Inherent Good Roundtable: Racial Justice and the Power of Cash

October 14, 2020
5:00 pm

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected BIPOC communities and has exposed the widening racial inequities in work, health, wealth, and education. Many people are having their first open discussions about racism, racial justice, and the over criminalization of Black and Brown people in America. That’s a good thing. When we fail to acknowledge and understand the impacts of structural racism and exclusive policies, we fail to create a pathway of dignity and prosperity for all of us. We need to reallocate power and resources back to the people, back to our schools, back to the health and safety of communities of color – in ways that help BIPOC thrive and don’t criminalize.

As part of the documentary INHERENT GOOD impact series and movement for Universal Basic Income, we’re bringing together key community leaders, activists, and policy experts in a virtual roundtable to talk about the critical building blocks to advance racial equity, justice, and inclusion. 

One of those building blocks is CASH. 

The Roundtable will include:

Mia Birdsong is an accomplished writer, activist & Senior Fellow at Economic Security Project. Her recent and timely book, How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, provides models to reimagine and cultivate inclusive community and connectedness. Mia served as the Co-Director of Family Story and the Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative. Her 2015 TED talk The story we tell about poverty isn't true has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Slate, Salon and On Being. She speaks on economic inequality, race, gender and building community at universities and conferences across the country.

Anne Price is the President of Insight Center for Community Economic Development and examines narrative change in addressing race, gender, and wealth inequality. She has over 25 years of public sector work focused on issues such as child welfare, hunger, workforce development, and more. Anne is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and as a national thought leader, she has been featured in the New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, O Magazine, and many other publications. 

John Mathews II is the Director of Community Engagement at The Justice Collaborative and served as the Assistant United States Attorney in Puerto Rico. John has extensive experience in criminal justice reform work and litigating civil and criminal cases in federal district and appellate courts. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, John coordinated hurricane relief efforts and provided food and supplies to orphanages and community-based organizations. 

Jim Pugh is the Co-Director of Universal Income Project focused on advocacy and policy work around Universal Basic Income. Jim is also the CEO of Shareprogress, a social-good startup that helps progressive organizations grow their base and win their campaigns. He also previously served as the Director of Analytics and Development for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and the Democratic National Committee, and was the founding Chief Technology Officer at Rebuild the Dream.