The effort to ensure our nation lives up to its ideal as a multi-racial democracy can feel both long and arduous. While politicians in Washington fail to pass crucial legislation, communities are stepping up and filling in the leadership void.

This session will challenge attendees to expand their thinking on democracy, exploring how to build democratic power that can outlast political cycles. Speakers will discuss: What are the possibilities and the limitations of power building on a local level? How can models like California’s Climate Communities program offer a blueprint for communities across the country to take on large-scale problems? And ultimately, how do we break through the fatigue and frustration amid threats to our democracy?


  • Alicia Garza, Author, The Purpose of Power; Principal, Black Futures Lab
  • Alvaro Sanchez, Vice President of Policy, The Greenlining Institute (Moderator)
  • Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director, Pacoima Beautiful
  • Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates
September 22nd
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Online Event