During the weekend of April 15th, The California Endowment hosted a 3-day convening to uplift multicultural and gender equality policy issues afflicted on colored youth throughout California. The event also provided youth with a opportunity to participate and portray leadership in local campaigns as well as establish networking relationships directly between The California Endowment also influencers Like Boys and Men of Color and Sisterhood Rising.
Each day of the event consisted of various workshops for both adolescents and executive members to attend. The weekend conference promoted training, education, and empowerment for its attendees to delve deeper into their ability to take action onto the streets and to the consciousness of government officials. A vital aspect was a series of speaker panel forums held by TCE board members, its CEO and Vice President. They assessed the current progress of individual actions items they strive to promote as a collective effort from all 14 Building Healthy Community sites across the golden state. The conference also marked the 5 year mark out of 10yrs that this massive Building Healthy Communities project has continually established changes in justice and health for all. “Being a part of the California Endowment is wanting to be here, to be attentive, and being respectful also compassionately understanding of the peoples need surrounding you.” Says Dr. Robert K. Ross., President and CEO of TCE, “We don’t just fund the movement, we are the movement.”
TCE also gave youth and people of California a chance to take part in a non-violent protest march beginning at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, where the 3-day conference took place, en-route towards the Los Angeles airport to send a message to political candidates were passing thru the city in order to initiate the alterations they demand out of justice, respect and societal serenity.
Below is a brief video clip of the protest in action;