What is a "Trusted Collective" and why is it so powerful?
‘‘Never underestimate the power of a collective’ - Laurene Powell Jobs (billionaire business woman, advocate for social redistribution, founder of Emerson Collective)
‘One of the real problems today… people, seem to feel that if they vote they are being a responsible citizen… that ten minutes in the voting booth is not enough… if the civil rights movement left it to elected officials to segregate lunch counters…buses… wonder how long we’d have had to wait?... the movement itself was selfcare’ - Diane Nash (cofounder SNCC)
‘Anyone interested in making change in the world also has to learn how to take care of herself, himself, theirselves…activists didn’t think they didn’t need to take care of themselves … yoga and meditation… the movement would’ve been very different if we understood the importance of that kind of self care’ - Angela Davis (author, political activist, academic scholar)
‘Caring For Myself is Not Self-Indulgence, It Is Self- Preservation, And That Is An Act of Political Warfare " - Audre Lorde (author, womanist, civil rights activist)
Self-Care as political warfare … preparing ourselves … radicalizing collective care … transforming power … humanely - Alicia Garza (co-founder Black Lives Matter)
Transformative change opens a mind and fills the heart to have the courage for the best Life … for the best World possible… whether from a book, a movie, a piece of art or a chance meeting through a video, if it changes you … then you pass it on in word or deed - Lisa Gordon Cain
Ron Finley & Jerry JonesRotimi Rainwater Executive Director/Filmmaker http://www.lostinamericafilm.com/ & Jerry Jones http://nationalhomeless.org/ at Los Angeles’ City Hall screening of documentary Lost In America about our homeless population and the over 1 million children who end up in our streets (138 million in Los Angeles).
John Singleton & O'Shea MylesJohn Singleton Executive Director (Boyz n the Hood Academy Award nomination) screening of LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later & O'Shea Myles (Founder of Eagle Peak Entertainment- producer, writer, and director) a poignant and TRUE story of what REALLY happened with Rodney King in 1992 .
Congresswoman Maxine WatersCongresswoman Maxine Waters (front center with grayish white jacket to address beating of 51 year old homeless woman (Marlene Pinnock) by a Los Angeles highway patrol officer (me to the far right front row in white). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH3R5spz1Cc Ms. Pinnock awarded $1.5 settlement & officer let go!
Rosario DawsonActor Rosario Dawson activist, woman par excellence who has never forgotten her roots. Spends lots of time, even with her acting, directing and writing still giving back to the community especially working with young women/youth most notably the Lower East Side Girls Club. Also a Board member of V-Day. She’s profound, prolific and purposeful. Love her!
Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRAMaking A Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA-left to right film Graduate Ty, Lisa Gordon Cain, Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director/Documentarian of Brave New Films creates movies that make an impact http://www.bravenewfilms.org. Jeremy Kagan Director/Writer/Producer/ USC Film Professor of newest film Shot a story of gun violence’s consequences.
Antonio Villaraigosa, Gil Cedillo, Lynn CainTo my right is the former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and current candidate for Governor of California in 2018. To my left is Lynn Cain Spouse and NFL Alumni / Head Coach and Gil Cedillo Councilmember Los Angeles District One and author of California’s AB 130/131 Dream Act.
Anita HillUCLA lecturing about her book Speaking Truth to Power (2015), a professor at Brandeis University, Hill exposed sexual harassment against Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991 during his Senate confirmation hearing. Her stance against intimidation and sexual misconduct in politics was groundbreaking. Now (as of 12/22/2017) Hill is joining dozens of leading executives in entertainment, independent experts and advisers to form a commission dedicated to fighting gender inequality. The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace created to "to prevent further civil and human rights abuses in the future," as noted by founder and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.