Empowering LA: Redefining Civic Engagement in a COVID-19 Era and Beyond
The coronavirus pandemic, the death of George Floyd and a divisive presidential election created a surging movement of activism and engagement in Los Angeles. Angelenos across generational, ethnic and geographic lines marched in the streets of Los Angeles, mobilized public opinion and enacted a series of initiatives that made the promise of change a reality. Across the City, activism has become a part of people’s everyday lives. Mutual aid movements provided groceries and protective supplies to communities in need, organizers pushed for legislation to cancel rents and mortgages and neighborhood councils brought renewed attention to the housing crisis.
While some residents went to the streets, many others took to social media. Memes, tweets and TikTok inspired collective discourse, fueling social movements for a better tomorrow. What lessons can we draw from 2020? How do we sustain this unified, diverse movement for change? How do we strengthen Los Angeles’ infrastructure for political participation? And, what role can neighborhood councils and community groups play in this new moment of civic engagement?
Join us for an interactive discussion with Neighborhood Councils, community partners and experts on the future of civic engagement in Los Angeles and the unique opportunities available for residents to reimagine and empower their communities.
Rhea Mac, Social Equity Consultant, Rhea K. Mac Consulting; Co-Chair, Empowerment Congress Committee on Homelessness
Raquel Beltrán, General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Nithya Raman, Los Angeles City Council, District 4
Raphael J. Sonenshein, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles
Sherin Varghese, Organizer, Ktown for All
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