Race Matters: Building Our Movement to End Racial Injustice

12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday

Regency Ballroom

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs With Justice
Marielena Hincape, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
Seth Newton Patel, Lead Negotiator, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 3299
Sara Steffens, Secretary-Treasurer, Communications Workers of America
Melonie Griffiths, Organizing Director, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Diana Pei-Wu, Executive Director, Portland Jobs With Justice
Yolanda Jackson, Executive Board Member, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 3299
Saru Jayaraman, Executive Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United: ROC
Kirk Laubenstein, Executive Director, Coalition for Economic Justice/Jobs With Justice

Over the last few years, we have seen powerful movements rise to address the various forms of inequality plaguing our nation and the world, including the movement for immigrants’ rights, the Fight for $15 and a union, marriage equality, Black Lives Matter, and climate justice. Over the last year, the Movement for Black Lives in particular has started an essential conversation about racial inequality in America. This session will provide an opportunity for us to reflect on what we are learning about movement building. We will specifically hone in on how we advance our collective work to address race and racism: what will it take, where have we fallen short, what approaches are working, and how all of this can strengthen the work of Jobs With Justice and the broader economic justice movement.

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