Black Lives Matter Founder Alicia Garza to Moderate Opening Plenary

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

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – On April 14, The Greenlining Institute’s 24th annual Economic Summit will boldly tackle local and national controversies as it focuses on the theme, “Racial Justice on the Frontlines.” With Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza moderating the opening discussion, community activists, political and business leaders will take on such challenging issues as gentrification, tech diversity (or the lack thereof), possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the impending arrival of Uber in downtown Oakland.

Each year 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. Last year’s Summit was sold out, and a large crowd is expected again this year.

WHAT: The Greenlining Institute’s 24rd Annual Economic Summit, Racial Justice on the Frontlines

WHO: Confirmed speakers and awardees include: Alicia Garza, co-founder, Black Lives Matter; Zachary Norris, executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Matt Haney, president, San Francisco Board of Education; Cristina Jiménez, executive director & co-founder, United We Dream; Tara Houska, national campaigns director, Honor the Earth; Kim Carter, founder & executive director, Time for Change; Zahra Billoo, executive director of the SF Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink

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

WHEN: Friday, April 14, 2017, Registration opens 8 a.m., program starts at 8:30 and runs to 5:45 p.m.

Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to


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