June 4, 2020
His Name Was George Floyd
Racial Inequality in the Spotlight
Presented by WAC Atlanta, Tomorrow at 1:00 PM ET
George Floyd ’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police is emblematic of the potentially deadly risk of being black in America. COVID-19 had already exposed racial inequalities that prevent equal access to health care. George Floyd's death further spotlights how hard it is to dismantle structural racism that persists not only in the U.S., but around the globe.
John Hope Bryant , Founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, will join the World Affairs Council of Atlanta for a flash briefing on the protests and riots that have dominated the news for the past week. Bryant has received hundreds of awards for his civic work, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award and People magazine's “Community Hero” award on the 10th anniversary of the 1992 LA riots.
Chairman Bryant founded Operation HOPE immediately following the 1992 LA riots to provide financial empowerment services to low income youth and adults. This program is free and open to the public, please register here .
WAC Pittsburgh: How a Local Business Is Responding to COVID-19
Join the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on Friday, June 5, at 8:30 AM ET, as they present a local Pittsburgher who is doing her part in responding to the global pandemic. Nisha Blackwell is the Founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties Co., a local business that transforms textile discards and reuse to stylish bow ties. In response to COVID-19, Knotzland has pivoted from making bow ties to making Personal Protective Equipment such as face masks. Don’t miss out as we learn about her journey to becoming a businesswoman and other ways she is supporting her community. Register here.
Los Angeles WAC&TH: Race Relations During a Pandemic
How is the Coronavirus affecting Los Angeles’ most prominent ethnic and racial communities? Join the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall on Wed., June 17, at 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT), for a panel discussion with leaders from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Urban League, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), and the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) about the medical, economic, and cultural impact of the COVID-19 crisis to their communities.

The pandemic and subsequent shutdown have exposed and reinforced issues of inequality, discrimination and barriers to economic success. This discussion will also dive into the concerns of Black, Hispanic, and Asian voters leading up to the November election, and what key issues they feel address the concerns of their communities. Register here.
Michael Lawson
President and CEO
Los Angeles Urban League
Helen Torres
President and CEO
Charlie Woo
Board Chair
WACA Cover to Cover on tap:

Tuesday, June 23
Mira Rapp-Hooper, Stephen A. Schwarzman Sr. Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Sr. Fellow at Yale's Paul Tsai China Center

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