Founder Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-Director of Caring Across Genereations, Presents "Waking Up the Caring Majority: Why We All Need to Care About the Aging of America"
Wednesday, April 8
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations. Founded by Ai-jen in 2010, NDWA is the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in the U.S. She began organizing immigrant women workers in 1996 as an organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in New York City, and in 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United (DWU), a city-wide organization of domestic workers. DWU led the way to the passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010.
Realizing that the rapid aging of America — what she calls the Elder Boom — would require all of us to take action on care issues, Ai-jen helped launch Caring Across Generations in 2011. A movement to unite all caregivers and those they care for to create the systems and supports that allow all of us to live and age with dignity and independence, Caring Across Generations now counts more than 200 partners in their work to build the Caring Majority and support the Care Force.
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder and Executive Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. Her work includes efforts to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 1994, Time magazine named LaDuke one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.
LaDuke, a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues, and is the author of six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and Last Standing Woman (1997).
Director, Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, Columbia University School of Social Work
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Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy
Dolores C. Huerta
Co-Founder and First Vice-President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW)
President, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Anthony "Van" Jones
Senior Fellow, American Center for Progress
Policy Advisor, Green For All
Programmes Director, Women's Link Worldwide
Tracie L. Washington
President & CEO, Louisiana Justice Institute
Eva Jefferson Patterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society
Ellen M. Barry '78
Founder, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Esther Chavez Cano
Founder & Director, Casa Amiga in Juarez, Mexico
Constance L. Rice '84
Co-Director, Adancement Project
Baroness Helena Kennedy
Executive Director, MADRE
Judge La Doris Hazzard Cordell
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California
Judge Constance Baker Motley
Senior Judge in the Southern District of New York
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Economist and Journalist
Professor Dessima Williams
Executive Director, International Human Rights Law Group
Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law
President, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund