Race + Justice:
An Atlantic Summit

September 15, 2016
Los Angeles

The Atlantic was in Los Angeles to explore the changing narrative of race and identity in this country. In our second annual Race + Justice summit we convened civic leaders, activists, artists, policymakers and storymakers for a day of unflinching conversation. The summit unfolded in multiple chapters, as we try to answer the questions: Who is California? Where is Home? What is Justice? and Whose Story Gets Told?

Within that framework we tackled some of the most pressing issues of our time, from immigration and housing, to policing and the role that Hollywood plays in shaping the story of race in America.

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  • Thursday, September 15
  • 10:00 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 10:05 a.m.Chapter One: Who Is California?
    Made in America
    Ezra Edelman, Filmmaker, O.J.: Made in America
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:30 a.m.The Changing Face of California's WorkforceTefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
    Anthony Ng, Policy Advocate, Immigrant Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles
    State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)
    Manuel Pastor, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California

    With León Krauze, News Anchor, Univision KMEX
  • 11:00 a.m.Politics, Race and Representation in 2016Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, University of California at Riverside
    Jessica Ng, Senior Vice President, Mercury
    Faisal Qazi, City Commissioner, Fullerton
    Angelica Salas, Executive Director,
    Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights L.A.
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 11:25 a.m.Chapter Two: Where Is Home?
    Transforming Neighborhoods
    Paul Ong, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Asian American Studies, and Director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, University of California at Los Angeles
    Elizabeth Blaney, Co-Executive Director, Union de Vecinos

    Delmira Gonzalez, Resident, Boyle Heights
    Mott Smith, Co-Founder and Principal, Civic Enterprise
    With Joie Chen, Freelance Journalist
  • 11:55 a.m.From Living in Jail to Living on Skid RowAlisa Hartz, Staff Attorney, Opportunity Under the Law, Public Counsel
    LePriest Valentine, Former Skid Row Resident
    With Steve Clemons
  • 12:15 p.m.Slam Poetry from The Get Lit PlayersVanessa Tahay, Poet, Get Lit Players
    Marquesha Babers, Poet, Get Lit Players
    With David Kipen, Founder, Libros Schmibros
  • 12:40 p.m.A Bird’s-Eye View of Race in L.A. County: 88 Cities, Ten Million People, Four Thousand Square MilesSupervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District, L.A. County
    With Steve Clemons
  • 12:55 p.m.What's Cooking at Homeboy?-
  • 1:05 p.m.Lunch-
  • 2:10 p.m.Chapter Three: What Is Justice?
    Left Behind: A Look at Family and Incarceration
    Jamie Wong,  Creative Director and Executive Producer, Project Empathy
    Wendy Calhoun, Director, Left Behind, a virtual reality film
    Susan Burton, Founder and Executive Director, A New Way of Life
    With Alex Wagner
  • 2:40 p.m.The California Experiment in Criminal JusticeMarisa Arrona, Proposition 47 Implementation Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
    Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Author, The War on Cops
    Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California at Irvine
    With Joie Chen
  • 3:05 p.m.Policing in Los Angeles: Speaking OutAnthony Ratcliff, Organizer, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles
    Karren Lane, Vice President of Policy, Community Coalition
    With Joie Chen
  • 3:20 p.m.Policing in Los Angeles: Walking the BeatLieutenant Emada Tingirides, Community Safety Partnership Site Coordinator, Los Angeles Police Department
    Fernando Rejón, Director, Urban Peace Institute
    Andre “Lowdown” Christian, Gang Intervention Specialist and Project Fatherhood Leader, Watts
    With Conor Friedersdorf, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 3:55 p.m.Chapter Four: Whose Stories Get Told?
    In Living Color: The Hollywood Diversity Story
    Franklin Leonard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Black List
    Ana-Christina Ramón, Assistant Director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles
    Len Amato, President, HBO Films
    Jason George,
    Actor, Grey’s Anatomy; Chair, Diversity Advisory Committee, SAG-AFTRA
    With Alex Wagner
  • 4:20 p.m.When Race and Manhood IntersectBarry Jenkins, Director, Moonlight
    With Karen Grigsby Bates, Correspondent, Code Switch, NPR
  • 4:40 p.m.Who Makes the Cut?Andrew Ahn, Director, Spa Night
    Amanda Marsalis, Director, Echo Park
    Alex Rivera, Director, Sleep Dealer
    With Moira Griffin, Senior Manager of Diversity Initiatives, Sundance Institute
  • 5:05 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low



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