Greenlining Institute Virtual Summit Expands to Two Days of Programming 

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Associate Director for Media Relations, 415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – With recent events propelling racial equity to the top of the national agenda, The Greenlining Institute’s annual Economic Summit will bring together an array of world-changing advocates and thinkers to examine where we stand and what possibilities lie ahead. Momentum: A Virtual Summit on Racial Equity expands to two days of online programming, May 5 and 6.

The keynote speaker will be Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestselling books Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns. After her talk, Wilkerson will engage in an in-depth discussion with Alexis Madrigal, staff writer at The Atlantic and co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project.

In a year that has brought both a renewed sense of hope but also extraordinary challenges, Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will join New Georgia Project Chief Executive Officer Nsé Ufot for a fireside chat highlighting the extraordinary efforts of Georgia voting rights organizers and, the enormous power our movements have built, and the continuing threats to the right to vote.

In another timely session, Black Lives Matter co-creator Alicia Garza will join Cat Brooks, co-founder of Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project, Alex Tom of the Center for Empowered Politics and Dulce Garcia of Border Angels to discuss how we can sustain and grow multi-issue and multi-racial organizing efforts to address the crisis in policing, the rise in anti-Asian violence, and broken immigration policies.

On the Summit’s closing day, Michael Tubbs, Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity to California Governor Gavin Newsom — who as Mayor of Stockton pioneered that city’s guaranteed basic income program — will join PolicyLink Founder in Residence Angela Glover Blackwell to examine how we can reimagine a society that is truly built upon principles of justice and equity, moving beyond incremental reforms to dream big and lay the groundwork for real transformation of our systems.

Additional panels and discussions will examine a wide variety of issues, from algorithmic bias to reparations and the growing movement to eliminate use of fossil fuels from homes and other buildings. There will also be music, interactive opportunities and an Expo. Tickets are available through 11 a.m. on May 6.

Members of the media wishing to attend should email Bruce Mirken as soon as possible at for a complimentary pass.

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