Wed., May 12th, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Online • Live• $40
In conversation with Andra Day, Matt Barnes, Angelo Pinto & Van Jones
Purchase a ticket for this event and receive a complimentary signed copy of State of Emergency, delivered right to your door! Ticket also includes a $5 donation to Until Freedom.
Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory states her case for action in this searing indictment of America’s historical, deadly, and continuing assault on Black and brown lives.
Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory’s demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives.
From Minneapolis to Louisville, to Portland, Kenosha, and Washington, DC, America’s reckoning with its unmet promises on race and class is at a boiling point not seen since the 1960s. While conversations around pathways to progress take place on social media and cable TV, history tells us that meaningful change only comes with radical legislation and boots-on-the-ground activism. Here, Mallory shares her unique personal experience building coalitions, speaking truth to power, and winning over hearts and minds in the struggle for shared prosperity and safety. Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.
Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, cofounder of Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—entitled “State of Emergency”—was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing. Please follow Tamika Mallory on IG @tamikadmallory, on Twitter @TamikaDMallory, or on Facebook @TDMallory; or Until Freedom on IG @untilfreedom, on Twitter @untilfreedom, or on Facebook @UntilFreedomOffical.
Powerful, inspiring, beautiful-- those are just a few words that illustrate the force that is Andra Day. With a voice that can only be described as God-given, Andra has unapologetically chartered her own course for success. Hailing from Southeast San Diego, this SoCal native dedicated her life to the arts at a young age. Between singing in her church choir and diligently studying dance, theater, and music in school, it’s no surprise that she has become an internationally recognized and respected musician and singer. Her full-length debut Cheers to the Fall garnered a “Best R&B Album” nomination and her RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum single “Rise Up” received a nod for “Best R&B Performance” at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards. The song has since become the anthem to the Black Lives Matter movement, providing the audio heartbeat for activists and changemakers across the world. Andra quickly followed in 2017 with the moving anthem “Stand Up For Something” [feat. Common] from the Marshall official soundtrack album and film. The song received a nomination for “Best Original Song” at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Andra’s ability to connect with audiences everywhere and her commitment to giving back has allowed her to share the stage with a diverse group of people, from Michelle and Barack Obama to Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, Common and Bonnie Rait. Her undeniable beauty and vivacious personality have graced the cover and pages of Essence, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, The New York Times, Vibe, Vanity Fair, and more. In 2021 Andra will make her acting debut starring as her idol and biggest musical influence, Billie Holiday, in the biopic The United States vs Billie Holiday, directed by Oscar-winner Lee Daniels.
Matt Barnes played professional basketball player for 14-seasons in the NBA and was a world champion with the 2017 Golden State Warriors. Known as one of the most outspoken, explosive athletes of his generation, Barnes flourished on court with his iconic trash-talking, “me-against-the-world” attitude. He has now taken that same mentality to his ventures off the court in both business and entertainment which has elevated him to being of the most powerful forces in sports media. After studying history at UCLA, Matt was originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies, later signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, then the Sacramento Kings before getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2006, Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors, where he contributed to a season that is distinguished for the improbable upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. In the following years, Barnes signed with the Orlando Magic, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, & the Sacramento Kings, before returning to the Golden State Warriors where he secured a championship ring in the 2016-17 season.
After retiring in 2017, Barnes transitioned into a premier NBA analyst on ESPN. In 2019, he teamed up with former NBA player Stephen Jackson to debut Showtime’s All the Smoke podcast, tackling everything from basketball to politics to LA lifestyle & culture. All the Smoke has become one of the world’s largest, most discussed sports podcasts in the past year, featuring an impressive array of guests such as the late Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Dwayne Wade. Off the court, Matt also founded Athletes Vs Cancer (AVC) in honor of his late mother Ann who lost the battle to the disease in 2007. With a mission to provide patients and their families resources to fight, AVC partners with research institutions and celebrities to enhance public awareness of innovative treatment methods with the ultimate goal of prevention. Matt is also the proud father of 3 sons.
Angelo Pinto, Esq. is a movement lawyer, senior strategist, and policy guru. He served as lead organizer for the Indigenous Peoples March, the Free Meek Mills Campaign which procured the release of rapper meek Mills, as well as the Restore Heat Campaign at Brooklyn MDC, a federal prison which garnered National attention for not providing heat to incarcerated individuals during the coldest days of winter 2019.
Van Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy; Rebuild the Dream; and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together. Van has also found success as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led many thriving enterprises including the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Dream Corps, which works to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies. In 2009, as the Green Jobs Advisor to the Obama White House, Jones oversaw an $80 billion dollar investment in clean energy jobs. Jones was also the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007 and first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." During the Obama Administration, the legislation has resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training. Jones has stewarded several bipartisan legislative and advocacy efforts, racking up wins under the last four US Presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. Jones’ most recent victory was advocating successfully for the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation.A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has won numerous awards, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”, TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”, the 2010 NAACP Image Award, a 2017 WEBBY Special Achievement Award, a 2019 Lumiere Award, and a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.
Tamika D. Mallory photo by Geeno Mizelli; Matt Barnes photo by Malibu Clothes of Beverly Hills; Andra Day photo by Myriam Santos; Van Jones photo by CNN; Angelo Pinto photo by Until Freedom