Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Aug. 20 3:15 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Saturday, Aug. 20 4:15 PM (Eastern)
Join us for a discussion on domestic terrorism, gun reform, the need for diversity in education, and the crisis of racism in America. The racially motivated attack at a grocery store in Buffalo which took the lives of ten Black people and seriously injured one other has shown that America has a long way to go in the fight against white nationalism.
Erica Ford is a dedicated humble servant for her people. As CEO & Co-Founder Of LIFE Camp Inc she has played a major role in the architecting of the Crisis Management System & Peace Week in New York City. She will continue to dedicate her LIFE to our youth & the total Liberation of our People until her last breath.
Greg Jackson, Executive Director of the Community Justice Action Fund, is a community organizer, political strategist and issue advocate.
Prior to becoming the organization’s Executive Director, Greg served as the National Advocacy Director for 2 years. In this role he worked with communities, elected officials, community leaders and impacted residents to advocate for proactive and preventive solutions to end gun violence. Greg also led the “Elect Justice” campaign to build political power for communities impacted by violence through electoral participation, spearheading an effort that mobilized over a 1,000 volunteers and connected with over 1.6 million voters across the country.
As a gun violence survivor, gun violence prevention is personal for Greg. While being questioned by law enforcement in his hospital bed, Greg remembers being treated like a criminal and not like a victim. This experience and his recovery propelled Greg into action, becoming a vocal and leading voice on gun violence prevention for Black and brown communities.
Following his recovery, Greg became an avid mentor to local at risk youth and built multiple youth engagement movements that empowered hundreds of volunteers to support Washington, DC area youth.
Gregory also served the youngest member of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration, as Director of Community Relations and Services. Greg then went on to lead Community Engagement and Communications for D.C.’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement (ONSE). At ONSE, Greg oversaw community events, outreach activities, policy development, violence reducing programs and direct engagement of residents most at risk to gun violence.
Before dedicating his life to gun violence prevention, Greg worked as a community organizer through various roles, including the Co-Chair of DC for Obama, the Obama for America, North Carolina – Field Director, the Southern Regional Director at Organizing for Action and the National Field Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he ran the largest mid-term election voter registration program in U.S. History.
Greg, an avid runner that has completed 5 half marathons, enjoys recreational sports and created a citywide organization offering recreational sports activities for thousands of young adults throughout the D.C. area.