Aug. 29, 2015
Sunday Event: 'Nolier Than Thou?' at Molly's at the Market
Keynote: Deray Mckesson
Deray Mckesson is an activist against systemic oppression. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mckesson has used protest and advocacy on social media platforms to become one of the most widely-recognized civil rights leaders. He popularized the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, and believes that "police brutality threatens the essence of freedom."
The Los Angeles Times hailed Mckesson as one of the “new civil rights leaders.” A May profile in The New York Times Magazine lauded him as a builder of the "nation’s first 21st-century civil rights movement." Fortune magazine rated McKesson number eleven on a list of “World’s Greatest Leaders.”
His bio (@deray) at WeTheProtesters.org notes that Mckesson is a "former Senior Director of Human Capital with Minneapolis Public Schools and is a Teach For America alum, having taught 6th grade math in NYC. He has been documenting the events of Ferguson via twitter (@deray) and is the Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter. He is an activist, organizer, and educator focusing primarily on issues impacting children, youth, and families. He previously worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone and TNTP, opened an academic enrichment center in West Baltimore, and with Baltimore City Public Schools leading systemic human capital change."
Ballroom Stage: 3rd Floor Xavier University - University Center
Panel Discussion: Transportation: How'd ya Get Where Yat?
Moderator: Megan Braden-Perry ( Public Transit Tuesdays) moderates this conversation about how New Orleans makes infrastructure an obstacle course.
After the Transportation panel addresses the issue generally, Amanda Soprano's taking over the classroom to talk New Orleans RTA issues specifically.
Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade , began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end oil pollution in her home state. The organization has created cutting edge tools, including the iWitness Pollution Map, the Refinery Accident Database and in street based artistic performances. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks to make the industry more equitable. She has a Masters in International Development from Tulane; she has twice testified before Congress. Her work has been recognized by local and national awards, including the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.
Bob Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands. While at The Times-Picayune, his work chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands was recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes and other awards. In 2012 Marshall was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Loyola University School of Communications Den of Distinction.
Jonathan Henderson is the Coastal Resiliency Organizer for Gulf Restoration Network. Currently, Jonathan is managing GRN's BP drilling disaster field monitoring operations in the Gulf of Mexico and is the GRN liaison with the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. Jonathan advocates for better stormwater management with the Flood Less New Orleans campaign. Jonathan received a bachelor’s degree in Theater from LSU, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana, and a law degree from Southern University Law Center. Jonathan has worked in government relations for many years including as a legislative assistant at the Louisiana State Legislature and as Director of Governmental Relations for the Brylski Company, a full-scale public relations firm.
For the last 10 years, New Orleans has played the blame game in education.
Reformers have shamed the past to argue for change. In return, reform has been charged with destroying public education for future children. The aftermath of Katrina should have incited passions. However, everyone seems to have profited from the debate except for public school families—the people who need more than just words.
Durable arguments have concretized into an immovable tableau that gets in the way of both justice and progress. Pointing fingers to say who did what to who doesn’t solve problems. Progress forces us to ask where do we go from here.
This session will ask participants where should New Orleans education head in the next 10 years.
Moderator: Andre Perry, Columnist
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