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Truth & reinvestment: A conversation at the Ella Baker Center's 20th anniversary celebration

At the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' 20th anniversary celebration in Oakland on September 8th, W. Kamau Bell moderated a panel featuring Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Equal Justice Society's founder and President Eva Paterson, and Equal Justice Initiative's founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson

The panelists discussed the Ella Baker Center's vision for Truth and Reinvestment: acknowledging how our country's long history of racial injustice has resulted in a criminal justice system that targets black, brown, and poor people, and reinvesting in those communities who have been most harmed. Conversation topics ranged from Colin Kaepernick, to the presidential election, to what reparations can mean today. 

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.