CJTC Audio and Video Archives
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Van Jones is the founder and National Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a national organization in Oakland, CA, that has focused on positive alternatives to incarceration and violence in urban America.
How do you go from addressing incarceration to tackling global warming? Jones has always been an expert at building bridges between issues and people. He is one of the few people to have been both arrested in the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization, and then invited three years later to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the premier gathering of global economic leaders, to receive as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award. And he has been a passionate advocate for the environment - serving as a board member of the Rainforest Action Network and Bioneers - but consistently focused on how this can blend with issues of social equity.
Connie Rice is a Co-Director of the Advancement Project and known for her success in tackling problems of social inequity and exclusion. Formerly with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Rice filed a landmark case on behalf of low-income bus riders in Los Angeles and launched a coalition lawsuit that won $750 million for new schools in Los Angeles – money previously slated for less crowded, more affluent suburban school districts. Like many litigators, Ms. Rice and The Advancement Project have become convinced that lasting social change requires that we combine litigation and struggle with consensus-based problem-solving, inter-group collaboration, and public policy reform.
To hear more about the Summer Institute directly through the voices of its participants and the Director, Manuel Pastor, please view our video link below. Through "testimonios" and images the film aims to capture the experience of the Institute. We are grateful to all of those who by crossing borders, helped to create and build life-long learning and connections.
To learn more about the Summer Institute visit the web page.
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The current version of the video is in both Spanish and English without subtitles.