black Lives Matter; 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.

Other speakers throughout the day include Minority Business Development Agency National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, and many others.

The day will conclude with a dinner program highlighting arts and activism, featuring performances by local artists Rachel Lastimosa ofDirty Boots, RyanNicole, Xiomara and TD Camp, and a panel moderated by socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell, whose new CNN show, United Shades of America, has sparked praise and controversy coast to coast. Joining Bell will be cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz; Melanie Cervantes, co-founder of Dignidad Rebelde; Anyka Barber, founder of Betti Ono; and children’s book author and founding publisher of Blood Orange Press, Janine Macbeth,

For detailed program information, click here.

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.


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