KPFKS HEROES OF HOPE CONCERT & BRUNCH
This special event will not only honor and pay tribute to our HEROES OF HOPE, but it will also focus on raising awareness and funding needed for the sustainability of KPFK and Pacifica in order to realize its mission for providing outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community and acting as a catalyst in addressing social and political tensions through broadcast media.
The show kicks off with the musical talents of singer/songwriter Keaton Simons along with Fernando Pullums Community Arts Center Youth Jazz Orchestra and Cameron Graves, pianist for Kamasi Washington and a founding member of the West Coast Get Down collective plus special musical guests TBA. KPFK hosts and personalities Margaret Prescod, Jimmy Dore, Ian Masters, Lila Garrett, Brad Friedman and others will also be participating.
As part of KPFKs ongoing efforts to acknowledge the extraordinary work of so many dedicated, determined people working for peace, equality and social justice, the HEROES OF HOPE CONCERT AND BRUNCH will honor and be dedicated to some very special folks whose voices and vision have helped us move toward a more equitable and just society.
ED ASNER: Ed Asner is a television legend, well known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards, and has been nominated a total of twenty times. Asner also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1981-1985, during which he was an outspoken critic of former SAG President Ronald Reagan, then the US president, for his Central American policy. Eds book, The Grouchy Historian:
An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs with Ed Weinberger was released October 2017.
DOLORES HUERTA: Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Dolores has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women. The documentary film Dolores was released in 2017 to excellent reviews. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth centuryand she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing ones life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA: Is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist and pillar of the business community. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others, always living his motto: "Success unshared is failure."
In 2011, John Paul established JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which support the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness. The documentary film GOOD FORTUNE released in 2016, is the rags to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, "JP" spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP's motto is "Success unshared is failure." The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of 'the 1%' and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit.
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