The Art of Activism is a series of events that celebrates the work of extraordinary leaders. Each program is designed to provoke, inspire, and engage the audience, and to make a positive impact on people’s lives beyond the events.
Our November Art of Activism program featured Newark, New Jersey Mayor, and star of the Emmy-nominated TV show Brick City, Cory Booker. Cory discussed his background, his motivations for staying socially involved, and what it takes to be an effective leader.
Two exceptional young Bay Area leaders, Ellen Choy and Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, joined Cory on November 11 to discuss the inspiration and drive behind the remarkable social and environmental work they do locally.
Ellen Choy is an organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West, a grassroots coalition of Bay Area groups fighting for climate justice locally through direct action and movement building. Ellen also works with after school programs for high school students in the Bay Area, helping to convene an emerging young environmental leaders, and is co-founder of ChecktheWeather.net, a blog dedicated to young people of color redefining “green”. As a funk/soul/hip hop DJ, Ellen integrates music and art into all of her work, planning progressive music events, producing socially conscious mix tapes, and using music as a medium to communicate to young people.
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont is executive director of Oakland Rising, an up-and-coming, non-partisan electoral force that recently contacted more than 17,000 Oakland residents to encourage them to participate in the U.S. Census. Through her work on a national level—as a Hurricane Katrina housing community organizer and a campaign field director, among other roles—and on a local level, she demonstrates her commitment to sustainable solutions to social issues such as affordable housing, quality education, and living wage job opportunities for youth and adults.
Our June 9 Art of Activism event featured award-winning actress (Rent, Kids, Seven Pounds), activist, and Voto Latino Co-founder Rosario Dawson. Rosario shared the inspiration behind her work with Voto Latino and V-Day.
Rosario on the power of small things
The program also honored our Art of Activism award winners James Berk and Martha Ryan, two Bay Area leaders nominated by their communities for their outstanding work.
June 9 Art of Activism program (full-length)
Our February 4 Art of Activism featured Robert Redford, who reflected on his more than 40-year commitment to social and environmental change, and paid tribute to the work of two Bay Area activists, nominated by their communities: Victor Diaz and Avery Hale.