SOCIAL JUSTICE IS JUSTICE

in terms of Fair Access To Educational Opportunities, Health, Wealth, and other privileges within society.

Speakers

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson
Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson is a San Antonio native and the current Poet Laureate of San Antonio. Her dynamic style is a fusion of: poetry, hip hop and R&B. Her awards include: The Arts and Letters Award, 2020. Best Local Poet 2021 by the San Antonio Current. And In 2021, she received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. Vocab’s debut book, She Lives In Music was published on Flower Song Press and her 3 albums are available for streaming on all music platforms. For more info visit her website: AndreaVocabSanderson.com
Jed Craddock

Jed Craddock’s musical sound can best be described as soul pop. Jed’s dynamic voice serves as a bridge that connects many musical genres.

Jed started his musical life with piano and choir. Ultimately, Jed learned to play multiple instruments and grew his appreciation for how important listening and creating space can be as an artist.  Jed was mentored by Gina Fant-Simon, and Kevin Killen, nine-time Grammy winning mixing engineer.  Jed now owns and operates Earbender Studios with his fiancé, Boh Ireland. 

In 2019, Jed teamed up with Bryan Fenelly from Plaid Dog Studios in Allston, Massachusetts, USA to for his first album, Prison in Paradise. For more info visit: JedCraddock.com

SaulPaul

SaulPaul is a 2X GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message. He has also presented 3 TEDx Talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen via the documentary Tower to Tower as well
as via his memoir Be The Change.

SaulPaul overcame foster care and prison incarceration and went on to graduate from the prestigious University of Texas at Austin. Recognizing an inherent responsibility to give back, SaulPaul founded the SaulPaul Foundation. The SaulPaul Foundation is a launchpad for young people. And a platform for community members to serve as community leaders through acts of kindness, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Most recently, SaulPaul founded Change Water, a socially conscious bottled water company that donates to the local community with each case of water sold.

Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.

Ron Nirenberg, Mayor

Ron Nirenberg is the mayor of San Antonio, which has the 7th largest population in the United States and is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities.

Mayor Nirenberg is the first San Antonio Mayor of Asian Pacific Islander descent. His mother is Filipino and his paternal grandparents were immigrants from Eastern Europe who passed through Ellis Island.

Through his personal experiences, Mayor Nirenberg developed a core commitment to civic participation and the universal values of liberty, justice, and equal opportunity for every person.

First elected in 2017, Mayor Nirenberg was re-elected to a third term on May 1, 2021.

Under his leadership as mayor, the city has adopted an equity framework in budgeting to reduce poverty, improve public health, and overcome historical socioeconomic inequality. He is focused on making key investments necessary to accommodate San Antonio’s growth, which is expected to nearly double the city’s population by 2040. This forward-looking approach drives the mayor’s vision of a compassionate community with a globally competitive economy.

The Mayor’s policy priorities include workforce development. In 2020, he successfully championed SA Ready to Work, a four-year workforce development program approved by 77 percent of voters and funded without raising the tax rate.

Mayor Nirenberg also played a leading role crafting a long-term solution in 2020 for funding the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.

In 2017, Mayor Nirenberg created the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force seeking to ensure that all San Antonians, regardless of income level, can find quality affordable housing within the city limits. The task force recommendations were approved by City Council in 2018.

In an effort to combat the effects of global climate change, Mayor Nirenberg spearheaded a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in October 2019. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Nirenberg joined the Climate Mayors Steering Committee, a group of 24 mayors who will serve as a leading voice in efforts to further climate action in the more than 400 cities across the U.S. that make up the Climate Mayors coalition.

Grist, a nonprofit media organization, named Mayor Nirenberg one of the Grist 50 in 2020, recognizing him as an emerging leader on climate change in the United States.

In 2018, the United States Conference of Mayors honored Mayor Nirenberg with the Small Business Advocate award for his efforts to encourage entrepreneurism.

Mayor Nirenberg is the immediate-past Chairman of Sister Cities International, a nonpartisan organization that connects cities across the globe through civic, educational and cultural exchanges. The City of San Antonio enjoys active and productive Sister City relationships with 11 cities worldwide, and Mayor Nirenberg has been a participant in establishing productive, people-to-people relationships through global community partnerships and volunteer action.

