Shifting Paradigms

12-13-17 shifting paradigms

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The California Community Foundation (CCF)

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MATERIALS (check back prior to training date)

  • Agenda
  • Evaluation



Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering. Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist – understanding the role that she plays in the academy as intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Professor Abdullah is a leader in the fight for Ethnic Studies in the K-12 and university systems and was a part of the historic victory that made Ethnic Studies a requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter lead and contributes to the national leadership. She is co-host and co-producer of the weekly radio program Beautiful Struggle which airs on KPFK, part of the Pacifica radio network. Dr. Abdullah also serves on boards for the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), California Faculty Association-Los Angeles, Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN), National Association for Ethnic Studies, Reverence-Wellness Salon, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE). Melina is the recipient of many awards, most recently the 2016 Racial Justice Award presented by the YWCA, 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Award for outstanding community service presented by the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals, 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Award presented by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2016 Sacred Sistahs Award, 2016 California Teachers Association Human Rights Award, 2016 BCCLA Ella Baker Award, 2015 Freedom Now Award, and the 2015 Communitas Award. She was recognized by LA Weekly as one of the 10 most influential Los Angeles leaders, “Urban Girl of the Year” by 2UrbanGirls, and one of the 15 “Fiercest Sisters” of 2015 by Fierce. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, TV One, ABC, PBS, KTLA, KCET, BET, Free Speech TV, and Al-Jazeera, and is featured in the films 13th, When Justice Isn’t Just, and Justice or Else. Melina is originally from Oakland, California. She is a single “soccer mama” of three children and resides in Mid-City Los Angeles.

Lisa Marie Alatorre, MA is a community organizer and educator with over 18 years professional work experience from an anti-prison industrial complex (PIC) and anti-oppression movement building framework. Born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, she is currently based out of Middle Tennessee. Her past work experience as a social worker, community organizer, policy advocate, and educator have based her in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. In addition to consulting, Lisa Marie volunteers as a community organizer with various local campaigns and coalitions. Her work as a community organizer and policy advocate have had direct impacts on preserving the rights of people of color and homeless & poor people locally and nationally, including fighting back criminalization, incarceration, and demanding housing and basic needs. Some examples of her campaign work, in multi-media form, with the San Francisco Coalition On Homelessness can be viewed here.  Lisa Marie earned her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration where she focused on Community Organizing and Public Policy. Lisa Marie was also a 2011 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and recipient of the 2014 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award of Distinction for Women Leaders Under 35. She also served on the 2016 San Francisco Working Group to Re-Envision the Jail Project. She currently sits on the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness‘ Board of Directors and was formerly on-staff as the Human Rights Coordinator for 4 years prior.  Additionally, Lisa Marie is a co-founder of Rhizome Consulting Project and the Chicago-based Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois and has worked as the National Campaign Director for Critical Resistance.

Grissel Granados has a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She’s currently a Research Coordinator, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she is running a study around HIV testing modalities with Latino youth; she also coordinates the hospital’s HIV counseling and testing services and co-facilitates the Youth Community Advisory Board. At Children’s Hospital, she works primarily with young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color.  Granados has worked with California’s Getting to Zero HIV-prevention plan, which empowers underserved communities, and she is currently the co-chairs of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV. She’s part of J+LAC, an international network of Latin American youth and young adults living with HIV. Granados was one of the youngest appointees to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Granados also advises and educates local and international communities and institutions on issues related to youth and HIV. She advocates for comprehensive sex health education for young people, and emphasizes the importance of a sex-positive approach to HIV prevention and care.