Pro-Partnership: Panel discussion around acknowledging current harms and moving forward in solidarity.
Earlier this month, a recording of a Los Angeles City Council meeting was published by the LA Times. In it, three City Council members and the president of a labor union, are heard using racist and homophobic terms to describe constituents and fellow city council members. The recordings caused a national uproar, resulting in the resignation of Nury Martinez, LA City Council president and Ron Herrera, LA County Federation of Labor president. Discuss the anti-black, indigenous and the LGBTQ+ comments made by Nury Martinez for CARE.
How do we talk about and address anti Blackness and anti-Indigeneity as Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)? How do we acknowledge the harms and current reality to move forward in solidarity? To understand the issues and grapple with these questions, we have invited a group of panelists to discuss.
1. Dr. Alina Luna
Dr. Luna is a Filipino-American whose parents came to the United States in the 1960's. Until recently she taught in Higher Education for twenty-five years during which time she served as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee; was a member of Governor Jared Polis's Water Equity Task Force; and created a Humanities and Diversity Minor.
With a style that is as eccentric as it is welcoming, Dapper Dan Midas a.k.a. DDm is one of the most idiosyncratic new voices in entertainment. The Baltimore native made his name in the local rap scene establishing himself as a premier live act and songwriter. He has played shows nationally alongside the likes of Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Beach House, and Big Freedia . DDm’s ‘Secretary Of Shade’ YouTube channel where he does live book readings and discusses politics and pop culture has over 21,000 subscribers to date. He has been featured on Netflix, BET, ‘The Hill’ and is considered a rising star in music and pop culture commentary. He currently stars in the short film ‘F^¢k '€m R!ght B@¢k’ which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and Outfest.
3. Miguel Ruelas
Miguel is a community organizer in Los Angeles who has worked in community health services and animal wellbeing organizations. He received training through the Southern California Counseling Center and brings his lived experience as a Mexican, queer, trans parent of a young child. His work is rooted in his commitment to liberation through community building.
4. Jolene Jones
Jolene Jones, also known as Miskoo Banaishi Ikwe
Jolene Jones is a long time Little Earth of United Tribes community member and one of the leads of Little Earth Protectors, a neighborhood patrol group that works to improve the safety of their community. Little Earth of United Tribes is the only Indian preference housing in an urban area in the United States with 38 tribes represented. She is also the Minnesota Coordinator for Make Voting a Tradition.
Moderator: @Allison Cardona
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