He was first elected to represent District 8 on the San Antonio City Council in 2013. During his two terms, he championed smart city and regional planning, inclusive economic development, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility and governmental accountability. As councilman, he brought together a public-private coalition to save the world-renowned Bracken Bat Cave, the largest colony of bats in the world.

Prior to his public service, Mayor Nirenberg was the founder of two small-businesses, worked as the general manager of KRTU-FM San Antonio, and served as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs.

Mayor Nirenberg graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University and received a Master’s Degree in Communication magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Austin, Texas.

He and his wife, First Lady Erika Prosper, are the proud parents of their son, Jonah.

Brittany K Barnett, Attorney | Entrepreneur | Author

Brittany K. Barnett is an attorney, author and entrepreneur. Her memoir,

A Knock at Midnight, was published by The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. 

While working several years as a corporate attorney, Brittany was committed to pro bono representation of clients buried alive in federal prison under draconian drug laws. Her dedication to this life changing work paid off tremendously, resulting in freedom for numerous people serving fundamental death sentences for federal drug offenses, including seven clients who received executive clemency from President Barack Obama.

As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, Brittany knows first-hand the impact of mass incarceration is far reaching, devastating families and entire communities. Dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system, Brittany founded two nonprofits to carry out her life’s work: the Buried Alive Project, which works to dismantle life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug laws and Girls Embracing Mothers, dedicated to empowering girls with mothers in prison.

Through her criminal justice work, Brittany has encountered some of the most brilliant minds humanity has to offer. Her work is multi-dimensional. She not only frees people from prison, she uses her extensive corporate experience to cultivate their creative and entrepreneurial powers to better the world. Brittany is the founder of the Manifest Freedom Fund and Milena Reign, social enterprises devoted to shifting the paradigm to show the world changing impact that formerly incarcerated people can have when they have access to resources not to merely survive, but to thrive.

She is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law. She previously served as the Associate General Counsel at ORIX USA Corporation focusing on mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to her legal career, Brittany earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant and worked for international accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting.

Brittany’s life-saving work has been featured nationally on multiple news platforms, including television and print. She has earned many honors, including being named one of America’s most Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association. Her memoir, A Knock at Midnight, was named by Amazon’s Book editors as the #1 best book of 2020.

 

Eric S Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank

Known as that “Food Bank Guy” Eric Cooper is the President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.  Through his dual strategies of feeding the line and shortening the line, Eric has received national recognition.  It is this holistic approach to serving the entire community that has garnered community support while delivering measurable impact.  

Committed to extreme efficiencies, Eric works to bend the cost curve of nourishing the hungry while rescuing surplus food from going to waste.  He brings people around the table as an advocate for Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Eric’s business strategy has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post recognized the San Antonio Food Bank among five not-for-profit organizations to watch.  National Geographic highlighted Eric’s commitment to building partnerships, sustainable agriculture, and the food economy.  Locally, Eric has chaired the Mayor’s Fitness Council along with serving as a board member for Workforce Solutions Alamo and recently, elected to serve as a San Antonio Housing Trust Community Board member. 

Eric works tirelessly at the Federal, State and Local level to reduce rates of Food Insecurity and Poverty, believing that everyone should have access to good nutrition.  Serving on the frontlines he is a believer in the power of service to not only help those in need, but to heal those who serve.  He is a man of Faith and Family.  He and his wife Erinn of 30 years have five children; Madison, Morgan, Gabriel, Elijah, and Meredith.

Yousef Kassim, EasyExpunctions | Founder and CEO

Yousef Kassim is the Founder and CEO of EasyExpunctions, the only software-driven services company that specializes in automating legal documents for personal reputation management. EasyExpunctions was founded in Austin in 2014 shortly after Kassim filed a patent for a new method of document automation that is currently being utilized by the company.

Kassim is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s University School of Law, and is also licensed to practice law in Texas. Kassim recently moved his startup from Austin to its new headquarters in downtown San Antonio in response to incentives from local government and technology industry leaders interested in advancing job creation in San Antonio’s growing Tech District.

