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 AmericaEzra 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 NeighborhoodsPaul 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 IncarcerationJamie 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
- 3:45 p.m.Juvenile InJustice: A conversation with a juvenile life prisoner
Supporter Perspective from the MacArthur FoundationScott Budnick, Founder, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
With Laurie Garduque, Director, MacArthur Foundation
- 3:55 p.m.Chapter Four: Whose Stories Get Told?
In Living Color: The Hollywood Diversity StoryFranklin 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
- 4:35 p.m.Remarks from the Open Society FoundationLeslie Gross-Davis, Director, Equality Fund for U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations
- 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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