Why does the richest country in the world struggle to give its people nice things?
On Thursday, March 11th at 8:00 pm ET, join Heather McGhee, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District ,and Rashad Robinson, civil rights activist and current president of Color of Change.. Together they’ll explore the serious costs of racist policy-making, how the zero-sum myth that equates Black success with white failure hurts us all, and why racial justice and cross-racial solidarity provide the clearest path to economic recovery.
Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC’s Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. McGhee holds a B.A. in American studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is an activist, a legislator, a survivor, and the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Throughout her career as a public servant, Congresswoman Pressley has fought to ensure that those closest to the pain are closest to the power – driving and informing policymaking. Throughout her first term in Congress, Congresswoman Pressley has been a champion for justice: reproductive justice, justice for immigrants, consumer justice, justice for ageing Americans, justice for workers, justice for survivors of sexual violence, and justice for the formerly and currently incarcerated. Currently, Congresswoman Pressley serves on two powerful Congressional committees – the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Financial Services– both of which have remained focused on legislatively addressing issues of care, concern, and consequence to the American people. Prior to being elected to Congress, she served on the Boston City Council for 8 years, and was the first woman of color elected to the council in its 100-year history.
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, they move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
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