 

Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, City Council District 4

A life-long resident of San Antonio, Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. was raised in and continues to call Southwest San Antonio home. Dr. Garcia has a passion for working with organizations that help San Antonio’s most underrepresented demographics. Raised in a Spanish-speaking household to parents with a first- and second-grade Mexican education, she became the first in her family with a college degree

Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, to stay in town to care for her parents. Upon graduation from Incarnate Word, she was offered a job in the university’s Office of Public Relations and completed her Master’s degree from the same university one year later. In 2004, she was in a cohort of 12 students accepted into the University of Texas at Austin’s Doctoral Advertising program, where ten years and many miles later, she became one of the first Hispanics to earn a Ph.D. in Advertising from UT’s prestigious Moody College of Communication.Throughout her career, Dr. Garcia has held various administrative and consulting communications and marketing positions throughout her life, in organizations like SAMMinistries Furniture for A Cause, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, Southwest ISD, and Project QUEST. Today, Dr. Garcia is molding tomorrow’s leaders as an Assistant Marketing Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership.

Dr. Garcia served as Chair of the Alamo Area Council of Government’s Committee of Six, an executive committee of the Workforce Services Alamo Board in 2020. She serves on the following City Council committees: Governance; Intergovernmental Relations; Economic and Workforce Development, including the small business subcommittee; and serves as one of two Council Liaisons for the SA Ready to Work Program. Before serving as District 4 representative to City Council, Dr. Garcia served as the Chair of the City of San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board for nearly three years, where she was responsible for leading a team of ten representatives appointed to represent their districts in the recently passed changes to the Ethics and Municipal Finance Code that further enhance the public’s trust in local government.

In 2018, Dr. Garcia joined the board of Communities in Schools – San Antonio and was also named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She was accepted into Leadership San Antonio 300, where she was a member of the Best Day Ever, the Civic Engagement Day team. In 2020, she received the Women of Excellence Award from the National Foundation of Women Legislators.

Dr. Garcia is a single mom to her son Steve, who is a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. Dr. Garcia visits her octogenarian parents daily in the home where she grew up in Southwest San Antonio, even if it is just to get a good night’s blessing from them before heading home.

 

Tommy Calvert, Commissioner Precinct 4

TOMMY CALVERT is the Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4, the youngest and first African-American county commissioner in more than 170 years in the history of Bexar County.

He holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Calvert’s public affairs work began in 1998 when he served as an assistant to the City Council of San Antonio. His work has led him to positions in the Texas House of Representatives, as well as in the United States Congress, where he served as director of special projects for the president of the Hispanic Caucus Congress.

In addition, Calvert has advised San Antonio’s municipal water suppliers, numerous elected officials, business leaders, and executive-level educators from public and private schools.

Calvert started his own public relations and public affairs company, Calvert International Consulting (CIC), in 2002. For the past 16 years, CIC has been a trusted advisor to public sector leaders.

For two years, Calvert was the head of external operations of the world’s leading anti-slavery and human trafficking organization, the Anti-Slavery American Group. He worked to free and train survivors of slavery and genocide from around the world. He spoke tirelessly throughout the United States to encourage Americans, the press, and politicians to end contemporary slavery and genocide.

San Antonio Community Radio – KROV 91.7-HD2 FM – was founded in 2008 by Calvert, in association with the University of Trinidad, as a non-profit radio station.

As the county commissioner, Calvert will make public safety a priority by working with neighboring associations, businesses, and sheriffs to increase the number of patrols, as well as build a sheriff substation on the northeast side.

Calvert will work with the Commissioner’s Court to approve a policy of hiring people from the neighborhoods where it builds infrastructure. He also has a plan to help create jobs within Precinct 4.

William McManus, Police Chief

Chief William P. McManus became the Chief of Police of the San Antonio Police Department on April 17, 2006. Chief McManus previously served as Chief of Police of the Minneapolis Police Department from February 2004 through April 2006, and Chief of Police of the Dayton, Ohio, Police Department from November 2001 through February 2004.

Chief McManus started his law enforcement career in 1975, when he joined the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, where he served in a variety of street and investigative assignments, and rose through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. In 1998, McManus was promoted to Commander of the First District, which includes Capitol Hill and areas west of the White House, and later that year he was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, a position he held until 2001, when he retired from the Metropolitan PD and became Chief of the Dayton PD.

Chief McManus is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

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