2016 Leadership Conference
Nearly 2,000 long term care providers gathered today at the Los Angeles convention Center to discuss the future of long term care and engage in key conversations around the key issues that disproportionately impact low income and communities of color. Caregivers had the opportunity to converse, organize, and discuss how these various issues directly impact their communities.
The conference started with an empowering and inspiring welcome by SEIU’s International President, Mary Kay Henry and SEIU’s Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Fishman, alongside SEIU Local 2015’s president, Laphonza Butler. During our panel discussions we were joined by key experts on issues that many of our members flagged as priorities in their communities. We were joined by Daniel Bustillo from the Advancement Project, Martha Smith from HealthNet and Mike Townsend from HomeHero to discuss the future of long term care. We also had the pleasure of welcoming key Environmental Justice leaders and experts, including Tom Steyer, Founder and President of Next Gen Climate, Dr. Manuel Pastor from USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA. They brought to light a few of the many instances across California where toxic pollution and poor air quality have disproportionately impacted our communities.
Today’s discussions ended with a candid and comprehensive discussion with Lynne Lyman from the Drug Policy Alliance, Susan Burton from A New Way of Life, and Betty Hung from Asian Americans Advancing Justice around the importance of ensuring reforms to our current Criminal Justice system.
At the close of the event, our members gathered to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year among other community leaders, allies, and public officials. Today’s event reminds us why it’s important for us to ensure we do our part to get engaged and involved.