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2019 People Power Convention

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Los Angeles Trade-Tech College - LATTC

400 West Washington Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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We are excited to announce that on Saturday, June 8 from 9 AM - 3 PM we will host our 4th Annual People Power Convention at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. After a record-breaking 600+ attendees last year, we are preparing to make our 2019 People Power Convention bigger and better! This year we will feature the UCLA Black Male Institute as a sponsor of our Education Track.

This year's theme, "Fighting for the Future of Los Angeles," will explore what's at stake on the upcoming 2020 Ballot and will include a series of community workshops and strategy sessions on key issues affecting Angelenos in the areas of criminal justice reform, education and political engagement.

Featured speakers for the 2019 People Power Convention include Congressmember Karen Bass and CNN Political Contributor Van Jones, who will participate in an intimate conversation around the rapidly-growing opioid crisis

During this year's Convention, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of four issue-based tracks.

This year's tracks include the following:

- Justice Track: Over 70% of the people incarcerated by Los Angeles County have co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders. This new data point coupled with decades of pressure from base-building community-based organizations have pushed the County to finally see the public health crisis inherent in the criminal justice system. Join this track to get the historical context of how the carceral system got to this place and the rundown on what reforms are moving in the landscape. Following that time we will strategize how to mobilize people power to engage key players in the fight for justice reinvestment to build a robust, community-centered social safety net.

- Building Civic Power Track: In 2020, the fate of south LA will be determined at the polls through a slate of important elections starting in March with primaries and ending in November. While the election for the next U.S. President is important, all local representatives in South LA are up for election in addition to historic legislative reform including closing a loophole that has allowed corporations to benefit from not paying their fair share in property taxes. This track looks to work with residents and voters in developing strategies to ensure the voices of South LA residents are taken to the polls in 2020.

- Education Track: Our schools are facing an immense budget deficit in the midst of an ever-growing set of unmet student needs. As the Los Angeles County school districts undergo a tremendous amount of change that will determine the fate of students for generations to come, the UCLA Black Male Institute will sponsor this year's education track to focus specifically on the myriad of circumstances that plague students in urban schools. The purpose of the education track will be to engage participants in issues tied to homelessness, foster youth, policing in schools, and community safety. The track will feature researchers, policymakers, students, teachers and community members working together to equip school personnel with the strategies they need to better serve students in South Los Angeles.

- Artivism Track: Throughout history, America’s most powerful social movements have integrated art and culture into its overall strategy. Proving that art is a critical tool in building a sustainable social justice movement. Whether it's the songs of the Civil Rights Movement, theater in the farmworkers movement, artistic cultural expression during the Harlem Renaissance, or the use photography to bring attention to poverty in the south, art has been used as a vehicle to educate and accelerate change. This track will explore the role of artivisim within the social justice movement and will allow participants to engage in art-based practices to creatively express their visions.

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